The Summerhouse

Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire
Bed & Breakfast

Edwardian Summerhouse overlooking water and rose gardens. Sumptuous rooms, sunny terrace for drinks, charming host who looks after you well


2 rooms


Rooms sleep 2


Jacobean Shipton Court has been carefully preserved by the Arathoon family – flats created, outbuildings restored, gardens kept. You stay in Martin and Pauls’s Summerhouse – splendid with antiques and china galore. Bedrooms (one ground floor) have well-dressed beds and immaculate shower rooms; step through a ‘Narnia’ door (cleverly reclaimed old linen press) into the huge second double. Martin rustles up a generous breakfast and the view from your table is a treat: a 300-foot pond with ducks darting between the lilies. Blenheim and Oxford both an easy drive; drinks by the fire in the richly furnished drawing room on your return.


  • Hot tub
  • WiFi
  • Swimming pool
  • Mobile reception
  • Spa
  • Breakfast included
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Bar
  • Parking on premises
  • Licensed premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Wheelchair access
  • Limited mobility
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Garden
  • Tennis court
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

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


  • 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
From 2pm
Check out
Booking restrictions
Short breaks available, £390-£420 midweek. 6-night stay, £740-£810.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property.
Pubs 5-minute walk.


Nightly price
from £130
Extra double available. Exclusive use for 3 rooms: £400.
2 Doubles
From £130


Such a magical place! A beautiful home in a stunning setting - a wonderful location for a Cotswold weekend. Martin was hugely welcoming and helpful in pointing is in the right direction to explore the area. The house is like something from a magazine but not at all stuffy. Very comfortable beds and a delicious breakfast. I would HIGHLY recommend a stay in the Summer House.

Sam, London

We found this little gem on Sawdays website & its like a very well kept secret! Absolutely gorgeous setting with a super room with every possible luxury provided and a wonderful host making us so welcome. We had a superb breakfast with all our favorite foods sitting in the window overlooking the pond & stunning garden. It was like something out of a film. I cannot think of any 5* hotel that would have been more luxurious is or more personal with such amazing food and service. We will definitely go back

Annie, Guildford

This was our second visit, we returned because we were so impressed first time round. The rooms are beautiful and thoughtfully appointed. The breakfast is delicious and plentiful and nothing seems too much trouble. You are made to feel so welcome as soon as you arrive. Helpful and friendly without being intrusive. We have made this our special place where we retreat every few months to escape reality and allow ourselves to be looked after. What more can I say, its perfect.

Sally, Hanover place, bristol

A wonderful stay, with a hugely welcoming and accommodating host. I couldn’t recommend this enough as a place to stay. Delicious breakfast, gorgeous house, and the perfect place to lay one’s head for the night. Our baby daughter also loved feeding the ducks on the amazing pond! Many thanks to Martin for a truly memerable stay.

Ben, London

Great service, lovely rooms and gardens. Would stay again for sure!

Niall, Guildford

What a find. We had the most wonderful afternoon and evening relaxing in this delightful place. The house is situated in stunning gardens and is beautifully peaceful. The view from the window made up for the rain. Martin was a delightful host, nothing was too much trouble. We were greeted warmly and made to feel at home with offers of tea, coffee, beer or wine. The attention to detail was first class, from breakfast to a night cap before bed, fluffy towels, monogrammed serviettes, china cups, log burner. Ted, our dog had his own treats and doggy bed too. An utterly divine stay. Thank you

Maria, Atherstone, warwickshire

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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Martin Thomas-Jeffreys

  • The village boasts two country pubs and The Shaven Crown Hotel and Restaurant, one of the oldest inns in the country; walks through the Court's wild gardens, or along the Victorian lime tree avenue to an idyllic series of ponds and canals..
  • For a flavour of the Cotswolds visit Moreton-in-Marsh, Bourton-on-the-Water, Chipping Camden and the unspoilt beauty of the Slaughters. Woodstock and Blenheim Palace Estate for a tour of the palace apartments or a quiet walk in the grounds.
  • Shipton under Wychwood is between the ancient town of Burford with its famous High Street and popular market town Chipping Norton with its charming small theatre. Shakespeare's birthplace and RSC theatre at Stratford-on-Avon is an hour's drive away.
  • Award-winning Daylesford Farm Shop, famous for its market garden, restaurant and farm walks over 2000 acres of farmland, gardens and orchards with heritage breed animals is only 3 miles away. Tailor-made private tours of the local area available.
  • Oxford offers a full day out to explore the spires, colleges and gardens of the university, world class libraries and museums as well as shopping and entertainment, including punting down the river.
  • Beginners' porcelain restoration course - contact us for details.