10 miles NE of Oxford

Crumb Cottage

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Bedroom details

1 Bedroom (Sleeps 2 + cot)

Bedroom 1

1 x king

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.

As this is a traditional and charming cottage with period features, please bear in mind that the ceilings are quirky and low in places.


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 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.

Please note that there is a right of way through the garden for the neighbours, so on occasion there will be people walking through.


There is on street parking available.


One well-behaved dog is welcome at Crumb Cottage. There is an outside tap for washing off muddy paws and towels are provided. Please note, there is an additional fee per dog, per week or short break.


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.

This exquisite dog-friendly cottage for two is just perfect for a countryside break, set in the picturesque Buckinghamshire village of Brill...

At a glance

From £518 for a long weekend or mid week break.

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

Key features

Al Fresco eating

Autumnal escapes

Close to Oxford

Courtyard Garden

Ideal Honeymoon spot

Rolling countryside


Dog friendly

Walking distance to a pub

Wood Burner

Perfect For Couples

Within 3 hours of London

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 & £40 booking fee secures your dates.
  • Payment of balance is due 8 weeks before your holiday starts.
  • There is a charge of £38 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:

Beautiful cottage and location.

Thank you for a lovely stay! Such a relaxing stay and lighting the fire in the evening was heaven! A home away from home! We look forward to visiting again soon.

Beautiful cottage, excellent location and good pubs.

Thank you for such a wonderful stay at Crumb Cottage It was so relaxing and enjoyable. A fab stay - we cannot wait to come back.

Thank you for making our stay very easy and comfortable. We loved the welcome pack, the quirky little cottage, the area and local pub.

We had a lovely stay at Crumb Cottage. Thank you so much Sam for your kind hospitality. Coffee and pastries from Brill Coffee whilst sat looking out over the common next to the windmill was a wonderful treat.

Lovely relaxing stay at Crumb Cottage. Weather was kind and we were able to explore the village and sit in the garden. Sam the housekeeper was perfect, she contacted us prior to arrival to introduce herself and establish our preferences for bread and milk.

What a lovely place to stay. Brill is a delightful village. We loved The Ponter and our new friend, Ted the dog. Thank you for such a tidy house!

Crumb Cottage was lovely and cosy, meeting all our expectations and more! Great walks and amazing pubs at your doorstep.

A lovely snowy, romantic weekend in the cutest little cottage. We loved cosying up in front of the fire and enjoyed some delicious food in The Pointer. Ethel, our dog, loved the walks too!

Thank your the nice treats you left us in the cottage - they were very much appreciated. We had a great time, such a lovely place!

It was truly dreamy - beautiful interiors, an insanely comfortable bed, cozy wood burning stove!

Thank you so much for a gorgous stay Crumb Cottage. Its absolutely adorable and we really appreciate how accomondating you were. Sam was super helpfull as well!!

Thank you for a lovely stay. Brill is a lovely little spot and we had a super week. Located for great walks, and a fab weekend had by all.

Just gorgeous, very well equipped and a fabulous location for a chilled out weekend.

We had a great time at Crumb Cottage and in Brill, a part of England that we've only just got to visit! The cottage was equipped with everything we needed and we topped up by visiting the bakery and butchers nearby. The walks around the windmill were easy to follow and it was great to return to a cosy cottage to relax. The Brill Festival was another bonus during our stay. The locals were most welcoming and gave us tips on the local walks and surrounding areas. Thank you to Sam for being so attentive.

We enjoyed a lovely stay at Crumb Cottage for a peaceful weekend. We definitely recommend The Nut Tree for dinner!

We loved staying at Crumb Cottage, it was the most adorable house I have ever slept in. Thank you for the very good service.

Absolutely gorgeous little cottage, set in a lovely village, just a few mins stroll to the local pubs with spectacular sunset views over the quaint windmill on the common. The outdoor space is super for al fresco meals or to sit with a good book as it’s so peaceful. We had a fabulous stay!

We had a lovely long weekend at Crumb Cottage. The cottage is tastefully decorated throughout and there are lots of lovely walks in the area if you bring a dog. We recommend dinner at the Pointer which is a short walk away.

We had a lovely time here in Brill... had some great walks here. Really do not want to leave!

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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