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The Quail House, Nr. Soho Farmhouse, Cotswolds

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6 guests3 bedrooms4 beds2 baths

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The Quail House is a beautifully stylish 1750's Cotswold barn, sleeping 6 across 3 bedrooms in a super king-size double, a king-size double and a bunkbed children’s room. Close to Soho Farmhouse, Chipping Norton, Woodstock and Banbury, this stunning barn conversion has a gorgeous living room, fully equipped kitchen/dining area, a wet room and a bathroom with a roll-top bath. Also secure front and rear gardens, with a play area, lawn and patios. One well-behaved dog (small/medium) is accepted*.

The space
>> CLEANING PROTOCOL: Every owner of a property listed with Bolthole Retreats has undertaken to implement a series of additional cleaning measures in order to minimise the risk of infection between stays. Housekeepers have been instructed to follow a 30-point guide which involves cleaning first to remove germs and other impurities, and then disinfecting to kills germs with chemicals while wearing disposable gloves and facemasks. All laundry will be washed using a bleach or other disinfectant-based laundry detergent containing active oxygen bleach at a temperature of at least 60 degrees. At least one pot of hand sanitiser, and for the larger properties 2 or 3 pots, will be provided. Implementing these measures will necessarily result in an increase in the time taken to undertake a clean. Therefore, we ask that guests respect the advertised check-in and check-out times, and we will regrettably be unable to agree to any exceptions.

(*Dogs: One well-behaved dog is welcome at the cottage at an additional cost of £30. Please let us know if you will be bringing a dog and we will then revise your booking confirmation.)

THE SPACE>> The Quail House is a beautiful Cotswold barn, originally built in the 1750s and lovingly converted into a stylish, 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom country retreat close to Soho Farmhouse, Chipping Norton, Woodstock and Banbury. Sleeping 6 across a super king-size double, a king-size double and a bunkbed children’s room, this stunning barn conversion has a gorgeous living room, fully equipped kitchen/dining area, a wet room and a bathroom with a huge walk-in shower and a roll-top bath to die for. A secure front and rear garden, with a play area, lawn and patios make this home ideal for families. One well-behaved dog (small/medium) is accepted.

As you step through the main gate from Manor Road into the front garden you are greeted with the view of an immaculate barn conversion, bordered by a manicured garden with a patio and children’s play area. A large glass-fronted porch draws visitors up the steps, across the lawn to the front door to discover what lies beyond the cleverly converted and charmingly decorated The Quail House.

Head through the front door and into the Living Room and you will immediately feel that you have made a great choice for your Cotswold holiday. The combination of original features - from the solid oak floor (cut from a single Oak tree) to vaulting full-height beams - with contemporary finishes, high-end appliances, fabulous beds, a luxury bathroom and wet room and a glorious outdoor space, make The Quail House an exceptional holiday property.

The village of Sandford St Martin is a great location for exploring Oxford (14 miles), Woodstock and Blenheim (7 miles) and the north-eastern end of the Cotswolds, particularly Chipping Norton, just 7 miles away. It is a very pretty and tranquil village, with mostly period, Cotswold ironstone houses and a church, St Martin’s, dating back to 1273. Opposite the church is the impressive Sandford Park, a Grade II* listed building built in 1700 with a 18th-century wing. Take a stroll around the village to the cricket green and you’ll feel as if you have stepped back in time. Walk a little further on one of the many footpaths and bridleways to the picturesque villages of Ledwell, Little Tew and Great Tew.

Despite being in a tiny little village off the tourist track, The Quail House has the benefit of good road links to junctions 9 and 10 of the M40, just 12 miles and 9 miles to the south-west and east respectively, making the journey just over two hours to either Central London or Birmingham.

