Cotswold village home
I am a school administrator living in the beautiful Cotswolds with a well-behaved Labrador Tillie and a cheeky, typically independent cat Frida. I don’t go away often without Tillie, but with two grown children, one in Scotland and one overseas, I do occasionally need house/pet sitters if I am going visit them.
Our Home & Location
This is a modern two double-bedroom home with ensuite shower, family bath and downstairs cloakroom tucked away in the village of Shipton-under-Wychwood. Much of Shipton is a conservation area and the village lies within the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB.)
Local amenities include a village shop, three pubs, all within the village, and a small Coop supermarket, library and additional pub in the now adjoining village of Milton under Wychwood. There are infrequent bus connections to Witney, and Chipping Norton so a car would be necessary/useful. There is a railway station in Shipton which is on the Cotswold Line running from London Paddington to Hereford via Oxford....
The village is on the Oxfordshire Way footpath, which can be used to walk north-westwards up the Evenlode Valley to Bruern Abbey and Bledington, or eastwards down the valley to Charlbury. I have a large collection of ordinance survey maps and walking guides and there are hundreds of beautiful walks nearby, some literally from the door.
Attractions such as Blenheim Palace in Woodstock, the Cotswold Wild Life Park near Burford, and Stow on the Wold and Bourton-on-the-Water in Gloucestershire are all within easy reach by car. Oxford is 30 minutes by car or twice-daily train service. There is a lovely local theatre/arthouse cinema in Chipping Norton, 5 miles away. + More info
Responsibilities & Pets
The House and garden are relatively care-free and comfortable. The animals are both fit and healthy, and only require adoration! Tillie is fed twice daily, morning and evening, and our normal routine is two walks a day - these can be as long or as short as you like. She is more than happy to accompany you on long walks and is a well-behaved pub dog. At the weekends we often go for longer walks, during the week they are necessarily shorter. Frida is relatively self-sufficient, only needing her food bowl kept full. She has her own door to the outside and does not use a cat box. She is a lap cat and will appear on your lap almost as soon as you sit down, if you let her.
April 2019 | Erin