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Explore Oxford and the Cotswolds from Charming, Spacious 17th Century Cottage

7 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Separate WC's1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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Photos and Description of this 3 bedroom holiday cottage in Burford - Walnut Cottage

3 bedroom character cottage in idyllic Cotswold village

Walnut Cottage is a Grade II listed character cottage dating from 1642 with a bright, airy addition built in 2002. So it is a combination of the old and the new: antique furniture, ancient beams, and all modern conveniences. The ground floor, which has underfloor heating throughout, comprises an entrance hall for coats and wellies, a large, airy kitchen/dining room, a study, lavatory, laundry room with new appliances, and a spacious beamed living room with open fire.

On the first floor there are two cosy bedrooms: one with twin beds and one with a double bed. There is also a large family bathroom. In the loft there is a spacious, comfortable en suite master bedroom with views over the countryside. All towels and linens are provided.

The house has a large garden mostly set to lawn where you can relax in the sun or play outdoor table tennis. There is off-road parking in the private driveway. Off the kitchen through French doors is a lovely terrace with climbing roses and shrubs, a pergola with table and chairs for al fresco dining, bistro tables, and a Weber BBQ.

More Details
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Bill & Barbara Cheesman
Member since: 2015
Speaks English, French
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
22 October, 2016

About Bill & Barbara Cheesman

Hi, my name is Jonathan Cheesman and this is my house. I was born in Boston, Massachusetts and lived in Newburyport until I was five years old. We then moved to Bath in the southwest of England where I attended Kingswood School. I graduated from Bristol University in 2003 and lived and worked in London until recently when I was reassigned to New York for the next year or so. While I'm away, I'll be renting Walnut Cottage as a holiday let whenever I'm unable to be there. The photo is of my dad because he and my mum will be your contacts.

My parents, Bill and Barbara Cheesman, are semi-retired and teach English in Oxford part-time. They will manage the house letting for me and look after our guests to make sure that all of their needs are met and that they have a great holiday.

Bill & Barbara Cheesman purchased this cottage in 2011

Why Bill & Barbara Cheesman chose West Oxfordshire

-beautiful, comfortable, spacious cottage

-idyllic, peaceful village

-lovely countryside

-quiet village pubs

-perfect for walking and cycling

What makes this cottage unique

-easy to reach from London and Heathrow airport

-convenient to Oxford and the Cotswolds

-convenient to Waitrose and Daylesford Farmshop!


based on 7 holidaymaker reviews

Explore Oxford and the Cotswolds from Charming, Spacious 17th Century Cottage
average rating of 5.0 based on 7 reviews

Walnut Cottage was even prettier in person. Exceeded my expectations!

  • 5 of 5

The home was lovely with everything provided that you need for a wonderful stay. The patio and garden are very beautiful and make for a lovely spot to eat or have a glass of wine outside while listening to the birds. The location in Asthall which is a lovely small village is so close to everything and just a few steps away from a very nice pub the Maytime Inn. Bill and Barbara were wonderful hosts and made sure we had what we needed. Make sure to look at the book they put together with information on the area... Highly recommend a stay at Walnut Cottage!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 24, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
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One of the nicest properties we have ever visited.

  • 5 of 5

A beautiful centuries-old stone cottage with all the modern conveniences. The kitchen is especially nice - with everything done to a very high standard. A nice dual-fuel stove, upscale dinnerware, silverware, cookware, glassware. Great location near Burford - one of the most beautiful locations in the Cotswolds. Good restaurants very nearby. The owners were very helpful and provided great advice. From the cottage we made easy day trips to Stonehenge, Bath, Oxford, Burford, etc. We would definitely stay here again.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 26, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
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Absolutely beautiful

  • 5 of 5

What can we say? The cottage, located in idyllic Asthall village, is everything that is advertised and much, much more. The garden, the decor, the distinctive lighting, the books, the well appointed kitchen, and all the auxiliary amenities are simply irresistible. It is just steps away from a very nice pub and within walking distance to the Swan Inn in nearby Swinbrook. My wife and I visited the cottage in spring when the daffodils were blooming and the weather was sunny and cool, just the way we like it. It only rained slightly one day, but that made it absolutely ideal for curling up with a mystery. The cottage is perfectly located as a gateway for visiting the historic Cotswold historic villages and we had the time to visit most of the major ones over a ten day period. There are walking trails and public footpaths everywhere and we took full advantage of them.

Bill and Barbara were perfect hosts and answered any question we had prior to and during the stay. They also provided the use of maps of the Cotswold area, listings of really nice local restaurants, and directions to a variety of nearby walking trails.

The cottage truly is an amazing place, located in a quietly perfect slice of heaven, and we heartily recommend it.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 27, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
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Great accommodation

  • 5 of 5

Bill and Barbara`s Cottage in Asthall is a fantastic place to stay and experience Oxfordshire. Everything was as outlined when we booked. And when we arrived we found that many Information and suggestions that we could easily start our Holiday. Asthall is a quiet place with a very good freehouse with delicious beer and food.

We enjoyed our stay very much and will definitely come back again.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 4, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2016
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Hidden Gem

  • 5 of 5

My family and I visited the cottage for a long weekend in August as a surprise short holiday for my mum. We arrived at the village of Burford for a wonder around before checking in, which was quaint, pretty, friendly and a perfect start to our holiday.

Initially before arriving at the cottage I was sure that in real life it wouldn't be quite as nice as advertised, however I couldn't have been more wrong. IT IS STUNNING and even better than its pictures...with the kitchen, garden and attic bedroom being the centre points. The spec of the place is excellent, from the funiture to the bed linen and we made lots of use of the TV & sound system, BBQ and the out door ping pong table.

