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

Bedrooms 2
Space 2,690 sq. ft.
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.

More Details


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

Property Type:
  • cottage (detached)
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2690 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00 / Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only
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.


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4* Cotswold stone cottage on the banks of the River Thames.
average rating of 4.8125 based on 16 reviews

Amazing stay at a beautiful English cottage

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time at the beautiful Kemble Mill Cottage.

The house is lovely and comfortable, very clean (I wish I had the same cleaning service back home!) and well equipped, we made use of the microwave, oven, washer/ drier… all worked perfectly.

But the best part was the outside: the grounds are absolutely amazing! The country at its best. Our two kids (9 and 5) loved running around on the grass, picking apples from the trees, playing with the dogs, feeding the pigs and even playing tennis. Everywhere we looked was breathtakingly beautiful.

Our host Vittoria was welcoming and helpful, and we enjoyed traveling around Cotswold and experiencing countryside activities.

It was the perfect family vacation and I wish we could stay with the lovely Vittoria at least once a year.

  • Review Submitted: 08-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Yfah and family. Thank you so much for your lovely review and I'm so glad you all had such a wonderful stay with us! It was a pleasure to welcome you all to our beautiful part of the world and really hope to see you all again very soon.
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Cosy, arranged with love and taste and clean

  • 4 of 5

A bit hard to find but in a lovely part

  • Review Submitted: 22-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Sylvia. Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review and so glad you enjoyed your stay. I do recommend that guests bring the directions with them when they travel, as the cottage is then much easier to find. I'm sorry you had trouble finding us but the directions make it much easier!
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Swanley, Kent, UK

Nice getaway

  • 4 of 5

Wanted a few days away with a couple of family members. Nice cottage atlhough a little disappointed that the "river" next to the cottage was a rather dried up stream! However, very peaceful location and cottage well presented.

  • Review Submitted: 07-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Wonderful peaceful cottage.

  • 5 of 5

In addition to the efficiency of friendly and helpful owners the first impressions do not disappoint. The cottage is beautifully situated and is kitted out and decorated to a very high specification. It was the perfect place for a family of four visiting relatives nearby and exploring Gloucestershire and the Cotswolds. We had a wonderful stay and will come again. The garden and the outside space gave our kids space to explore as well as the cozy interior. We wanted for nothing and the generous welcome basket was a bonus. Thank you.

  • Review Submitted: 03-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your review and lovely comments about the cottage! I'm so glad you enjoyed your stay and really hope to see you all again in the future.
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Very lucky to have found Kemble Mill Cottage ...

  • 5 of 5

We had such a lovely time at Kemble Mill Cottage, the cottage itself is immaculate and has everything you need, truly a home from home and the gardens are just beautiful. We were also able to play tennis a couple of times which was a real bonus! We walked to the local pub through the corn field and had a good laugh on the way home in the dark!! Vittoria and Simon were there if you needed them ... we feel very lucky to have found Kemble Mill Cottage, we would love to come back in the future and we would highly recommend a stay to anyone! Jane, Colin, Angela and Paul

  • Review Submitted: 24-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Jane, Colin, Angela and Paul, Thank you so much for your wonderful comments! I'm so glad you enjoyed your stay and that everything was fine in the cottage. We hope to have the pleasure of seeing you again in the future. Many thanks again! Vittoria and Simon
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Reading, PA, Jacksonville FL, Bellevue, MD

Charm everywhere you turned!!!

  • 5 of 5

Our four-day visit to the Cotswolds was, alas, too brief as we quickly learned. The cottage was perfectly located for daily excursions to the South towards Bath, or northwards to the charming villages and manor homes. Vittoria had thought of everything....maps and brochures to guide us on all of the surrounding attractions and tips on local pubs, etc. The cottage itself is ever so charming and comfy...the kitchen well equipped for a hearty breakfast, pre-dinner cocktails or midnight snack....and the gardens an utter delight. My first sentence sums it up...our stay was too brief.

  • Review Submitted: 21-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Vittoria Thornley
Member since: 2010
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English, Italian
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
10 February, 2018

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 Somerford Keynes

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!


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


Prices & Availability

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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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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