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The Down House Cottage less than 3 miles from the heart of historic Winchester.

Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

A cosy, Victorian cottage, recently renovated, nestling within the South Downs. Sleeps 2/3. King size bed. Bathroom with large, walk-in shower. Private sitting room with flat screen TV & DVD player, log burning stove (kindling and logs available to buy at either of the two local stores) and dining area over-looking mature garden. Small kitchen equipped for light catering. Washing machine. Wi-fi. Ample, secure off road parking. Small outside courtyard perfect for breakfast. Beautiful walks along the River Itchen or on the South Downs on the doorstep. Shawford has it's own station making for easy day trips to London (approx. 65 mins) or the New Forest/South Coast (approx. 40 mins). Winchester, the ancient capital, is less than three miles away, - a four minute train ride - there you will find acclaimed restaurants (Rick Steins, River Cottage), plenty of old, historic pubs, pavement cafes, a buzzing High Street, live theatre..... alternatively stroll through the pretty back streets behind the magnificent Norman Cathedral to find Jane Austen's house and the Bishop's old Palace. If you enjoy walking, Winchester can be reached in around 40 minutes by following the path of the River Itchen which flows through the centre of Shawford.

Shawford village has a local pub which serves good 'pub grub' and has a large beer garden. There is also a great artisan bakery/café which sells wonderful home made strudels and pastries.

The Down House Cottage is attached to our family home, it has it's own separate, private entrance.

Our family has two friendly labradors plus a cat. It is a non-smoking premises.

We look forward to welcoming you.

More Details

Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Calendar last updated:
January 15, 2018


Winchester Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 12:30 PM / Check-out: 11:30 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Free Wifi
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Large walk-in shower
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • King Size Bed
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • limited accessibility


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The Down House Cottage less than 3 miles from the heart of historic Winchester.
average rating of 4.75 based on 12 reviews

Exceeded expectations

  • 5 of 5

When I booked this cottage, I was a little worried that it was too good to be true but when we got there, it was indeed perfect! It was incredibly cosy and warm and when we arrived, Sue had very kindly left us some milk and biscuits and also some kindling and logs for the log burner. The local pub was fantastic and the cottage was well positioned for the train station ............ a three minute walk! We took the train into Winchester (all of five minutes) and visited their Christmas market which was incredible. All in all, the whole weekend was a huge success and if we ever want to stay in the area again, we would most definitely stay at The Down House.

  • Submitted: Dec 18, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Amazing and comfortable place!

  • 5 of 5

Loved our stay here! Susan was super nice, had great communication, and greeted us with a nice bag of cookies. She even put some milk in the fridge for us!. Her place is great! Two story place with the kitchen and living room downstairs, and the bathroom and bedroom upstairs. Very comfortable and private. Very quiet and peaceful. Amazing walks with beautiful streams and fields close by. Very nicely decorated home and was super private. Just a short walk down the street to the train station and the local pub/restaurant. A well stocked store is just a few minutes drive away. Just a short trip to get to historical and lovely town Winchester. Loved our stay at The Down House. And thank you Susan for welcoming us so warmly!

  • Submitted: Oct 6, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful English cottage with garden.

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay at Down House Cottage. It was peaceful, clean and perfect for our needs. For other travellers, be aware that the stairs up to the bath and bedroom is steep and narrow. Fine for us, but wouldn't be for anyone with infirmities. We loved spending time in the garden, walking the village and having 2 dinners at the pub at the end of the road. Great food and nice patio to sit in since the weather was warm. Nice trails around for walking and running on. Overall wonderful spot.

  • Submitted: Jun 21, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very comfortable and convenient to Winchester

  • 5 of 5

Very comfortable home. Every convenience in the home one would need. Within walking distance of a pub and railway station. Wonderful family!

  • Submitted: Jun 4, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Lovely cottage in the perfect location.

  • 5 of 5

Went for a weekend break to experience the city and Christmas Market. Susan was very welcoming and provided plenty of advice on places to eat and things to see. Cottage was very cosy and well catered for, in a perfect location just down the road from the train station and local pub. Couldn't have asked for a better mini break!!!

  • Submitted: Dec 11, 2016
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Very comfortable, warm and everything you'd need for a weekend stay.

  • 4 of 5

Location was good for train or bus into Winchester. The 40 minute walk along the river was flat and a pleasant stroll in the chilly temperatures. Sainsbury's superstore near by for shopping and a pub at the bottom of the road. The annex accommodation was very comfortable and cosy with the added facility of a large wood burner, however you need to purchase your own fuel as nothing was provided. Fully fitted kitchen (no freezer) that catered for cooking meals although utensils lacking. Wifi available with to and free view for those needing it. Private accommodation with view over the kitchen garden and it's own entrance but you can hear noise from the main house, although nothing intrusive. Sue was very welcoming and helpful but equally discreet. A very pleasant stay!

  • Submitted: Dec 7, 2016
  • Stayed: December 2016
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Nearest Airport
7 Miles
Nearest Barpub
0.1 Miles
The Bridge Inn 3 minutes walk
Nearest Ferry
12 Miles
Southampton to Isle of Wight
Nearest Golf
0.75 Miles
Nearest Train
0.1 Miles
Shawford Station 3 minutes walk
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Miles
The Bridge Inn 3 minutes walk


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit $138.52

An additional guest can be accommodated in a single bed (separate bedroom) - cost per night £25.
The security deposit will be handed back in full at point of leave taking providing there has been no damage or breakages.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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