Maisey Cottage, Kencot, Nr. Lechlade, Cotswolds


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Maisey Cottage is a charming, 200-year-old, Grade II listed Cotswold cottage, located in the village of Kencot, 5 miles from Burford. Sleeps 4 across 2 double bedrooms (only suitable for infants and children over 10). Featuring a wood burner, original beams and flooring, combined with a contemporary kitchen/dining area, family bathroom and separate shower room, plus road-side parking for 2-3 cars and a secluded garden. Perfect for exploring the Cotswolds by car, on foot or on a bicycle.

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Maisey Cottage is a charming, 200-year-old, Grade II listed Cotswold cottage, located in the tiny West Oxfordshire village of Kencot, 5 miles from Burford. It is an ideal holiday destination for up to four people, ideally two couples, sleeping across 2 double bedrooms. A beautiful old Cotswold village home, with wood burner and original features, combined with a contemporary kitchen/dining area, opening onto a covered area, family bathroom and separate shower room, plus road-side parking for 2-3 cars and a secluded garden. It is the perfect cottage and location from which to explore the Cotswolds by car, on foot or on a bicycle.

As you drive into Kencot, you immediately feel the peaceful calm of this pretty Cotswold village, which extends all the way up and into Maisey Cottage. This typical, honey-coloured Cotswold stone property, with original leaded window panes, dates back at least 200 years and has been owned by the same family for over 100 years. Its high garden wall hides a delightful gravelled garden where guests can sit and enjoy the sound of birdsong, and very little else.

Heading through Maisey Cottage’s wooden door into the walled garden, you’ll be impressed by the huge, overhanging Robina pseudoacacia tree and pretty border full of flowers and herbs. There’s space here to sit out and enjoy the surroundings and prepare a BBQ. (An electric car charging point in the garden is available to guests for a separate additional fee on a per night basis.)

The heart of the cottage – the Central Hallway, Master Bedroom and Living Room - dates back over 200 years, while the new extension, with a fully equipped kitchen/dining area with underfloor heating, and second bedroom, was added in 2016.

The Living Room has a wood burning stove and original flagstone flooring, made cosy with Persian rugs, while the bright and airy, contemporary kitchen/dining area is a delightful eating and entertaining space.

Maisey Cottage has free, off-road parking for 2-3 cars.

Kencot is a small, peaceful village in West Oxfordshire, at the centre of a triangle formed by Burford (5 miles), Lechlade (5 miles) and Witney (8 miles). Evidence of settlement at Kencot dates to 1086, though Bronze Age and Roman objects have been found there. The village is centred around the church, St George's, built in medieval times and widely known for its unusual 12th-century tympanum. Like most other villages in this area it is mainly stone-built, with several impressive 18th- and 19th-century houses. The village hall is home to a lively and active community, with events held regularly through the year.


Sleeps 4 in 2 bedrooms: 1 king size; 1 double
1 family bathroom; 1 downstairs shower room with WC
Parking for 2-3 cars
Heating: electric with individual thermostats
Clearview woodburner with starter logs
WiFi (broadband)
All bed linen, bath towels and tea towels provided
1 Hairdryer
Utility room with walk-in shower, W.C., sink, washer/dryer; electric towel rail; and hanging and drying area for wet clothes.
1 small TV (Freeview)
DVD player + a selection of DVDs
CD/cassette player + a selection of CDs
Games, including Risk, Cranium, chess set and jigsaw puzzles
Fully equipped kitchen with Bosch kettle and toaster; crockery, glassware (including champagne flutes) and cutlery for 4 (+ 2 guests), plus bakeware, saucepans, teapot, cafetière, bowls, serving dishes and recipe books
Neff double oven and extractor fan
Panasonic microwave
Bosch dishwasher
Hotpoint fridge
Starter food items: flour, sugar, condiments, oil, vinegar
Basic cleaning supplies, including dishwasher tablets
Private enclosed walled garden
Electric car charging point (for a separate additional fee on a per night basis)
Outdoor garden with seating
Garden furniture – seats 4
BBQ (charcoal) please supply your own charcoal (lighter briquets & matches supplied)

Local amenities

The village of Kencot does not have a pub or shop, but The Bell at Langford, an excellent and widely acclaimed pub, is just a one-mile walk away.

Carterton town, 2.5 miles away, is the closest location for supermarkets. Here you will find an Aldi, Morrisons and Asda, and all are within walking distance of each other.

Grocery delivery to Maisey Cottage is available via Waitrose, Tesco, Morrisons and Asda (the cottage postcode is GL7 3QT).

