Stable Cottage at Manor Farm

Claydon, Oxfordshire
+44 (0)7831455221

Converted stables in the grounds of a manor house in a peaceful village just outside Banbury with lovely walking in the Cherwell Valley


2 beds


2 bedrooms


Sleeps 4

Pets welcome

The Experience

Drive down a tiny lane, past a lake and then the village church, and you’ll find The Stable in the grounds of Caroline and Dan’s Queen Anne House. If they’re not in their house in France they’ll be on hand to greet you with their two dogs and show you around, and will leave a welcome pack that always includes a bottle of wine.

Flop down on comfy sofas by the fire in the sitting room and read up on English Civil War history, or sit out on your private terrace looking out at the manor house and landscaped lawns. From the orchard, there are fabulous views of the Cherwell Valley in which you can join many circular walks.

There’s a feeling of peace here, but not complete isolation: the nearest pub and shop is a pleasant 45-minute stroll, and there are plenty of other pubs within three miles. Banbury is 15-20 minutes’ drive away, Stratford-upon-Avon is 45 minutes.

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We think you'll love

  • Having the place to yourselves when the owners are away
  • The peaceful rural location
  • You’re close to the Cotswolds and it’s just as beautiful, but much less crowded
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You should know

  • There isn’t much space inside if you have younger children
  • You do need to supervise non-swimming children outside because there are ponds
  • You’re close to the owners when they are home


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Electricity included
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

Check in
Check out
By 10am
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 2 nights at weekends. 3 nights in high season. Children over 9 welcome. Short breaks available. Pets by arrangement.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property
Pubs 2 miles.


Nightly price
from £100
Weekly price
from £700
Damage deposit
Extra bed available, please enquire.
1 House for 4
From £1002 beds2 bedrooms


Stable Cottage is in a peaceful garden setting, comfortable and beautifully furnished with a very well equipped kitchen. A good selection of books and games or just sit out on the patio and enjoy the scenery. There are places to visit within a short drive and several walks along the Oxford Canal should you wish to be more energetic. We thoroughly enjoy our stay and highly recommend it to anyone wishing to spend time in Oxfordshire.

Victoria, Chepstow

Our second most enjoyable visit for two weeks and we hope to visit again in the future. Very well equipped and comfortable cottage with delightful owners, whom we met on this occasion on their return from France.

Ann, London

A very comfortable cottage in a beautiful, peaceful string. Pleasant local walks and helpful hosts.

Claire, Cambridge

After such a difficult year we needed a place to escape and relax and The Stables at Manor House Farm was just perfect! The location felt a world away from the hustle and bustle of our daily lives and from the moment we turned onto the country lane approaching the property we knew we were somewhere special….the fresh air, gorgeous open views and the peace and quiet all combined to make a very memorable holiday. The property itself was breathtaking, it has lots of character, complemented by carefully chosen decor and furnishings, it was also very well equipped - a real home from home!

David, Wigan

Cottage, location and hosts - lovely x 3 - wholly recommend!

Sarah, Manchester

We needed to escape for a couple of weeks and Stable Cottage fitted the bill perfectly. Supremely well equipped for a short stay, it was very comfortable and had been immaculately prepared - probably the best holiday cottage in which we have ever stayed. Good al fresco dining area too and enjoyable towpath walks along the canal from Claydon and Cropredy.

John, Oxford

We stayed at Stable Cottage in chilly late November, but found the cottage to be warm and cosy with efficient underfloor heating. The cottage is gated, private and peaceful. You can hear the occasional train, but this is not disruptive. The cottage is equipped as if it is for permanent residence - every piece of kitchen equipment and crockery/cutlery that you can imagine is provided. There are a good selection of kitchen staples for your use (herbs,spices, tea, coffee, sugar, flour etc etc), plus bread, milk and wine. Perfect place for a relaxing and peaceful 2 days. Thank you!

Belinda, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk

Very well equipped and comfortable cottage. The communication with Caroline was excellent. Thoroughly enjoyed the stay. Thank you.

Sheila, Chester

What a splendid space! The photos do not do this venue justice. We were pleased with every aspect. Everything is so tasteful. There was a a lovely welcome basket of food and wine waiting for us. It is warm and quiet. This is probably one of the best places we have stayed at and we would love to bring our friends here. Our dog Rummage loved the underfloor heating, as did we! A very comfortable place. There are some lovely walks from here, especially along the Oxford Canal.

Ralph, London

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The neighbourhood

The cottage is in the small village of Claydon, just outside Banbury; Londoners could get here in under two hours on a good run. There’s fishing on the lake down the road, and inexpensive golfing. To stock up, the nearest shops are in Cropredy, a five-minute drive; there’s also a pub, The Brasenose Arms. The National Trust property Farnborough Hall is 1.5 miles away and for a day out, Compton Verney – 120 acres of parkland with an art gallery and café, is a 20-minute drive.

Local points of interest from Caroline Whitehead

  • Stable cottage, newly converted on one floor, is next door to a Manor house at the edge of the village. There are many historic landmarks especially those associated with the Civil War from Edge Hill to Cropredy Bridge. National Trust houses abound.
  • Only 7 miles from Banbury and its twice-weekly market. Golf courses within 10 mins of the house, coarse fishing and rolling farmland for walking dogs and hiking. Bicester village is 30 mins. by car and Fairport Convention in August, in the next village.
  • Amongst the many local pubs in the area, The Kitchen at Farnborough, just over a mile away is excellent and is easily walkable. They take dogs in the bar. A list is left in a folder in the house. Local takeaways include Indian, Chinese and Pizza.
  • Banbury has an indoor pool at the Spiceball centre and another outdoor one for the summer. There is an excellent farm shop at Wickham Park Farm with its own meat and deli and another at Edge Hill, apart from all the major supermarkets including Waitrose!
  • Chiltern Railways service from Marylebone to Banbury is less than an hour with plenty of taxis. The cottage is 15 mins. from the station with parking for the early birds. Easy to commute if work demands.
  • Stratford and its theatres, Leamington Spa and Warwick with its famous castle make a wonderful day out for adults and children alike are only 30 mins. by car and Silverstone about the same.


Caroline Whitehead

Caroline and Dan ran a restaurant – Dan's – in Chelsea for 26 years and they have some wonderful stories. Dan is ex-City but incredibly practical with his hands and Caroline has a flair for interiors. Both are very interesting and lively people and are great at hospitality. They live between France and the UK.