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The Alpaca Retreat

Bicester (4mls SE), Buckinghamshire
VE We’re good to go scheme
Sleeps 2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms 1
Change Sat
Dogs welcome 2
4 star
Waterside views
Complex of properties
Enclosed garden / patio
Open fire / woodburner
Hot tub
Internet access
Pub nearby
Fishing onsite / nearby
Romantic
Quirky
Shepherd Hut
Towels included
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At a glance

  • A romantic retreat overlooking a pond tucked away in three acres of lovely gardens
  • Enjoy the warming wood burner, relax outside on the decking or unwind in the hot tub
  • Take advantage of the fishing available, or relax in the gardens with lovely countryside views
Property code: 76403

A quirky, fun and romantic retreat nestled at the top of the garden, overlooking an idyllic pond and willow tree, with wood burner, lazy spa and BBQ, providing a perfect escape from everyday life.

Set within three acres, with a gentle unfenced stream bordering the land, making the perfect base for touring the area. Enjoy lovely walks along country lanes, or to the village pub which offers a range of good food. There is much to see and do in the area, including fishing, shopping at the designer outlet at Bicester Village which is a short drive, the Cotswolds with its picturesque villages, Warwick Castle, Waddesdon Manor, Blenheim Palace and numerous National Trust properties and gardens, Silverstone, Henley for its Regatta, Oxford with its spires and much more. Bicester Golf Club and Spa are only a short drive. Even a day trip to London is accessible on the train.

Stepping up into the beautiful hand crafted property you will immediately find yourself in the open-plan kitchen/diner/sleeping area. In the sleeping area you will find a double bed, privately tucked away at one end and with curtains to pull across come bedtime and watch the TV. In the dining area there is small table and chairs perfect for enjoying breakfast and your morning coffee before heading out for the day. After a day exploring snuggle up in front of the wood burner, or open up the French doors onto the spacious decking area, let the outside in and enjoy the waterside views. The compact kitchen area is equipped with an induction hob, oven,  and fridge. There is also a shower room with shower and WC, to prepare for the day ahead. Providing a comfortable stay in this beautiful rustic environment.

The outside area is peaceful and simply gorgeous, the perfect spot to dine al fresco on your private decking area with gas BBQ and a table and chairs, and enjoy the waterside views. In the evenings, enjoy a game of croquet on the lawn, see the resident alpaca in the adjoining field or enjoy a glass of wine in the attractive gardens. Relax in the bubbles of your private inflatable hot tub, with a cold drink or just admire the views. There is off-road parking for one car.

Dogs are charged at £20 each per full or part week.

  • Sleeping area - double bed
  • 1 shower room
  • Induction hob, oven, and fridge (no freezer compartment)
  • Hot tub
  • Wood burner (logs included)
  • Electric and underfloor heating included
  • Off-road parking for 1 car
  • Enclosed garden with fire pit
  • Use of BBQ hut
  • 2 dogs welcome
  • Welcome pack provided
  • Shop 2 miles and pub and restaurant within walking distance
  • Can be booked together with Clearbrook Barn
  • TV in sleeping area
  • Wifi and Netflix

Sue Pierce-Smith

This property is personally managed by Sue.

Reviews

From guests that have stayed at the property.

Based on 34 guest ratings

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Reviewed by Bobbie 19th September 2020

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Really cozy shepherds hut! Hot tub was warm upon arrival and the prosecco on ice was a really nice touch! The alpacas are the perfect addition to the garden area and being able to hand feed them was a great experience. Amanda and tom were great hosts and really helpful.

Reviewed by Charlene 12th September 2020

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We had such an amazing stay. Amanda made us feel so welcome as soon as we arrived even helping us with our bags. Tom even drove my husband home at a nearby town as he had a work meeting during the week. We were blown away by the views and knew that we were going to have a much needed relaxing stay. No light or sound pollution and away from hustle aRead morend bustle of everyday life you will certainly get a good nights sleep. The cherry on top was seeing the adorable alpacas. Book it you won't regret it Hide

Reviewed by Anthony 31st August 2020

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Would highly recommend this place Amanda and Tom was very welcoming to us. Nothing was to much trouble was lovely to have a welcoming bottle of prosecco a peaceful and relaxing break looking forward to going back again.

Reviewed by Nathan 30th August 2020

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The property was immaculate, very modern inside the cabin, everything you need at arms reach. Not to mention the prosecco on ice for arrival and the hot tub pre heated for us, the area is big and open i was astonished by how much we had. Oh an who can forget the ALPACAS!

Reviewed by Chloe 27th August 2020

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The most amazing place for a few days away with your partner, especially after working in the NHS through Covid! Will be back x

Reviewed by Emma 23rd August 2020

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We stayed for our honeymoon Amanda welcomed us with presecco and chocolates. The hut was spotless everything you needed .the firepit hut was amazing and enjoyed toasting marshmallows in there .enjoyed the hot tub and walkace the alpacha was friendly. Amanda was such a good host .we can't wait to go back again

Reviewed by jonathon 8th August 2020

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If we could score this property out of 100 rather than 5 we would give it 200. Our Shepherds Hut was immaculately presented, located in a beautiful setting and with a hot tub to boot! Our hosts were fantastic and couldn't do enough for us and made an already brilliant week that much better. We have re-booked for next year so that shows just how gooRead mored it was!! Hide

Reviewed by Beverley 31st July 2020

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If you a looking for somewhere to go to which you can get away, forget about everything and chill. This is the place. Everything you need in a beautiful setting and Wallace is a character.

