|Minimum Stay||3 - 8 nights|
Here is one of the oldest cottages in Woodstock. Originally built to house the stone mason commissioned to build Blenheim Palace. More recently the front façade was changed to include a bow window to become a dressmakers shop, sadly that closed down in 1892. Being so close to the town allows you to walk effortlessly to either Blenheim or the town where you have a wealth of shops, restaurants, bars and so forth. The cottage is deceptively large with a relatively small frontage, the property weaves around the neighbouring properties, giving a large comfortable living room and fully stocked kitchen opening out to the garden on the ground floor. Head down the stone steps and discover the dining room with seating for eight. Wind you way upstairs, mind your head to two doubles with original wooden floors and a large bathroom to soak in. Take the stairs to the next floor and discover the double height exposed roof trusts to this huge bedroom with en-suite, a truly stunning bedroom.
We are a family of six, seven if you include the dog. We own three holiday lets, one beach, one country and one mountain - we like to provide the types of things we would like to find in a house. So the kitchens are stocked with good quality utensils and crockery, the linen and towels are all good quality for comfort and the houses are full of quirky things to play with....
We hope you enjoy our homes as much as we enjoy putting them together.
Duncan & Tanya Henson-Webb purchased this cottage in 2007
This property is one of the oldest in Woodstock - it is quirky and charming and deceptively large with two reception rooms and three large doubles - one massive! The garden is a delight and hidden away - modern touches in a 300 year old frame with many fascinating features.
we stayed t this property for three nights in October. On arrival the living room smelt damp when we entered due to the basement / dining room which we never used as it was dark, damp and smelt. Also the fridge in the kitchen was broken. Despite our initial reactions we made the most of our time away and spent most of it out of the house exploring Blenheim Palace, Bicester Village and the local pubs.
The worst came after we arrived home and were only refunded part of our deposit due to 'unauthorised use of additional towels'. We had used a few additional towels from the family bathroom airing cupboard - which wasn't locked - and because of this have been penalised some of our deposit. Despite our numerous efforts to sort this with the owner he has refused to refund our whole deposit and is now unreachable. There was no where it stated we couldn't use other towels and as the cupboard wasn't locked we were not to know these were out of bounds. I think the lack of understanding from the owner and his lack of communication is terrible and for this reason I would not recommend staying in this property.
On arrival not a very attractive property inside full of character and charm and a great location for Blenheim Horse Trials. Unfortunately that's the only good news. The cream sofa in the lounge was to say the least very dirty as where all the cushions on the leather sofa. The fridge was missing more than one shelf and the door compartment was broken making it insufficient for keeping a reasonable amount of food in. The main bathroom had a few issues including hair in the bath from the previous occupants the toilet handle was loose and the towel holder by the sink was missing. The controls on the shower came off when you turned it on. The dining room was damp and smelly therefore unusable. The whole house had cobwebs and spiders in abundance and they had clearly been there for a considerable time. All in all somewhere we not would recommend.
Lovely relaxing holiday with the family in a very quaint cottage with oodles of history. Ideally situated in Woodstock, with plentiful restaurants and pubs that are dog friendly.
Centrally located for Oxford and The Cotswolds.
I believe the house used to be a wonderful holiday apartment. I liked the historic impression of the house at the first glimpse. I do not care about steep steps, uneven floors and bent walls. I like vintage furniture. I am willed to pay an appropriate amount of money for a nice location while being on holiday. The house which was so well presented on the homepage was on arrival a disappointment. The house itself needs renovation and reparation, some of the furniture and the equipment needs replacement. I want to mention some examples: The chair in the first floor bathroom, the seat had a big hole covered with a pillow, the handle of the second front door did not work, tap ware in both bathrooms were loose, the leather stools in the living room had holes and spread the filling everywhere....
In addition to the maintenance of the house the cleanliness was not satisfying at all. With dust and spider webs all around it appeared we were the first group to rent the house after a winter closure without cleaning before our arrival. We found a used comb with hair in a drawer, dried French fries on the windowsill, dirty sponges and kitchen cloth beneath the sink, crumbs with the cutlery, the fireplace was full of ashes and behind the sofa the last vacuum cleaning seemed to be a long time ago...
We booked the house in March arriving with an outside temperature of 6 centigrade, inside 14 centigrade without the heating turned on. It took two days to heat the house to 20 centigrade. There are no doors between the floors, so all the warmth went up or through the one pane glass in most of the rooms or through the hole in the pane in the window of the kitchen.
The location of the house within Woodstock close to public transport and the palace is very convenient - unless you care for noise from the main through road from Oxford to Chipping Norton with HGVs and all buses.
The contact with the landlord via email was always friendly. As we did not manage to turn on the oven in the kitchen the provided contact person in Woodstock helped immediately.
I have repeatedly been renting holiday homes in Britain during the last years. This was the worst relation in between presentation on the website and the real state of the home. Value for money was not ok.
No beach, but I strongly recommend punting in Oxford.
Woodstock is well serviced with motorways, just 10 minutes to the M40, then an hour to London, heathrow. 10 minutes to the A34 and an hour to the Cathedral city of Winchester. And of course, just 10 minutes drive to Oxford. Our nearest airport is in Oxford and there is a new trainlink to take you into London within 45 minutes.
Bicester village is a fifteen minute drive for all you discount shopping therapy. Oxford just 10 minutes to the centre. The nearest airport is Kiddlington, 5 minutes away. Cirencester is forty minutes to drive.
Of course, most people come to Woodstock to enjoy the multitude of activities at Blenheim Palace, and there are so many shops and restaurants in the town as well as the famous Bear Hotel, over 900 years old.
|Refundable damage deposit||$246|
Firstly we asked you to provide us with your address details. Your booking is confirmed when we received your 25% deposit and . The booking deposit is due within 3 days of receipt of a booking request. We also take a £200 damage deposit, returnable after your stay, assuming no damage. We then ask for the balance one month before arrival.
Changeover day is normally Saturdays, but we are flexible. Our minimum stay is two nights.
Notes on prices:
Prices shown are for the week, a weekend stay is from Friday through to Monday morning - this allows the weekend to be long and leisurely, rather than cut short on a Sunday morning for check out.
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.