10 miles NE of Oxford

Crumb Cottage

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We're delighted to welcome you to this beautiful 18th century cottage, a seriously lovely escape in the countryside that's around only one hour from London. Oh-so-romantic and made for couples, this dog-friendly retreat is set in the prettiest of villages. A parish which inspired J R R Tolkien’s Middle Earth, the picturesque Brill offers panoramic views of Buckinghamshire’s countryside, making it a splendid spot for those seeking a retreat location full of character with an abundance of walking routes. Perfectly situated to explore rolling countryside and the Chiltern Hills, this idyllic abode is also close to the dreaming spires of Oxford. Step through the door and you'll receive the warmest of welcomes. A traditional English country cottage with beamed ceilings, a wood burner, and oodles of traditional features await, perfect for those seeking a peaceful country escape. Complete with a courtyard garden, this is a perfect homestay whether you're after long walks across fields and through woodland, drinking a pint or two in a country inn, or exploring the plethora of villages and market towns that scatter the area such as Bicester, Oxford and Thame.


We're a little bit in love with the sitting room at Crumb Cottage, super-snug with characterful beams and a cosy flickering wood burner, this is a lovely hideaway to escape to at the end of the day. A deeply comfortable navy-blue sofa, adorned with cushions, awaits you to snuggle up on, whilst the Kilim-covered footstool is made for perching weary feet on to be warmed by the fire - bliss! There's also a Smart TV and a Roberts DAB radio with Bluetooth for when you want to create the soundtrack to your holiday.


Crumb Cottage is home to the loveliest kitchen, resplendent in a stunning shade of Farrow and Ball Babouche to brighten the dullest of days. Full of country charm, don't be fooled by its quintessentially traditional feel with beamed ceiling and tiled floor; it's fully equipped with all the mod cons you'll need to rustle up a feast for each other, plus underfloor heating to keep toes toasty warm. There's a Rangemaster induction cooker, slimline dishwasher, fridge and all the other essentials including a Nespresso coffee machine for that wake-me-up brew in the morning. Tucked close to the window lies an oh-so-intimate table and chairs for lazy brunches or romantic dinners late into the evening.

In addition, there's a washer dryer tucked away in a cupboard upstairs in the shower room.


Take the stairs up and you'll discover the gorgeously romantic bedroom, in a soothing shade of Farrow and Ball Setting Plaster, with a fabulous semi-vaulted and beamed ceiling. Falling asleep is just a dream in the Loaf 'Spindle' king-sized bed, swathed in luxurious linens, super-soft bedding, and cosy cashmere throws.


Just across the landing from the bedroom lies the stunning shower room, complete with a large walk-in shower, beautifully adorned with Morrocan Zellige blue tiles. The owner provides sumptuous 100 Acres products and there's a heated rail to keep towels warm and fluffy for you to envelop yourself in when you step out of the shower.

Outdoor space

Outside, you'll discover a very pretty courtyard garden, where an eye-catching pergola provides dappled shade on hot sunny days, whilst lighting means you can stay outside long after the sun has set, and the stars appear above. There's also a teak dining table and four chairs, plus a Weber gas barbeque for alfresco dining.


There is on street parking available.


One well-behaved dog is welcome at Crumb Cottage. We charge £35 per dog per week or short break. There is an outside tap for washing off muddy paws and towels are provided.


Babes in arms are most welcome. Please bring your own baby equipment with you.

In the Area

Set in the Saxon village of Brill, said to be the inspiration for J R R Tolkien's village of Bree in his classic work Lord of The Rings, this is a picturesque place complete with a Grade II* listed windmill. With excellent pubs just a short stroll away, shops, a family butchers and a pretty 12th Century church set on the green, this is a lovely village whilst Bicester, Thame and Oxford are just a short drive away. Foodies won't be disappointed with Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons, Raymond Blancs award-winning restaurant, close by in the neighbouring village of Great Milton, whilst the Michelin-starred Nut Tree Inn is set in nearby Merton. Whether you're looking to explore the many country paths that snake from the village, try award-winning food, or lose yourself in the nearby Chiltern Hills, there's plenty of things to do in this historic slice of Buckinghamshire.

Charming and welcoming, this exquisite dog-friendly cottage for two is just perfect for a countryside break, easily accessible yet tucked-away enough to offer the quintessentially English idyllic getaway.

At a glance

From £526 for a long weekend or mid week break.

Sleeps 2 + cot | 1 Bedroom | Dogs welcome (1 only)

Key features

2 Hours From London

Al Fresco eating

Autumnal escapes

Courtyard Garden

Ideal Honeymoon spot

Rolling countryside


Dog friendly

Walking distance to a pub

Wood Burner

Perfect For Couples

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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 Crumb Cottage:

Thank you for a wonderful time at Crumb Cottage! We had a perfect few days here enjoying the snug little cottage and sitting out under the pergola with a coffee watching the starlings at the bird feeders. We loved walking out by the old windmill spotting the buzzard flying over the meadows and exploring nearby villages. We would highly recommend sunset drinks on the terrace of The Pheasant, a trip to Oxford and time in lovely Woodstock. We had wonderful food at Nicholson’s Yurt and a brilliant coffee and cake on the beautiful terrace of Darl-e And The Bear, Thank you for providing such a perfect base for our trip. Nancy, Rachael, baby Rupert and Betty

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