Property Facilities

 Sleeps 6 in 3 bedrooms across 1 super-king size bedroom, 1 king size bedroom and one bunkbed room (2 singles)
 2 bathrooms: 1 upstairs family bathroom with rolltop bath, shower, washbasin, WC; 1 downstairs wet room with walk-in shower, washbasin and WC.
 Parking – on street: unlimited, free
 Private enclosed front and rear garden – safe for children + 1 dog
 Fireplace with wood burner – starter logs and kindling supplied
 All bed linen, bath and hand towels and tea towels provided
 Hairdryer x1
 Kitchen Starter Pack: teabags, ground coffee, sugar, milk, salt & pepper, cooking oil
 Cleaning Starter Pack: dishwasher tablets, scourer, cloth, washing up liquid, bin bags, kitchen paper
 Bathroom starter pack: hand soap, shampoo, shower gel and toilet paper
 Heating and hot water via central heating with Nest and individual thermostat controls
 Dog bed for small dog. Water and food bowl.
 Free Wi-Fi
 TV – large flat screen Smart TV with Freeview, Apple TV and Netflix
 Games: chess set and family board games
 Child friendly: superb play area in the garden and children’s bunk bedroom with toys.
 Fully equipped kitchen with toaster, kettle, coffee maker, utensils, crockery, cutlery, glassware (champagne flutes, tumblers and wine and water glasses) cafetiere, bakeware, food preparation (grater, jug, sieve, saucepans, bread bin)
 Oven/hob: Smeg, 5-burner hob with wide oven
 Microwave
 Dishwasher
 Fridge-Freezer
 Washer-dryer machine
 Ironing board, iron, clothes airer
 Vacuum cleaner
 Baby/Child Equipment: highchair, travel cot (cot linen not supplied), changing mat
 Outdoor patios/seating areas
 Garden furniture – seats 6 at dining area; 6 on BBQ patio; 2 on front patio. Cushions found in porch and master bed.
 BBQ (gas) – large Spirit barbecue, gas supplied
 Safety equipment: fire extinguisher, fire blanket, carbon monoxide monitor, smoke/heat alarm.

Full Property Description
Ground Floor

Entrance Hall/Cloakroom

The welcoming, spacious and bright entrance porch is the perfect place to hang coats, put on or take off shoes and boots, while perched on the pretty bench, and drop down bags of shopping or suitcases before entering the main house. The stone flooring makes it ideal for storing muddy footwear, while a boot rack will help dry out any footwear that’s been caught in a shower.

Living Room

At the heart of the property is the Living Room, a fantastic room for relaxing and socialising. It is a warm and welcoming space radiating its history from the 18th century exposed beams and a solid oak floor, cut from a single Oak tree, yet feels contemporary with the grey-taupe colourway and splashes of orange and yellow. This spacious room is flooded with light from two sets of French doors opening to the rear garden and windows overlooking the front garden. At the centre of the room are two sink-in sofas, a large coffee table and a Chesney wood burning stove (kindling and logs provided to get you going). A large, flat screen Smart TV is cleverly concealed behind the mirror over the fireplace and has access to Freeview, Apple TV and Netflix. In the corner by the window is an inviting armchair with a reading light, a lovely spot to sit and watch the children in the garden or read a book. A vintage sideboard, chest of drawers and bookcase provide the finishing touches.

The Kitchen / Dining Area

To the left of the Living Room is the fully equipped Kitchen and Dining Area opening out through French doors to the rear garden.

The bright and airy kitchen would delight any chef with its plentiful storage and preparation space, polished granite surfaces, high-end appliances, including a 5-burner Smeg hob and double-width oven and Miele fridge/freezer, and full range of bakeware and utensils. The kitchen’s pretty windows overlook the front garden - perfect for keeping an eye on children playing while you cook or clear up. At the opposite end to the kitchen is a dining area with a striking exposed Cotswold stone wall and a retro rectangular table and seating for six, plus a highchair. French doors open to the pretty rear garden and a patio with a second table and seating for six. (Please see ‘Outside’ for details of the gardens and patios.)
Bedroom One – Master

The vaulted ceiling and original A-frame set the scene for the striking Master Bedroom, with its super-king size bed, exposed stone walls, whitewashed floorboards and French doors opening out to the rear garden. The bedroom is furnished with a 3-door cupboard, full-length mirror, bedside tables with reading lamps, a pretty dressing table with a triple mirror, seat and power point with a hairdryer. A comfy armchair, positioned near the French doors, provides a lovely place to sit and relax.

