Hollyhock house is a great family house. It's the perfect space for families & groups can get together. It's a beautiful period farmhouse, typical of its time and area. Lots of things to do in the area, with or without children. The garden is large and perfect to explore. Fabulous walking country, go for miles and see no cars! Visit the Village Pub - The White Horse, the beer and food is cracking, and its walking distance! If you are booking for Christmas it's a 3 night minimum stay.
Any breakages are declared on exit, so we are aware of what to replace for incoming guests. e.g. wine glasses.
Re security deposit: We are unlikely to charge for small items, such as plates or glasses. It would be for broken furniture, and larger items. But please do let us know if something gets broken so we know we have to replace it for incoming guest.:-)
Ensure BBQ hut is left clean and tidy.
NO SMOKING in the house, stubs are picked up and put in bins - not left on the floor by the doors.
No pets are allowed upstairs or on furniture. Evidence of this may effect your safety deposit.
Access/entry to the property is 3pm and exit is 10am. (Can be flexible depending on next guests arrival date/time. This is to allow suitable time to turn around for other guests. Extensions may be available should no other guests be booked in at your arrival or exit day. Please contact me nearer the time for up to date entrance/exit times.
Please ensure the whole house is kept clean and tidy on exit. If it is not left in a mannerly and clean state this could effect your safety deposit due to extra time and cleaning required.
Its not mandatory, it just really helps us if you could strip your beds and leave linens on the floor.
Thank you for loving our house as much as we do!
About the house:
Hollyhock House has been in the Laughton family for 5 generations. In 2014 we started what turned out to be a major two year renovation project. What started with just a lick of paint turned into a major overhaul of the whole property. We converted the barn and stable into a plush dwelling space, and totally re-vamped the older part of the house. I've tried to make it as cozy and relaxing as possible. All beds have oversize duvets, meaning a double wears a kings size, or a king size wears a super king. (I hate it when the duvets are too small for the bed). I've personally made all of the curtains and blinds throughout the property as I wanted them bespoke and to add to the luxurious feel to the property.
I run the business, and have pervious experience from doing holiday lets with another property. I am a keen equestrian owner and love being outdoors. I am married to Andy and have two boys Ollie and Ferdy, who are 14 and 6. The 14 year old is a 'mad' motor cross rider.
We are in a position should you want to bring your motocross bike to try Ashdown or Enysham tracks we can store it securely. Equally if you want to bring your horse on holiday too we can offer you a stable. Dogs are welcome, but must be house trained and well behaved. (All animals must have prior agreements and arrangements).
I can't live without... seeing the sun daily, touching grass, star gazing as there are no street lights we have the most amazing views of the night sky. All/any tunes to bop to in the kitchen, a glass of wine, horses, my kids, peace and quiet! Favourite place to travel - anywhere in the warm.
I am hoping for... to host families/people who want a taste of the countryside. Step out of your work suit, or high heels, don your wellies and a warm coat, and pootle about the woods and lanes, visit the village pub for a pint and come back to a warm house with a roast dinner waiting for you in the Aga.
My moto: I have a moto regarding my children. I never worry about how untidy they come home, it just means the more grubbier they are the better the day they've had.
Hollyhock House is the perfect place to come and relax and unwind. Its cozy and has all of the mod cons of home. Close enough to shop at Bicester Village, tour Blenheim Palace, visit Oxford, Cheltenham, the cotswolds. Come home and snuggle up and let the day melt away in the Arctic Cabin - BBQ hut.