Where you'll sleep

Bedroom 1
1 double bed
Bedroom 2
1 double bed

What this place offers

Free on-street parking
EV charger
Washing machine
Patio or balcony


Well-lit path to entrance

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Where you’ll be

Kencot, England, United Kingdom

The village of Kencot does not have a pub or shop, but The Bell at Langford, an excellent and widely acclaimed pub, is just a one-mile walk away.


Carterton, just 2.5 miles away, has everything you need for a short stay, including an Aldi, Morrisons and Asda, where you’ll find the cheapest and closest fuel. Carterton also has a good bicycle shop, pharmacy, opticians, dentists, doctors and several cashpoints (outside Asda, and at the BP garage).

Burford - about 5 miles – one of the most well-known Cotswold towns - is great for gifts, galleries, antique shops, window shopping, pubs, tea rooms and delis. It also has a very large and interesting garden centre – a bit pricy but great for browsing nice things and it has a good café. A good place to go on a wet day!

Witney - about 8 miles- is good for banks, general shopping, clothes, books and kitchen shops. It has a Waitrose, Sainsburys, M&S, Debenhams, Fat Face, Next, Jigsaw, jewellers, Steamer Trading, Lakeland, Argos, Robert Dyas and many independent shops.

Eating Out, Walks and Places of Interest

The owners of Maisey Cottage have produced a fantastic guide of their local area, based on a customised Ordnance Survey map centred on the cottage, and conveniently hung in the Central Hallway for all to use and plan a day’s outing from. The map has a key marked with walks (green dots), pubs (blue dots) and nearby places of interest (yellow dots). There is a copy of the same map, folded, which you are welcome to borrow if you are exploring the local area.

Here’s a taster from the Maisey Cottage local guide:

Eating Out

Langford: The Bell - The closest pub to Maisey Cottage, just a 1-mile walk.
Filkins: The Five Alls - good food and atmosphere; a 35-minute walk.
Alvescot: The Plough - very good food, convenient, friendly.
Shilton: The Rose and Crown - charming small pub, good food, pretty village with ford, garden, one of our favourites.
Kelmscott - The Plough Inn - lovely old pub, locally sourced food, perfect for local walks along the Thames and for visiting William Morris’s house, Kelmscott Manor. Easy cycling distance from Maisey Cottage.


From the cottage: There are many footpaths over the fields - take the map and follow the signs. From the cottage turn right, then left up red Rose Close, through the playing field and straight on over the field. The paths are well worn. You could walk over to Alvescot through fields and have lunch at the Plough there.

Several more walks are suggested, and a local OS map is provided for you to use.

Places of Interest

Cotswold Wildlife Park, near Burford, about 2 miles away. Good range of animals, including rhinos, giraffes and lemurs in lovely surroundings.

Crocodiles of the World, Brize Norton, about 4 miles away. This has many species of crocodiles, alligators and other reptiles.

Kelmscott Manor, home of William Morris, about 4 miles away. A beautiful old house, very interesting interior and good shop full of William Morris and other Arts and Crafts designs. The car park is signposted and then it is about ¾ mile to walk to the house. You can carry on and walk down to the Thames here, which is lovely. The pub is very good too, serving local produce and the church yard has William Morris’s grave. Opening times are limited.

Filkins Woollen Weavers Mill, museum, shop and tea room, about a mile away. Filkins village also boasts an open-air swimming pool, open in the summer.

Bampton, about 4 miles away - large village with an impressive church is the filming location of Downton Abbey village. It has several traditional pubs, a bistro, co-op, coffee shops and interesting garden centre, which also has a coffee shop.

Aston Pottery - another mile or so on from Bampton - lovely shop, lots of local pottery made on the site, an excellent place for a browse, gift shopping and light lunch or tea.

Chimney Meadows Nature Reserve - about a mile on from Aston Pottery. Drive down the single-track road and park in small car park on the left. Then walk down the lane to the Thames, visit two bird hides, walk down to the lock and weir and along the Thames Path. Lovely quiet spot to enjoy the river and birdlife.

Lechlade, about 4 miles from Maisey Cottage, is an old market town, with lovely riverside walks. It has a large car park on the road to Highworth. Good, extensive Garden centre with food served all day.

Buscot Park, about 7 miles away. This small stately home, run by the National Trust, has a wonderful walled garden, extensive parkland, interesting grounds to explore as well as a stunning collection of paintings, furniture and ceramics. Paintings by Rembrandt, Murillo, the Pre- Raphaelites and many more. It was also the place of exile for many Basque writers who fled Spain during the Spanish Civil War. Well worth a visit. Limited opening times.

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