Downstairs Wet Room/WC

Sitting between the Master Bedroom and Bunkbed Room is the small, but very stylish, Wet Room, featuring charcoal black floor-to-ceiling tiling. The room is equipped with a rain shower, WC, heated towel rail, and washbasin. Alcove shelving provides space for personal items, or you can light tealight candles to create a distinctively spa-like feel. (Note: there is a step up into the Wet Room from the hallway.)

Bedroom Three (bunkbed room)

Overlooking the front garden, the bunkbed room is a fabulous room for children, with lots of space to sleep and play. The room has a play table and chairs, an A-frame blackboard with chalks, a mini rocking horse and a pirate’s toy castle! It is a bright and airy room, but blackout blinds as well as curtains will ensure a good night’s sleep!

The bedroom has a wardrobe with chest of drawers, which also houses the iron and ironing board. The second wardrobe is an airing cupboard where guests will find a travel cot, baby changing mat and clothes airer.


Mezzanine Sitting Area

Stairs lead up from the Living Room to a mezzanine level close to the eaves of the Quail House. At the top of the stairs is a delightful seating area, with a two-seater sofa, double pouf, table and lamp. A telescope is positioned under a Velux skylight window, inviting you to view the stars in the inky blue sky, with little, if any, light pollution. (Instructions for the telescope are not available, please use with care.)

Bedroom Two

From the seating area, cross over an elevated walkway to this light and airy dual-aspect king-size bedroom, with views over the front and rear garden through Velux skylights (with blinds). The room has a beautiful, exposed Cotswold ironstone wall and is furnished with an antique desk with drawers, bedside tables with lamps, a comfy armchair and a hanging rail plus wall hooks for robes and jackets.

Family Bathroom

This beautiful bathroom with its contemporary Moorish styling, polished limestone flooring and tiles, roll top bath and wet room-style, walk-in shower calls out to be used for relaxation. The bath is perfectly positioned under the Velux skylights, so that guests can lie back and watch the night sky or the early morning sunrise. A washbasin is set in a pretty, retro sideboard, while the toilet is offset for privacy. A large, heated towel rail is big enough to keep several towels dry.


The Quail House has two immaculate, private and enclosed gardens to the front and rear of the house. Stepping in through the grey-green entrance gate from the road you’ll be greeted by five amphitheatre-style steps up to the front lawn, with a children’s play area to the right including a treehouse on 4ft stilts, a slide and a rope swing all under a beautiful ash tree, and a little wooden playhouse full of garden toys! Beyond the lawn, to the side of the entrance porch, is a patio with a small bistro-style table, chairs and a parasol. Raised borders with fragrant lavender bushes and other bee and bug-friendly plants wrap around the front of the house, providing a colourful border against the wooden frame of this beautiful 1750s barn conversion.

Stepping out to the rear garden, which can be accessed through French doors in the Living Room, the Dining Area or the Master Bedroom, you will find a patio directly outside the dining area - ideal for enjoying an outdoor breakfast, lunch or supper. Step up to a raised lawn surrounded by an impressive Cotswold stone wall (at least 5ft high), then cross the lawn to another patio furnished with sofa seating and a large gas barbecue.

Guest access
Guests have access to the entire house and gardens.

Other things to note
Points to Note:

The front garden entrance and, to a lesser extent, the back garden have stone steps, so please be careful with young children or if you have any mobility restrictions.

There is a raised walkway, with a railing, between Bedroom 2 and the Family Bathroom. Please be very careful with young children, particularly if they like to climb.

The entrance to the downstairs Wet Room has a step up into the room. Please take care.

Sandford St Martin is a beautiful, little Cotswold village; however, it doesn’t have a pub or shop. The closest shop for emergency items is Middle Barton Stores, 1 mile away and the closest pub is The Fox Inn, Middle Barton or The Falkland Arms, in Great Tew (2 miles).