Asthall is a quiet and small village with a pub across the road which was nice and friendly. We ate twice at the Swan in Swinbrook which was very good and only a short car or walk away. The surrounding villages are really beautiful, in fact it all is and in our short time in the region we managed to visit Burton on the water and Broadway too.

I just can't recommend this cottage enough, Bill and Barbara were perfect hosts and very helpful from booking process to our last day... They also left us a few goodies on arrival, which is always nice. We will definitely be back.

Lyndsey and family

From Manchester and Birmingham . X

  • Review Submitted: Sep 3, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
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Outstanding home in a gem of a village.

  • 5 of 5

We have just had three weeks staying in Walnut Cottage and completely fell in love with it. It is as good a three bed cottage as I think one can find and for the price is excellent value for money. We will certainly hope to go back and would highly recommend it.

Asthall is a hidden gem in the Cotswolds. It is a small village with huge charm. It is as pretty as one can find in England with wonderful walks along the riven Windrush just a few minutes away. There is a great pub with lovely food 100 meters away from the cottage and the village still has the feel of a village that is active and lived in. It is near Oxford and all the shops in Witney you could need to provision yourselves for a stay.

The cottage is spacious and light, with wonderful traditional features maintained. It is beautifully decorated throughout. The garden is well maintained and we loved sitting out in it in the English sun enjoying the peace and quiet. Many Cotswold cottages are cramped and dark (its the way they were build) but this is not.

The main living areas are spacious, comfortable and well laid out. Being summer, we spent our days in the kitchen and sweet courtyard that it looks out onto with our 2 year old able to run in and out, play in the garden, all within view of us so we didn't have to worry too much. In winter, we would have loved to light the fire and cosy up in the drawing room which has comfortable furniture and enough space for a family / house party to sit together.

The bedrooms are all charming - the master bedroom on the top floor having a great view out over the fields behind the house. The view over the fields afforded when on the en-suite WC is one of the best!

The cottage has everything you could need in terms of kitchen equipment, Sky TV, great quality hi-fi, BBQ, and even a table tennis table in the garden! The linen and towels are high quality and changed every week without fuss. It is in fantastic condition, clean and maintained at the highest standard.

Bill and Barbara are charming and were incredibly supportive to us throughout the whole experience. Better hosts you won't find. With a two year old and a very small baby we hugely appreciated the genuine care and attention we received which made Walnut cottage really feel like a home from home. We had three relaxed and very comfortable weeks as a new family and it will be remembered with great fondness.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 11, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
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Nearest Airport
58 Miles
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Burford Golf Club
Nearest Train
13 Miles
Charlbury (70 minutes to London Paddington)
Nearest Motorway
23 Miles
M40 (junction 8)
Nearest Restaurant
100 Metres
Maytime Inn
Car: necessary

Although located within a mile of the A40, Asthall feels a million miles away. Whether you come for a short break to unwind from the stress of city life or for a longer stay to explore this lovely area, Asthall is ideal. If you are travelling from London, it can be reached in less than 90 minutes (assuming you avoid rush hour....).This ancient village is nestled beside the lovely Windrush River in peaceful, unspoilt countryside. Perhaps it is best known for its association the Mitford sisters who lived for several years in Asthall Manor, an exquisite Jacobean Manor House which is situated next to the 12th century Church of St Nicholas. There is also a quiet, friendly village pub, The Maytime Inn, which has been completely refurbished by its new owners. Pop over for breakfast, a pint of real ale in the sun, or even a game of petanque! Within easy walking distance is the village of Swinbrook with its excellent pub, The Swan Inn, where David Cameron entertained Francois Hollande. Daylesford Organic Farmshop and its fine pub The Wild Rabbit are approximately 13 miles away. Other highly recommended nearby pubs are The Lamb Inn in Burford, The Wheatsheaf in Northleach, The Fox in Lower Oddington, and The Feathered Nest in Nether Westcote. Asthall is located just three miles from the beautiful town of Burford, known as the Gateway to the Cotswolds, so it is a perfect base for exploring this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Also, the city of Oxford, with its world famous university and museums, is within easy reach. There are many other attractions in the area such as Chastleton House and Hidcote Manor Garden (both National Trust properties), Blenheim Palace (a World Heritage Site), the Corinium Museum and the Cotswold Wildlife Park for the children. However, many visitors come just to walk or cycle in nature and explore the tranquil countryside and idyllic villages.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Burford, West Oxfordshire

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9 Sep 2016 - 10 Nov 2016
7 night minimum stay
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11 Nov 2016 - 22 Dec 2016
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23 Dec 2016 - 5 Jan 2017
4 night minimum stay
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6 Jan 2017 - 30 Mar 2017
7 night minimum stay
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23 Jun 2017 - 7 Sep 2017
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3 Nov 2017 - 21 Dec 2017
7 night minimum stay
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22 Dec 2017 - 3 Jan 2018
3 night minimum stay
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Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £100

The preferred changeover day is Friday due to housekeeping arrangements, but we are flexible about this. Guests may arrive any time after 4:00pm and must leave by 11:00am. The house key will be left in a safe by the front door. We will contact guests within 24 hours of arrival to answer any questions. If any extra cleaning is required after your stay, the cost will be deducted from your deposit. So please leave the cottage, especially the kitchen, clean and tidy.

Cancellation refund policy: 100% (30 or more days prior to check-in), 75% (15 days prior to check-in), 50% (within 7 days of check-in)

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Burford in Oxfordshire

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 160 m²
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath (no shower)
  • all towels provided
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
  • all linens provided
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • photography
  • 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
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
As Walnut Cottage is situated in a very quiet village, it is not suitable for parties.

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