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Character Cottage in a Quiet Village Location

Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights


About the property

Cottage in Wendlebury, Bicester, Oxfordshire, England, UK - Close To Oxford, Bicester Village Shopping Outlet And The Motorway Network

Waterside Cottage is a beautifully refurbished, light and airy cottage, enjoying a wonderful location, surrounded by fields and offering rural tranquillity whilst conveniently located for easy access to Oxford city centre. Wendlebury Village is surrounded by picturesque Oxfordshire countryside, close to the Cotswolds and Chilterns, providing relaxing scenery, wonderful walking and riding along numerous footpaths, bridleways and by-ways. The cottage is ideally situated for tourists, overseas visitors and business people alike. London (60 miles) is easily reached by the M40, with junction 9 (1 mile) giving direct access to the national motorway network, Heathrow and Birmingham airports. There are also regular train services from Oxford and Bicester Stations to these destinations. Access to the north, the M4 and the south is via the A34 dual carriageway which is only approximately 1 mile away. The famous Bicester Village shopping outlet is no more than 2 miles.

Property Manager
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Calendar last updated:
March 2, 2018

About Tracy

Married couple, resident in the UK.

Tracy purchased this cottage in 2003

Why Tracy chose Bicester

My name is Tracy and my husband Paul and I bought Waterside Cottage in 2003 as our main home. We fell in love with the cottage because the location is so tranquil and you can forget about the hassle and bustle of normal everyday life completely. We bought the property from an elderly gentleman who had lived there for many years. We spent a long time restoring the cottage and gardens, replacing the kitchen and bathroom and making the cottage comfortable, cosy and relaxing. We have recently decided to take bookings from holiday makers as we have moved north for work purposes and so will not be using the cottage. In spite of the rural location there is so much to do in the area to suit all tastes and it is also a great place to relax and recharge your batteries!

What makes this cottage unique

The cottage is set in a very pretty village which has a rural setting yet it is very close to the market town of Bicester and only a 15 minute drive from Oxford. The village has the best of both worlds as you feel that you are away from the crowds but all the amenities you need are only a short distance away.

This spacious character cottage has a wonderful welcoming feel to it. It is surrounded by beautiful trees, colourful flowers and has a lovely little stream running past the front garden. The Red Lion Pub is just across the road if you would like to stay local to enjoy the food and drink that the pub has to offer. The convenient location of the cottage to the motorways and main roads however means that you can also leave the village and explore what the beautiful county has to offer.


Bicester Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower
  • The spacious bathroom has a large enamel bath complete with hand held shower device. A separate shower cubicle houses a power shower. There is a large heated chrome towel rail along with toilet and wash basin.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 1 baby crib
    Bedroom 2 - 1 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double , 1 child bed
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with double bed, oak wardrobe and matching drawers Bedroom 2, 1 single bed and single wardrobe Bedroom 3, 1 double and 1 single bed. A travel cot and highchair is available for a baby/young child up to the age of approximately 2 years old.
  • limited accessibility
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes on accommodation: Please note that this property is strictly non smoking with no pets. Outside: Pretty gardens are at the front and rear of the property. The rear garden has a patio area with teak garden furniture and four chairs with cushions. Additional relaxing chairs are stored in the shed at the bottom of the garden. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and bed linen are included. The property will be cleaned once a week or when visitors leave (i.e. short breaks). Towels and bed linen will be changed at the same time. A spare set of bed linen and towels will also be provided. Other: The dining room has a table seating 5/6 people. A highchair is available also. A bookcase houses a variety of reading material to use during your stay.


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Character Cottage in a Quiet Village Location
average rating of 4.5 based on 10 reviews

Lovely cottage central location

  • 5 of 5

Loved staying in this cottage, ended up hiring for 2 weeks. Highly recommend for family or work.

  • Submitted: Nov 21, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
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A secluded village tucked away from the busy surrounding area

  • 5 of 5

A well equipped cottage situated in a lovely village with thatched roofs and a wonderful pub directly across the street. If your looking for a holiday retreat then this is without doubt well worth booking.

  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A charming cottage with all requirements set in a very pretty little village.

  • 4 of 5

I rented the cottage for myself and family members for a few days, leading up to the wedding of my daughter who lives in nearby Bicester. I found it very easy to travel both to Bicester and Oxford. The cottage was so pretty and quaint and we all loved it, including the back garden where we sat out for breakfast. There was a problem with the heating coming on when it shouldn't but I was able to phone the owner and this was sorted immediately. And I know the heating is now being checked.

The cleanliness of the rooms and bedding was great, but the only downside was the crockery and cutlery were all greasy and I needed to do a big washing up session before I could use anything. This might have been due to previous tenants- I don't know.