Parking is on the road either outside the property or across the street by the war memorial. We advise avoiding the curve in the road.
The Quail House is a beautifully stylish 1750's Cotswold barn, sleeping 6 across 3 bedrooms in a super king-size double, a king-size double and a bunkbed children’s room. Close to Soho Farmhouse, Chipping Norton, Woodstock and Banbury, this stunning barn conversion has a gorgeous living room, fully equipped kitchen/dining area, a wet room and a bathroom with a roll-top bath. Also secure front and rear gardens, with a play area, lawn and patios. One well-behaved dog (small/medium) is accepted*.

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Sleeping arrangements

Bedroom 1
1 king bed
Bedroom 2
1 queen bed
Bedroom 3
1 bunk bed


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Sandford Saint Martin, England, United Kingdom

Local Amenities

Shopping for Essentials

Sandford St Martin is a beautiful but tiny Cotswold village, and so, as with many tiny villages, it does not have a pub or shop; however, there is a village shop in Middle Barton, just 1 mile away – great for an emergency pint of milk, loaf of bread and eggs. (The closest pubs are The Fox Inn, Middle Barton or The Falkland Arms, in Great Tew (2 miles).

Chipping Norton is the closest place (8 miles) for supermarket shopping; there is a Co-op, a small Sainsbury’s and Aldi, all with parking. The town also has a good selection of independent stores, including two butchers, Nash’s Bakery, Oats the health food store and Roger’s Fishmonger.
For a larger supermarket shop, try Banbury (10 miles away) where there is a Morrisons, Sainsbury’s, Tesco and Aldi.
All the major supermarkets deliver to The Quail Cottage.
Eating Out

The Cinnamon Stick, in Middle Barton (1.5 miles away), is a Lebanese restaurant that gets very good reviews. Handy for takeout.
Baker Girl in Great Tew (2 miles away) is fantastic for coffee and delicious baked goods and The Falkland Arms, also in Great Tew, is very popular for lunch or dinner.
The Crowne Inn at Church Enstone (3.6 miles away) is a traditional Cotswold pub and a decent option for lunch, serving local ales in the bar and dishes using locally sourced produce and fish.
Close to the village of Swerford (4.5 miles away) there are two pubs/restaurants worth visiting, The Boxing Hare and The Masons Arms.
Chipping Norton has a wide range of eateries, from Hinchmans Pizzeria and Bar to Jaffe & Neale’s Bookshop and Cafe and The Wild Thyme. See the Guidebook below for more details.

Nearest Fuel Stations

In Chipping Norton (8 miles):
• Jet Petrol Station, Steeple Aston (OX25 5QQ) 3.2 miles
• Esso, just off the London Road (OX7 5AX)
• Shell on the edge of Chipping Norton (OX7 5SX)
Sainsbury’s and Morrisons in Banbury also have fuel stations.

The Quail House is at the centre of some great walking country in the Cotswolds and West Oxfordshire. Books on local walks and an ordnance survey map are available at the house for guests to borrow.

Here are some of the owners’ recommendations for local walks:

• Rousham House and Garden near Lower Heyford. (Note: children under 15 are not admitted to the gardens.)
• Rollright Stones (see Cotswold AONB website – below)
• Woodstock
• Blenheim
• Canal Walks from Lower Heyford
• Walk from The Quail House to Ledwell
• Turn right out of The Quail House and down Manor Road to walk around the village past the church to the cricket club.

Guidebook: Chipping Norton

In this Guidebook section we head over to Chipping Norton, just 8 miles from The Quail House. Tucked high up in Oxfordshire’s portion of the Cotswolds, Chipping Norton is a beautiful market town with an enviable reputation. It is the highest town in the region thanks to its stunning hillside location, with a rich history dating back to the 13th Century when it was known as a bustling wool-trading town; a heritage proven through the great wool church of St. Mary, known for its stunning interiors, and still sitting proudly at the heart of the town.

