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Superbly converted stables in beautiful countryside

18 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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Photos and Description of this 2 bedroom holiday cottage in Wallingford - The Old Stables

2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, sleeps 4

The property is located in one of the Chiltern Hills most beautiful valleys in a quiet rural setting. Originally built as a wing to spectacular 18th Century barns, the stables have been converted to a very high standard, retaining many of the original features. Well equipped, the property provides comfort & convenience whilst enjoying privacy in its own walled courtyard with vines and colourful plants.The setting is rural and peaceful with our ducks and chickens wandering freely.

The area is a walker’s paradise with the famous Ridgeway nearby for the serious or several delightful walks on the doorstep for the more casual. Also popular with cyclists.

Excellent base for touring the ancient Thames-side towns of Henley, Wallingford, Dorchester & Abingdon all within a few miles. Oxford (c12 miles), Windsor (c24 miles), London (c45 miles), Stratford Upon Avon (c48 miles), Cotswolds (c25miles). Close to rail links to London & West country, 10 miles from M4 & M40, Heathrow 28 miles. Horse riding, golf, boat hire available locally.

If you are a fan of the TV series Midsomer Murders, check out the filming locations on www.midsomermurders.org, to see the many pretty villages that are local to the cottage!

The property is strictly non smoking.

More Details
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered

Jenny Booth
Member since: 2000
Speaks English, French
Response time:
Within 2 days
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Calendar last updated:
26 October, 2016
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Guestbook comments from the owner

Your lovely cottage and lovely weather - what more could we want!
Jun 2014
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based on 18 holidaymaker reviews

Superbly converted stables in beautiful countryside
average rating of 4.8333335 based on 34 reviews

For a couple that enjoys the English countryside and walking "public footpaths", this is ideal.

  • 5 of 5

The property is well-maintained and stocked with all one needs for a comfortable stay in the country. The owners are friendly and attentive. They have compiled a very useful binder of walks and local attractions. The area is blessed with walks, many of which comprise a pub or two. For eating pub lunches be sure to arrive before 2pm after which time many stop their food service.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 8, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
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Portsmouth, NH Etats Unis

Cute, tranquil, cozy

  • 5 of 5

Charming cottage-like feel. Well-appointed kitchen, lovely lovely garden, even in September. Easy access to Oxford, Henley and surrounding areas. Jenny was a charming and helpful hostess. I would not hesitate to come back any time of year given the wood-burning stove and cozy factor. Only caveat is the stairs to second bedroom. Alternating steps would be tricky for the very young or very old. Otherwise, the upstairs is as well-designed as down, with comfy beds, good drawer and cupboard storage. Good bath and shower options - hot water and pressure more than adequate.

We enjoyed day trips to Oxford, Henley, Blenheim with multiple choices for groceries. All in all, I would recommend for a couple plus teens or a group of friends.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 4, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for your generous review, we appreciate your comments.
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  • 5 of 5

Overall....just wonderful. Brilliant. Lovely in every way.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 25, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
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Owner's Response: We love you coming to stay - can't wait till next year! Xx
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A cosy and quiet situated cottage

  • 5 of 5

Robert and Jenny are a very hospitable couple. The cottage is as in the description: very cosy and clean with an own picturesque walled garden.. The surroundings are scenic and quiet. We surely do recommend this property to friends, who are interested in.

Hans and Anna, Heusden, Netherlands

  • Review Submitted: Jun 28, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was lovely to meet you both but felt so sorry that we had no control on the weather! So pleased you enjoyed yourselves despite the damp conditions. Thank you very much for your positive comments on the cottage. We will look forward to welcoming any of your friends - it would be a pleasure. Very best regards, Jenny and Robert
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Best Value In Its Category

  • 5 of 5

As veterans of many holiday cottage stays in the Berkshire/Oxfordshire region, we found The Old Stables to be outstanding value for money. We used the cottage as a base to spend time with our Reading-based family and our two grandsons stayed with us for most of our tenancy. Jenny and Robert have created a beautiful garden setting with a lawn big enough for us to erect a badminton net and an adjacent field has space for kicking balls around.

