About Helen J
I moved to west Oxfordshire about 20 years ago from West London and to live with my then fiancé and have remained in the area. In 2006 we moved to Madley Park on the outskirts of Witney whilst working as a surveyor for Oxfordshire County Council looking after local properties. In 2012 I unexpectedly became a widow meaning I had to re-evaluate life. Added to this more recently it has been discovered I have damaged a disk in my back which was followed by a minor stroke.
Helen J purchased this House in 2013
Why Helen J chose Witney
I purchased this property as an investment with money from my husbands life insurance. The village is only a short distance from my own home and I have as much to do with my neighbours here as I do at home. The dog and I both love the garden and will spend more time here than at home when the opportunity arises as it is so peaceful! (Although seeing a hot air balloon come into sight from behind did startle both me and the dog)!
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A home away from home.
Comfortable, cosy house. Ideal for our needs but the best was very dog welcome.
clean and safe will come back
very clean nice safe garden for ben our little dog thank you tom
I'm glad you all enjoyed your stay and that Ben liked the garden.
We'll look forward to having you return again in the future.
well appointed property but trying to contact owner impossible
The property was very clean,well presented and equipped.
The drawback was trying to get in touch with owner. Before we went we did not have house number and eventually had to go through Homeaway as the owner would not respond to emails.
Whilst at the property, we found wifi was not working. We needed it to work while staying at property. Again owner would not respond to phone calls, emails or texts. Again we went through Homeaway and eventually problem was sorted . This took about 36 hours.
All the details regarding the location of the property can be found within the “Hospitality” section of the website.
In respect of the WiFi this had been upgrade to “Fibre” using a new supplier to in order to provide guests with a better quality internet access. The line had been transferred, but unfortunately the new hub that had been sent was faulty. Something I was not aware of when it had been set up.
I apologies for not responding to communications sooner, but for part of the time I also happened to be away on holiday and mobile phone signal and internet connection was nearly non-existent.
Ideal place for visiting Oxford area
Our second visit
It's our second visit to this property. Helen is a very good host and the property is immaculate and well maintained. I do a lot of cooking and she provides every utensil, pot and pan that I needed.
It's a beautiful area and Witney is a lovely town with everything you need, whilst maintaining its quaint beauty. Not to mention that Oxford is only 8 miles from the house.
Thank you Dawn for you wonderful review and I am glad that I have managed to provide you with everything you need for cooking! I look forward to having you stay again in the future.
Harvey's Cotswold Retreat
We stayed here when my daughter had a work experience at Williams F1. My first impressions on arrival were that it looked small and that the parking outside would be ample for a car but I have a Vito! But we did actually manage with no problems.
Inside, the property was absolutely immaculate. They lay-out was conducive to a very comfortable living and dining area. The kitchen was small but stocked with every utensil/appliance that you could need. Helen knew I had dogs and there was a water bowl with fresh water and complimentary dog treats and biscuits - so thoughtful. Oh, there was box with dog toys in the living room too.
Infact the whole house was filled with thoughtful extras such as games for children and/or grown ups. There were dvds, books toys etc. The cupboard under the stairs was a little aladins cave!
We couldn't get the downstairs TV to work but within 5 minutes of making a phone call, someone arrived to sort it out. He also provided details of local walks for me to take the dogs on.
The bedrooms were both really good sizes and very comfortable. It was lovely to have the enclosed garden too. There wasn't a shop in the village but Eynsham was just a couple of minutes away by car and Witney was about 10minutes.
The location was perfect for exploring the Cotswolds and Oxford was about 10 miles away.
Literally the only thing that was a slight downside was the kitchen and bathroom were on the small side but were functional- which ultimately is all we wanted !