Affectionately known by locals as ‘Chippy’, the town is now very much a bustling hub of culture; its thriving retail and culinary scene attracting visitors from all across the Cotswolds. A general market still takes place every Wednesday, and a Farmer’s Market is held on the morning of every third Saturday. The town is great for anyone looking to hunt for some local treats, with a plethora of independent retailers and antique shops to peruse. The town also has a good number of pubs, restaurants and cafes, whilst culture buffs will love the thriving theatre; a rare addition to a town of this size, famous for its annual pantomime and eclectic programme of music, theatre, dance and comedy. During the summer months, you can enjoy the Lido, a heated, open air, 25m pool (see below).

Perfectly positioned to explore the north Cotswolds and Oxfordshire, there’s plenty on offer right on the doorstep to keep all ages entertained. Head off on an exploration of the pretty Cotswold villages which surround the town or take a cultural daytrip to nearby Oxford or Stratford-Upon-Avon; the possibilities are endless.

Sightseeing & Activities
Thanks to Chipping Norton’s rich heritage, there’s plenty on offer locally to see and do for culture vultures and history buffs alike. Start off by exploring the landmarks of the town itself. Take in the beautiful Town Hall (a proud symbol of the town’s former borough days), before visiting the Almshouses – one of the town’s key landmarks dating back to the first half of the 1600s, provided kindly by former resident Henry Cornish upon his death to house widows of the town. Chipping Norton Museum, located on the High Street, showcases memorable artefacts from throughout the town’s history dating all the way back to the Roman period, making it a great pit-stop for those keen to learn more about the town through the ages. Chipping Norton Theatre is also a must-visit, should there be anything that tickles your fancy playing during your stay.
Further afield, the many sights and attractions of the wider Cotswolds will afford you plenty to see and do. Start off by heading to The Rollright Stones, an ancient stone circle spanning nearly 2,000 years of Neolithic and Bronze Age development located in the nearby village of Great Rollright. Just outside the town sits Bliss Tweed Mill, an impressive display of 19th Century manufacturing prowess, immediately recognisable by its iconic dome-based chimney, which makes it look more like a lavish mansion than a tweed mill. Now luxury apartments following its official closure in the 1980s, the mill is still well worth driving past as one of the town’s most famous visual landmarks. The National Trust’s Chastleton House and Garden, an ancient country house spanning 400 years of history, is also just a stone’s throw away in Moreton-in-Marsh, whilst the acclaimed Whichford Pottery is just a 15-minute drive for those in search of a pretty souvenir from their travels.

For Kids (little and big)
Blenheim Palace
Home to the 12th Duke of Marlborough and family, and birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill, Blenheim Palace is a spectacular masterpiece of architecture sure to wow visitors of all ages. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, there’s plenty to see and do here: explore the Palace and its priceless collections; amble through the stunning park and gardens; get stuck in at the Family Forest School or check out the Palace’s busy schedule of events and attractions, running throughout the year.
The Lido
A fantastic heated outdoor pool in Chipping Norton, open from April to September each year, with lifeguards on duty and a snack bar offering tasty treats after a refreshing dip. Perfect for when those hot, sunny Cotswold days come knocking. With its heated 25m pool, The Lido is an oasis in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds. Whether you’re a serious swimmer clocking up the lengths in our early morning sessions or a family looking for an afternoon’s outdoor fun, The Lido has something for everyone.
Whichford Pottery
Home of the world-famous Whichford Pottery, where beautiful flowerpots have been hand-crafted here in the Cotswolds for over 40 years, you can meet the makers in the bustling workshop and take inspiration from their stunning garden, before choosing your own memento to take home.
Chastleton House and Gardens
An ancient country house with beautiful surrounding gardens, acting as a time-capsule of family life spanning an impressive 400 years. Built between 1607 and 1612, this rare gem of a Jacobean country house was owned by the same family until 1991, when it had largely remained unchanged. It now offers a fascinating insight into years gone by.

