Stunningly pretty 17th century thatched cottage think 'The Holiday'!

Stunningly pretty 17th century thatched cottage think 'The Holiday'!


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4 Bedrooms
Sleeps 7
2 Bathrooms

About our home

Brightwell cum Sotwell is an ancient, vibrant and friendly village close to the River Thames in Oxfordshire, designated an area of outstanding natural beauty. Pound Cottage dates back to the 17th century, it was the village Pound where stray animals were gathered and villagers had to pay a the to get them back. Built in the mid 1600's, it is thought that some of the beams may have come from the ships of the Spanish Armada which came up the Thames to nearby Wallingford and then were broken apart for house building!

Having said that, it is an incredibly cosy and well appointed family home, last year I had a brand new handmade kitchen installed, and with our cosy log burner and aga it is toasty warm in winter. In the spring and summer the house is light and bright with a cottage style garden full of the most incredible flowers and trees, rattan sunbeds, tables and chairs and big gas BBQ. With 3 double bedrooms and 1 single, and two bathrooms, there is plenty of space... the only thing to be warned is that the ceiling heights are very low so if you are much over 5ft 11cm you will have to bend your head a lot to go through doorways and in one or two rooms!

Enjoy strolling down the lanes to the 16th century village pub, visit Wallingford 1 mile away which is 'Causton' in Midsomer Murders, take the train or drive to Oxford, the Cotswolds, Windsor Castle, Blenheim Palace, or London which are all within easy reach. Only 45 mins from Heathrow it is really a most charming part of England, if you like pretty cottages, stunning stately homes and a real taste of British life in properly ancient but luxurious surroundings this is the home for you!


More about us

  1. Happy relaxed couple with 4 children between us, aged 10, 8, 6 and 4

  2. We live in a stunning 17th century thatched cottage near Oxford

  3. We can only swap in school holidays, but would be keen to do a longer trip at Easter or in the Summer

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Where is it?


Buzzy restaurants
Fine dining at The Beetle and Wedge on the river 500m away
Cool bars
The Crazy Bear at Stadhampton, Hotel du Vin Henley
Cozy cafés
Pierrepont has amazing brunches in beautiful Goring on Thames
Retail therapy
Head to Oxford's unique market or straight for London!
Bit of culture
Oxford Colleges, Pride & Prejudice location 4 miles away at Basildon Park
Walks in the park
Any number of stunning River Thames walks from our door
Spot of exercise
Borrow our canoe and paddle on the River Thames, or take our bikes on the historic Ridgeway
Day tripping
Windsor Castle, Cotswolds, London, Blenheim Palace and hundreds more

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