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Inkwell Cottage | Luxury Self-Catering Cottage | Burford

Inkwell Cottage

Burford, Oxfordshire, The Cotswolds, UK

On the outside, this pretty cottage built from The Cotswolds’ trademark honeyed stone, complete with twin chimneys and climbing roses framing the front door, looks as though it’s as sweet on the inside as warm cherry pie. But be fooled not, there’s not an ounce of twee between Inkwell Cottage’s walls. Handcrafted, atelier in style and ever-so fun, this self-catering home near Burford is a pocketful of luxury throwing all conventionality out of its mullion windows.


Filled to the brim with playful fixtures and salient artwork made by friends, becoming acquainted with Inkwell Cottage is akin to meeting the most bodacious character in the room; witty, lively and overflowing with charisma. Kick off shoes at the door and breeze into the kitchen to put on a pot of coffee, before padding through the courtyard at the back of the cottage and into the artists’ studio, where a chaise-lounge and pile of books tempts guests to forget about the outside world. This modern retreat blows the cobwebs from traditional luxury Cotswolds cottages with vigour.


A deep, moss green velvet sofa settled in front of an inglenook fireplace invites guests to sink into relaxation during dark winter nights in Inkwell Cottage’s country-style living room, while all around, curious collectables adorn the walls and shelves. Up the wonky stairs to the bedroom, a king-size bed rests against a rustic, repurposed Champagne riddling rack and apothecary bottles sit alongside a wooden hand pinching a lightbulb, hinting to a time of touring Victorian magicians.


Amidst miniature topiary and a climbing virginia creeper, the bistro table in Inkwell Cottage’s courtyard is an idyllic spot for morning croissants or an al fresco summer supper. During the day, however, the AONB in which the cottage sits must be explored (if only for the glut of tearooms and gastro pubs serving treats aplenty), so lace up those trusty walking boots and head out into the rolling hills of The Cotswolds. For those who would rather browse than hike, nearby olde-worlde Burford is twinkling with antique shops and boutiques.

The Facts

  • SleepsUp to 2 guests
    From £995 per week, £750 per short break
  • Bedrooms and bathroomsInkwell Cottage has one loft-style bedroom with king-size bed accessed by stairs from the living room, and one ground floor bathroom featuring a bathtub, overhead shower and WC.
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  • PetsSorry, no pets
  • Arrivals and departuresArrival Day: Monday or FridayArrival Time: 4pmDeparture Time: 9.30amTimes may vary due to Covid-19 requirements, please refer to your booking.
  • FamilySorry, no children or babies.
  • PracticalitiesThe property has a small garage guests can park one car in (in-keeping with the nature of the house, it is compact!) with alternative parking nearby if preferred. The cottage kitchen is well-equipped for a romantic self-catering escape, featuring an electric Aga, Nespresso coffee machine, dishwasher, washer-dryer and fridge-freezer. Please note, owing to the charming nature of the property, due care is to be taken on the steep stairs as the bannister is askew, yet perfectly safe.
  • Homestay includesLuxury welcome hamper, handmade soaps, waffle bathrobes, i-Box Bluetooth speakers, Nespresso coffee machine, firewood and kindling to get you started...House book - your property and destination guideDiscover more little luxuries
  • Additional extrasA handpicked selection of unique experiences are available at this property.
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Rustic and reclaimed furniture style the bedroom
Inkwell Cottage´s country-style living room
The king-size bed rests against a repurposed Champagne riddling rack

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Known as ‘the gateway to the Cotswolds’ and flaunting a very special olde worlde charm, Burford is set in a beautifully unspoiled corner of the UK where winding streets, curious antique shops, and quaint honey-hued cottages are the order of the day.

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Getting there

  • On the Map Inkwell Cottage is set on the outskirts of charming Cotswold village, Burford in Oxfordshire.
  • By Car The house is approximately 2 hours from London, while Bristol and Birmingham are both around 90 minutes away.
  • By Train The nearest train station is Charlbury, a 15 minute drive away, with direct links to London Paddington and Oxford station is around 40 minutes.
  • By Air Both Birmingham and Heathrow airports are just over 90 minutes’ drive away, and Gatwick is a little under 2 hours.

From the owner

“The most charming aspect of Inkwell Cottage is its size! Very small, but perfectly formed. It´s cosy, quiet and so peaceful with all the essential creature comforts... Honestly, what more do you need?”

From the owner

In order to create what it is today, I have spent many days and nights at Inkwell Cottage doing a lot of the interior decorating myself and I've realised that I actually don't need more than this. The beauty of this little gem is that I can live happily here with just a small suitcase, everything needed is wrapped up in one perfect package!

I'm a keen advocate of supporting talented people, especially the young. You will find all sorts of art pieces throughout the house, including abstract work by my niece which hangs above the television. Imo Orr has been studying in Florence for the last four years and you can see work about the house and her self-portrait is in the studio. Kirsty Elson has a lovely way of seeing potential in old things and transforms them into something new; the moose in the sitting room was once a rake. I find beauty in the history and peeling paint of old furniture, which you will find dotted throughout. 

The added bonus of this little home is its proximity to the renowned historic town of Burford. It has everything from walks, to charming shops, fabulous pubs and local produce, as well as being surrounded by the beauty of the Cotswolds.


Owner recommendations

Live like a local, discovering the best hidden gem restaurants, walks and attractions during your holiday in Burford with an insider’s perspective.

Blenheim Palace
To Do

Blenheim Palace

A masterpiece of Baroque architecture, Blenheim Palace (the birth place of Winston Churchill) provides an awe-inspiring experience for visitors. Various charming events are held every year, from car rallies to flower shows to food festivals.

To See


This picture-perfect hamlet is a 15 minute drive from Burford, known for its honey-coloured 17th century stone cottages with steeply pitched roofs and is often, understandably, used as a backdrop in Hollywood films.

Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens
To Do

Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens

One of the largest zoological collections and most exciting gardens in the area, the park are well-known for their endangered spices breeding programmes, where recently a Giant Anteater baby (Nelson) made his debut!

The Wild Rabbit, Kingham
To Eat

The Wild Rabbit, Kingham

The Wild Rabbit is a stylish reinvention of the traditional English Inn. Serving locally sourced, seasonal food and a selection of tipples in a relaxing and welcoming setting, a visit is definitely recommended during your stay.

Guest Testimonials

Thank you for creating such a beautiful home. We have had a wonderful time here, celebrating our 30th wedding anniversary! We loved all the careful attention to detail, in particular the studio. We would love to return to Inkwell Cottage one day. Thank you!

Thank you for creating such a beautiful home. We had a wonderful time here celebrating our 30th wedding anniversary. We loved the care and attention to detail, particularly in the studio! We would love to return soon. Thanks again.

Unique extras

Enhance your stay with a unique experience from one of our preferred suppliers. From professional in-house chefs to luxury at-home spa therapists and wine delivered to the door, see what’s on offer for your bespoke escape.


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