Exterior view of The DoghouseView from the surrounding fields, showing proximity of The Doghouse to the main house.
Charming country escape for 2
Charming country escape for 2
2 guests
1 bedroom
1 bed
1 bath
2 guests
1 bedroom
1 bed
1 bath
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"The Doghouse" is a bespoke oak building, providing space, privacy and luxurious comfort for two guests. Have a real break away - our 6pm checkout allows you to enjoy the accommodation for a full day before you leave. Situated adjacent to the Blenheim Palace estate, and just 7 miles west of Oxford, The Doghouse is an ideal self-catering base for Blenheim or Oxford events, or simply enjoying the countryside, Cotswold stone pubs, and local market towns.

The space

Situated overlooking green fields, The Doghouse provides a peaceful, comfortable and luxurious base from which to explore Oxford, her villages, and the surrounding countryside. Our guests enjoy 60 sq m of space over two levels, and a private patio area: The first-floor bedroom is accessed via a wooden spiral staircase, and has a king-size bed. There is a small cupboard for hanging clothes, and limited drawer space, so we are probably best suited to weekend breaks and short stays.

The ground-floor living area is open-plan: The kitchen is equipped with an induction hob, microwave/convection oven, toaster, fridge/freezer and dishwasher, and there is a breakfast table with stools. A large flat-screen TV (Sky included) is wall-mounted in the comfy living area, with a DVD player, and a selection of DVDs, or guests can bring their own. WiFi is provided for our guests, with a large desk space and printer, for those who need to work! Finally, the bathroom has a spacious glass shower cubicle (towels and shower gel provided), wash basin and lavatory.

The Doghouse has cosy underfloor heating for the winter, and fans are provided during hot weather.

Outside, a small, secluded patio area is equipped with a garden sofa, parasol and a bistro table with chairs for two, all overlooking fields where horses regularly graze, silhouetted against the light of the sun which sets beyond.

Guest access

There is off-road private parking at the property. Full access instructions are provided on booking.
Guests have complete privacy, and are free to come and go as they please as the Doghouse is entirely separate from the main house. You are welcome to use our tennis court - please bring your own racquets and balls.

Interaction with guests

We live in the main house at the property, and are happy to help with advice or suggestions ahead of your stay

Essential directions and arrival information (we are difficult to find without these, and mobile reception is very poor!) are provided for access on confirmation of booking, and there is an information booklet for the property and the local area supplied in The Doghouse. We will provide you with keys to come and go as you please, and are available via text or phone in case of problems. Otherwise, we will leave you to enjoy the privacy, and peace and quiet that The Doghouse offers.

We have a very affectionate labrador, called Lottie, who smiles at you when she greets you. Also, a grey cat called Wilbur, who is rather timid, but very affectionate. Please be careful not to shut him in The Doghouse if he visits you!

Other things to note

There is a nearby shop (5 mins drive) which bakes fresh bread, croissants and pastries on the premises from 07.00 every day (08.00 on Sundays). Biscuits, fresh milk, a selection of teas, and Nespresso and cafetiere coffees are all provided in The Doghouse, as well as condiments for self-catering.

Free parking on premise
Cable TV
Laptop friendly workspace

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Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 king bed

House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
Not safe or suitable for children (0-12 years)
Check in is anytime after 12PM (noon)
Check out by 6PM

Maximum 2 guests.
Strictly no smoking inside The Doghouse.
We regret we are unable to accept babies/children and pets.
Please treat the property with care and respect, and leave it as you found it on departure.
Please read the information booklet provided in the property, and follow the house rules.

You must also acknowledge
Dog(s) and cat(s) live in the house


Safety features
Smoke detector
Safety card
Fire extinguisher

2 nights minimum stay

67 Reviews

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Vanessa User Profile
September 2017
The Doghouse is a lovely place for a long weekend stay, with stunning views of the countryside. It was very convenient for us as we attend The Salon Prive at Blenheim Palace which was just minutes up the road. Look forward to staying again.

Rich User Profile
August 2017
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Alison's and couldn't have asked for anything more. The place is beautiful and equipped with everything you could possibly need. Very clear instructions were left for the appliances with some lovely home touches. We would definitely go back for another stay.

Ashleigh User Profile
August 2017
A pleasant stay in a lovely part of the world. The outhouse was gorgeous, how we would keep our own property and a nice space for us to just enjoy a couple of days out of the city. We stayed in cooked dinner, chilled out. I usually have to pack tons of technology to watch films/plug my Mac in etc but the house is equipped with a great sound system, Apple TV, Wii, Sky TV with all channels. We went for a couple of walks out to pick up some newspapers, fresh bread and one day took a drive out to villages and just to a local pub. Alison's communication was great, very clear and I'd recommend to anybody.

John User Profile
August 2017
Great place. Perfect location. Very peaceful. Very high standard throughout. Would not hesitate to go back.
Alison User ProfileAlison is a superhost.
Response from Alison:
So glad you enjoyed your stay. Hope to see you next year! Kind regards, Alison
August 2017

Mike User Profile
July 2017
If you're looking for a quiet weekend away with everything you could need, look no further! Really attentive hands-off host with super-detailed instructions.

Gary User Profile
June 2017
Everything was perfectly lovely. Appreciated the cleanliness, detailed notes, the tennis court, the butterflies and birds, the woods across the road, the tv system, the re-cycling and concern over our comfort. To name but a few. Hope to re-visit in the autumn. A great superb example of how airbnb should be, all set in a lovely location ideally situated for attending a concert at Blenheim palace. We drove which worked really well, though I would say as a country retreat using public transport, and a little forward thinking will work just as well.
Alison User ProfileAlison is a superhost.
Response from Alison:
Hi Gary, Thanks so much for your lovely review. Do hope you'll visit again. Let us know, and my husband Neil will be happy to give you a game of tennis during your stay. Best regards, Alison
June 2017

Mark User Profile
June 2017
Lovely quiet location and a very peaceful stay. Close to Blenheim Palace which was ideal for us; with some great walks in the surrounding area.

I am a career nurse, working all over Oxfordshire, managing care for dying patients in the community.

Prior to our move to Oxfordshire, we spent 26 years living overseas, and our itchy feet continue to take us travelling whenever time allows.

We have set up The Doghouse to provide the type of accommodation experience with which we ourselves feel most comfortable - our guests are entirely self-sufficient, and enjoy complete privacy. The Doghouse is fully equipped, offering stylish, luxurious accommodation and the peace and quiet that this location offers, overlooking open countryside. It's an ideal venue for a romantic getaway, or chill-out time away from city life. It's also an ideal venue for quiet study or concentrating on a work project. Full access information is provided on booking, and printed information about The Doghouse, and the local area, is awaiting our guests' arrival.

We live on-site, but leave our guests to enjoy themselves in complete privacy, with no unwelcome intrusions.

I am always happy to provide local recommendations, or answer specific questions by email ahead of reservations.

Response rate: 100%
Response time: within a few hours

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