4.7 miles S of Banbury

The Snug

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Nestled between the rolling Cotswold hills and set within a pretty Oxfordshire village, The Snug is an exquisite, luxurious bolthole dating back to 1700 that once upon a time served as stables to the local manor house. Today, this wonderful detached cottage has been gloriously brought to life, becoming a welcoming home for couples and families alike. Within the glowing golden sandstone exterior, you'll find an opulent yet welcoming dog-friendly retreat with beautiful bedrooms, a large kitchen for entertaining and a staggeringly opulent sitting room. Outside, gorgeous gardens with a large lawn lead down to a ha-ha and beyond that, sweeping views of the Swere Valley. Who could ask for more? This dreamy retreat is just perfect for those seeking to explore this beautiful part of the world. Get your culture kicks in Oxford, home of the dreaming spires, whilst bask in the Bard at Shakespeare's hometown, Stratford-upon-Avon. Alternatively, lose yourself in the rolling countryside of the Cotswolds, whether it be exploring the fields and forests on foot, discovering chocolate-box pretty villages or hunkering down in a country pub - perfect.


Just wow! The luxurious sitting room is just the place for long chats or just a snooze by the fire. With plumptuous Damask sofas, underfloor heating and a wood burner, this is a wonderful spot during the winter where you can cosy up with a bottle or two and enjoy a natter, whilst in the summer throw open the French windows and enjoy the soft country breeze and pretty views whilst the heat of the day magically turns into twilight and beyond.


The simply stunning kitchen is the ultimate space for entertaining. The vaulted ceiling and pale, calming tones make this a relaxing space, whilst eye catching artwork bedecks the walls. With an Everhot range cooker, dishwasher, fridge-freezer, double Belfast sink, microwave, washing machine and all-important Nespresso coffee machine, there's everything you need to rustle up meals, from lazy breakfasts on the terrace to late-night romantic meals a deux.

The large dining table for four sits within the kitchen, meaning the chef has company when cooking - the way it should be! And with underfloor heating should you need it, you'll be super-snug too.


Four steps lead up to the en suite master bedroom on the ground floor. This gorgeous room has a romantic king-size sleigh bed, built in wardrobe, drawers, and garden views.

Take the stairs up to the pretty second bedroom, tucked amongst the eaves. This room features a zip-and-link bed, meaning it can be made up as a twin (perfect for little ones) or another king size double.

All beds are swathed in pure white cotton linen, sumptuous bedding and cosy throws and cushions to ensure a blissful nights' sleep, with the gentle sound of birdsong to wake you in the morning - just idyllic!


The master bedroom on the ground floor benefits from an en suite shower room, whilst the family bathroom on the ground floor has a stunning clawfoot bath for long soaks and a shower over it. Both come with underfloor heating for toasty toes whilst heated rails to keep towels warm and fluffy.

Outdoor space

Step through the French doors and you'll find a sun-soaked terrace leading to a sweeping lawn - perfect for picnics, games and your four-legged friends. There's a table, chairs and barbeque too, so alfresco dining is a must, with sigh-inducing valley views to gaze at beyond the ha-ha. Sun loungers, blankets and cushions are for those lazy days when you want to sunbathe, read and listen to the buzz of bees.


There is private parking for up to two cars.

Babies and children

Babes in arms and children over the age of 10 are very welcome. A travel cot, highchair and stairgates are available on request.


Two dogs are very welcome at The Snug. We charge £35 per dog per week or short break.


The Snug has WiFi so if you need to stay in touch with the outside world you can.

In the Area

Set within the Swere valley in the pretty village of Barford St John, The Snug is the perfect spot to explore, from the Cotswolds, Oxford and out towards Stratford-upon-Avon.

You'll be spoilt for choice when it comes to eating out (or in). The Yurt at Nicholsons in North Aston serves organic, local ingredients for breakfast, lunch and dinner, it's a must any time of day. No stay would be complete without a visit to Daylesford Organic Farm, where you'll not only find an astonishing farm shop but a restaurant, spa and cookery school to. There are some excellent pubs and inns too - try The Boxing Hare near Swerford, the Castle Inn at Edge Hill and The George Inn which is within walking distance of The Snug.

For places to explore, take a day trip to Oxford to gaze at the dreamy colleges, wonderful parks and great shops and museums. Like to hike? Pull on your walking boots and take to the many paths and bridleways that snake across the Costwolds or attempt some of the Cotswold Way. Pay a visit to the many pretty Cotswold villages such as Chipping Norton, Stow-on-the-Wold, Bourton-on-the-Water and Moreton-in-Marsh. Head further afield and catch a play in Stratford, or head to Woodstock and the amazing Blenheim Palace, birthplace of Winston Churchill.

Whisk yourself off to this 18th century treasure nestled on the edge of the Cotswolds, with luscious interiors and jaw-droppingly beautiful country views.

At a glance

From £805 for a long weekend or mid week break.