Time to Relax
Bamford Haybarn Spa, Daylesford
A beautiful wellness retreat at the acclaimed Daylesford Farm Shop, offering a range of pampering massage, facial and stress reduction treatments with an emphasis on the use of a holistic approach to wellbeing. Pick up some luxurious Bamford Bath & Body products whilst you’re there, all made in England using natural, responsibly sourced, organic ingredients.
Cowshed Spa, Soho Farmhouse
A members and guests-only paradise at the famed Soho Farmhouse. Relax with a pampering massage, manicure or pedicure, unwind in the steam room, sauna and hot tubs or take a refreshing dip in the indoor pool; with all treatments undertaken with the famed Cowshed Spa toiletry range.
The Spa at Barnsley House
For the ultimate in luxury, look no further than Barnsley House – an iconic hotel tucked away in the picturesque Cotswold village of Barnsley – where a dedicated spa hidden in the gardens offers all visitors a truly memorable day of R&R. The glass-walled spa really is the ultimate in luxury retreats, boasting an outdoor heated hydrotherapy pool, herbaceous sauna and indoor/outdoor lounge relaxation areas.

For Nature Lovers
Batsford Arboretum
The 56-acre arboretum at Batsford is situated just a mile west of the historic market town of Moreton-in-Marsh in the heart of the Cotswolds. A former home to the famous Mitford family, interest in the arboretum begins in late winter when the snowdrops, aconites and early flowering daffodils spring into life, followed by magnolias, hellebores, fritillaries and the beautiful Japanese ornamental cherries – stars of the show from late March until mid-April. The handkerchief tree is another showstopper in May, as are the beautiful wildflower meadows which bloom in high summer.
Hidcote Manor Garden
One of the finest Arts and Crafts gardens in the country, Hidcote was created by American horticulturist Major Lawrence Johnston circa 1905. Divided into a series of garden ‘rooms’, each garden boasts its own character, intertwined with narrow pathways, beautiful views and plants bursting to life at every turn. A must-visit for the green fingered.
Kiftsgate Court Gardens
Located on the edge of the Cotswold escarpment, this family-run garden has been carefully cultivated by three generations. Featuring a beautiful revolving plan of blooms, which burst into life throughout the year, visitors can discover the garden’s wild garden, orchard, mound and avenue, plus a fantastic water garden and elegant fountain.

Chipping Norton Theatre
The theatre produces a wide variety of plays and screens films for all ages.
Cornbury Music Festival (July)
A one-of-a-kind music festival in the heart of beautiful Cotswold countryside, taking place each July with a stellar line-up of live music, food and entertainment for all ages to enjoy. Day tickets are available for those who’d prefer to stay in comfort in their wonderful Bolthole Retreats cottage.
The Big Feastival (August)
Genius brainchild of ex-Blur bassist Alex James, The Big Feastival takes place each August Bank Holiday on James’ home farm just outside the beautiful village of Kingham. Expect incredible food from world-renowned chefs, expert demos, a stellar music line-up and plenty of entertainment. Family-friendly, it’s a great choice for those looking for a memorable day out, with day-tickets available over the course of the weekend.

You’re spoilt for choice when it comes to walking opportunities in and around Chipping Norton, its prime hillside position meaning there are miles of beautiful surrounding landscapes to explore. For those in search of a gentle stroll, try the walk from Chipping Norton to Over Norton; a gentle 2.5-mile circular walk across undulating countryside, waymarked for ease. For those in search of something slightly more challenging, the 5.5-mile ‘Mills and Meadows’ walk between Kingham and Chipping Norton is a great option, taking in the pretty meadowland which sits between the two famed Cotswold towns. For those keen to visit the ancient Rollright Stones, a 5.25-mile circular walk, starting from the village of Salford, provides the perfect opportunity to discover them on-foot, beginning in a beautiful valley before leading you to the mystical stones.

