Sleeps 5 | Ref: RC
Robin Cottage is an immaculate Cotswold stone cottage, refurbished to a very high standard and retaining a wealth of character features, as well as a beautiful enclosed garden. Located in the peaceful village of Little Compton, the cottage is perfectly placed to explore the surrounding Cotswolds region.
One of a short row of Cotswold stone cottages in a picturesque village, Robin Cottage is immaculately presented and has a beautiful, enclosed front garden. The village of Little Compton has a well-regarded pub, The Red Lion, as well as being located close to the beautiful market towns of Moreton-in-Marsh, Chipping Norton and Stow-on-the-Wold. Many walks through the stunning Cotswolds countryside are available on the doorstep and the cottage is within easy reach of numerous attractions.
Robin cottage dates back to 1842 and has recently been stunningly refurbished, to show off many character features, including exposed stone walls, wooden beams, oak doors and a wood burning stove in the living room. Complementing these character features, the cottage has modern facilities, including wireless internet access and Freeview TV.
Robin Cottage sleeps five people, in three bedrooms, with a beautiful family bathroom. There is plentiful, quiet street parking available. The cottage is an ideal location for a family holiday or for groups of friends seeking a beautiful country retreat.
Robin Cottage is accessed via a beautiful, enclosed, south facing front garden, which contains an outdoor table and seating.
The front door opens into a good sized hallway, off which the main open plan ground floor rooms are:
Returning to the hallway, stairs lead up to a lovely first floor landing, with exposed oak beams and stone walls. Leading off the landing are three bedrooms and a family bathroom:
As well as the large front garden, there is also a rear courtyard garden, accessed via French doors from the dining room. This tranquil, gravelled area is enclosed (please note that there is a right of access through the garden for the next door neighbour) and contains an outdoor table and seating, a chiminea and a barbeque. There is a storage shed in the back garden, which contains a tumble dryer.
For bookings commencing more than 12 weeks in advance, a 30% non-refundable deposit is required to confirm the booking. The balance payment is then due 12 weeks prior to arrival.
All payments are made subject to the cancellation policy set out in the standard Booking Conditions.
Security deposits are not required (please note that guests are still liable for any damage or additional cleaning required as a result of their actions).
The maximum occupancy of the property is five guests, at any point during your stay. Unauthorised over occupancy is a breach of our terms and conditions and may result in the cancellation of your booking and additional charges. Please consult us prior to booking if you wish to discuss the possibility of having more than five guests at the property.
Regrettably, pets are not accepted.
Bed linen and towels
Bed linen and towels are provided for guests.
Arrival and departure times
Arrival time is after 4pm and departure time is by 10am. Access is via a key safe, therefore it does not matter if you are arriving late at night.
Bed sizes and configurations
Heating, fuel and logs
The property has an electric central heating system.
Electricity and gas are included in the letting price. There is a wood burning stove in the living room and logs are provided under a fair usage policy (there is an honesty box for contributions towards the cost of logs used).
Please note that free logs are normally available, but, on occasion, there may be situations when the previous guests have used up all the logs and the log supply cannot be replenished immediately.
The property has free wireless internet access and a Freeview TV with DVD player. A cordless telephone is also provided, with an honesty box for the cost of calls made (there is an international bar on the telephone).
Guests should be aware that mobile phone reception can be very poor.
Free, quiet on-street parking is available, outside the cottage.
Where a letting exceeds seven nights, a mid-stay clean, bed and towel change are included in the price. Additional housekeeping services may be available on request.
Child friendly facilities
A travel cot (without linen) and high chair are provided.
A small quantity of initial consumables is provided for your convenience (eg. tea, coffee, sugar, dishwasher tablets, washing up liquid, soap, washing powder, toilet rolls, etc), however, you should not expect the quantity of these provisions to be sufficient for the duration of your stay.
Accessibility, health and safety
Robin Cottage is an old property and has some features, including low beams and two floors, which could pose difficulty to guests with limited mobility, or carrying babies, both in terms of their general movement and their ability to quickly exit the house in the event of an emergency.
The smoke and CO detectors operate on a sound only basis and, therefore, those who have serious impairment of hearing may not be able to hear the alarm systems and could be at risk.
