Maisey Cottage is a charming, 200-year-old, Grade II listed Cotswold cottage, located in the tiny West Oxfordshire village of Kencot, 5 miles from Burford. It is an ideal holiday destination for up to four people, ideally two couples, sleeping across 2 double bedrooms. A beautiful old Cotswold village home, with wood burner and original features, combined with a contemporary kitchen/dining area, opening onto a covered area, family bathroom and separate shower room, plus road-side parking for 2-3 cars and a secluded garden. It is the perfect cottage and location from which to explore the Cotswolds by car, on foot or on a bicycle.
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- Open Fire / Wood Burner
- Pub within 1 mile
- Parking - x2 (Street)
- Bedding & towels
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As you drive into Kencot, you immediately feel the peaceful calm of this pretty Cotswold village, which extends all the way up and into Maisey Cottage. This typical, honey-coloured Cotswold stone property, with original leaded window panes, dates back at least 200 years and has been owned by the same family for over 100 years. Its high garden wall hides a delightful gravelled garden where guests can sit and enjoy the sound of birdsong, and very little else.
Heading through Maisey Cottage’s wooden door into the walled garden, you’ll be impressed by the huge, overhanging Robina pseudoacacia tree and pretty border full of flowers and herbs. There’s space here to sit out and enjoy the surroundings and prepare a BBQ. (An electric car charging point in the garden is available to guests for a separate additional fee on a per night basis.)
The heart of the cottage – the Central Hallway, Master Bedroom and Living Room – dates back over 200 years, while the new extension, with a fully equipped kitchen/dining area with underfloor heating, and second bedroom, was added in 2016.
The Living Room has a wood burning stove and original flagstone flooring, made cosy with Persian rugs, while the bright and airy, contemporary kitchen/dining area is a delightful eating and entertaining space.
Maisey Cottage has free, off-road parking for 2-3 cars.
Kencot is a small, peaceful village in West Oxfordshire, at the centre of a triangle formed by Burford (5 miles), Lechlade (5 miles) and Witney (8 miles). Evidence of settlement at Kencot dates to 1086, though Bronze Age and Roman objects have been found there. The village is centred around the church, St George’s, built in medieval times and widely known for its unusual 12th-century tympanum. Like most other villages in this area it is mainly stone-built, with several impressive 18th- and 19th-century houses. The village hall is home to a lively and active community, with events held regularly through the year.
- Sleeps 4 in 2 bedrooms: 1 king size; 1 double
- 1 family bathroom; 1 downstairs shower room with WC
- Parking for 2-3 cars
- Heating: electric with individual thermostats
- Clearview woodburner with starter logs
- WiFi (broadband)
- All bed linen, bath towels and tea towels provided
- Hand wash, shampoo, conditioner and shower gel provided
- 1 Hairdryer
- Utility room with walk-in shower, W.C., sink, washer/dryer; electric towel rail; and hanging and drying area for wet clothes.
- 1 small TV (Freeview)
- DVD player + a selection of DVDs
- CD/cassette player + a selection of CDs
- Games, including Risk, Cranium, chess set and jigsaw puzzles
- Fully equipped kitchen with Bosch kettle and toaster; crockery, glassware (including champagne flutes) and cutlery for 4 (+ 2 guests), plus bakeware, saucepans, teapot, cafetière, bowls, serving dishes and recipe books
- Neff double oven and extractor fan
- Panasonic microwave
- Bosch dishwasher
- Hotpoint fridge
- Starter food items: flour, sugar, condiments, oil, vinegar
- Basic cleaning supplies, including dishwasher tablets
- Private enclosed walled garden
- Electric car charging point (for a separate additional fee on a per night basis)
- Outdoor garden with seating
- Garden furniture – seats 4
- BBQ (charcoal) please supply your own charcoal (lighter briquets & matches supplied)
The entrance to the cottage is through the side door via the garden (to the right of the old front door).
Step through the side door in to a small hallway where you will find hooks for coats, cupboards housing an iron and ironing board, freezer, and switches to all the main power controls.
Utility / W.C.
This handy Utility Room, with underfloor heating, has a WC, modern Mira shower, Indesit washer/dryer machine, hanging area for clothes, electric towel rail and a drying rack. It also houses extra garden chairs, the hot water cylinder and water softener. (Details about all appliances are in the House Manual in the cottage.)
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This is the hub of the cottage, with the owner’s framed and customised Ordnance Survey map as the focal point. (See ‘Eating Out, Walks and Places to Visit’ above.) The exposed beams and thick walls draw your attention to the cottages 200-year-old history and bring character to the central hall area. In here you will also find a handy table and chairs for placing phones, computers, shopping or books; a small desk with local guide books, maps and the WiFi router; and the fuse box.
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Kitchen / Dining Room
The new extension provides a welcoming, light-filled contemporary space for cooking and dining. The glass roofed kitchen area has an induction hob, double oven, dishwasher, microwave, large fridge, polished limestone flooring with underfloor heating and a very good selection of pans, cooking and baking equipment. You will find a supply of condiments, flour, sugar, baking foil and paper, bin bags, basic cleaning products (including dishwasher tablets), plus tea towels, oven gloves, and an apron.