Reviewed by Andrew 28th July 2020

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The Shepherd's hut was fantastic with great facilities and great comfort. It was an absolute dream

Reviewed by Wendy 20th July 2020

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We had a lovely stay. The hosts were very welcoming and helpful.. The shepherds hut was so cozy with a comfy bed, a barbecue and a hot tub, where we drank the welcome Proscecco kindly left, by the host. What more could you want! It was peaceful, tranquil and relaxing with amazing views and Wallace the Alpaca made it extra special. don't forget to tRead moreake some carrots for him! Hide

Reviewed by Fiona 11th July 2020

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Lovely place for a remote long weekend. Amanda was very welcoming and accomodating.

Reviewed by Kim 4th July 2020

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Just returned from an idyllic week at the gorgeous Alpaca Retreat. Everything was perfect from the cosy shepherds hut (which has everything) to the hot tub and last but not least the cutest Alpaca ever, Wallace. The host Amanda was absolutely lovely, warm and welcoming, nothing was too much trouble. If you are thinking about booking this tiny sliceRead more of paradise, then do it!! You will have the most relaxing, chilled break ever! Just don't forget your camera.Thank you Amanda and Wallace Hide

Reviewed by Sadiyya 15th March 2020

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The host is extremely kind and friendly. The place was very relaxing and peaceful! We had all cutleries and essentials catered. The place is warm and the log burner is easy to use to keep it even warmer on winter/cold nights! The scenery is pretty and the the shops arent too far away either. Great views surrounding the place. There is two hot tubs Read morewhich I hadnt realised so was good! Absolutely amazing! Hide

Reviewed by Charlie 13th March 2020

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This little shepherds hut is fantastic. The location is perfect, it is only 10 minutes from the town of Bicester but you feel like you are in the middle of no where. The hosts are very welcoming and friendly and their pet alpaca (Wallace) is very fun. The hut is cosy, clean and very nice to stay in with a super comfy bed. This place has everything Read moreyou need to relax for a long weekend. Hide

Reviewed by Sasha 1st March 2020

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We had a fantastic stay at the Alpaca retreat! Super cozy and fully equipped Shepherds hut and the hosts were incredibly accommodating and went above and beyond to ensure our stay was as comfortable as possible. The lovely jacuzzi, amazing BBQ hut and not to forget, the adorable Alpaca, Wallace, added to the charming experience. Would recommend to Read moreanyone looking for a cozy getaway! Hide

Reviewed by Faye 21st February 2020

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Absolutely fantastic little cabin, a little bit of luxury in the countryside. The lovely owner make sure we had everything we needed for our stay. Wallace was the alpaca was a great little pet, roaming around in the huge garden. I could not recommend the alpaca retreat enough, we will be back!

Reviewed by Amy 14th February 2020

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This is a hidden gem!!!!! Such a perfect place to get away from it all, a beautiful location and a lovely village pub with amazingly friendly locals. We cant wait to go back, this place is faultless

Reviewed by Tracey 24th January 2020

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We had a wonderful 3 night stay at The Alpaca Retreat. Wallace the Alpaca was a joy and shared our garden for the duration of our stay. The shepherds hut was fabulous. The log burner, hot tub and a welcome bottle of Prosecco were all such lovely touches. The BBQ hut was also a superb idea. We will be returning.

Reviewed by Jessica 10th January 2020

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The Alpaca Retreat was the perfect weekend get away for us and our dog. Amanda was an excellent host and gave us some great recommendations for local points of interest as well as a fantastic experience whilst we were there. The hut was clean and we loved the welcome Prosecco and marshmallows that we could toast on the fire. We all enjoyed meeting Read moreWallace the Alpaca and Lucifer in particular had a fantastic playtime with his new friend. We are already looking at booking again for the summer! Hide

Reviewed by Maisiemay 7th January 2020

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Amazing place to stay, so relaxing and cosy! Enjoyed the free WiFi and Netflix on tv. Amanda is a lovely host, made us feel so welcome. 10 minute drive from Bicester village which was a good day out! Will definitely be returning in summer. Thankyou so much!!

Reviewed by Rebecca 31st December 2019

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This beautiful shephards hut is perfect for an escape to the country. If you are looking to get away for a few days this is perfect. Amanda was very accommodating, she also bought us more marshmallows for the fire and was there to help with anything else we needed.

Reviewed by Ian 20th December 2019

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Reviewed by Anna 29th November 2019

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Absolutely loved our stay here! So peaceful and relaxing, perfect size for two of us and the dog! Had planned to do lots of walking but the cabin was so cosy with the log burner that we didnt want to venture out! Highly recommend!

