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4* Cotswold stone cottage on the banks of the River Thames.

Bedrooms 2
Space 250 m²
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

2 bedroom 4* cottage (sleeps 4 plus baby) on the banks of the River Thames

Kemble Mill Cottage (formerly Isis Cottage) is a traditional, honey-coloured Cotswold stone holiday cottage with all the modern amenities of the 21st century, situated within the grounds of Kemble Mill, an historic 16th century watermill. Located down a quiet country lane, it nestles in a secluded and magical setting on the banks of the River Thames, just a few miles from Cirencester in the heart of the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

It is annually independently assessed by Visit England, and has been awarded a 4 Star Gold Award each year since opening. This ensures that the standard of accommodation you are booking is very high and that you will thoroughly enjoy the holiday you deserve!

Part of the original 'mill' building has been sensitively converted into a delightful retreat whilst retaining many of its original period features. Accommodation is on 2 floors and comprises of 2 bedrooms (1 double and 1 twin), a bathroom with bath and over shower, fully-equipped kitchen and a sitting/dining room with inglenook fireplace (candles only) with picturesque views of the river and surrounding countryside.

The cottage was recently fitted with a new kitchen is in excellent decorative order.

The cottage has its own private and sheltered garden overlooking the River Thames, home to kingfishers, herons and the occasional Snowy Egret. Water flow is seasonal, depending on rainfall, attracting a wide range of water birds and wildlife. A lawn, gravel garden with patio seating, and an adjacent wild flower meadow complete the outdoor space, providing the ideal spots for relaxation, bird watching or alfresco dining.

A tennis court and ample car parking are available.

LOCAL 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 the 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.

LOCAL ATTRACTIONS: Kemble Mill Cottage is ideally located to explore the many picturesque towns of the Cotswolds and other local attractions such as:

Stow-on-the-Wold - great for antiques

Moreton-in-Marsh - beautiful village

Bourton-on-the-Water - picturesque Cotswold riverside village

The Slaughters - wonderful walks

Cheltenham - handy for Cheltenham Races

Burford - lovely shops

Oxford - dreaming spires

Tetbury - Prince Charles' shop stocks produce from Highgrove, his nearby home.

Bath - wonderful day out

Cotswold Water Park: We are 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 (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

HOW TO GET THERE: Air: Heathrow, Bristol and Birmingham are nearest airports - about 1 1/2 hours.

Car: 1 1/2 hours from London. M4 to Junction 15 (Swindon).

A419 North to Cirencester (Cotswold Water Park exit).

B4696 to Ashton Keynes and Somerford Keynes (3 km).

Train: Kemble Rail Station: 2 km. Regular, direct trains from London Paddington station take 75 mins. Taxis usually available at station.

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Vittoria Thornley
Member since: 2010
Speaks English, Italian
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Calendar last updated:
28 March, 2017

About Vittoria Thornley

We often holidayed in the Cotswolds and decided to move here permanently in 1998 when our 2 boys were babies. We were looking for a beautiful and tranquil place to bring them up and the Cotswolds was the perfect location.

We love the beauty of the area which is rich in history, stunning countryside and picturesque villages and towns full of thriving high streets, independent shops, artists and wonderful food producers and restaurants.

Vittoria Thornley purchased this cottage in 1998

Why Vittoria Thornley chose Cotswold district

We fell in love with our house the moment we saw it. The gardens were smothered in drifts of daffodils (it was April) and the River Thames flowed feet from the kitchen door. It was a magical place full of bird song, beautiful trees and a palpable peace.

Kemble Mill Cottage sits on the opposite side of the courtyard from Kemble Mill and was originally part of the old flour milling store which straddled the river where a water wheel would once have turned. In subsequent years, it became the gardener's cottage and once restored by ourselves, we thought it would make an idyllic holiday cottage.

What makes this cottage unique

The idyllic setting makes the cottage unique, standing on the banks of the River Thames where ducks, swans and moor hens are regular visitors. Despite being so quiet and tucked away, it is only a few minutes drive to all the local amenities.

There are beautiful walks right from the cottage door, and should the need arise, we are always close by to provide that extra cup of sugar or pub suggestion for dinner.

A large number of our visitors are repeat guests from all the world who enjoy the hospitality and serenity of the location, and some return to take our friendly dogs for a walk!


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Somerford Keynes in Somerford Keynes

Property Type:
  • cottage (detached)
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 250 m²
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 4
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed ...
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • rural
  • waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Basic Soaps
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
  • The stone-tiled bathroom contains a bath with shower over, washbasin and WC, with lovely views across the River Thames and neighbouring countryside.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed , 1 Cot , High chair available
  • Sleeps 4 plus baby. The master bedroom has a vaulted ceiling with a large double, wrought iron bed and overlooks the orchard and meadow. Plenty of storage space is provided by an antique wardrobe and chest of drawers. The twin-bedded room has a 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. A cot and high chair are also available upon request at no extra charge.
  • Books ...
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Books for Kids
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Patio
  • Tennis ...
  • Tennis Court
  • 1 bicycles
  • 4 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
The pretty Cotswold riverside garden comprises a lawned area edged with a herbaceous, cottage garden and a separate gravel area with patio seating for 4 and 2 chaise longes, on the water's edge. A sun umbrella is provided in summer. Adjacent to the garden is a large meadow with newly-planted orchard ideal for children to play and run around in. Please note that the cottage garden bordering the river is unfenced so young children must be carefully supervised at all times. For guests staying a week or more, a welcome hamper of local goodies including our own free-range eggs is provided on your arrival. Our tennis court is available for guests to use at any time. All linen, towels, heating and electricity are included.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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4* Cotswold stone cottage on the banks of the River Thames.
average rating of 4.888889 based on 9 reviews

