Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire.
Walnut is a gloriously spacious open plan cottage occupying the two top floors of an old converted barn. With it’s commanding views over the beautiful courtyard with water feature and views down the valley and to the Cotswold hills beyond it is the perfect place to indulge your senses and share special occasions with loved ones. Warm, expansive and very comfortable, it’s the crowning glory of the five cottages at Heath Farm.
The entrance to the cottage is up a green oak staircase which leads straight into the very well equipped kitchen. It’s solid oak units, Welsh slate worktop and elm floor show off the quality of craftsmanship and superior materials used throughout. Past the hardwood doors leads into the large living and dining room area. The impressive fireplace and massive stone chimney breast extends up to the pitched ceiling on the second floor. The large oak French windows let sunlight stream into the large living area which has 3 sofas including one sofa bed for additional use. Natural luxury exudes in this cottage with exposed stone walls, wooden beam and solid elm floorboards with rugs throughout. The dining area has a magnificent solid elm banqueting table capable of comfortably seating ten guests and adds to the impressiveness of the cottage.The indulgent bathroom which is on the same floor boasts a very deep bath, separate walk in shower and is slate tiled throughout. Look out for the woman’s figure in the wood grain on one of the doors!
Heath Farm Cottages comprises of 5 individual and unique cottages clustered around a magnificent courtyard with water feature and stunning views of the Oxfordshire Cotswolds. Set in 70 acres of woodland with meadows, it’s a peaceful, idyllic rural retreat. All cottages are awarded Gold standard by Visit England and Green Tourism. Exceptional craftsmanship, beauty and cleanliness are our hallmarks.
Heath Farm Cottages offers guests the ultimate in natural luxury. Beautifully crafted cottages with high quality fixtures and fittings. Each cottage has it’s own character and feel yet all have similar traits. Firm kingsize or superking size beds, very well equipped kitchens (including picnic hampers) and comfortable living areas. Extensive use of hardwood and wrought iron fittings throughout, open fireplaces, spring water on tap, and either solid hardwood or African slate tiles floors.
Cakes baked here on the farm by Cotswold Baking and flowers cut from our garden (when seasonally available) are supplied upon your arrival.
The Barbour family live on-site and can help with any issues.
There’s a games room and games lawn and acres of space to roam.
Each Cottage sleeps between 2-4 guests. Cobnut and Chestnut cottage can be combined through an internal interlinking door to sleep 6. Total capacity for all cottages is 14. There are in addition 3 sofa beds to accommodate additional guests if need be.
Heath Farm is In the middle of nowhere yet on the edge of everything!
There are numerous attractions nearby form brewery tours, stately homes and gardens, galleries, theater to name a few.
There’s also a host of activities nearby including horse riding, fishing, golf, flying, motor sports as well as plenty of spas, sports centers and gyms.
Shoppers will be spoiled for choice with plenty of unique independent shops in nearby towns and also the world famous Bicester Shopping Village.
Within a relatively short drive is the beautiful city of Oxford and also Stratford upon Avon. We are also relatively close top Blenheim Palace.
There’s a host of great local pubs nearby with excellent food and drink. The Boxing Hare, The Falkland Arms and the Duck on the Pond are all within 2 miles. The village of Deddington has a great selection of pubs and restaurants and Chipping Norton also offers a great selection of places to eat and drink.
We also have 2 local caterers who we recommend, they can supply ready made meals or cook for you in your cottage.
Super king-size (6ft) bed with a firm, pocket sprung, high quality mattress, wardrobes and generous storage.
Quality Egyptian cotton bed linen and towels provided (one set per person)
* For those with allergies we have non-feather pillow and duvets available.
Two single (3ft) beds with softer mattresses, long haired woolen rug and chest of draws. The window has a wooden shutter.
Bedding: Feather duvets*
Quality Egyptian cotton bedlinen and towels provided (one set per person)
* For those with allergies we have non-feather pillow and duvets available.
Four star, gold rated.
Sleeps 2 – 4 adults.
Three large comfortable sofas, one is a large sofa bed available for additional use.
