The Long House

Wantage, Oxfordshire
+44 (0)1367 710600

Weekend getaways in a converted barn filled with intriguing art, quirky antiques and an honesty gin bar - 30 minutes from Oxford


2 beds


2 bedrooms


Sleeps 4

Pets welcome

The Experience

You’ll know you’ve found the right place because your name is written on a blackboard by the door. You’ll also find a breakfast hamper with homemade cake. Walk in to bold colours, soaring ceilings and exposed elm beams. The light-filled rooms run one to the other; a kitchen with bright blue Aga – there’s a combi-oven too – cream cupboards, solid wood worktops, exposed stone work and a painted antique Chinese horse. The dining room is where you’ll find the gins (hurrah!) – and leather sofas to sink into. A freestanding wood-burner (logs are on the house) is the focus of the sitting room and unabashed orange, lime and aquamarine in the cushions and rug add to the drama. Bedrooms have real linen, comfy mattresses, lots of pillows and bathrooms with slate tiles, exposed pipework, gleaming white porcelain and a copper bathtub for two in one. If it rains you can take the ‘Nothing Better to do Quiz’ – find unusual objects around you and guess what they were used for and what was paid for them.  Cycle, walk, sit about in the sunny courtyard or hop in the car and visit Oxford.


  • 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

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Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 3 nights, £375 to £600.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Pubs/restaurants 1.5 miles.


Nightly price
from £125
Weekly price
from £875
Damage deposit
£200 refundable damage deposit
3 nights from £375 to £490
1 Barn for 4
From £1252 beds2 bedrooms


The Long House is an amazing place! Conveniently located and very comfortably furnished with everything you could possible want. Lesley and Roger have decorated the house with paintings, antiques and interesting 'finds' which add to the enjoyment of your stay. The garden is lovely and there is plenty of outdoor furniture on which to relax. A truly special place!

Lesley, Bewdley

Great 'staycation' cottage in a lovely part of the world. Well set up for two couples, (as we were), bedrooms, bathrooms etc and all you need to self cater if so wish. Lesley was also a great host with helpful suggestions for local pubs and walks. The Long House is very well placed for trips out to Oxford, (highly recommended) and the White Horse Hill/Ridgeway, a beautiful area for walking. Very pleased that we chose to stay here.

Simon, Manchester

What a beautiful place! The Long House is definitely worth a 5* rating. A gorgeous setting and a stunning barn. Every detail had been thought about to make our stay really comfortable. Lesley & Roger have definitely gone the extra mile, you will not be disappointed. The garden is gorgeous too and a lovely place to sit and relax! We loved it and hope to return in the near future. The best self catering accommodation we have stayed in! Thank you!

Annette, Gillingham

This was our long-awaited return to The Long House and it was definitely worth the wait. The property is stunning. It's quirky and fascinating but also extremely comfortable with a luxurious feel. The courtyard and garden are both glorious and very peaceful. Lesley is warm, welcoming and generous. And if that wasn't enough, there's always the honesty gin bar! We're already planning our return.

Suzanne, London

This house is one of those very special places that we want to tell everyone about so that they can share a really great experience, but tell no one about so that we can make sure that it is available for our return visit. We loved everything about our stay. Such a stylish, comfortable, luxurious house with so many wonderful places to visit right on the doorstep. Thank you Lesley and Roger for being great hosts. We can’t wait to return.

Amanda, North Yorkshire

Our first holiday since lockdown turned out to be an idyllic setting, a beautiful Long barn in a remote and very peaceful location. Loved the attention to detail that Roger and Leslie have gone to to make our stay pleasurable and interesting. Lots of lovely little notelet’s about the place drawing your attention to some of the subtleties of the barn and it’s huge antique collection, including an antiques challenge. Everything was of the highest quality. The garden is split into two areas providing a quirky internal court yard in addition to the more formal garden at the edge of the property.

Roland and Kath, Durham

Such a treat to stay in this quirky barn with so many fun and thoughtful features. I loved the huge horse in the kitchen, the choice of gins in the honesty bar and the roaring log burner. Settle in, bring your slippers and relax! Great walks, from the door and a little further afield. Lesley and Roger are generous, knowledgeable hosts and keen antique collectors. What a joy after lockdown!

