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Nuneham Courtenay, Oxfordshire
4.7(5 Reviews)

The Bolthole




No Pets

71.91 m sq

Best Price


The Bolthole is a charming two bedroom holiday cottage situated in the Oxfordshire village of Nuneham Courtenay. The village is six miles south of Oxford and 22 miles north west of Reading.

This exceedingly pretty country cottage which has been styled by the owner with a carefully chosen mix of fabrics and furnishings. The entrance to the cottage is at the rear garden of the property. The country-style kitchen is equipped with everything you would need for a short or long stay; quality chinaware, cooking equipment, electric induction hob, oven, fridge-freezer. The quartz work surfaces offer a fantastic workspace.

There is a cosy dining room with a table and chairs for three guests. The living room has been styled with a range of colours and fabrics to create a homely feel; the comfortable sofa and easy chairs are perfect for relaxing in front of the flat screen TV after a busy day. On the ground floor there is the family bathroom with a shower over the bath, WC and wash basin.

The bedrooms are located on the first floor, please note that the stairs are steep. Bedroom one has a comfortable single bed with cosy throws and furnishing, a chair and bureau. The second bedroom has a sumptuous king size bed with luxury throws and furnishings, there is a chest of drawers for storage and a chair. There is additional hanging space in the hallway cupboard.

The cottage benefits from a beautiful rear garden with patio and garden furniture. There is off street parking for up to two cars. The home has WiFi throughout as well as electric heating and a wood burning stove.

Please note: There are occasional peacocks in the garden which visit from a nearby estate. The peacocks are large but very pretty and a delight to watch. However, if you are Ornithophobic this cottage may not be for you!
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About The Bolthole:
  • Entrance hall with private door leading from the rear garden.
  • Country-style kitchen equipped with great quality chinaware and cooking equipment.
  • Electric induction hob and double oven with grill.
  • Microwave, toaster and kettle, fridge with freezer.
  • Cottage-style fitted kitchen with quartz work surfaces.
  • Electric heating throughout the home with easy to use settings.
  • Ground floor bathroom with bath, shower over bath, WC and wash basin.
  • Dining room with dining table and chairs.
  • Living room with sofa and easy chairs, flat screen TV, wood-burning stove.
  • Stairs lead up to the first floor. Note that the stairs are on the steep side in case you have limited mobility.
  • Bedroom one with a single bed, chair and bureau.
  • Bedroom two with king size bed, chest of drawers and chair.
  • Hallway cupboard with hanging space.
  • WiFi throughout the home.
  • Wood-burning stove
  • Rear garden with patio area and garden furniture.
  • Off street parking for up to two cars.
  • Plentiful walks, pubs and restaurants in the immediate area.
  • The home faces onto the A4074. All windows have sound proofing and road noise in the home is very limited

Included in your rental fee

Linen provided (bedroom and bathroom linen comprising of bed sheets, blankets and towels).
Utility bills.
Regular linen changes are carried out for stays over 9 nights.
Complimentary welcome pack including; Sachets of tea and coffee, small cartons of milk, dishwasher tablets (in properties where a dishwasher is available), additional bin bag, kitchen and bathroom cleaning product, tea towel, kitchen sponge and pan scourer. Enough to get you started.

Discounts & Offers

Discounts available for stays over 15 nights

Outside Area

The Bolthole features a pretty cottage garden with patio area and gravelled garden. There is garden furniture provided.


There is a dedicated parking space for one vehicle. There is additional parking for guests near by.

Please note: Domestic electric vehicle chargers are not suitable for use at the property and are strictly forbidden. You are liable for any damage or loss suffered by us due to your unauthorised use of domestic chargers.

The Neighbourhood

The renowned Oxford University Harcourt Arboretum is located in the village, and there are a multitude of country walks and fantastic pubs and restaurants within a few miles drive. For something special you can head to Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons in nearby Great Milton, or the Crazy Bear restaurant in nearby Stadhampton. The Bolthole is also the perfect retreat if you are visiting Oxford, or planning an extended stay to work or relocate in the area.

Food and Drink Nearby:
The Seven Stars, Marsh Baldon - 0.8 miles
The Mole Inn, Toot Baldon - 2.0 miles
The Barley Mow, Clifton Hampden - 2.9 miles
The Vine and Spice, Long Wittenham - 3.9 miles
Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, Great Milton - 7.2 miles

Shops Nearby:
Co-op Food - 2.2 miles
Sainsbury’s -2.9 miles
The Crazy Bear Farm Shop - 4.3 miles

Days Out Nearby:
Harcourt Arboretum (University of Oxford) - 0.3 miles
Palmer’s Leys Meadow - 0.6 miles
Nuneham House - 0.7 miles
Notcutts Garden Centre - 1.3 miles
Aston Martin Heritage Trust - 4.3 miles
Blenheim Palace and Estate - 13.5 miles

Walks Nearby:
Discover a charming walk literally on your back doorstep. Venture along the public footpath that runs past the cottage down the lane to Nuneham House, Nuneham Park and the Thames Valley.

