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

Bedrooms 3
Separate WCs1
Space 1,722 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights


About the property

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. Due to the nature of the property, Walnut Cottage is not suitable for young children under the age of twelve.

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.

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Bill & Barbara Cheesman
Member since: 2015
Speaks English, French
Response time:
Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
9 August, 2018

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.

While I'm in the states, I'll be renting Walnut Cottage as a holiday let whenever I'm unable to be there. My parents, Bill and Barbara Cheesman, are semi-retired and teach English in Oxford part-time. They will look after Walnut Cottage for me and make sure that our guests have a great holiday and that all of their needs are met.

Bill & Barbara Cheesman purchased this cottage in 2011

Why Bill & Barbara Cheesman chose Burford

-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!


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Burford in Asthal

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1722 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
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 ...
  • 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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average rating of 4.95 based on 20 reviews

The England of our dreams

  • 5 of 5

Walnut Cottage combines ancient tradition with modern comforts in a village that one thinks of as only existing in fiction. So, underfloor heating, modern plumbing with the best shower and bath fittings. Very comfortable beds with lovely linen. Suitably uneven creaking floors to enhance the feeling of what it might have been like to have lived here 100 years ago but without any of the discomforts. Of course, it has the de rigeur open fire with a good supply of logs to create that wonderful aroma of burning seasoned wood. We only lit one fire, as it happens, because we stayed during a week when the sun shone every day and on one day of our week in April the temperature somewhere in England was the hottest in April since 1949. It can't have been far away from Asthall!

Asthall is a picture-book hamlet of about a dozen dwellings with everything that one imagines a hamlet should have but often doesn't. There's the Maytime Inn opposite with a very quiet clientele. We never once heard a sound coming from the pub even at closing time. It serves very good beer and excellent food. There's the ancient church, the Old Vicarage, Asthall Manor (where once the Mitford family lived and "Debo" Mitford was born) and the winding River Windrush providing lovely riverside walks nearby. There's no mobile signal which some may feel is a boon but the wi-fi is reasonable if not particularly fast. People often use the expression "It's another world" but we could imagine staying there again and not moving from Asthall and simply enjoying really getting away from it all and not venturing further than the Maytime Inn followed by a short stroll doing a circuit of the hamlet and saying good day or whatever to anyone you passed en route and then returning to Walnut Cottage and reading some classical English literature. I read some Anthony Trollope and I cannot imagine a better environment in which to have done so. I enjoyed imagining the Rev Septimus Harding living in The Old Vicarage only 100 yards away from Walnut Cottage and taking services in the church at the end of the lane.

  • Review Submitted: 25-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Fantastic cottage in a fantastic location

  • 5 of 5

From the moment we booked to the last day of our holiday Bill & Barbara could not have been more attentive with suggestion for days out amongst many other helpful ideas.

Walnut Cottage is a real Home from Home with everything you need for a relaxing stay. The village of Asthall is simply stunning and you are minutes away from various villages, towns and attractions.

If we ever visit the area again we would not hesitate to stay in this cottage.

  • Review Submitted: 31-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great character cottage

  • 4 of 5

We have just returned from a three week stay at this lovely cottage. The pictures are true to how it looks. Everything was neat and clean and the cottage had wonderful character. It was well appointed and Bill and Barbara were lovely to deal with. There was a cleaning company that came in once a week and supplied clean linens. While the beds were very comfortable and the washrooms were lovely, the furniture in the living room, although antiques....was not very comfortable. Other than that, the cottage was very comfortable.

The pub across the road was also lovely. Good food...nice staff.

We tried doing days trips from the cottage as we wanted a home base. I think two weeks would probably have been enough or one week at a time in different locations. That being said, it was a very peaceful, tranquil holiday. The country side was beautiful and lots of history in the area.

If you are looking for a quiet get away, this cottage is very welcoming and comfortable.

Lovely holiday.

  • Review Submitted: 29-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Gina Thank you for your kind review of Walnut Cottage. I had intended to respond ages ago, but it completely slipped my mind. I just wanted to let you know that we have taken your comments about the furniture on board. The antique sofa has been replaced with a new one and two of the armchairs have been restrung and all of the cushions topped up with feathers. One of my language students recently told me that all of his teachers constantly praise him about how well he is doing, but he really wants to know what he’s not doing well so he can improve. So thanks again for your feedback. All the very best, Bill and Barbara
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Immaculate Cottage

  • 5 of 5

Walnut cottage was a great place to spend our time in the Cotswolds. The location was perfect to see the whole Cotswold area and more.

We walked the footpaths, drove through the beautiful villages and even made day trips to London and Windsor since they were close enough to enjoy in one day.

We recommend Walnut Cottage to anyone who loves a clean place to stay, well equipped with everything you need and a location that is perfect in every way.

Bill and Barbara, the owners, were wonderful. Walnut Cottage deserves more than 5 stars!!

  • Review Submitted: 07-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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A rare find!

  • 5 of 5

We feel so lucky to have spent one week at Walnut Cottage. It has been one of the loveliest holiday homes that we have stayed in.

It is a delightful cottage, tastefully appointed, full of period charm. It was spotless!

No expense has been spared by the owners to ensure that all guests enjoy a comfortable stay. Comfortable beds, luxurious cotton bedding and towels, expensive facial wipes, organic teas - to name but a few touches.

The garden is a great size and immaculately maintained. We enjoyed playing table tennis on the lawn.

Bill and Barbara were exceptionally helpful. By email, they recommended many places for us to visit.

We returned home refreshed, having had a great taste of the Cotswolds. I will be recommending Walnut Cottage to my friends and family!

10 out of 10.

  • Review Submitted: 14-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Truly a wonderful cottage, a real charmer

  • 5 of 5

We are a family of six, ranging from a toddler to a pensioner, we stayed for ten days in this truly quintessential cottage. Elegantly furnished with all the necessary amenities without loosing it's old world charm. A perfect retreat set in a beautiful landscape in the enchanting Cotswolds. The owners Bill and Barbara were extremely helpful and charming in every way, making sure that our stay was comfortable and highly enjoyable. We highly recommend this one, and yes we would stay there again, in a heartbeat. Earl and the clan.

  • Review Submitted: 25-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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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, Oxfordshire

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
25 May 2018 - 20 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
21 Sep 2018 - 25 Oct 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
26 Oct 2018 - 20 Dec 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
21 Dec 2018 - 2 Jan 2019
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
3 Jan 2019 - 28 Mar 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
29 Mar 2019 - 23 May 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
24 May 2019 - 19 Sep 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
20 Sep 2019 - 24 Oct 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
25 Oct 2019 - 19 Dec 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
20 Dec 2019 - 2 Jan 2020
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Cleaning £50
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

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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