Lovely in every way

  • 5 of 5

Beautifully appointed cottage, delightful surroundings and tranquil location. My wife and I spent eleven days here and enjoyed it very much.

There is so much history in the neighbourhood and the Cotswolds in general, with Pubs and shops nearby.

Well recommended.


  • Review Submitted: Jan 24, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Isis weekend

  • 5 of 5

The cottage was extremely clean and well presented. The location was beautiful and it was good to wake up to the sound of the river. We had a wonderful walk across the fields to the local pub, which was cosy and served good food. The cottage was in a good location for the south of the Cotswolds. Our visits to Bibury and Cirencester were very picturesque and the National Arboretum was stunning.

We would definitely recommend the cottage to others

  • Review Submitted: Jan 2, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A wonderful cottage in a lovely setting

  • 5 of 5

My family and I spent a lovely week here. We were very comfortable in the cottage and were made to feel welcome by Vittoria.

The cottage is well-appointed, with a fully equipped kitchen. The surrounding area is beautiful, and we thoroughly enjoyed our time exploring it. Our hosts had provided quite a lot of information about various walks, which we very much appreciated.

We loved our stay and would definitely be happy to visit again.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 21, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful and relaxing

  • 5 of 5

We spent a long weekend in Isis cottage, and found the surroundings beautiful and were made to feel very welcome , the cottage was very clean and well equipped, would definitely like to return one day

  • Review Submitted: Jun 4, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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A wonderful sanctuary in the heart of the country

  • 5 of 5

If you are looking for peace and tranquility in the heart of England's countryside - look no further. This property is set in immaculate grounds that boast a tennis court and easy access to numerous country walks along the Thames river. The house built in 1606 is fully equipped and updated with all the home comforts and super clean too. My husband and two daughters thoroughly enjoyed our 8-day stay and were sad to leave. We were welcomed with a basket of goodies, a complete folder of local information to help plan your stay. There is a train station 10 mins down the road and for a reasonably priced return ticket you can be in the heart of London in just over an hour. We look forward to staying again in 2017!

  • Review Submitted: May 10, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review, and your wonderful comments about the cottage and your holiday experience. It was lovely to meet you all and I'm thrilled you enjoyed your stay here. We are really looking forward to seeing you all again soon!
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Beautiful property in a beautiful part of the country!

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely long weekend at the cottage with our two children.

The property is gorgeous and very homely. The cottage had everything we needed and more.

The garden is stunning and we'd love to return in the summer months to make the most of it.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 8, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a lovely review and I'm delighted you enjoyed yourselves at the cottage. It is much appreciated and we hope to see you again very soon!
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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Somerford Keynes, Gloucestershire

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Low season
19 Feb 2017 - 6 Apr 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
7 Apr 2017 - 22 Apr 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
MId season
23 Apr 2017 - 25 May 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
High season
26 May 2017 - 31 Aug 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Mid season
1 Sep 2017 - 31 Oct 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Low season
1 Nov 2017 - 21 Dec 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Christmas & New Year
22 Dec 2017 - 3 Jan 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

There is a 3-night minimum stay year round.
Long term lets are available during Low season. Please call.
A 25% deposit is required at the time of booking to secure the holiday. The balance is due 4 weeks prior to arrival.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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Nearest Airport
73 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
1 Kilometres
Bakers Arms, Somerford Keynes
Nearest Ferry
129 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
5 Kilometres
South Cerney and Oaksey
Nearest Train
4 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
28 Kilometres
M4 Junction 15
Nearest Restaurant
7 Kilometres
Nearest Ski
45 Kilometres
Gloucester (indoor)
Nearest Beach
2 Kilometres
Cotswold Country Park
Car: recommended

Kemble Mill Cottage is located within the boundaries of the Cotswold Water Park and activities such as fishing, sailing, golf, cable water skiing, a blue-flag swimming beach, hiking and cycling are all within a few minutes walk and drive. The famous Thames Path is on the doorstep and there are wonderful walks straight from the cottage's front door to several local pubs all serving excellent food.

For the golf enthusiast, the area boasts 3 golf courses set amongst beautiful Cotswold countryside all within a few minutes' drive.

This area is also a wildlife enthusiasts' dream with some lakes designated as nature reserves for bird watching whilst keen fishermen can fish at a variety of local lakes which are well-stocked with monster carp.

The many picturesque towns and villages of the Cotswolds are only a short drive away:





The Slaughters






Other Activities: walking, cycling, golf, fishing, sailing, water-skiing, canoeing, kayaking, tennis, bird watching


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