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Isis Cottage Cottage

  • 2 bedrooms
  • 4 sleeps
  • 3 nights min stay

Description from owner

Description

Isis Cottage (named after the historical term for the upper reaches of the River Thames) 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 right on the banks of the River Thames between the villages of Poole Keynes and Somerford Keynes.

The cottage has a 4 Star Gold Award by Visit England (English Tourist Board), so you can be sure it is very well appointed and maintained throughout. It is inspected annually by a Visit England independent 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

Isis Cottage (named after the historical term for the upper reaches of the River Thames) 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 right on the banks of the River Thames between the villages of Poole Keynes and Somerford Keynes.

The cottage has a 4 Star Gold Award by Visit England (English Tourist Board), so you can be sure it is very well appointed and maintained throughout. It is inspected annually by a Visit England independent 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. It has been refitted with a brand new kitchen and redecorated throughout for 2016.

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.

The 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.

Location description from owner

The Cotswolds region

Isis Cottage is ideally located to explore the many picturesque towns of the Cotswolds and other local attractions such as: Stow-on-the-WoldMoreton-in-MarshBourton-on-the-WaterThe SlaughtersCheltenhamBurfordOxford Tetbury - visit Prince Charles' shop stocking produce from Highgrove, his nearby home.Bath 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 SHOWSCheltenham 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

Somerford Keynes

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.

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Key Info

  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden

Families

  • Great for children of all ages
  • No pets allowed
  • Cot available
  • High chair available

Bed & bathroom

  • Bedroom 1: King Bed
    Bedroom 2: 2 Single Beds
  • 1 Family bathroom

Amenities

  • Wi-Fi available
  • Private tennis court
  • Private garden
  • Internet access
  • Central heating
  • Cooker
  • Fridge
  • Freezer
  • Microwave
  • Toaster
  • Kettle
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing machine
  • Clothes dryer
  • Iron
  • High chair available
  • TV
  • DVD player
  • CD player
  • Hair dryer
  • Linen provided
  • Towels provided

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Access

  • Parking
  • Secure parking
  • Not suitable for wheelchair users

Policies

Check in time:15:00, Check out time:10:00
If you have any questions about check-in or check-out times, please contact the owner/manager.
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About the owner

Vittoria T
Response rate:
90%
Calendar updated:
10 Jun 2016
Years listed:
7
Based in:
United Kingdom

Languages spoken: English, French, Italian


This Cottage has 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom and sleeps 4. It’s been listed on Holiday Lettings since 01 Oct 2008. Located in Cotswolds, it has 11 reviews with an overall rating of 5. The average weekly rate varies from £575 to £875.

The Owner has a response rate of 90% and the property’s calendar was last updated on 10 Jun 2016.

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“A Cotswold gem”

Reviewed 1 Feb 2012

We have stayed at Isis Cottage twice and aim to return in the near future. The cottage is a gem set within the context of open countryside and under big skies. We enjoy our breaks in buildings of character and Isis Cottage 'ticks all the boxes' with Vittoria and Simon as perfect hosts. The garden, set in grounds next to the infant Thames, is a delight for a glass of wine and a relax and the web of footpaths to villages, pubs, church and countryside invite exploration. We found the cottage spacious, comfortable and quiet with all our needs supplied. Parking is easy and the location of the cottage, within the grounds of beautiful Kemble Mill, provides central access to historic houses, towns and villages such as Bath, Oxford and 'royal' Tetbury. This makes it an ideal vocational home-from-home for long weekends away or relaxed week-long breaks.

“A wonderful base from which to see the South East of England”

Reviewed 27 Nov 2011

My wife and I have stayed twice at the Isis cottage and found our stay was excellent. The cottage is charming with large grounds. It has a modern kitchen with everything you need for a self catering holiday. There are two large bedrooms with high quality furniture and fittings and the bed was very comfortable. It also has a large comfortable bathroom. The location is a perfect spot as a base for exploring the Cotswolds and the South East of England, so long as you have a car. It is a short trip to Cirencester but we also made trips to Tetbury which is also quite close and we went to bath. we were interested in the antique shops and found many good quality places to visit. We are a retired couple who live overseas and were not looking for any late nights and the quiet countryside was very relaxing for us. We did walk to the local pub once and it would be quite pleasant on a nice evening but when we went it was pouring with rain. but the food was reasonable and the people were pleasant. Vittoria is a charming host and provided us with a lot of local advice. And she was also extremely helpful in organising our accomodation which was at peak season. The lane to the Cottage is quite narrow and if there is a vehicle coming the other way, somebody has to back up,but we found that the locals always did the reversing as they seemed to know we were visitors. All in all a wonderful holiday for us.

“The loveliest stay we had in England”

Reviewed 26 Nov 2011

We are two couples who spent a week at Isis Cottage and agreed that this was the best stay we had in a holiday home in England. If we should travel in England again this house is a 'must stay there'. Claus Walischewski, Bremen/Germany

“We Already Booked a Return Visit”

Reviewed 29 Oct 2011

I'll start by saying that the Isis Cottage is so nice and the owners are so friendly that we have already booked a return visit for next summer, all the way from western Canada. The accommodations are very well appointed and comfortable, the grounds are incredible (perfect for kids, with space for kicking a ball about, plus the tennis court. Wow!). Then there is the character of the place, being an old mill, and the fact that the headwaters of the River Thames actually flows under the building. How cool is that? As well, the walking trails go right past the property and I was able to go for a 45 minute run in three different directions on three different mornings and didn't set foot on the same pathway twice. There are pastures full of bleating sheep, a fantastic pub across the fields, a private rose garden and gazebo, a nearby water park and beach. It's a about an hour-and-a-bit by car to each of London, Stonehenge, Bath, Oxford/Blenhiem. It's a great place. If you are looking for a well located, comfortable and quiet cottage in the Cotswolds, book this one.

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