Bi-fold doors open out onto a very pretty, covered area with tiled flooring where the old cottage well, full of clear water, has been made into a feature with a secure, glass top and internal lights – at night see the reflection of the stone walled well in the glass roof above. Close the bi-fold doors and sit on the cosy double seat, outside yet protected from the elements; or open the doors and integrate this delightful space with the kitchen.
The original, 200-year-old, sitting room has a flagstone floor with beautiful Persian rugs. The room is heated by a very efficient Clearview wood stove, with enough logs and kindling for two fires. (More logs can be purchased from the owner. See the Manual at the cottage for details.) Two comfy sofas and two armchairs are provided for guests to relax in. The room is also furnished with a pretty inlaid antique desk, with power points close by for a computer, a coffee table, a small Freeview TV and DVD player (a selection of DVDs is provided), a CD player (with a selection of CDs), a range of books (guides, local interest and novels) and a selection of puzzles, board games and a lovely chess set. This is an inviting, cosy room with everything you would need for a relaxing evening after a day exploring the Cotswolds, or perhaps a day relaxing when the weather keeps you indoors.
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The upstairs is reached by an old wooden staircase with a thick rope ‘handrail’. It opens out on to a landing area which can be used as a mini sitting/study room overlooking the fields to the front of the cottage. It’s a great spot for a quiet read or would be suitable for a travel cot (not supplied). An antique corner cupboard houses a guest hairdryer and first aid kit. The landing has a heated towel rail, perfect for hanging damp towels after showering or bathing. A stair gate is available to go at the top of the stairs.
This king-size bedroom is very spacious with interesting exposed beams to the apex, showing the A-frame construction of the cottage. The rounded chimney makes an interesting and unusual feature in the room. It has a king-size bed and is furnished with two “retro”-style chests of drawers and a small wardrobe. A choice of duvets (summer and winter) is provided along with a radio/clock alarm. The views over the fields as the sun rises are lovely.
This dual aspect bedroom, with stunning sunset views, is furnished with a comfy double bed, chest of drawers and hooks for hanging your clothes. The room is heated with an efficient, free-standing electric heater. Both summer and winter weight duvets are available.
The upstairs bathroom is new and has a double-ended bath (central taps), shower over the bath, dual flush WC, basin and shaver socket. Handwash and a non-slip mat is provided as well as a start pack of toilet paper.
There is a very pretty, secluded courtyard garden with two traditional garden benches and a sundial. A beautiful and unusual Robinia pseudoacacia tree overhangs the garden, which has a herb area as well as roses and other flowers planted to provide colour throughout the year.
Opposite the cottage is the village playing field with swings etc and a footpath which will take you over the fields.
Points to Note
Maisey Cottage is a 200-year-old, Grade II listed Cotswold cottage. It has had its original features lovingly restored and cared for, including some low beams, a low (5ft) doorway into the Master Bedroom and a steep and narrow staircase (with a thick rope handrail).
These features give Maisey great character but makes it unsuitable for anyone with mobility restrictions or young children/toddlers.
The RAF base of Brize Norton is a few miles away and you are likely to see aeroplanes flying low over the village. Many visitors enjoy watching them, but please be aware there may be some aircraft noise at times.
The village of Kencot does not have a pub or shop, however, The Bell at Langford, an excellent and widely acclaimed pub, is just a one-mile walk away. (www.thebelllangford.com – booking is advised.)
Carterton town, 2.5 miles away, is the closest location for supermarkets (see below).
Grocery delivery to Maisey Cottage is available via Waitrose, Tesco, Morrisons and Asda (the cottage postcode is GL7 3QT).
Carterton, just 2.5 miles away, has everything you need for a short stay, including an Aldi, Morrisons and Asda, where you’ll find the cheapest and closest fuel. Carterton also has a good bicycle shop, pharmacy, opticians, dentists, doctors and several cashpoints (outside Asda, and at the BP garage).
Burford – about 5 miles – one of the most well-known Cotswold towns – is great for gifts, galleries, antique shops, window shopping, pubs, tea rooms and delis. It also has a very large and interesting garden centre – a bit pricy but great for browsing nice things and it has a good café. A good place to go on a wet day!
Witney – about 8 miles- is good for banks, general shopping, clothes, books and kitchen shops. It has a Waitrose, Sainsburys, M&S, Debenhams, Fat Face, Next, Jigsaw, jewellers, Steamer Trading, Lakeland, Argos, Robert Dyas and many independent shops.
The owners of Maisey Cottage have produced a fantastic guide of their local area, based on a customised Ordnance Survey map centred on the cottage, and conveniently hung in the Central Hallway for all to use and plan a day’s outing from. The map has a key marked with walks (green dots), pubs (blue dots) and nearby places of interest (yellow dots). There is a copy of the same map, folded, which you are welcome to borrow if you are exploring the local area.
Here’s a taster from the Maisey Cottage local guide:
Langford: The Bell 01367 860249 The closest pub to Maisey Cottage, just a 1-mile walk.
Filkins: The Five Alls 01367 860875 – good food and atmosphere; a 35-minute walk.