The resident geese and chickens were very entertaining and Jenny kindly gave us freshly laid eggs, a real treat!

The nicely furnished cottage is very comfortable with all conveniences and is very well presented. Its location offers many walks with plenty of opportunity to observe farm animals and equipment plus abundant bird life.

Ipsden village has a shop/post office, but the owner was unwell during our stay and the stock was limited. The nearest supermarket is in the village of Woodcote about 15 minutes away by car. It is a very pleasant walk up to the excellent King William 1V pub which has a lovely view over the Chilterns. St Mary's Church is usually open, dates from the 12th century and is well worth visiting. It has an unusual double bell turret, a beautiful organ and other interesting features.

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at The Old Stables and hope to return.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 19, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for your kind words. It was lovely to meet you all and so pleased you enjoyed your stay. We'd love to welcome you back to Ipsden so I hope you decide to come over again next year and that the family will pass on New Zealand!! Our best wishes, Jenny & Robert
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Exactly as described.

  • 5 of 5

The converted stables are spacious for a family of 4 and very comfortable. Every need has been catered for such as ample parking, dishwasher, washing machine and fully equipped kitchen. The owners are incredibly friendly and helpful, offering us some de-icer one morning when our car was frosty. A big thank you for all the extras, we particularly enjoyed the logs in the log burning stove (already burning on our arrival) as well as the fresh flowers on the table, the milk in the fridge and addition of a little Christmas tree in the lounge! The location is convenient for access to Henley, which was our main focus. Since we were familiar with the area, we did not take advantage of the huge selection of maps/walking routes and tourist attractions that had been put together for our use. We highly recommend this cottage and would stay again if we were coming back to this area. Thank you!

  • Review Submitted: Dec 30, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Kerri, thank you for your kind review. It was lovely to meet you and the family. We love having Australians to stay especially when we can reminisce about Perth! We wish you all a Very Happy New Year and hope we may see you again sometime. Our very best wishes, Jenny & Robert
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Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
King William Public House, Hailey
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
The Springs, North Stoke
Nearest Train
5 Miles
Goring & Streatley
Nearest Motorway
10 Miles
M4 or M40
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
King William; Crooked Billet at Stoke Row
Car: necessary

Wellplace is a small hamlet near Ipsden, itself a small village, about 5 miles east of the historic market town of Wallingford. Wallingford is about 10 miles downstream of Oxford. The cottage is located in an area designated as of outstanding natural beauty. Our visitors find the cottage an ideal base for exploring the rich history in the area, and trips to London, the Cotswolds,and Shakespeare country.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Wallingford, South Oxfordshire

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22 Oct 2016 - 28 Oct 2016
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29 Oct 2016 - 23 Dec 2016
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24 Dec 2016 - 6 Jan 2017
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7 Jan 2017 - 7 Apr 2017
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8 Apr 2017 - 21 Apr 2017
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Wallingford in Oxfordshire

Property Type:
  • cottage (semi-detached)
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1800 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Basic Soaps
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Maps
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Shampoo
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , with wash basin
    Bathroom - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , with small wash basin
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom - 2 Single Bed , 1 Cot
  • 1 double, 1 twin, 1 cot
  • Books ...
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Radio
  • Television ...
  • Video Player
  • Video Library ...
  • Boat ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 4 garden chairs
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Although centrally heated there is also a log burning stove for cosy evenings in Autumn or Winter. (Logs are provided free of charge) The Staircase to the upstairs bedroom is quite steep and elderly or infirm people may find this a problem. Children love the upstairs bedroom which has its own TV and video/DVD player. Stair gates are available.The other bedroom is downstairs and is easily accessible and has its own ensuite bathroom.We provide some local guides and maps and dozens of leaflets on places of interest. We also provide a number of videos, hopefully with something of interest for everyone. For Mobile Phone Usage - Please be advised that as of October 2013, the Orange/TMobile network is not accessible inside the cottage. All other networks are fine.

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