Welcoming cosy cottage with private south-facing garden, free nearby parking
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About Julia Shirlaw
We have always loved Lechlade since we moved there from London just after our first daughter was born. We now live in a nearby village and we have been doing holiday lets in our little cottage for many years. We love welcoming both new and returning visitors. Nothing gives us greater joy than reading the comments in the visitors book. We really want you to have the most relaxing and enjoyable time possible, and we very much hope you like the complimentary bottle of wine and biscuits!
Julia Shirlaw purchased this Cottage in 2002
Why Julia Shirlaw chose Lechlade-on-Thames
The cottage provides a peaceful haven yet is a couple of minutes walk to the centre of this lovely cotswold village. Other special locations ar within a few minutes drive: the medieval market town of Burford to name but one. Excellent walks are available from the cottage by the river. The Thames path is readily accessible and a nature reserve nearby.
What makes this Cottage unique
Its a cottage typical of the Cotswold style being approximately 300 years old with a traditional stone roof.
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Lovely cottage in beautiful town
This is a quaint cottage with a beautiful garden in walking distance to the beautiful town of Lechlade on Thames. Everything you need is close at hand and the walks through the countryside and along the Thames are fabulous. The church of St. Lawrence is a must see. The drives are also great. Close by are Kelmscott house with William Morris throughout, Buscot house and gardens, the Christmas House among others.
We had a problem with the washing machine which the owners are replacing. Other than that glitch, it was really great!
A Relaxing stay in a cosy cottage.
We have stayed in the cottage before (a couple of years ago). We found it to be in a good location, lots to do in the area. Julia was easy to contact and the welcome pack "goodies" were appreciated by us all. We will definitely rebook in the future.
Dear Mr. Cole
Thank you very much indeed for your review. I am extremely grateful to you for leaving the cottage so immaculate.
Very best wishes
My 2 daughters and I arrived June 2 around 7pm. This was to be our place to relax for a couple days prior to venturing around England and Scotland. Upon opening the door we were overwhelmed by the strong odor from the reed difussers all around the cottage. I am assuming this was an attempt to mask the musty and dusty odor of the cottage. The living room is dreary and dirty. The Guest binder was tattered and grimy. The kitchen was the same. The biggest turn off was an assortment of (what appeared to be) used dish sponges by the sink. The stove had a white film on it. The chair cushions looked faded and once again the musty odor. The bathroom is in dire need of a face lift. No shower, just a tub (ring of mold) and handheld sprayer. The 2 bedrooms that were very dingy. Silk flowers caked with dust and the rooms so highly scented it was difficult to breathe. The sheets had been washed in a strong perfume and the towels were a dingy gray and stiff. There was hair on one of the pillows. Since it was getting late we decided we would make the best of it so we gathered all the diffusers and locked them in the bathroom, then opened all the upstairs windows to air out the place. There was a washer and dryer so I thought I could wash the sheets and towels so that we could use them. I opened the washing maching to find a ring of mold around the door and the odor was disgusting! We would have left at this point but I was unfamiliar with the area, it was late and my first day driving in the UK .
We walked into town to get dinner finding only one restaurant open. We were told they stopped serving food at 8. It was 7:45 and the ONLY restaurant open. We found a convenience store and purchased cheese and crackers for dinner.
I layed a shawl over the bed and slept on top of that. My daughters slept at the kitchen table. By 7AM we were out of the cottage. We never used a sheet, towel (bought paper towels at the convenience store) or trash can (took our trash out with us). We had prepaid for 2 nights so I sent the owner a message via VRBO explaining the above and she promptly responded. I appreciated that she agreed to refund me a days stay. I should also get the cleaning fee returned.
The cottage appeared like no one had been there in quite a while. The cottage itself is cute but I would not reccommend staying there (especially if you have allergies) until this place is throughly cleaned. I will update should I receive my refund.
I wish I could post my photos.
I am sorry you had such a poor experience. The weather at the time was very wet and perhaps not as you are used to. The overcast skies do make the old cottage darker than otherwise but that is to do with its 300 year old Cotswold-stone style. But I do appreciate that it is rather different from more modern construction which you clearly prefer. And of course Cotswold villages do not typically have a plethora of convenience stores and restaurants open on a Sunday evening (although there are several good restaurants nearby). Many people enjoy the peaceful tranquility of our cottage. I am very saddened that you did not, as my delight and main “buzz” from offering holiday lets at the cottage is reading the kind notes from people appreciating the efforts I have put in to enhance their stay.
If you give me your bank details, as I suggested earlier, I will give the refund I offered.
Cozy cottage in a perfect location!
Wonderful cottage with all the comforts of home. We loved the bonus of a beautiful private garden with a perfect spot for morning tea. It was an easy walk to all the shops and travel to London, Oxford and even Wales was convenient for day tripping. Lots of small touches that made the cottage welcoming and plenty of space for four adults. We would be happy to come back!
A wonderful place to stay
What a gem! I loved it from the moment I stepped in the door; everything about it was so carefully thought out and I can't wait to return with my husband and children. It is "bijoux" but we got three adults and two retrievers in and still had room to spare.
We had a great time at this cottage in Lechlade. The cottage is beautiful and the decoration is delightful. There are plenty of extra touches that demonstrate how the owners take pride in it and want people to enjoy their stay. Probably one of the nicest cottages we've stayed in.
We enjoyed walks by the river just 5 mins from the door, fantastic coffee from Lynwood & Co in the village, and of course trips to some of the more mainstream Cotswold attractions - including the surprisingly delightful Dragonfly Maze in Bourton-on-the-Water.
We are so pleased that you enjoyed your stay in our cottage.
It is always such a pleasure to receive kind, positive feedback from any of our guests and we really appreciate people taking the time to write a review of their experience.Thank you and please return!
Approx. Bristol airport 50 miles. Heathrow 60 miles. Southampton 50 miles
Burford 7 miles, Cotswold Wild Life Park 6 miles, Water parks: fishing 0.5 miles, Thames 200 yds walking and boating. William Morris's Kelmscott Manor 4 miles. Oxford 24 miles, Cheltenham 17 miles, Cirencester 9 miles, Fairford 4 miles, Bibury 7 miles
Village supermarket, bank, vegetable and butchers. Village church with churchyard which was the subject of a Shelley poem. Various pubs and restaurants and cafe in garden centre.
Inglesham Church within walking distance with ancient paintings: favoured by William Morris and John Betjeman.