The Lock Keeper's Snipe is cool and contemporary, yet cosy and comfy, the design eye of Quince has created a boutique barn that’s pure balm for the soul. Eclectic décor and a long line of luxe touches run through the sun-drenched space that’s a U in its shape, extending out on to a private south-facing courtyard garden and then on into the wilds of the reserve.
Ripe in rich teals and powder pinks, eye-catching artwork and bundles of plush soft furnishings, The Lock Keeper's Snipe showcases boutique barn living at its most comfy. Grand vaulted ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows flood the single storey barn with sunshine, while the south-facing courtyard is designed for pure relaxing.
Sleep easy in six generously sized super-king size or twin bedrooms overlooking the courtyard – four have ensuite bathrooms, two of them with freestanding baths. All bedrooms have a Quince level of comfort with signature super-comfy beds. A lovely big boot room and gated grounds make it dog friendly, while the dining area and kitchen mingle together to create an easy entertaining space.
With 13 acres of private grounds and access to 760 more in The Nature Reserve, there's plenty of room to roam. Follow winding paths through the meadows to find wooden tables and benches for secret picnics. Climb trees, ride the big swing and uncover hidden hides for the best views over the reserve. And naturally, there's plenty of space for parking too.
The house has fast fibre broadband which makes it ideal as a place to work as well as relax.
Bed 1 – Super king size bed, single bed (sleeps 3), ensuite wet room with shower, wc and basin.
Bed 2 – Super king size bed, claw footed bath, ensuite shower room (shower, wc and double basin), door to bathhouse.
Bed 3 – Super king size bed with ensuite shower room (shower, wc and basin).
Bed 4 – Twin room with 2 single beds, door to garden, ensuite bathroom (claw footed bath, wc and basin).
Bed 5 – Triple room with 3 single beds
Bed 6 – Twin room with 2 single beds
Family bathroom - bath, walk in shower, wc and double basin.
Sitting room - 3 seating areas, log burner with starter pack, TV.
Dining area - ample seating for 14.
Kitchen - Breakfast bar and stools, dishwasher, double fridge/freezer, range oven with 5 rings, two ovens, grill, microwave, nespresso coffee machine, food processor.
Boot room - benches, hooks, utility cupboard (washing machine, dryer and second dishwasher)
Internet - fast fibre broadband.
Outside – 2 soft seating areas, dining table and chairs, bath house with outside copper bath, heater, hot and cold water, rear grass area and access to 13 acres of meadows with picnic area, benches, walks and swing. Parking for 6 cars, shared electric car charger.
On our doorstep is Chimney Meadows Nature Reserve. A veritable vision through the seasons; in spring and summer it simply blooms with wildflowers through lush meadows and woodlands, while ancient water meadows naturally flood through autumn and winter. Perch in the bird hide and come eye-to-eye with our feathered residents, the snipe, curlew and waders.
The Lock Keeper's Snipe is deep in wilds yet mere moments from a clutch of cutesy Cotswolds villages, the Thames Path walking trails and scholastic delights of Oxford. Naturally, there are plenty of country pubs to hunker down in, while the nearest station is 18 miles away.
Like chancing down a rabbit hole in Alice in Wonderland, The Lock Keeper's Snipe is the juicy worm at the end of a long network of single-track lanes. Set in 13 acres of private grounds, with garden team Posy (yes, that's her real name) and John, the setting is lovingly nurtured to be a true feast for the eyes. Wake up to birdsong and drift off to the hoot of the owl, the barn's extraordinary location in a 700-acre nature reserve makes for a seriously mellow escape whatever the season. Happy days.
Whether you’re looking to jump into puddles or splash out on a private chef, there’s experiences for every mood. At Quince we know that board games and country walks don’t always cut it. That’s why we’re on hand to suggest some external activities that can add a little extra sparkle to your stay
My goodness, my goodies - There’s nothing better than coming into a holiday home and seeing a basket full of treats waiting for you to delve into, all packed up into our specially branded apple crate. Our welcome hampers are thoughtfully curated by our wonderful Quince team with selected brands that connect with our values. Our welcome hamper encompasses gifts from us to you. Breathe in the sweet smell of our Wixy Rosemary and Juniper candle, indulge in our Tracklements Quince jam, delight in our sophisticated bottle of french white wine. Welcome to Quince
Take a break from the peeling, chopping and boiling, we’ve got this. If you’re looking for that home cooked meal but you don’t want to labour over a hot stove, we have a variety of trusted, local caterers that will come in and do it all for you, and yes, before you ask, even the washing up.
If you fancy getting your hands dirty, there is plenty on offer. From candle painting in the kitchen to clay throwing in the local towns, we’ve got you covered. Creative activities for all ages are on offer during your multi-generational stay.
Get into gear and pedal on through your holiday. We’ve got any physical activity you require at our fingertips. Whether you’re looking for bicycle hire, canoe hire, or you’re feeling adventurous and want to attempt kite surfing, you name it, we’ve got the details