Huge single piece banqueting Elm table, solid oak bench and 6 chairs. Comfortably dines 10. Additional table can sit another 4.
Solid Elm floorboards with rugs throughout cottage (except bathroom)
Welsh slate worktop, electric hob, oven, microwave, fridge/freezer and dishwasher; high quality crockery and cooking equipment.
Supplies tea towels and hand towels, washing up liquid and dishwasher tablets, kitchen roll, clingfilm and foil, pepper salt and herbs, starter amount of Fairtrade tea, coffee and sugar.
The courtyard with its gracious terraces, intimate herb borders and magnificent views is generously provided with seating areas where guests can relax in peace and tranquility.Enjoy your morning tea, glass of wine in the evening or simply relax with a book to the sound of running water and birdsong. Feel free to pick fresh herbs straight out of the borders to enhance your cooking. For those who enjoy cooking alfresco we provide cast iron barbecues. The gardens that surround the courtyard and reception are also ideal places to enjoy the views and soak up the atmosphere.
The courtyard and garden is a communal space so please be considerate to other guests.
Activities and Facilities
Whether you enjoy nature rambles and picnics, birdwatching, relaxing in beautiful settings, cooking or just soaking up the atmosphere you will find something to enjoy without even having to leave the farm. There are plenty of activities too from the sedate pastime of croquet, bird watching or using the outdoor chess board through to an exhilarating ride on your bike, running through the avenue lined woodland to a game of table tennis in the games room.
Heath Farm offers a wealth of natural interest in all seasons. All the conservation work that has been done since the late 70’s certainly seems to suit the wildlife as we regularly see around 50 bird species, and have even had nightingales. It provides habitats for species that we never saw in the past, such as buzzards and red kites which are now commonplace. The woodlands and wildflower meadows are host to rabbits, hares, badgers, squirrels, roe deer and muntjac. In summer, wild cherry plums grow in abundance and in autumn, nut bushes galore provide rich pickings for wildlife and visitors alike. We have bird books and lists in the cottages for guests to try and spot any new species. Tree identifier signs are dotted around the farm. See if you can find them all!
Please make the most of your holiday at Heath Farm by exploring all that we have here and enjoy finding and watching everything that nature has to offer. Do tell us if you see anything exciting or unusual and whether there is anything you think we should do to improve your enjoyment of our piece of rural Oxfordshire.
The second floor is accessed by a solid elm staircase which leads to the first bedroom which has commanding views through a large arched window. The bed is super king size and has Egyptian cotton bedding and a firm pocket srung mattress. The second bedroom which has two single beds is accessed from teh first bedroom and is divided by a heavy curtain. The top floor again has a solid elm flooring with rugs throughout.
As with all the cottages at Heath Farm you’ll find a level of detail and craftsmanship rarely seen elsewhere. Our exacting standard of cleanliness is the other hallmark of this idyllic retreat.
The farm itself has 70 acres of private woodland and meadows to explore which are again maintained to a very high standard. There’s a games room with pool table, tennis table, darts baord plus a host of games, information on local walks and cycle routes. There’s even a computer and projector screen for movie nights. We have an outdoor games lawn with croquet lawn plus a game shed packed full of equipment. There’s even a built in outdoor chess set in the corner of the courtyard. There’s so much to do here you’ll find it hard to leave the farm to enjoy the abundance of attractions in the local area!
Walnut offers guests a truly indulgent and relaxing setting. It’s superior crafted, naturally luxurious features and exceptional quality means it outperforms its star rating and has been awarded Gold status by Visit England. Our green credentials are recognised by Green Tourism who have awarded us Gold standard too.
For more information on this beautiful holiday home please get in touch.
Around The Property
Walnut is one of five award-winning luxury self-catering holiday cottages, each sleeping 2 – 4 adults, lovingly converted from old stone farm buildings set in 70 acres of meadow and woodland. An exquisite and tranquil base for exploring the Oxfordshire Cotswolds. Heath Farm Holiday Cottages, Swerford, Chipping Norton, Oxford. OX7 4BN.