Cottage | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4
Isis Cottage is a Grade II* listed Cotswold stone holiday cottage situated within the grounds of Kemble Mill, an historic 16th century watermill less than 10 minutes from Cirencester (Roman Corinium). Located down a quiet country lane in a secluded and magical setting, it nestles on the banks of the River Thames (also known as the Isis from its source nearby to Oxford) between the villages of Poole Keynes and Somerford Keynes.
Isis Cottage is rated 4 **** by Visit Britain (English Tourist Board), so you can be sure it is very well appointed and maintained throughout. It is inspected annually by a Visit Britain assessor and has been awarded a 4-star rating every year since it opened, ensuring high standards throughout. This offers complete peace of mind that your holiday cottage will be as special as you'd hoped!
Part of the original 'mill' building has now been sensitively converted into a delightful Cotswold retreat whilst retaining many of its original period features. It has been thoughtfully equipped for both couples and families with all mod-cons for a truly relaxing holiday.
Isis Cottage provides very comfortable self-catering accommodation on 2 floors with picturesque views over the river and surrounding countryside. Numerous country walks are to be found outside the front door, including the famed Thames Path, and it is within easy walking distance of several local pubs serving very good food.
A haven for wildlife, kingfishers, moorhens, ducks, herons, swans, wagtails and snowy egrets are often seen on this quiet stretch of river just outside the cottage door.
Please note that the cottage garden bordering the river is unfenced so young children must be carefully supervised.
Isis Cottage has its own private garden overlooking the River Thames (water flow is seasonal, depending on rainfall) comprising a lawn, a gravel garden with patio seating and a wild flower meadow, ideal for tranquil alfresco dining and relaxing.
See our website which can be found at the bottom of this page in the 'Contact Owner' section.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Cotswold Country Park (Lakeside beach) 1 km|
|Will consider||House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||2 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Bristol 60 km, Nearest railway: Kemble 2 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Private garden, Private tennis court|
|Further details indoors||
Ground Floor :
The entrance lobby leads to a well-appointed, beamed kitchen with fridge/freezer, electric hob, oven, microwave and washer/drier. A table and 4 chairs provides comfortable breakfast seating.
The open-plan living and dining area features a beamed ceiling and large candle-filled inglenook fireplace (no open fires) with seating and dining areas for 4 people. Entertainment includes TV and DVD player (with DVD lending library on request), iPod dock with CD player, radio and small CD library, books, games and local travel information.
A stone and wrought iron staircase leads to the upstairs landing. The master double bedroom with vaulted ceiling has a large double, wrought iron bed and overlooks the meadow. Plenty of storage space is provided by an antique wardrobe and chest of drawers.
The twin-bedded room with vaulted ceiling has 2 single, wrought iron beds with an antique chest of drawers and chairs. This pretty bedroom overlooks the River Thames which flows just below the window and has beautiful views of the surrounding countryside.
The stone-tiled bathroom (fully refurbished in 2013) contains a bath with shower over, washbasin and WC, with lovely views across the River Thames and neighbouring countryside.
|Further details outdoors||
The private, riverside garden comprises a lawned area edged with a herbaceous, cottage garden and a separate gravel area with patio seating for 4 right on the river bank. A sun umbrella is provided in summer. Adjacent to the garden is a large meadow ideal for children with fruit orchard.
Our tennis court is available for guests to use at any time.
Plenty of parking is available in the adjacent courtyard.
Bicycles can be rented nearby (about 10 minutes walk).
Isis Cottage is available for weekly breaks (Friday to Friday) or longer, between June and September.
Short breaks (minimum 3 nights) are available during low season - October to May.
Christmas and New Year - 1 week minimum stay.
Long lets are available in low season. Please enquire for prices.
For guests staying a week or more, a welcome hamper of local goodies including our own free-range eggs is provided on your arrival.
All linen, towels, heating and electricity are included.
Sorry, no pets.
Guests are welcome to arrive any time after 3pm on the first day of their booking.
Check out time is 10am on day of departure.
The Central England/Cotswolds region
Isis Cottage is ideally located to explore the many picturesque towns of the Cotswolds and other local attractions such as:
Tetbury - visit Prince Charles' shop stocking produce from Highgrove, his nearby home.
Cotswold Water Park: Isis Cottage is located within the Cotswold Water Park, a geographical area of over 140 lakes offering a huge range of watersports such as waterskiing, cableski, windsurfing, canoeing and sailing.
Fishing, golfing, hiking and biking trails are all on the doorstep. This area is also a wildlife enthusiasts' dream and ideal for bird and wildlife watching and exploring the local nature reserves.
Cotswold Country Park and Beach (formerly Keynes Country Park - 20 min walk) offers a tranquil lake setting for walking, picnicing, boat hire, playground and swimming beach.
Go-By-Cycle in Somerford Keynes (15 min walk) hires out bicycles and we can provide a lockable shed for storage.
Neigh Bridge Lake, which adjoins our property is a quiet lake for walking, picnicing and fishing. Run as a 'quiet lake' it is well-stocked with monster carp and pike.
Westonbirt Arboretum - (20 min drive) near Tetbury. Autumn colours in October and November are outstanding!
LOCAL FESTIVALS and SHOWS
Cheltenham National Hunt Festival and Gold Cup - 30 min drive
Badminton Horse Trials - 30 min drive
Bath Music Festival - 1 hr drive
Kemble Air Show - 5 min drive
Royal International Air Tattoo, Fairford
Cheltenham Cricket Festival - 30 min drive
LOCAL ATTRACTIONS, SHOPS and AMENITIES
Cirencester: 5 miles (8km) Visit the Corinium Museum, open air market in Market Square on Mondays and Fridays; farmer's market twice a month on 2nd and 4th Saturday; several supermarkets. Wide variety of restaurants, bars and cafes.
Village shops: South Cerney has shops, take away restaurants, pharmacy and Post Office - 3 miles (4km). Kemble Stores + Post Office - 2 miles (3km). Ashton Keynes shop and Post Office 3 miles (4km).
Local pubs: The Bakers Arms (open all day) - 10 minute walk across fields to Somerford Keynes village.
The Wild Duck at Ewen - 30 minute walk from front door along Thames Path. Both do excellent food. There are several more good local pubs within a few minutes' drive.
Walking: The Thames Path is adjacent to Isis Cottage and many wonderful walks are accessible directly from the front door, including several pubs. The Cotswold Way is about 20 min drive away and there are numerous footpaths around the lakes of the Cotswold Water Park.