About the property
- House1750 sqft
- Half Baths1
- Minimum Stay3 - 7 nights
Luxury self catering holiday cottage in Eton, nr Windsor, London and Legoland
Recently featured by the US celebrity magazine, People magazine, Rafts Cottage had a front-row seat to the Royal Wedding activities! See the magazine article and video here:
You, too, can enjoy this luxury Windsor and Eton historic riverside holiday home rental near Eton College boarding school. Be on the waterfront, with Legoland in close proximity and London only 30 minutes downstream.
A unique luxury self catering holiday cottage providing accommodation for 2 - 6 people, with spectacular Windsor Castle and River Thames views.
Nestling graciously on the banks of the river Thames for 200 years, the house provides unique boutique style accommodation under the ramparts of Windsor Castle. Totally different in every way, our loved and old historic, yet stylishly restored, Eton College School boathouse has nestled graciously under the ramparts of Windsor Castle for more than 200 years.
An ideal location from which to tour Eton College (for House visits, etc.) and many amazing English attractions nearby.
Welcome to Rafts Cottage Eton Windsor
Short term lets and holiday accommodation in Windsor.
Stay in a stunning and unusual holiday cottage in Eton Windsor, and enjoy a once in a lifetime experience. Rafts Cottage is situated in a prime location with historic riverside views of Windsor Castle, Windsor & Eton town, and beyond.
Being perfectly positioned on the sunny side of town in Eton village, our holiday home and riverside cottage is ideal for family holidays and special group getaways.
Enjoy with friends, or with the Grand children for family reunions, or simply just as a loving couple.
Hideaway in a quiet and gated luxury development known as Windsor Bridge Court, (only a 100m walk from Windsor town centre, and 50m to the village of Eton.
This dream holiday home commands far reaching & magnificent views of old Grandfather River Thames and the Queen of England’s favourite and oldest, residential home Windsor Castle.
Our luxury self catering cottage home provides accommodation for up to 7 persons. The boathouse is set over three floors, at the top of the house, reached by a handmade & bespoke mixed English Ash helical staircase, you will find Windsor and Eton's best boutique hotel style room – The Admirals Den.
The Admirals Den – Luxury self catering accommodation master ensuite bedroom.
A 35sq metre suite with a double stone bath with surreal, Royal Windsor Castle views, a small lounging area with chaise lounge, full opening picturesque windows commanding Windsor’s finest views of the River Thames, Windsor Castle and beyond. A separate massage shower room, a dressing area that overlooks the gated Eton village side & courtyard entrance. A luxurious, 6ft wide double warm & comfy bed with an exquisite 11ft wide galleon themed headboard with individual switches to remote control, the Sky TV entertainment, electric roof lights and blinds. Be inspired by the Moroccan moorish, decor & mood lighting, that softly illuminates, the reclaimed wide board flooring and the vaulted historic 20ft high ceilings. Pure, luxury self catering accommodation at its best, with colourful silk fabrics, rugs, gowns, slippers, luxury welcome toiletries, & coffee & tea making facilities, to make you feel at home.
Graciously descend from the top to the middle floor to find three further exquisite and uniquely styled bedrooms, The Captains Hideaway, The Lieutenants Courtyard and for the 5th or 7th person staying The Stowaway room.
The Captains Hideaway, Lieutenants Courtyard &, The Stowaway bedrooms
Located on the middle floor, both the Captains and Lieutenants are en-suite rooms, with double stone luxury baths, with separate hand showers, with river and Castle views from both rooms. The Captains has picturesque full opening windows with stunning river and Windsor Castle views. The luxury bedroom also overlooks the bridge deck and moorings below and has wide board flooring, separate wardrobes and drawers with an exquisite en-suite bathroom with all necessary refinements. The Lieutenants courtyard overlooks the gated courtyard, and has secret river views from the luxury en-suite bath room. As well as a further 3rd double stone bath, the Lieutenants Courtyard benefits form an additional walk in shower. Both rooms are styled in a similar Moroccan Moorish theme, with mood lighting, Sky TV, wide board wooden flooring, rugs, and decor with colourful fabrics, ancient beams, and historic steels.
The Stowaway room doubles as a TV room for the kids, with magnificent river Thames and Windsor and Castle views. The futon style settee, folds down to create a further small but private bedroom, and a 4ft 6inch small double bed, suitable for the 5th or 7th person staying. There is an additional cloakroom with wash basin and wc downstairs in the river room, but showers or a bath will have to be taken in one of the other family bedrooms.
