Chimney Nature Reserve, The Cotswolds
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.
Prices From£1000 Minimum 2 night stay
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.
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.
The Trout Pub at Tadpole Bridge is our nearest pub at just a 5-minute drive or a scenic walk away. Great for family drinks in the garden and access to the river. The Double Red Duke at Clanfield is locally renowned for its food – best book in advance!
Why not enjoy the Thames (which flows through the nature reserve) from on the water? (Don’t forget your license)! Paddleboards and kayaks can be hired at Ye Old Swan, Radcot, which is a 20-minute drive away if you don’t have your own or you can arrange a more luxurious boat trip (details here).
One of the most extraordinary and historic buildings in the world. A UNESCO world heritage site that is brimming with History. Take a tour of the extraordinary building, see its exhibitions, or enjoy roaming its gardens and landscape. Also home to extremely popular Christmas Markets.
Ideal for a fun, insightful tour and introduction to beer production, alternatively enjoy the shop for a treat to take home later. There’s always the option to sit in the sun and enjoy a drink with friends too.
Millets is well known within Oxfordshire for a great family day out, including a Farm Shop, Restaurants, Animal Walkway, Playbarn, Falconry Centre, Pick Your Own and more! Find out more here.
The surrounding nature reserve is home to wildflower meadows and a variety of wildlife. You can explore the meadows on the various footpaths and bridlepaths which link up to the Thames bridlepath (for bikes and on foot) and wider path network. View the map here.
The Lock Keeper’s Snipe has an enclosed courtyard garden at the front of the property. The grass area at the rear of the property is not enclosed.
Yes, there is a BBQ on the terraced area of the courtyard Garden next to the outdoor dining area. Please bring your own charcoal and firelighters.
Yes, there are two high chairs and two cots in The Lockkeeper's Snipe. Please bring your own cot linen as we are not able to supply this.
The Wifi is fibre and you can expect speeds of over 200Mbps. There is a network that covers all three properties at Chimney as well as individual ones for each property at Chimney. When in the property you may find that connecting to the Snipe network is faster than the general network. The password is the same for both. Most devices should get a good signal in and around the property – we have enjoyed working on a laptop sitting on the terrace!
There is an electric car charger in the parking area at Chimney which is shared between the three Barns and is free to use.