The low lying nature of the bedroom windows could pose a hazard to children. Window locks are provided and guests should be aware of the need to supervise children in these areas.
There is a brook, served by a culvert, on the opposite side of the road to the property, which could pose a hazard to children. Guests should be aware of the need to supervise children and it would be prudent to keep the front gate to the property shut.
No smoking is permitted throughout the property.
In order to provide you with as much detail of our properties as possible, we sometimes use wide angle photography, which can make certain rooms, or spaces, appear larger than they actually are. Wherever possible, we try to include a floorplan, with detailed dimensions of rooms and areas. If you have any queries regarding the size of any rooms or spaces, please do not hesitate to contact us.
The picturesque village of Little Compton forms the southernmost tip of Warwickshire, between Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire. The village lies in a “combe” or valley, from which the name Compton is derived and the epithet “Little” distinguishes it from the neighbouring Long Compton.
Little Compton is a typical small Cotswold village, with a beautiful Jacobean manor house, an old church and a local pub, The Red Lion, which is featured in the Good Pub Guide. There is also a children’s playground in the village.
Little Compton Manor House in 1910
The oldest parts of the Manor House date from the 15th Century and were originally the grange of the Tewkesbury Monks, until the Dissolution of the Monasteries by Henry VIII. Amongst a number of former notable owners is William Juxon, Bishop of London, who was an adviser to Charles I during the English Civil War. He was the only priest to accompany the king to the scaffold at his execution. William was later appointed Archbishop of Canterbury by Charles II, Charles I’s son, upon the restoration of the monarchy in 1660.
The Four Shires Stone is located close to Little Compton, marking the historic meeting point of Gloucestershire, Worcestershire, Oxfordshire and Warwickshire.
Moreton-in-Marsh is one of the principal market towns in the North Cotswolds, situated on the Fosse Way and served by the main line railway from London Paddington. The town was granted its market charter in 1227 and there still is a busy Tuesday market, with about 200 stalls attracting many visitors.
Moreton has been a traveller's town for at least 1700 years and was used as a coaching station before the coming of the Oxford to Worcester railway in 1853. The oldest building is likely to be the 16th century Curfew tower on the High Street, whose bell was rung nightly until 1860 to remind people of the risk of fire. The High Street has many elegant 17th and 18th century inns and houses, including the Redesdale Market Hall in the centre of the town.
Redesdale Hall on market day
Moreton has a wide range of pubs, inns, hotels, tea shops and restaurants.
Chipping Norton is the highest town in Oxfordshire, situated on the western slopes of a hillside that was once the site of a Norman castle. “Chipping” is believed to derive from “ceapen”, an old English word meaning market. There has been a market in Chipping Norton since the 13th century and it was a major wool-trading town in the 15th century. The great “wool” church of St Mary, built in perpendicular style, testifies to its prosperity.
The church has one of the finest interiors among the great Cotswold churches. The slender supporting pillars and the clerestory windows form an almost continuous band of glass above the nave, to give the church a feeling of great height and lightness. The church is also noted for its unusual hexagonal porch, with vaulted ceiling.
The lively little town has a vibrancy about it, but remains unpretentious and the everyday lives of those who live and work there have so far not been overshadowed by the effects of tourism - it is a “real” Cotswold town with “real” shops, fondly known as “Chippy” to the locals. It is also known, importantly, for having the last fish and chip shop for 30 miles in the Cheltenham direction.
Chipping Norton offers the visitor plenty of retail therapy, including several antique shops and a wide selection of restaurants, inns and pubs.
Sitting elegantly in the middle of the world famous Cotswold’s countryside, Stow-on-the-Wold is the quintessential English market town. Stow is a natural and historic meeting place, with a fine selection of 16th century Cotswold stone shops, luxury hotels, chic bistros, inns, elegant manor house hotels and cosy teashops.
Along with Moreton-in-Marsh and Bourton-in-the-Water, Stow is one of the best known of the small Cotswold towns. It is the highest point in the Cotswolds, standing on top of an 800 feet hill, and is situated at the meeting place of seven roads, including the Roman Fosse Way, which runs from Exeter to Lincoln in an almost straight line.