Reviewed by Sarah 22nd November 2019

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Beautiful, magical, a wonderful stay and we will be sure to return every time we need a little recharge! Already recommended to lots of friends and family. Thank you so much Amanda xxx

Reviewed by Jude 15th November 2019

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Wonderfully cosy Shepherds Hut, our host, Amanda couldnt have been more welcoming (the Prosecco was a great touch) - Star, the lurcher made very welcome too! Bring carrots for Wallace the Alpaca! Really peaceful spot - thank you

Reviewed by Amy 2nd November 2019

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An absolutely stunning place to stay, the hut itself was so clean and well equipped and cosy due to the under floor heating and fire, plus having Netflix was great. The host Amanda was so welcoming and had thought of everything! Located in a beautiful rural area with some nice local pubs. Best part of the stay was Wallace the alpaca who was such a Read moresweetheart, we hope to stay again when he's got a couple of friends! Would highly recommend this cottage and wish we had a couple more nights there! Hide

Reviewed by Andrew 20th October 2019

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Very cosy and comfortable place for a couples weekend getaway. We were hosted very well and would visit again

Reviewed by Jade 14th October 2019

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We had 4 nights at the hut. Amanda was very friendly and helpful, we was treated to a bottle of prosecco, and was kindly offered to come a day early and leave later, free of charge. The hut seems larger once inside and very cosy. We really enjoyed making use of the log burner in the colder evenings and snuggling up in bed watching Netflix. We lovedRead more waking up to a friendly alpaca, who made quick work of the carrots! Perfect place to relax and enjoy pretty views. Hide

Reviewed by Carole 11th October 2019

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Think Ive found my bolt hole! Dogs were happy, although Im not sure Wallace will welcome us back Even though the weather was rainy, it not stop us getting out & exploring Waddendon Estate. I just worried about the muddy floor!

Reviewed by Harriet 4th October 2019

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I chose to stay in Amanda's Shepherds Hut for my girlfriends birthday, we booked to stay for 3 nights. The hut was brand new, so it felt super clean and fresh. I would describe it as idyllic, compact and cosy - we had all of the bits of bobs we needed in it We made use of the outdoor BBQ and hot tub, but our favorite things about our stay were AmanRead moreda's animals: Wallace (the Alpaca), Digby & Cookie (Dogs) they made it extra special! Amanda was an amazing host and we would highly recommend a stay! Hide

Reviewed by Tom 27th September 2019

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Reviewed by Beverley 11th September 2019

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Perfect accommodation and location for a 'get away from it all' break. Spent three nights Sept 19 with hubby and our dog Ollie and couldn't have hoped for anything better. Wallace the alpaca added something special to the tranquil environment. Hope to return sometime in the future.

Reviewed by Stelios 9th September 2019

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The cottage was an excellent choice for a quiet holiday in a relaxing environment. Amanda was an amazing host, kind and helpful. She was happy to go the extra mile to help and make our staying pleasant. The cabin was compact but with all comforts, clean, cosy and warm. The alpaca was a pleasant surprise and added to the whole experience. Highly recRead moreommended! Hide

Reviewed by Gary 24th August 2019

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Location

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The Cotswolds is home to some of the most unspoilt, historic and famous villages in England. Its honey-coloured stone buildings provide a quintessential English charm found no-where else in the world and offer a plethora of welcoming pubs, tiny tearooms and quaint streets to explore.

Once described by William Morris as ‘the most beautiful village in England’, the chocolate box village of Bibury is one of England’s most iconic hamlets, home to the peaceful River Coln and some of the most photographed houses in the country. The famous Arlington Row is a sight to behold - this row of 14th century weaver’s cottages have been the foundation of Bibury for hundreds of years and is instantly recognisable as a symbol of the Cotswold District.

If you’re seeking a relaxing day of sightseeing, shopping and traditional tearooms, head to the charming town of Cirencester, once the second largest town in Roman Britain. Proclaiming the title "The Capital of the Cotswolds", its market square is dominated by the cathedral-like Parish Church of St. John Baptist (one of the largest in England) and can be easily reached from our self-catering accommodation in Bibury, Burford, Bourton-on-the-Water and Stow-on-the-Wold.

The rolling Cotswolds countryside is never too far away from your cosy holiday cottage, so you can enjoy a variety of outdoor leisure pursuits including those at The Cotswold Waterpark. This popular tourist destination in Gloucestershire is home to 150 glorious lakes where angling, archery, wakeboarding, windsurfing, birdwatching and even rally driving can be experienced. On a balmy summers day, the Cotswold Country Park and Beach is the place to go, boasting the largest inland beach in the UK.

When it comes to attractions in the Cotswolds, visitors will be spoilt for choice. Grab a stylish bargain at Bicester shopping village, talk a walk on the wild side at Longleat Safari Park, experience a day at the races in Cheltenham, admire colourful blooms at Westonbirt Arboretum, keep the kids entertained at the Cotswolds Farm Park, take a tour around Gloucester Cathedral, and enjoy an indulgent afternoon tea at Blenheim Palace. That’s just for starters, there’s plenty more things to see and do in the Cotswolds and you will love them all! Our holiday homes in the Cotswolds are the perfect place to unwind after a day of exploration, why not have a browse?

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