The River Room, Bridge Deck & Moorings, and the Lower Pontoon.
Open plan living from the moment you enter Rafts Cottage, filled with sunlight during the day, and glistening reflections of Windsor and the Queens Castle at night make our luxury vacation rental in England, every ones dream home. With heated floors for cosy winter holidays and, full opening riverside doors to allow for a cool river breeze for those balmy, almost tropical summer nights, holiday with family and friends in Eton Style.
Equipped with numerous cushions, tables & chairs for both inside and outside dining, and a kitchen full of hi spec equipment, including - steam oven, warming plate, and the essential integrated coffee machine, that’s everyone wants, make for a most luxurious and independent stay. You certainly won’t have to eat in the many local and very nearby restaurants.
With wifi throughout, be cheeky, and take a picture of the Queens favourite home, and send an email to your friends, with your picture post card saying – wish you were here?
Rafts Cottage – is available for 3 or 4 night stays, one week holidays, 14 day break or even short term lets with our monthly bookings up to 28 days.
Try one of our special luxury breaks, short breaks, weekend breaks, activity breaks, romantic getaways for couples.
Winter Holiday Vacation Rentals
Open all year round, our guests in, the, know still keep on returning, to experience Rafts Cottage in all the different English holiday seasons. Winter holidays are magical, especially when you can enjoy the morning and mid day sun, creating the perfect blue skies over Windsor Castle and beyond. Although a little colder than taking an autumn family holiday, the river Thames can still be navigated by the many hire boats to explore the perfect burning red sunsets and other boating fun upstream. Perfect cottage holiday for all, Winter holiday vacation rentals including Xmas and New Year.
Summer Holiday Vacation Rentals
Vacation rentals in both the spring and summer holiday season, are always glorious, come rain or shine, it’s when you and our guests truly become the envy of all the people in Windsor & Eton. With alfresco dining, including breakfast, brunch or lunch, and dinner on the bridge deck, almost becoming a daily ritual for every guest, before retiring to their double hammock on the lower pontoon, to relax, snooze or watch Windsor town centre and Windsor bridge, come alive with buskers, entertainers, & tango dancing nights. Perfect cottage holidays, & self catering accommodation for summer holiday vacation rentals.
We guarantee that you will not find a better holiday home location, let alone any other comparable accommodation to stay in, Rafts Cottage is so much more than all other Windsor & Eton hotels or holiday apartment rentals on offer, we simply will never do & do not ever wish to compare to the norm.
Welcome to Rafts Cottage (boathouse19) – a refreshingly different style of luxury self catering accommodation, with river cottage charm.
Luxury self catering family holidays, are fondly treasured and remembered forever by all, when you stay at boathouse19 - Rafts Cottage.
Remember to visit our location pages to find more about our unique and unusual, self catering holiday home location in Windsor & Eton, nr London, England. Hope to see you soon.
Christine and Jason
Your hosts - Rafts Cottage Eton
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See what some of our guests are saying
"perfect for London and Legoland holidays in Windsor".
"a beautiful and unusual place to stay on the River Thames"
"an enchanting private residence"
"a luxurious, boutique style - self catering cottage home"
"a Windsor & Eton chic retreat"
"a cool place to stay"
"a luxurious holiday home for all the family to enjoy".
Christine and Jason
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- May 26, 2018
About Christine and Jason
New Management! Jason and Christine have taken over from Mark and Kim (who have provided lots of help and advice for a smooth transition) from October 2016. We look forward to welcoming you at Rafts Cottage aka Boathouse19!
What makes this House unique
Rafts Cottage Eton is unique in every way, and perfectly located on the Eton side of Windsor with commanding views of the River Thames, Windsor Castle, Windsor town and beyond. Individually styled with reclaimed floors and doors to match the historic ships beams and steels the house oozes charm, and luxury throughout. A perfect base from which to tour Eton College (for House visits etc.) and the amazing English attractions in easy reach - all the charm of the English country and villages without the hassles of a big city. Be the envy of everyone in Windsor & Eton, and book a few days or a week, we know you will return again and again.
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Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
Beautiful property, stunning location, fab owners!! ❤️
Our group of 6 stayed for 3 nights at Rafts Cottage in September 2017, celebrating a few Birthdays. We had the most amazing time. Rafts Cottage is a beautiful, unique property. The decor is lovely & it has everything you need to be the perfect home from home.