Alvescot: The Plough 01993 842281 – very good food, convenient, friendly.
Shilton: The Rose and Crown 01993 842280 – charming small pub, good food, pretty village with ford, garden, one of our favourites.
Kelmscott – The Plough Inn 01367 253543 – lovely old pub, locally sourced food, perfect for local walks along the Thames and for visiting William Morris’s house, Kelmscott Manor. Easy cycling distance from Maisey Cottage.
From the cottage: There are many footpaths over the fields – take the map and follow the signs. From the cottage turn right, then left up red Rose Close, through the playing field and straight on over the field. The paths are well worn. You could walk over to Alvescot through fields and have lunch at the Plough there.
Several more walks are suggested in the local guide at the cottage, and a local OS map is provided for you to use.
Places of Interest
Cotswold Wildlife Park, near Burford, about 2 miles away. Good range of animals, including rhinos, giraffes and lemurs in lovely surroundings.
Crocodiles of the World, Brize Norton, about 4 miles away. This has many species of crocodiles, alligators and other reptiles.
Kelmscott Manor, home of William Morris, about 4 miles away. A beautiful old house, very interesting interior and good shop full of William Morris and other Arts and Crafts designs. The car park is signposted and then it is about ¾ mile to walk to the house. You can carry on and walk down to the Thames here, which is lovely. The pub is very good too, serving local produce and the church yard has William Morris’s grave. Opening times are limited, so check the website before you go: www.sal.org.uk/kelmscott-manor/
Filkins Woollen Weavers Mill, museum, shop and tea room, about a mile away. Filkins village also boasts an open-air swimming pool, open in the summer.
Bampton, about 4 miles away – large village with an impressive church is the filming location of Downton Abbey village. It has several traditional pubs, a bistro, co-op, coffee shops and interesting garden centre, which also has a coffee shop.
Aston Pottery – another mile or so on from Bampton – lovely shop, lots of local pottery made on the site, an excellent place for a browse, gift shopping and light lunch or tea.
Chimney Meadows Nature Reserve – about a mile on from Aston Pottery. Drive down the single-track road and park in small car park on the left. Then walk down the lane to the Thames, visit two bird hides, walk down to the lock and weir and along the Thames Path. Lovely quiet spot to enjoy the river and birdlife.
Lechlade, about 4 miles from Maisey Cottage, is an old market town, with lovely riverside walks. It has a large car park on the road to Highworth. Good, extensive Garden centre with food served all day.
Buscot Park, about 7 miles away. This small stately home, run by the National Trust, has a wonderful walled garden, extensive parkland, interesting grounds to explore as well as a stunning collection of paintings, furniture and ceramics. Paintings by Rembrandt, Murillo, the Pre- Raphaelites and many more. It was also the place of exile for many Basque writers who fled Spain during the Spanish Civil War. Well worth a visit. Limited opening times, so be sure to check their website before visiting (www.buscot-park.com/visitor-info)
Villages in walking/cycling distance
If you want to revel in the local Cotswold architecture far from the tourist crowd, then you need go no further than explore the delightful villages of Kencot, Broadwell, Langford, Filkins, Broughton Poggs, Shilton, Eastleach and Southrop. Many of the villages’ churches are open during the day and are full of fascinating local history, interesting carvings etc. You won’t find tourist buses here and the lanes are great for gentle cycle rides as it is quite flat near the Thames. (Maisey Cottage’s secure garden is the ideal place to keep your bikes.)
Kencot Church – turn left out of the cottage and walk up the road. Turn left by Asthall Farm, walk on round until you come to the green and small church with a stumpy tower. Sagittarius is an old carving above the door and there is a new carving of a lamb inside above the door, which was carved to mark the millennium. The wooden altar table was made by Richard Fyson, the father of the current owner of Maisey Cottage, who decorated the altar with inlaid, grapes, vines, corn and St George slaying the dragon. (You can read all about Fyson’s work in a wonderful, full-colour hardback book, ‘Richard Fyson, Cabinet Maker’, a copy is in the Living Room in the cottage.)
Broadwell Church – turn right out of the cottage; it is the one with the tall spire about 200 yards away. An impressive church for a small village.
Walking & Cycling Guides
FaringdonEast of Faringdon Faringdon Folly Faringdon, Radcot and Littleworth Minster Lovell
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CirencesterBibury-MWS Bibury-River-Coln-MWS North Cerney Siccaridge-Wood-MWS
The postcode for the property is: GL7 3QT.
From London take the M40 and then the A40 to the Carterton exit and turn left onto the B4477. Continue on the B4477 through Carterton and towards Kencot. Take the first left into Kencot, follow the road for 0.5 miles. Maisey Cottage is on the right – hand side. Drive past, turn round and park close in front of the cottage. If you find yourselves in Broadwell you have gone too far. Turn round and go back to Maisey Cottage.
The closest train stations to the cottage are:
Charlbury; Oxford; Oxford Parkway; and Swindon.
Journey time is between 1 hour and 1.5 hours.
Free, on-road parking directly in front of the cottage is available for two cars. (Please do not park in front of the adjacent cottage.)