Jane, Stafford

Fantastic converted barn in a very quiet and idyllic spot. Lesley and Roger, the owners, couldn't do enough to make our stay memorable. Lesley was there to meet us with a beautiful homemade cake and a welcome hamper. All the toiletries were Temple Spa ... wonderful!! The property itself is amazing and immaculate throughout. We would recommend it to any couple looking for a quiet get away. It is close to Oxford for easy access and has so many wonderful places to visit nearby that time will fly by and you will want to return.

Bob, Exeter

A perfect gem set in the Oxfordshire countryside where despite the weather we and the dogs stayed cosy with the heat from the Aga and the egg shaped wood burning stove. The fascinating and eclectic mix of art, antiques and artefacts together with a wonderful welcome, the well equipped kitchen and bathrooms made it much more preferable to staying in an hotel. We hope to go back.

Rosemary, Near Plymouth

This is a lovely, peaceful property with farmland and countryside all around. It is close to good walks and decent pubs. The beds are comfy and the bed linen of high quality. The kitchen is well equipped with everything you need and it was nice to be able to use an Aga for a change. Breakfast hamper was much appreciated and there are welcome extra touches like plenty of ice.

Carol, Arundel

The Long House is absolutely beautiful. It's been decorated discerningly and the cottage is full of fascinating paintings and artifacts. Every room is a work of art. Not only is the Long House visually attractive, it's also extremely comfortable. Lesley is a fantastic host - never before have we arrived to a blazing fire. And did I mention the honesty gin bar? The accolades just keep on coming.

Suzanne, London

Four of us have just stayed at The Long House and had a fantastic time. We've stayed in other places that we thought had essentially 'thought of everything' but Lesley had thought of everything and then some if that were possible. Lovely touches that we will leave you to discover, there are too many to list. The place itself has been decorated with a lot of thought and feeling. We loved the two seating areas which was helpful. The outside area is lovely and spacious, the courtyard section is a suntrap! It's a short walk to the pub although food at the Chequers is mediocre we felt.

Lindsay, Bournemouth

We visited the Long House for a long weekend and we're very impressed. The house was beautiful and very clean. Lesley had thought of everything, there were even little toiletry kits in the bathrooms incase you had forgotten anything. There was a welcome hamper including a delicious Victoria sponge and there were candles burning and soft music playing on our arrival. The gin bar was a fun touch. The beds were extremely comfy and the bath was the best we've ever had as it's so deep. We chose to eat in every night as the house was so cosy we wanted to make the most of it.


Had a lovely weekend in The Long House, Lesley was very kind and thoughtful and offered to put something in the oven for us as we were going to be arriving late from London. The house is gorgeous, warm and inviting, the fire was lighting, white wine in the fridge, ice in the freezer, lemon, lime and lots of gin....what more does one want!! (Well actually a lovely homemade sponge cake!) The attention to detail is second to none and we would highly recommend to anyone.

Diana, County Cork

We had the most relaxing & enjoyable few days at The Long House over New Year, just what we needed to recharge ourselves. The attention to detail and countless thoughtful touches throughout made it the most amazing place to stay. The eclectic mix of old and new, it had everything we could possible have needed to enjoy the tranquillity of the house - from log fire to gin bar and the fantastic bathroom with the copper bath! Definitely a 5* experience, we are very much looking forward to returning. Thank you both for your warm welcome, we wish you continued success and unreservedly recommend.


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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Lesley Tailford

  • At the beginning of our long drive is one of many designated footpaths for walkers. There is also an 8 mile circular walk directly out of the barn door. For those happier on 2 wheels bring your bikes and discover the beautiful Oxfordshire countryside.
  • .In the picturesque village of Charney Bassett, there will be a warm welcome from hosts Jackie and Ian at The Chequers Inn. Walking distance either by road (no path) or across the fields. See our website for other pub recommendations.
  • White Horse Hill a NT beauty spot, take time to walk up the hill to visit the internationally-renowned Bronze-Age Uffington White Horse. It can be seen for miles away leaping across the head of a dramatic dry valley in the Ridgeway escarpment.
  • Oxford known for its dreaming spires is easily visited from the barn. Famous for its history and heritage we strongly recommend booking onto one of the walking tours where you will learn so much more about the colleges and the fascinating history.
  • The Cotswolds Villages - Burford, Broadway,Bourton-on-the-Water, Chipping Campden to name a few! Ideal for photography, arts and crafts, antiques, lazy days and afternoon teas.
  • You've seen them on the TV now visit the location - Downton Abbey (Highclere House), Blenheim Palace - Woodstock. Inspector Morse filming locations - Oxford Colleges and local pubs!