We loved the location right on the Thames, it was stunning.
Christine was really very helpful & available if we had any questions.
We explored Windsor & Eton, both of which have great places to visit, eat & drink.
As a special treat, we had arranged to be collect from our personal dock & we sailed up the Thames for dinner in Bray.
I'd highly recommend Rafts Cottage, we had the best time 👍�👍�💕�
Comfortable, custom home with beautiful views and can't-beat location
Our group of five stayed at Rafts Cottage for a week in late October, early November 2017, for a wedding-planning trip. Christine and Jason were out of town but arranged for a friend to let us in and explain the systems briefly, and for the former owner to come over the next morning for a more comprehensive tour and history of the home. The custom kitchen is beautiful and functional; the living/dining area is bright with french doors leading out to a large deck and dock with views across the Thames to Windsor Castle and the flock of swans on the river; the bedrooms were ensuite with very comfortable beds and bedding, and the custom features like the Moorish lamps and pendants and the use of glass and mirror throughout keep the house bright. The historic character of the home was evidenced by the beams and custom woodwork. We thoroughly enjoyed the cafes, pubs, restaurants and shops within walking distance, especially Thursday Trivia Night at Waterman's Pub! Thank you, Christine and Jason, for sharing your wonderful home with us. We recommend Rafts Cottage highly!
Very unique and wonderful property
The cottage was everything we expected and Christine was very helpful with arrival and departure plans. The location is perfect with a 5 minute walk to Windsor Castle and 50 feet from multiple restaurants. Our daughter loved feeding the Swans from the dock in the morning and everyone cannot wait to return. Thank you Christine.
Best location in WIndsor/Eton
Well equipped house on the Thames with a view up to Windsor Castle.
Five minute walk to the train to London.
Thank you for your 5-star review.
We are so glad that your group enjoyed your time at our property.
You were 5-star guests as well, and we hope to be able to welcome you back in the future :) !
Stunning property, convenient & beautiful location
We spent 16 nights in this property, spanning Christmas. We have three young children and we had a thoroughly brilliant time. The location is superb; views of the Thames and the Castle from all three floors on the river side of the house and a one minute walk to many dining options on the Eton High St. It's about a 10 minute walk to the major shops (M&S, Waitrose etc) at the Windsor High St, and about a 5 minute walk to the Windsor train station (~1 hour to London) and Windsor Castle, in case the Queen invites you to tea ;-). Owners Christine and Jason are very thoughtful people and warmly welcomed us then left us to our own devices, checking in periodically by email. We travelled from Asia to get to the property, which meant a long flight and jet-lagged kids. Christine was lovely and asked us what food staples we needed and had them in the property on arrival, which was a huge help. The house is warm (important for children that have only ever lived in the tropics), spacious and very suitable for a young family. The kitchen is large with an adjoining dining room, which made a great family space. We hosted Christmas lunch for some friends and found it to be a great entertaining space. The children enjoyed feeding the many swans and ducks from the deck each day. Eton served us as a great location for numerous day trips (we also hired a car) around the middle of England with easy access to the major roads. All in all, a thoroughly excellent stay and we would highly recommend this property.
Luxury riverside house
We have just returned from a stay at "Boathouse19"/"Rafts Cottage" and we cannot stop talking about how wonderful it was. We stay at rental properties all over the country and without doubt ,this has been one of our favourites!
The website description and photographs give comprehensive details of the property and surrounding area but on arrival , in reality it is even better !
The location is unbeatable ,a mere 45 minutes by direct train from central London ,then a 4 minute walk from the Windsor Riverside station and the property's position on the Eton side of the River Thames with magnificent views of Windsor Castle is breath-taking. Both Windsor and Eton are beautiful towns with a wide range of shops as well as a wealth of cultural places to visit/activities in the local area.We arrived by car and again ,this was straightforward with good access to a dedicated parking spot at the property, another bonus .
The fixtures and fittings/furniture were superb,very unique and quirky with a relaxed Moroccan theme and an interesting use of reclaimed materials ,such that the master bedroom suite had the feel of being on "The Titanic" itself!
The beds and linen/towels etc are all top quality and the provision of luxury toiletries a lovely touch. The lighting system, bathroom fittings and kitchen appliances were of a very high specification , all adding to the state of the art environment and making for a very pleasant stay.