Sleeps 4 | 2 Bedrooms | Dogs welcome

Key features

2 Hours From London

Autumnal escapes

Babies welcome (to 12 months)

Foodie breaks

Heated flooring downstairs

Ideal Honeymoon spot

Cottage garden

Picturesque village setting

Rolling countryside

Travel cot and highchair

Dog friendly

Walking distance to a pub

Bathtub for two

Wood Burner

Perfect For Couples


Country Houses

Boutique country chic

check in / check out days

Short breaks:

  • Mid Week Breaks (Mon to Fri) cost 75% of the weekly rate.
  • Long Weekends (Fri to Mon) cost 75% of the weekly rate.
  • Short breaks are not available at Christmas and New Year.


  • A 13 deposit & £38 booking fee secures your dates.
  • Payment of balance is due 8 weeks before your holiday starts.
  • There is a charge of £35 per pet per week or short break
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We know how gorgeous our retreats are, but don’t just take our word for it – here’s what previous guests say about The Snug:

Owners very generous with their welcome pack. Lots of goodies which was unexpected and very kind.

Amazing location. Luxurious but homely, with a lovely energy and feel to the cottage. Loved the decor, flowers and goodies. Very peaceful and amazing hosts who obviously know how to treat their guests. I hope to return again soon!

A truly delightful stay! Simply wonderful property and a great time was had by all the family.

On arrival, we were greeted with everything we needed for a nice supper of cheese, grapes & bread a nice bottle of Prosecco. There was even tea, coffee, sugar, milk, bread, bacon, eggs, butter for breakfast. Even our dogs were given their own hamper of treats, towel, food/water bowls, such a nice touch. The cottage was everything we hoped, fab interior, comfortable beds, more than enough towels, bath robes, just every detail was thought of and it is so peaceful there. Loved sitting in the living room in the mornings, looking out of the French Doors with a cuppa, watching the horses, sheep, birds, in the fields beyond. Would thoroughly recommended The Snug and Boutique Retreats. They maybe a little bit more expensive than other Cottage Holiday companies, but they say "you get what you pay for" & we most certainly did, it was worth every penny 100%

The most luxurious and well equipped holiday property I have stayed in. Everything was perfect and in a great location for exploring Oxfordshire and the Cotswolds. The local pub is fab with very good food.

Beautiful cottage, stylish interiors and very well equipped with amazing views for the perfect retreat for rest and relaxation.

Gorgeous, cosy cottage for our winter retreat. Well equipped and all as described. Owners extremely helpful. Highly recommend.

A perfect break in a perfect cottage! What a peaceful and relaxing spot - we all had a fantastic time. The cottage had everything we needed and more. We really appreciated the lovely welcome breaks - something for everyone! Very highly recommended.

The most fabulous place to spend my 50th birthday celebrations!

Beautiful cottage in an idyllic location. We loved all the little touches within the cottage, couldn't have asked for more. This was the perfect place to celebrate our engagement. I'm sure we will be back again soon as Mr & Mrs Earl. Thanks so much!

A return visit post-birthing two children so very different in nature (aka TIRING!) but still such a wonderful place to spend a week with lots of adventures. Ophelia loved her 'big girl' bedroom especially and the tots trivia game - small things make a big difference! Very well kitted out as before - thank you Gail and Tom!

Superb in every which way, we cannot recommend this beautiful cottage highly enough.

'This is one of the best cottages we have stayed in - 5 stars awarded! The welcome treats were extremely generous and much appreciated. What a lovely location with great walks on the doorstep. We travelled further afield to Tewksbury and Stratford too. The George Inn is a ten minute walk away, and we also ate at the Castle, Edgehill (fabulous setting). We will highlghly recommend this beautiful cottage and may well return!' - September 2021

'Beautiful cottage, we've loved staying here. The George Inn is great for food and in walking distance so hubby didn't need to drive. Stunning walks for Mollie all over. Sitting out in the garden with a glass of wine looking at the views is a must! We'll be back.' - Williams, September 2021

'We wanted to escape London and the hustle and bustle! What an escape it was. A quiet cottage - so peaceful. Loved every minute of it. Allowed the family to bond with long walks etc. Lovely places for trekking, lovely pubs and lovely drives.' - Blyth, September 2021

'What wonderful peace and tranquility in this restful home and surrounding gardens and views. So special we were reluctant to leave for our 3 days! Thank you from all of us for a special time of relaxation. Glorious.' - June 2021

'I will never forget my 60th birthday celebrations in your wonderful cottage. We enjoyed the view and the peace and quiet - it was so relaxing; a million miles away from the busy noisy south-east. Thank you for the lovely, very generous welcome pack - it was most appreciated.' - June 2021

'We have had a lovely stay at your beautiful cottage. The extra touches were lovely and our dog Minibar loved his treats! Thank you so much for a lovely week!' - May 2021

'We've had the most wonderfu time and been blessed with some beautiful weather. The cottage is absolutely wonderful - built as a home rather than a holiday let which so many are. We thought it looked good from the photos but it's even better in reality. Thank you' - October 2020

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