Walnut Cottage

Bampton, Oxfordshire
+44 (0)7801 278323

Come for a quintessentially English country cottage tucked down a village path with wisteria in the garden and a short drive to a foodie pub


5 beds


5 bedrooms


Sleeps 7

Children welcome

The Experience

Park your car on the grass verge, cross the road and follow the stream through a gate into a well-established garden with shrubs, roses, perennials and much birdsong. There’s lots of room out here to sit, eat, chat, sunbathe or find a quiet spot. Inside is peaceful with an unstuffy feel. If it’s bucketing down then come together in the sitting room, light the fire, scour the many bookshelves or escape to the music room (for a tinkle on the piano) or the study. Find soft colours, pretty curtains, lamps and rugs.

Keen friends can work together in the cooks’ kitchen with a four-oven Aga, plenty of kit and Emma Bridgewater china. A bottle of wine is waiting for you along with a few basics. Upstairs find well-dressed beds with deep mattresses – the master spans the width of the house and overlooks the lawn. A beamed family bathroom has a proper bath, pictures and scented candles.

Sleep well in this utterly tranquil spot.

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We think you'll love

  • The well-equipped kitchen facing the garden and the warming Aga (there are other ways to cook though!)
  • Chatting and relaxing in the very comfortable sitting room with the fire glowing away
  • Being only a 5-minute drive from The Double Red Duke for supper
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You should know

  • The master bedroom has an en suite shower, the others share the family bathroom but there's an extra loo downstairs
  • Sorry, no dogs
  • The neighbouring house is visible but there's lots of greenery in between


  • EV charger
  • Self check-in
  • 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
  • Fire guard
  • 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
From 4pm
Check out
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 2 nights. 3 nights in high season.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.


Nightly price
from £200
Weekly price
from £1400
Damage deposit
50% of booking value.
1 Cottage for 7
From £2005 beds5 bedrooms


There are not enough superlatives to describe Walnut cottage and its owner Charlotte! This is by far the most charming and cozy cottage that we’ve ever stayed in. Charlotte’s thoughtfulness and sense of style are everywhere to be seen. The garden is complete with outdoor furniture, a sun room, and beautiful landscaping such that you can truly escape from the world. From the brilliant red AGA stove to the lovely Emma Bridgewater tableware, everything is there for your every need. Downton Abbey fans will love Bampton. Can’t wait to come back again and again! Steve & Denise Maryland, USA

Steve, Eldersburg

We had an absolute blast at Walnut Cottage, thank you so much Charlotte! We enjoyed the bbq, eating al fresco, chatting around the fireplace, hike down to the river and jazz night at The Duke! Everything was perfect - the cottage is soo cosy, thoughtfully set up and luxurious. I particularly liked all the Emma Bridgewater tableware, the Aesop toiletries and the scented candles. The welcome hamper was very welcome. The beds were unbelievably comfortable and we have never slept so well! We will be back! Thank you for a magical weekend and for being the perfect host, Charlotte.

Fiona, London

Charlotte has brought real charm and style to this pretty cottage tucked away down a stream-edged lane, a short walk from the ancient wool village of Bampton, in the Thames valley. Now known as the Downton Abbey village it still retains its own individuality and traditions. This is a sweet well-equipped hideaway, close to lovely village and in real comfort, only emerging for long walks and great pubs.

Aideen, Sawday's Inspector

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The neighbourhood

It's a 5-minute walk into Bampton with its vernacular houses both small and grand. It has a lively arts scene, a few pubs and a café. The Double Red Duke is a 5-minute drive in the other direction which serves excellent food, especially Sunday lunch. Join footpaths for countryside walks or cycles, look for crayfish in the stream, watch Morris dancers cavort on the green in summer. Explore Cotswold villages; Oxford and Blenheim are 30 minutes.

Local points of interest from Charlotte Lipsius

  • The village green/ church of Bampton (St Mary's) is where all the Downton Abbey village scenes were filmed, the church is a 5 min walk from the house and has gorgeous grounds to explore.
  • The Double Red Duke is my favourite foodie pub ever, the head chef is Richard Turner who left The Hawksmoor in London to set up here. The food is amazing, anything from oysters, to squid, to Sunday roasts. They also make amazing cocktails/mocktails.
  • Blenheim Palace is 25 mins away - it's worth driving to Woodstock and having a look around some of the shops & cafes there before strolling through the palace grounds which are often wild and incredibly stunning.
  • The bird song around the cottage is truly incredibly, my neighbour owns a huge plot of land just over the brook, which is kept natural and wild for the birds - and they clearly love it!
  • The Bell at Langford - same pop up pub that Soho Farmhouse has on their premises. Nick Jones lives in Bampton and apparently loves this pub so much which is why he invited them to set up with him at Soho Farmhouse. They are famous for wood fire pizza
  • There is a really cute brook just outside my front gate (which is locked so kids can't get out) which you can often see ducks bobbing along on, or cray fish on the banks.


Charlotte Lipsius

Charlotte works in TV as a producer. She moved here from London with her little dog in 2021. She's also trained as an aromatherapist and produces her own oils and candles which you can buy. She's a thoughtful owner and wants to ensure you feel comfortable and at home. You let yourselves in with a key safe but there's a housekeeper just 10 minutes away if you have any questions or problems.