The Blewbury Studio

Blewbury, Oxfordshire
Bed & Breakfast
+44 (0)7785 257499


An inspiring timber framed studio-barn with huge windows, colourful modern art and handcrafted furniture in a thriving downland village with two good pubs

Bedroom

1 room

Sleeps

Rooms sleep 2

The Experience

It’s B&B but not as you know it. On the edge of a productive vegetable garden, your own entrance leads into a lofty, beamed space with loads of natural light and plenty of comfortable seating. The Studio, which is decorated with beautiful art and objects, also has a Boston Steinway Grand you can ask to play. On dull days you couldn’t fail to feel happy in here with a book or sit by the pond listening to the birds – 30 different species at the last count.

A welcome pack is left for you in the kitchenette: Charlotte’s flapjack, a locally baked sourdough, French butter, jam and a little bottle of Prosecco. There’s also a microwave/grill for holiday cooking. There’s no kitchen sink but you can wash up in a bowl or, better still, wander over to the village farm shop/cafe for a full English. Later, enjoy fresh wood-fired pizzas and local ales at the pub.

Spend glorious days walking the North Wessex Downs then climb the ladder to your ‘room with a view’ and drift off under crisp cotton sheets.

The Blewbury Studio - Gallery

We think you'll love

  • Winding down in such an inspiring space
  • Exploring the village and admiring its gardens - several are open for the NGS
  • Discovering the beauty of the North Wessex Downs, its rare flora and wildlife
The Blewbury Studio - Gallery

You should know

  • It's better to leave your stuff at the bottom of the ladder - the loo and shower are down here in any case
  • No children or dogs
  • There's an extra charge if you want to play the piano

Essentials

  • 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
  • Spa
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Bar
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

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

Nearby

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

Activities

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

Information
& pricing

Booking information

Check in
3pm-10pm
Check out
By 11am
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 2 nights, 3 nights in high season.
Closed
Christmas.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property
Meals
Pub 5-minute walk.

Pricing

Nightly price
from £100
1 Barn for 2
From £100

Reviews

The Blewbury Studio is full of light and is a restful place to spend a few days and explore Oxford and walks & pubs along the Thames. Richard and Charlotte are excellent hosts.

Ian, Horsham

The Blewbury Studio is a beautiful handcrafted building set in lovely, quiet gardens. Richard was very welcoming and we enjoyed Charlotte’s home made flapjack and a glass of Prosecco on arrival. Fresh Sourdough bread, jam and butter provided a great breakfast with plentiful tea and coffee. Although not musicians ourselves, we enjoyed listening to some of the extensive classical CD collection. Blewbury is a stunning location and we especially enjoyed our exceptional meal at the Red Lion. We did some great walks locally including a suggested circular walk along the Thames via Goring.

Lisa, Bristol

An inspiring place to stay. If you love interesting architecture and beautiful art - and a quintessentially English village - you'll feel very happy here.

Nicola, Sawday's inspector

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Location

The neighbourhood

Blewbury has long been a destination for artists and writers - Kenneth Grahame wrote 'The Wind in the Willows' here, so inspired was he by the landscape. It's a place of thatched cottages, hidden pathways, cob walls and clear streams, with an ancient church at its heart. The river Thames is just down the hill and you can hire a boat for the day. Didcot is a 10-minute drive and Oxford half an hour for Blenheim Palace.

Local points of interest from Richard Good

  • Set within the North Wessex Downs, an AONB, unlimited walks/cycling routes are moments away, not least The Ridgeway, Britain's oldest byway. Ancient chalkland offers a haven for flora & fauna; butterflies, soaring birds, rare orchids. Big skies & fresh air
  • The inspiration for 'The Wind in the Willows', Blewbury is a network of hidden pathways, gin-clear chalk streams, cob walls and ancient thatched cottages. With 2 cosy pubs serving food & local ales, a farm shop, Cafe & and BP garage, every need is covered.
  • A short hop down the hill is 'Old Father Thames' gently winding from the 'Dreaming Spires' of Oxford, via regatta mad Henley- on-Thames & on towards London. Go wild-swimming. Or grab a bottle of fizz, hire a boat/kayak from AVBoats in Benson & pootle away.
  • 30mins by car or 10mins by train is Oxford, with life revolving around its world famous university, est C12th. The Botanic Gardens, Radcliffe Camera, Covered Market, The Ashmolean, lazily punting on the Cherwell, picnicking on Port Meadow..time well spent!
  • Many unspoilt pubs/restaurants to visit in the area, some on foot..hike to 'The Bell' in Aldworth, CAMRA national Pub of the Year 2019. Or to eat, visit the 'Fat Frog' in Aston, skirting Iron age fort, Blewburton Hill, en route. Fine dining a plenty too!
  • Fulfil a childhood dream..take control of a full size, 100+ ton, Steam Locomotive & Carriage at 'Didcot Railway Centre', living museum of the Great Western Railway. Don the overalls, shovel coal, feed the fire, blast the whistle and away you go. Book early

Introducing

Richard Good

Richard is an opera singer (also maker of bird boxes, artist and keen gardener) and his wife Charlotte is a professional pianist. They met at the Royal Scottish Conservatoire and have performed all over the world. After a spell in London, then Lewes, they settled here and built the studio - the acoustics are excellent. They live across the garden and are thoughtful hosts.