Iron Age people were the first to settle in Stow, but there is also evidence of earlier settlements in this part of the Cotswolds, as Stone Age and Bronze Age burial mounds are common throughout the area. The first name of the town was Stow St. Edward or Edwardstow after the town's patron saint Edward, probably Edward the Martyr.
Stow-on-the-Wold in the 21st century looks quite a lot like Stow-on-the-Wold in the 17th century. It is the hub and service town for a rural community, but has maintained its traditional character. Stow is largely a town of small independent businesses, rather than the large chains that make many towns in England look the same.
It is this traditional character, and therefore individuality, combined with the beautiful honey-coloured Cotswold stone buildings, that make Stow so popular with tourists looking for ‘picture-postcard’ England. The town’s tourist trade makes it possible for Stow to support many more good hotels, B&B’s, pubs and restaurants than most other towns with a population of around 2,000.
Stow has been famous for many years as a centre for the antiques trade and in the last few years clusters of art galleries and fashionable clothing shops have added further character to the town centre.
The Cotswolds are a range of hills in west-central England, sometimes called the "Heart of England". The name Cotswold means "sheep enclosure in rolling hillsides".
The Cotswolds are characterised by attractive small towns and villages, built of the underlying Cotswold stone (a yellow oolitic limestone). In the Middle Ages the wool trade made the Cotswolds prosperous and some of this money was put into the building of churches, leaving the area with a number of large handsome Cotswold stone "wool churches". The area remains affluent, which has encouraged the establishment of many high quality pubs, restaurants and antique shops.
Cotswold towns include Bourton-on-the-Water, Broadway, Burford, Chipping Norton, Cirencester, Moreton-in-Marsh, Northleach, Stow-on-the-Wold, Stroud and Winchcombe. The town of Chipping Campden is notable for being the home of the Arts and Crafts movement, founded by William Morris at the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th centuries. William Morris lived occasionally in Broadway Tower, a folly, now part of a country park. Chipping Campden is also known for the annual Cotswold Olimpick Games, a celebration of sports and games dating back to the early 17th century. Famous places close to the Cotswolds include Stratford-upon-Avon, the birthplace of William Shakespeare, Cheltenham, home to the famous horse racing festival, and the beautiful university city of Oxford.
The Cotswolds is the largest Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in England and Wales. Whilst the beauty of the Cotswold AONB is intertwined with the villages that seem to almost grow out of the landscape, the Cotswolds were primarily designated as an AONB for the rare limestone grassland habitats as well as the old growth beech woodlands that typify the area. These habitat areas are also the last refuge for many other flora and fauna with some so endangered they are protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981. The uniqueness and value of the Cotswolds is engendered in the fact that five European Special Areas of Conservation, three National Nature Reserves and over 80 Sites of Special Scientific Interest are contained within the Cotswold AONB.
Information on things to do in the Cotswolds is provided in the Activities tab and places to eat and drink are listed in the Food & drink tab.
Little Compton has a pub in the village and a further pub within walking distance:
Moreton has numerous places to eat and drink, with a range of cuisines and prices to suit all tastes and budgets. The list below is a small sample of the range of options available:
Moreton has a Tesco Express, a Budgens and a Co-op for regular food purchases and, for a special treat, there are a number of delicatessens specialising in local produce, including:
There are many excellent places to eat and drink in the wider North Cotswolds area, with the major towns of Stow-on-the-Wold, Bourton-on-the-Water, Moreton-in-Marsh, Chipping Campden, Broadway, Burford and Chipping Norton containing a wide variety of tea shops, pubs and restaurants, catering for most tastes and budgets.
The list below focuses on the traditional Cotswold pubs located in the lovely villages throughout the North Cotswolds:
We recommend phoning in advance, to check opening times and availability of food, especially during the quieter months of the year. Many pubs accept children and dogs, but you should always check this in advance.
There are numerous tourist activities in and around the Cotswolds and the list below is a small sample to give you a flavour for the wide range of attractions and activities that are available. Further information is available from Tourist Information centres, which are located in the following North Cotswold towns:
Historical buildings, stately homes and gardens
Further information and maps can be obtained from the local tourist information centres.