But I would definitely return to the cottage again in the future should an occasion arise.

  • Submitted: Jun 15, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Just lovely !

  • 5 of 5

We stayed as a family of four and everything was spot on ! Hubby and sons enjoyed some fishing in the area, I had a spot of retail therapy at Bicester ! The cottage is well equipped ,very comfortable and a great place to relax and unwind . Great location to explore the area we visited Oxford and nearby towns . We are hoping to return in October

  • Submitted: Jul 25, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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In need of some TLC

  • 3 of 5

The cottage is a good size and well locates in a quiet village 2 miles from Bicester and 20 minutes drive from Oxford. There is a good pub serving food across the road.

Unfortunately during our stay in April 2016 we found that the cottage did not live up to the description, photos and reviews. It appears to have been somewhat neglected over recent times.

The front and back gardens were scruffy and overgrown. Cleanliness in the cottage was not great and there was mould on the wall of one bedroom which had clearly not been cleaned off or repainted for a while.

We raised our concerns with the owner who was very apologetic and has assured us things will be put right. Sadly we can't recommend the cottage in it's present state. I sincerely hope the owners do take action so that the next reviewers can once again recommend what should be a nice holiday home.

  • Submitted: Apr 20, 2016
  • Stayed: April 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Unfortunately we had problems with the roof at the back of the property and unbeknown to me it caused some damp on the wall of the back bedroom. The roof has been re done and the bedroom has been redecorated. The fence at the back of the house also blew down due to Hurricane Katie blowing through. The old fence was put at the back of the garden until we could remove it (when no one was in the property). This has now been done (but would account for why the garden looked scruffy). The front garden is mainly scrubs and due to the time of year it would have looked bare, apart from the beautiful Magnolia tree which was in full bloom at the time. Now that Spring is finally here and the daffodils and tulips have come up, the garden is looking lovely. The house has had a thorough spring clean and the walls in other parts of the cottage have been repainted. The cottage is now back to its high standard and we look forward to welcoming our guests into it.
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good title

  • 4 of 5

Perfect house for a family and well located if you have a car. Lots of room in the house and a bog garden. Not far from Bicester and Bicester Village.

  • Submitted: Oct 7, 2015
  • Stayed: September 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review. I am pleased that you enjoyed your stay at the cottage. Hopefully you meant to say big garden (and not bog), although with all the rain this week you might be right!!).
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Beautiful palace and the grounds are lovely to walk around
Bicester Village
Excellent shopping, eating and drinking.
Cotswold WildLife Park
University of Oxford
Port Meadow
Great for a walk
Covered Market
Great variety of shops
The Lamb and Flag
Old pub with lots of history
Windsor Castle
Shakespeare's Birthplace - A Virtual Experience
Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Nearest Barpub
50 Metres
The Lion at Wendlebury
Nearest Ferry
70 Miles
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Bicester Golf and Country Club
Nearest Train
3 Miles
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
50 Metres
The Lion at Wendlebury
Nearest Beach
80 Miles
Car: recommended


The beaches on the south coast, i.e. Bournemouth, Boscombe, Christchurch are an hour and a half away by car (at non busy times).


The nearest airports are Heathrow and Birmingham. Heathrow is approximately 55 miles away, as is Birmingham.

Southampton and Portsmouth are 65 miles away and Dover is 90 miles away (all approximate).


The cottage is surrounded by many pretty villages all within a few miles. Oxford city centre can be reached in around 15 minutes. The market town of Bicester would take 5 minutes by car as would Bicester Village Retail Outlet.

Further Details:

There is a leisure centre in Bicester which has a 25m pool and well equipped gymnasium. This has been recently refurbished.

Oxford city centre has an abundance of fine restaurants, coffee shops and tea rooms. The main banks and building societies can be found in both Bicester and Oxford.

Opposite the cottage is The Lion public house which offers home cooked food, quality wines and a selection of guest beers. Shops and local amenities are no more than 2 miles away and there is an excellent bus service which runs through the village as well as regular buses on the main road (A41) accessible through the church yard at the top of Church Lane. The buses run into Oxford and Bicester.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
Please email your enquiry and I will respond to your request within 24 hours. Alternatively you can call 07715 292787.

A deposit of £150 is required to secure a booking with the full amount payable 6 weeks before your arrival date.

The minimum stay is 3 nights and the rate is £115 per night.

Changeover Day:
Arrival is normally after 2.30pm with departure before 10.30am but please contact us if you have a special request.Our preferred changeover day is Saturday but we can flex on this.

Notes on prices:
The minimum stay is 3 nights. The cost per night is £115 (£345 for a 3 night stay).

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.