Other Towns Nearby:
Oxford - 6 miles
Woodstock - 13.5 miles
Reading - 22.0 miles


Payment & Cancellation

Non-refundable deposit of 20% required at time of booking.
Non-refundable balance payable if cancellation is less than 30 days before check in.

Additional notes

There are occasional peacocks in the garden which visit from a nearby estate. The peacocks are large but very pretty and a delight to watch. However, if you are Ornithophobic this cottage may not be for you!
Sorry but missing or lost keys are charged at £50 per key to cover cost of cutting and re-instating to the property.
Only named guests are allowed access to the home. If someone has booked on your behalf, please ensure that they have given all of your details.



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Average 4.7 out of 5 (5 Customer Reviews)
Sam - Apr 2024 - Air B&B

A lovely property to stay in with easy access to Oxford via bus. The peafowl living in and around the garden were a real highlight which made this property unlike any other I’ve stayed at. The advert is upfront about the proximity of the property to the busy road, but the noise did not bother me or my partner in the slightest (this may bother you, so beware!). The property is clearly very old and we did find a fair few cobwebs kicking about in cupboards, so I felt like I had to clean plates/cutlery/glasses before use (this is probably just me being fussy), but other than that the property was spotless. The kitchen is well-equipped although we didn’t cook anything big during our stay. There is an abundance of firewood, kindling and lighters should you wish to light a fire (which we did!). TV is a smart TV but quite small for watching a film in the evening. I highly recommend bringing slippers as the stone floor is cold and the wooden stairs are very slippery in socks!

Our Reply
Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a review and we are so glad you enjoyed your stay. We will speak with our cleaning teams to ensure that all areas are thoroughly cleaned before check ins. We do hope to welcome you back again soon. Lindsay @ Short Let Space
Claire - Oct 2023 - VRBO

A very well equipped and comfy cottage. A lovely cottage – very well equipped. Excellent log burner to keep us warm in the evenings. Excellent location for central Oxford with the X40 bus stopping just up the road. We left the car on the drive all our stay and just used the bus. Funny to look out of the back door and see so many peafowl in the back garden – very gentle birds, even bringing their peachicks to see us. Would definitely stay there again

Kaliegh - Oct 2023 - Air B&B

Beautiful countryside home. However, the traffic could be heard within the building, even with ear plugs in. For the price, I was expecting it to be a bit more secluded. The airbnb provided instant coffee, but not regular coffee grounds. Just a note to consider, depending on your preference.

Our Reply
Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a review and we are so glad you enjoyed your stay. We do state on our property description that the home is on a road, but the home has undergone sound proofing to limit this. Please be assured your feedback will be passed onto our maintenance team and the owner. We do hope to welcome you back again soon. Lindsay @ Short Let Space
Sep 2023

We felt very comfortable..
The charm of the house is wonderful. Although the house is located directly on a main road, we did not notice much of it. The location is also very nice and (by car) central. We were accompanied and watched by the peacocks all the time.
A slightly larger dining table would have been very nice. With 3 people that’s quite small. We did not get the oven to run – we did not find a manual for him. The washing machine is a combo – including dryer. So there is no way to dry the clothes normally (no drying rack).

Mar 2023

Just spent a weekend at The Bolthole and can highly recommend this gem of a place. The house is absolutely charming. The furnishings are tasteful and high quality and it’s like staying in the house of a friend who has put a lot of effort into all the details to make your stay comfortable rather than a rental. And better for us than a hotel as the sitting room is so restful and we lit the fire and sat for hours relaxing and reading. The house is lovely and warm and the beds new and comfortable. The kitchen has literally everything you need although we ate out a lot because there are so many good pub restaurants nearby. Whilst it feels like you’ve got away from everything when you’re in the house, there is so much to do in the vicinity – 2 minute walk to the Arboretum where we sat beneath the Giant Redwoods while admiring the magnolias in blossom. We walked round the country lanes to see the noteworthy historic houses and churches and Oxford is a couple of miles away and you can get there on the bus – all easy. Blenheim Palace is just down the road. Stop off at the Farmshop at the Crazy Bear on the way and stock up on some cheese and bread and pat the baby goats. There are guidebooks and restaurant recommendations in the house and we found it easy to get reservations. I wish we had stayed longer and would go back in a heartbeat.

Emma Pegler
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