Robin Cottage is located on a quiet road, in the heart of the village of Little Compton.
Travelling by car
Robin Cottage is easily accessed by car, being located a few hundred yards from the A44, one of the main roads running through the North Cotswolds.
Travelling by train
The nearest railway station to Robin Cottage is Moreton-in-Marsh (approximately 4 miles away), which has regular, direct services to London Paddington, with a typical journey time of approximately 90 minutes.
Travelling by Plane
Robin Cottage is within easy reach of a number of international airports:
Robin Cottage was originally launched as a Holiday Let with Character Cottages during Summer 2012. Following the sale of the property in late 2013, the cottage was re-lauched under new ownership from March 2014.
Other Customer Feedback:
21st - 24th June 2013.
Thank you for a lovely place to stay - we've so enjoyed the garden, the stove (cold enough even now!), local walks and the beautiful setting. It's been fantastically comfortable - a great place to celebrate a 70th birthday!
Ben, Georgie, Selena, adam & Jenny ( & Anna & Tim visiting!)
June 30, 2013
Thank you so much for sharing your lovely cottage with us. We had a wonderful time here at your cozy cottage and enjoying the Cotswolds. Thank you for the lovely greeting of snacks and wine and milk. It was very useful as we arrived late.
Hope to meet one day, The Campbell Family.
July 2013 (1-5)
Beautiful cottage, very enjoyable stay, weather great!
Thank you for the lovely treats, kids loved the cake. A great time had by all the Loughlin family.
Thanks again, Rodney, Angela, Lewis & Adam.
July 14th 2013
Staying in your beautiful cottage this week has been an absolute DREAM. It didn't hurt that the weather has been absolutely fantastic as well. We got to have breakfast in the front garden, watch the many stars at night in the back yard and we had a great time exploring the Cotswolds.
I will be sharing some photos of the cottage on my personal style blog within the next few weeks so if you're interested to see house check out our www.fash-n-chips.com
Christine & family Reehurst.
13th-20th May 2013
Like to thank you for a lovely and enjoyable stay. Hope to come back again. Beautiful lovely & cosy cottage.
Many thanks Liam, Annie & Anna.
7th - 9th May 2013
Great stay - Loved the Cotswold towns & architecture. Friends re-united!
Dean, Andrea, Lucy, Adiyah, Elsa & John.
3rd - 6th May 2013
Tonia, TyTy, Martin, Gulsen & David.
May 2nd 2013
Wonderful cottage! Glorious weather, what more could we desire? We enjoyed every minute of our stay.
Greetings from Holland!!!
Hannah, Derk, Ceesu, Evelijn & Caroline.
5 - 20 April 2013
We had a very happy break - the children loved it, as did we. Very well laid out and altogether great.
Al, Lucy, Bruno & Frankie.
Perfect little cottage - great for a weekend away. love the interior design - gorgeous. I'd love to return.
Victoria - London
1st April 2013
We had a lovely stay, the cottage was lovely and cosy. Thank you.
John & Mary - Co Galway, Ireland
23rd - 29th March
We had a great time here in this lovely cottage. Everything worked perfectly and we slept especially well in the beds. We hope to visit it again during summer as the weather was cold. Many thanks!
Braudur, Anna, Emilia, Alma, Tomas & our dog.
1-3rd March 2013
We had a lovely time and the cottage is beautiful. Our fire building skills left a lot to be desired!
Holly, Laura, Fiona, Sarah & Mattie.
22 -25 Feb 2013
Chris, Sam, Harv the dog from Nottingham.
Had a fab time - really homely and relaxing cottage.
a few further instructions would be useful - re oven, recycling etc.
But had a great time! Many thanks!
*Owners' note; if the oven instructions have turned up in someone's suitcase, we'd be so grateful if you could return them! Very good point re re-cycling - will discuss feasibility with housekeeper
Feb 18th - 22nd 2013
We had a lovely short break at Robin Cottage. The weather was very kind to us although very cold! The cottage was very comfortable abd warm and cosy and supplied everything that we needed. Having the phone was an added bonus as mobile signal non existent but good to know that our family at home could reach us in an emergency. a wonderful stay,
Thank you x
Feb 8-11th 2013
Thank you for a lovely weekend apart from the weather which was awful, we had a lovely weekend. The cottage was perfect, everything we needed. the only thing we couldn't find was the stair gate .