Bicester Village
Bicester Village is home to more than 160 boutiques of British and international luxury fashion and lifestyle brands, offering savings of up to 60% on the recommended retail price, all year round.
Individual luxury boutiques, alongside restaurants and cafés offering fine cuisine and coffees all day long, cluster around open-air promenades, providing the perfect setting for a day-out shopping experience. A suite of services, including complimentary valet parking and style consultancies, are available on request.
An hour from London in the heart of Oxfordshire, Bicester Village is easy to reach. By car, leave the M40 at Junction 9 and follow the signs; by train from London Marylebone alight at Bicester Village station. The Village’s own Shopping Express direct coach, operating between central pick-up points in London and the Village, every day of the week, is a swift, direct and comfortable service.

Activities for Bigger Kids
The Wychwood Golf Club
Set in the beautiful Oxfordshire countryside and just outside the historic town of Chipping Norton, is the exceptional Wychwood Golf Club. Offering spectacular views of the surrounding countryside and Wychwood woodlands. The Wychwood boasts one of the region’s outstanding venues for golf, weddings, business meetings and casual dining. Non-members are very welcome to use the driving range and dining facilities.
Hook Norton Brewery
A family-run brewery with a rich handcrafted brewing heritage and one of the finest examples of a Victorian Tower Brewery in the country to boot.
Stop by for a brewery tour and experience the sights and sounds of a bustling working brewery in action, learning all about the brewing process (and sampling its tasty results) as you go. Then, pick up your favourite Hooky brews in the Brewery Shop, before heading to the Malthouse Kitchen for a well-earned bite to eat.
The Cotswolds Distillery
The Cotswolds Distillery is the first-ever full-scale craft distillery within the Cotswolds’ Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). They produce a range of “Outstanding Natural Spirits”, including the first-ever Cotswolds Single Malt Whisky, featuring Cotswolds-grown barley. They also produce the award-winning Cotswolds Dry Gin, featuring local lavender from Snowshill, along with a range of small-batch brandies and liqueurs. Located in the unspoilt North Cotswold village of Shipston-on-Stour, with tours and tastings every day of the week (advance booking required).

