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320 Year old Cotswold stone cottage in the heart of Woodstock



Updated: 23-Oct-2016
Three double bedrooms, sleeping up to eight, town centre location, two minutes to Blenheim Palace

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.

  • Sleeps 8
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Pets considered
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

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.

Speaks English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, Italian, Dutch, Swedish, Greek, Czech, Danish, Norwegian, Polish, Hungarian, Arabic, Finnish, Turkish, Mandarin

Guestbook comments from the owner

We have testimonials on this website and others such as Tripadvisor
Jun 2013
  • 1 of 1

3 Reviews

based on 3 holidaymaker reviews


Full of character but a haven of cobwebs and spiders

  • 2 of 5

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.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 17, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Lovely holiday!

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 21, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Not so nice as presented on the Website

  • 2 of 5

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.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 29, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2016
  • Source: Fewo Direkt, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Sandra, I am very disappointed to find that my cleaning team has let me down. Needless to say, the small maintenance issues will be rectified immediately, now I know about them. Secondly, having dirty cloths and poor cleaning is unacceptable. I have passed on your comments to my cleaning team, who are on a written warning and I will be inspecting their work in the future.
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From the Owner

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.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Oxford Airport at 3 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : The Star Inn at 75 Metres Nearest Golf : Kiddlington at 8 Kilometres Nearest Train : Oxford at 10 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : A34 at 6 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : The Bear Hotel at 85 Metres


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.

Further Details:

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.


Rental rates

Convert Currency
Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
Autumn 2016
3 Sep 2016 - 16 Dec 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add £25 per night, per additional guest
Christmas 2016
21 Dec 2016 - 28 Dec 2016
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add £25 per night, per additional guest
New Year 2016/7
29 Dec 2016 - 4 Jan 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Early 2017
5 Jan 2017 - 10 Feb 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add £20 per night, per additional guest
Winter half term
11 Feb 2017 - 24 Feb 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Spring 2017
25 Feb 2017 - 14 Apr 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
15 Apr 2017 - 21 Apr 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Early Summer 17
22 Apr 2017 - 26 May 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add £20 per night, per additional guest
Summer half-term 17
27 May 2017 - 9 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Summer 17
10 Jun 2017 - 2 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Horse trails
6 Sep 2017 - 12 Sep 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Autumn 17
15 Sep 2017 - 20 Oct 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add £20 per night, per additional guest
Half marathon
28 Sep 2017 - 1 Oct 2017
4 night minimum stay
Christmas fair
15 Nov 2017 - 20 Nov 2017
6 night minimum stay
Christams 2017
22 Dec 2017 - 29 Dec 2017
8 night minimum stay
New Year 17/18
30 Dec 2017 - 5 Jan 2018
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add £25 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £200
Pet Fee £25

Booking Notes:
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:
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.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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Updated: 23-Oct-2016
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Property Type

  • cottage


  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • city centre
  • town
  • village


  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • roller blading
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing

Floor Area

  • 120 m²


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure, Bidet
  • The main bathroom has a bath, shower, loo and sink, as well as an airing cupboard. The en-suite also has a bath, shower, loo and sink.


  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps six, three double rooms, up to four extra. Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom one overlooks the garden and meadow down to the river.Bedroom two has two beds which can either be single or attached together. Bedroom three that opens up into the roof space has a large double bed and en-suite. There is plenty of space for cots.

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website


  • Notes on accommodation: The accomodation has plenty of interesting furniture/ curiosities for you to enjoy. Some of the artwork is by local artists who use the spece to showcase their works - try before you buy! Outside: A pretty, little garden with a table to seat six, a BBQ a washing line and some very old roses. Utility Room: Wash/dryer machine and space to dry clothes Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: All linen and towels are included. The property is cleaned on a weekly basis. Local chefs can be provided to cook in-house. Other: The cellar is our dining room. We have a table and chairs for up to ten.

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