Julia, Natalie, Hugh, Nasad & Luca x
Thank you so much for a fabulous stay - beautifully designed cottage in an idyllic location. we really appreciated all of your little kind touches - the wine and nibbles went down well! Very peaceful spot & we slept very well in the lovely beds with soft sheets. Heavenly! Thanks again & we will be back!
Anna & Henry, London.
Thank you very much for a wonderful few days. Loved the snow, fire, the beauty the peace & your gorgeous cottage.
Lauren, Sarah, Kel, Mel & Teneka.
Thank you for an amazing stay, and a relaxing break. This cottage truly felt home from home! We hope to see you again.
Jemma, Jon and Rocky
Wonderful cottage, very neat, well stocked. One of the cleanest we have stayed in. Apart from the English weather, a great week we had.
Family Huismann, Netherlands
9 - 16.11.12
Thank you for a wonderfully quiet and relaxing cottage. The Red Lion is certainly recommended for food and service.
Andrew and Anne Gorham and friends
16 - 24.10.12
A beautiful cottage and wonderful village. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and hope to return.
Jamie and John Throckmorton, Atlanta, USA
A lovely cottage, fantastic pubs and beautiful walked in the countryside. What else do you need other than more time.
Jen, Ian and Blue
2 - 5.10.12
Had a fantastic time celebrating my 40th birthday with family. Cottage has everything, couldn't have asked for more. Thank you! x
17 - 21.09.12
THANK YOU - gorgeous cottage, lovely relaxing break. Thank you.
Strawberry and Simon Orr, Fulham
5 - 12.09.12
Lovely comfortable cottage in a beautiful part of the world with a v good local pub, and the weather was kind. Doesn't get much better than that.
31.08 - 3.09.12
The location and area are extremely beautiful. Thank you for providing such comfortable accommodations.
31.08 - 3.09.12
This was mine and Paul's second time in the Cotswolds - last time we stayed in a hotel but now we have four Robin Cottage, we know we will return here. The cottage was ideal - clean, cozy and very relaxing. This time we were accompanied by our friend from Canada, and the cottage was well situated for touring and exploring the Cotswolds. Still plenty to see in the area so we will be back.
Tracy and Paul Wright, London
We gratefully enjoyed our visit at Robin Cottage. It was a warm and cozy place. The smallness of the cottage made it seem very countryside type. The beds were cozy and warm. Robin Cottage was a nice place to stay at Cotswold. The cottage was full with all the needings which was very helpful. It was a beautiful sight to see the gardens. Thank you for having us as your grateful guests.
The Kim family.
Thanks for a lovely stay, we have enjoyed the comfort of the cottage and the surrounding countryside It was an unexpected pleasure to meet Richard, and his recommendation of Wyatt's farms hope (nearby at the Rollrights) was excellent.
Bernadette and Nigel Cass, York
Very excited to be your first visitors! Absolutely gorgeous cottage - so comfortable and homely. We can thoroughly recommend a day trip to Bourton, especially if you have young children. A visit to Daylesford farmshop is also an experience not to be missed! Will be back!
Leanne, Stephen, Finlay, 6, Amelie, 3, Southampton
- "We really enjoyed our stay and would definitely stay there again in the future. Thanks very much." - Jonathon, December 2012
- "We enjoyed our stay very much, very nice cottage, high standard and all items you need for a comfortable stay. The only bad point was the weather, that let us down, but the property was perfect, we left a positive message in the book in Robin cottage too!" - Roel, December 2012
- "Very sorry for late reply, yes we did enjoy our stay at Robin Cottage very much. The Cottage was very well equipped, clean and we found everything we needed. Nothing to complain about at all. Will definetely return to England next year, probably to a different area to see something new. Kind regards" - Ursula, October 2012
Our aim is for you to enjoy Robin Cottage as if it was your own home and this information is provided to ensure that you are aware of, and are able to use, all the facilities that are available. An updated inventory will follow in due course.