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5-star Cotswold Country Cottage On the Blenheim Palace Estate

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,100 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

2 Bedroom, 2 Reception Room Stone Cottage, Riverside Garden, Rural Setting.

Water Meadow Cottage is a self-catering holiday retreat nestled in a sublime part of the Blenheim Palace Estate’s storybook grounds near Oxford. Meticulously refurbished and decorated by Unlisted London’s Design team and finished to exceptional detail, this 18th century hunting lodge represents a new breed in short-stay lettings, having already been awarded five stars by Visit England and Quality in Tourism.

Located at the end of its own private drive, this charming, two-storey, two-bedroom hideaway, made of Oxfordshire Cotswold stone, is inherently captivating. Shaded by oaks and horse chestnuts, the cottage and its landscaped garden sit on the edge of the River Evenlode, with a traditional stone bridge that guards the working entrance to the Duke of Marlborough’s farmlands.

Accommodation comprises:

• Two Double Bedrooms

• Family Bathroom with walk-in shower, bath tub and under floor heating

• Dining Room / Library

• Sitting Room

• Kitchen – fully equipped and stocked with grocery essentials

• Scullery with Honesty Larder

• Downstairs WC

• Covered & Heated Outdoor Terrace

• Summer House / At-home Spa Room

• Private enclosed landscaped Garden

With an eye towards creating glamorous countryside comfort, a British theme runs throughout Water Meadow Cottage, using vintage, restored and reclaimed materials and only the best in British design: Ochre light fixtures; Cole & Son wallpaper, Royal Doulton fire places and Andrew Martin fabrics, to name a few.

Water Meadow Cottage not only raises the bar in experiential countryside holiday lets, it provides an exceptional level of guest services. Examples of services available on request (48 hours notice generally required) include:

• Catering services from in-cottage deli meals, a private Chef for dinners a deux to a fully staffed garden party on the cottage grounds

• On-site Fitness Sessions, Yoga & Spa Treatments

• Childcare

• Limousine airport transfers / vintage and sport car hire

• Bespoke Fortnum & Mason Hampers

• VIP access to the nearby Bicester Village

• Area Guides - charismatic historians and personal shoppers with insider knowledge

• VIP access /event coordination at Royal Ascot, Cheltenham Gold Cup, Henley Royal Regatta

Created to satisfy the tastes and demands of today’s stylish and intelligent travellers, Water Meadow Cottage provides an alternative to the five-star boutique and luxury offering for those seeking authentic and gracious accommodations.

More Details

Property Manager
Deborah-Jean Nichols
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 4, 2018

About Deborah-Jean Nichols

Deborah-Jean is the woman behind Water Meadow Cottage. A quintessentially English get-away that effortlessly combines achingly chic interiors, best of British brands a stunning locations – all wrapped up with a cosy country feel. Originally from New York, she arrived in London in 1983 became a permanent UK resident and in 2001 founded Unlisted London– the bespoke lifestyle company that now manages the cottage, tending to guest’s ever need.

Why Deborah-Jean Nichols chose Long Hanborough

There are a million and one reasons to stay at Water Meadow Cottage on the Blenheim Palace Estate, home to the 12th Duke and Duchess of Marlborough and the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill. The cottage is a wonderfully exclusive holiday retreat, perfect for those wanting a taste of English country life, steeped in history. You can wander around, past the grass-nibbling sheep and unassuming tourists, and casually pretend it's ALL yours.

The cottage is 200 years old and built in the iconic Cotswold stone, meticulously restored to retain the charms of its past while offering the comforts of today.

We have to mention the cottage's dreamy summerhouse, overlooking the meadows and river, plus the fully stocked honesty larder.

What makes this cottage unique

Expect hotel concierge service at your fingertips when you book a stay at Water Meadow Cottage. It’s managed by Unlisted, London’s luxury lifestyle service. They’ll organise everything from drivers and nappy bins, to tickets for events. If your stay is one to celebrate – they will whip up superb seasonal catering served by a maid in uniform or if you want you can choose good healthy meals ready on arrival.


Long Hanborough Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1100 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: Noon
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Rural ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Family - toilet , tub , shower
  • The romantic, beamed ceiling bathroom with its alluring roll top tub and indulgent walk-in shower is a rewarding sanctuary.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • With a master bedroom playfully appointed with distinct heritage pieces, soft Italian leather, and sumptuous Belgian linens, all set against Zoffany chinoiserie wallpaper, antique mirrors, crystal chandeliers and rich burgundy silk curtains. An inviting second bedroom gracefully compliments the master with its wrought iron bed, opulent maize coloured walls, and deep celadon drapery with silk trimming.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • arboretum
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • hiking
Located on the legendary Blenheim Palace Estate, home to the 12th Duke and Duchess of Marlborough and the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill, this exclusive holiday retreat satisfies those wanting an enriching taste of traditional English country living, steeped in history, which is easily accessible from London and the major Airports.


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5-star Cotswold Country Cottage On the Blenheim Palace Estate
average rating of 5.0 based on 5 reviews


  • 5 of 5

It was so very peaceful, so many things were already provided in the cottage which is a welcome change not to have to bring half the kitchen with you. Even the dog had a bed and bowls. We had kindly been offered an early arrival and late departure but sadly due to technical errors I couldn't take advantage of either having already made travel plans and not being aware of this until the night before we travelled. Everything you could need was already there, the views were stunning and watching damsel flies on the river was very relaxing. You couldn't fish the river from the garden as the border edge is larger now than in the pictures shown. The pub recommendations were excellent and so were some of the walks, it was such a bonus having detailed maps being provided for us, we had great adventures with the dog. Overall it was genuinely wonderful place to visit and escape the reality of day to day life.