Eating Out
Chipping Norton and its surrounding towns and villages have a fantastic selection of cafes, restaurants and pubs for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Here are a few for you to try:
Bakeries & Snacks
The Tea Set
24 High Street, Chipping Norton OX7 5AD
A beautiful tearoom offering indulgent treats, freshly baked cakes, elegant sandwiches and a selection of tempting lunch and dinner dishes, all in beautiful, quaint surroundings.
The Old Mill Coffee House & Bistro
7 West Street, Chipping Norton OX7 5LH
A reasonably priced, family friendly café on bustling West Street, offering delicious breakfasts, lunches and homemade sweet treats.
Daylesford Organic Farm
Near Kingham, Gloucestershire GL56 0YG
A must-visit for anyone in the area, the luxurious Daylesford Organic Farm shop and restaurant is anything but rustic… this is luxury Cotswold living at its very best. The café offers fantastic all-day dining from breakfast right through until early supper, with an excellent deli should you want to pick up a few treats whilst you’re there to take back to your holiday cottage.
Burford Garden Company
Shilton Road, Burford OX18 4PA
A nationally renowned garden and home destination with a distinctly luxurious twist, Burford’s in-house café offers a selection of tasty, fresh dishes to enjoy no matter what the time of day. Perfect as a pit-stop should you be checking out the incredible goods on offer in the shop, but equally as good as a dining destination.
Lunch & Dinner
Wild Thyme Restaurant and Rooms
10 New Street, Chipping Norton OX7 5LJ
A Michelin guide-recommended gem run by husband and wife team Nick and Sally, serving up fresh, seasonal, British modern dishes made from produce with a focus on local with relaxed, friendly service.
Whistlers Café Bar & Restaurant
9 Middle Row, Chipping Norton OX7 5NH
A family-run restaurant with a relaxed, welcoming atmosphere, serving up classic British-inspired dishes with a refined twist.
The Tite Inn
Mill End, Chadlington OX7 3NY
A picture-perfect Cotswold stone village pub, offering bags of character, tasty tipples and good-quality home-cooked meals. Expect classic pub grub with reasonable prices to match.
The Boxing Hare
Swerford, Chipping Norton OX7 4AP
Run by successful London restauranteur Antony Griffith Harris, The Boxing Hare is a surprisingly chic find in this hidden corner of the Cotswolds. Here, you’ll find a delectable menu of dishes to satisfy any craving on the à la carte menu, alongside a host of local ales, tasty wines and classic bar snacks, should you only fancy a small bite to eat.
The Fox at Oddington
Lower Oddington GL56 0UR
A classic Cotswold inn serving up delicious seasonal British food, excellent wines and tasty local beers; perfect for those in search of casual dining with a quintessential Cotswolds feel.
The Wild Rabbit
Church Street, Kingham OX7 6YA
This award-winning eatery boasts an enviable reputation across the Cotswolds, serving up refined, Michelin Guide-recommend grub in the beautiful setting of the beautiful village of Kingham. Food here is seasonal and locally-sourced wherever possible, giving you a great ‘taste of the Cotswolds’ experience, and although not the cheapest it’s certainly the perfect destination for a memorable feast.
The Chequers
Church Rd, Churchill OX7 6NJ
A traditional-looking country pub in the heart of the village of Churchill with an impressively stylish vibe inside, boasting tasty locally brewed beers, a healthy selection of cocktails and great food to match. Anything but old-fashioned, here you’ll feel just as welcome nipping in for a pint as you would sitting down to a hearty feast of British classics with surprising, modern twists.
King’s Head Inn
The Green, Chipping Norton OX7 6XQ
The King’s Head Inn is an award-winning, traditional Cotswold country inn with a pretty location in the heart of Bledington’s village green. Food here is of excellent quality, locally sourced and seasonally changing, with provenance at the heart of each of the ingredients used. Expect excellent, restaurant-quality dishes in a laid-back pub setting.
Takeaways & Late Dining
Hookie Food Vans
Hook Norton village welcomes a selection of fantastic food vans into the village on different days throughout the week, well worth a try should you be in the area. On Wednesdays, JP’s Mobile Pizzeria is there from 5pm onwards at the primary school; Thursdays see the Thai To Go food van visit between 5pm-8pm outside the church; Fridays, the Country Fish and Chip Shop parks on Bell Lane opposite the Village Shop, serving up tasty chippy dinners between 5pm and 8pm – locals highly recommend!
Hitchman’s Restaurant, Pizzeria and Bar
2 West Street, Chipping Norton OX7 5AA
Freshly made Neapolitan pizzas available to eat-in or take away, offering an elegant twist on the usual takeaway pizza options.
Spice of India
6 West Street, Chipping Norton OX7 5AA
A traditional restaurant and takeaway serving a host of contemporary Indian and Bangladeshi dishes.
The Arctic Fish Bar
8 New Street, Chipping Norton OX7 5LJ
A great, reasonably priced chippy with all the classics you’d expect on offer, affectionately known by locals as “the best chippy in Chippy.” 
In addition to local pubs mentioned in ‘Local Amenities’, above, here are a few more in easy driving distance of The Quail House at Sandford St Martin:
The Blue Boar
1 Goddards Lane, Chipping Norton, OX7 5NP
A traditional Cotswold pub dating back to 1641 that’s popular with locals, serving a wide selection of lagers, real ales, wine and spirits, plus regular live music.
The Chequers
Goddards Lane, Chipping Norton, OX7 5NP
A classic pub serving up real ales, lagers, wines and a good selection of spirits, plus a traditional pub grub menu should you fancy a bite to eat.
The Sun Inn
High St, Hook Norton, OX15 5NH
A laid-back inn with stylish interiors and a friendly pub atmosphere, serving up a selection of Hook Norton ales and continental beers.
The Pear Tree Inn
Scotland End, Hook Norton, OX15 5NU
Handily located at the entrance to Brewery Lane (leading up to Hook Norton Brewery), The Pear Tree Inn offers tasty tipples courtesy of the Brewery itself, as well as tasty pub grub.
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Sandford St Martin is a beautiful but tiny Cotswold village, and so, as with many tiny villages, it does not have a pub or shop; however, there is a…

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