We enjoyed excellent meals at the nearby "Cote Brasserie" and "Gilbeys."
The new owners ,Christine and Jason were very helpful and quick to respond to communications. Christine met us for a "guided tour' on arrival which was very helpful.
We have said that we can't wait to return one day soon.
Thank you for your kind review; we are so happy that you enjoyed our home, its riverside location and the local attractions. We will be happy to welcome you back to Rafts Cottage anytime!
For luxury self catering family holidays in Windsor and Eton, Berkshire, with 3 and 4 night breaks available. Discover a very unique, waterfront vacation home, your family holiday home rental for up to 7 persons nr LONDON, England.
A charming place to stay and escape to, to fully explore Windsor and Eton, London and the Thames Valley, the Chiltern Hills and the beautiful nearby London Home Counties.
A most popular retreat for Londoners & worldwide tourists wishing to really escape, the hustle and bustle of city life, for a more traditional English vacation rental and luxury getaway.
At Rafts Cottage you only have to step outside your door, and you are in the heart of Eton and Windsor in Berkshire England.
Located on the river Thames opposite Sir Christopher Wrens House hotel, it's location is just a 50 m walk from Windsor Bridge. Windsor bridge serves as a pedestrian gateway to Windsor town centre, and Windsor Castle.
Leave the car at home to visit Windsor Castle and watch the changing of the Guards, The Windsor Castle Round Tower, The Royal Windsor Theatre, The Great Park, The Long walk, The Copper Horse, The Royal Station & shopping mall, The Royal Wheel (summer) The Royal outdoor ice rink (winter), Alexander Gardens, The Hurricane tribute, The Brocas playing fields, and leisure gardens, Dorney Lake & The River Thames toe path to name a few.
Venture a little further, 10 minutes or so by car to see Legoland Windsor, Bray Studios, Bray on Thames, Maidenhead, Thorpe Park, Chessington World of Adventures, Cliveden House, Savill Gardens, Burnham Beeches, Beaconsfield model village (Bekonscot), Wentworth Golf Club, Hampton Court Palace, Epsom racecourse and the Epsom Downs, Ascot, Bath, Brighton, Oxford, The Cotswolds, and of course London and it's shopping centres and Theatres in the West End.
Whilst staying in Windsor & Eton enjoy some of our other guests favourite activities including Boating, Canoeing, kayaking, Rowing, Sailing, Water skiing, Horse Riding, Carriage Riding, Monday night Windsor Horse Racing, Cycling, Walking, Skating, Roller Skating, Hot air ballooning, Wake boarding, Go karting, Paddle boarding, Bird spotting, Hunting & Shooting, Golf, Fly Fishing, Course Fishing, and Swimming.
Book an eventful stay at the famous nearby Royal Ascot Races, Henley Royal Regatta, London Olympic Games 2012, The World rowing Championships, Dorney lake, the Royal Windsor Horse show, the Dog Show, The Windsor Royal Tattoo, The Windsor triathlon, Hampton Castle to Windsor Castle bike ride, Wimbledon tennis, Goodwood, are just some of the annual activities within walking or a short car journey.
Remember London is only 30 minute downstream and is easily accesed by the two railway stations, Windsor & Eton Riverside and the The Royal station in Windsor are both within 200m -500m walking distance, please check out our facebook page to find out about all other Windsor and Eton activities & attractions, including fine dining restaurants, famous village inns & pubs, and Windsor & Eton local events and attractions throughout the year.
Short term lets, house for rent in Eton Windsor
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
2, 3 & 4 night breaks on request, from 8 weeks before arrival. £400 cash security deposit held on arrival. Bank holiday weekends, and half term school holidays to be priced at either the high or peak season rate, and will require a minimum stay of 3 nights in February, and 4 nights at all other times. Xmas - New Year - Ascot - Henley Regatta, Windsor Triathlon, Windsor Horse, Swan Upping, Wedding packages - POA Short term lets - executive serviced accommodation rentals in Eton Windsor POA. Monthly rates from £7950 - extra fees may apply. Please note the rental of the property is for the named guests only, any additional persons occupying the house without our prior consent will breach any contract made, and may result in an immediate termination of the holiday let. All windows and doors must be fully closed and locked, lights and appliances switched off as any insurance you may have will be void. Extra sheet laundering, to be charged at £25 per bed.