  • Submitted: Jul 28, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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We loved the peaceful, picturesque, idyllic Cotswolds country cottage look and feel of Water Meadow.

  • 5 of 5

The ultimate Cotswolds experience. Every amenity was available or offered. The cottage was ideal size for the three of us. The summer house the perfect place to enjoy a glass of wine and watch ducks swimming by on the stream in the evening after a day of touring.

  • Submitted: Jun 21, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Excellent location from which to explore Oxford and the surrounding area

  • 5 of 5

The cottage, which is located on the grounds of Blenheim Palace, was once a gate keepers cottage. It sits on a small river at the end of a long drive.

It is beautifully decorated and is well maintained. It has a wonderful Old England feel ( small rooms, low ceilings, fireplaces in the dining and living rooms).

The kitchen is well equipped and the technology works well (WiFi, TV, audio etc).

The owner has provided a wealth of information about the local area which was useful. There are numerous good restaurants within the area and there is a local supermarket 5 mins away by car if you choose to cook at the cottage.

We were there for a week and would have stayed longer if we could.

  • Submitted: Oct 11, 2016
  • Stayed: October 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Exceptional in every way.

  • 5 of 5

Just had to write to express a MASSIVE thank you for the most wonderful stay at WMC. It is an absolutely stunning cottage and in the most idyllic spot. We even managed to sit outside the gorgeous summerhouse in the sun on several afternoons. With nearly everything you could imagine right there on “our” door step, we managed to tour the The City of Dreaming Spires and the next day did your recommended 5-mile walk around the Blenheim Estate followed by a very nice pub lunch in Woodstock as per your helpful "local guide".

The dinner we ordered from your in-cottage catering menu was fantastic too, and the delicious bottle of red was most appreciated. We enjoyed every bit of your well designed and equipped property. In the end, we left feeling relaxed and recharged.

I cannot recommend WMC more highly and will share your details with friends and colleagues.

All the very best, till our next visit which we are already looking in to scheduling!

  • Submitted: Mar 13, 2016
  • Stayed: February 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It is with such pleasure to have accommodated you at our cottage. Hope to see you back very soon. Thank you for the kind words
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Exquisitely Appointed Private Cottage

  • 5 of 5

When I first came across this property, it seemed to good to be true. A romantic, seemingly perfectly appointed, 200 year old luxury cottage on the grounds of a palace was a dream find, and a little research on some reviews done on a few travel sites convinced me that it was worth a try. Having just returned from our trip, in which we stayed 4 nights at Water Meadow Cottage, I can say without a doubt that it is as absolutely charming and wonderful as we could have hoped for. The cottage itself was beautiful, and no details have been spared. The linens, dishes, appliances, furniture and decorations were all perfect, and it honestly felt like we were staying in someone's home who had hired a professional designer to set it all up. There were personal touches in every room that made it feel cozy and welcoming.

It was also extremely private, and nicely set off from the main road so that you truly felt like you were out on your own in the countryside. Pheasants roamed the grounds, there were lovely views of the river and meadows filled with sheep from many of the rooms, and there were views of the sunrise from the upstairs in the morning and lovely opportunities to take in the sunset in the evenings from the cottage itself and the summer home.

The kitchen was well appointed, and contained everything we could need to prepare a meal and feel at home. Additionally, little details like linen napkins, stocked basics (coffee, tea, sugar, milk, bacon, eggs, bread, butter, oil, etc.) made it so convenient and accessible. The management was phenomenal, taking extra steps to ensure that everything was to our liking in advance (including the selection of a complementary bottle of wine of our choosing and which newspaper we wanted delivered daily), that we had clear driving and access instructions, and even checking in with us upon arrival to confirm we didn't need anything else. Requests for additional prepared food, snacks, desserts and other items were handled efficiently and with great detail so that when we arrived there was simply nothing that needed to be done but to relax and enjoy.

From the start to the finish, the property and the management was delightful and exceeded our expectations. It had all of the benefits of a 5 star hotel, with the charm and convenience of a luxury home. An incredible find.

  • Submitted: Dec 14, 2015
  • Stayed: December 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
55 Miles
Nearest Train
0.25 Miles
Long Hanborough
Nearest Motorway
20 Miles
Car: necessary

The riverside Cotswold-stone Water Meadow Cottage, once home to the Duke of Marlborough’s longstanding loyal groom, is as authentic as it gets for a self-catering holiday retreat. Nestled in a sublime part of the Blenheim Palace Estate’s storybook grounds, it is a five-minute drive from the centre of Woodstock and is reached via a woodland track on the edge of the estate. Its owner, a London-based New Yorker with impeccable taste, has given the house a vintage makeover, papering its walls with exquisite botanical and bird prints and filling it with interesting antiques.

This two-storey, two-bedroom hideaway is inherently captivating. The rooms are cosy and inviting; the living room, which is stocked with board games and novels, could not be a lovelier place to retire to. In the kitchen you will find a complimentary bottle of wine and the makings of a delicious organic breakfast, upstairs Blenheim Place Water on the night tables and Elemental Herbology amenities in the bath. What’s more, here is an honesty larder brimming with granola, Chegworth Valley apple juice, Berry Brothers wines and other tempting treats. As a final flourish, there is a charming clapboard summer house set within the landscaped garden which sits on the edge of the River Evenlode - the perfect place for afternoon tea as you gaze out over the Duke’s sheep filled meadows.




Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $69.24
Refundable damage deposit $415.46

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.