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Mayfly Cottage

Coln St Aldwyns, near Bibury, Gloucestershire (Ref. 988795)

4.3

(33 ratings)

Sykes rating

  • Sleeps 2

  • Bedrooms 1

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets No

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Features

  • Broadband / WiFi
  • Off road parking
  • Garden / Patio
  • Washing machine
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Highchair available

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52 Customer Reviews

  • "Wonderful cottage in a beautiful location."

    Use of the garden was a huge bonus. We had everything we needed, including peace and tranquility...and a few inquisitive hens! Thoroughly enjoyed our stay.

    Thank you for leaving feedback. Glad to hear you you enjoyed the cottage and its location, including the hens. We look forward to welcoming you back in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by MelanieJun 2022

  • "Fantastic property in beautiful tranquil surroundings ideal for exploring the area"

    Thank you so much for this feedback. We are so glad you had a happy time with us. All the best, David and Kate. Property Owner

    Reviewed by WendyMay 2022

  • "Overall a very pleasant experience."

    Reviewed by AndrewMay 2022

  • "A few more kitchen implements and a couple of serving dishes would help."

    Otherwise this cottage was well equipped and everything was working well. The garden is its outstanding feature - we so enjoyed having a beautiful space just outside the door. The owners were extremely warm and friendly and readily accommodated us having our 18 month granddaughter visit on a couple of days. We would highly recommend this lovely little cottage in its stunning location. A feast for the eyes and the soul!

    Thank you for your lovely review and we're delighted that you enjoyed your stay and especially the garden. It certainly is a stunning location and we hope to welcome you back in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by CeliaApr 2022

  • "We love staying at Mayfly Cottage - This is our third stay."

    We always struggle with the kitchen a little. One shelf in the oven wasn't really enough for us. It was also a challengig oven to cook with as seemed to get hotter than temp set. We were delighted to see that there has been some modernisation in terms of furniture and furnishings. It would be great for the photos on the website to reflect this. It is such a cozy place to retreat to for a peaceful weekend. David was wonderfully friendly as was the beautiful chicken who came to visit us. We also recommend eating at The Swan in Bibury - great food and very close by!

    Thank you for your feedback. We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your stay and your suggestions for improvement will be taken into full consideration. We would love to welcome you back to Mayfly Cottage any time in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by JennyNov 2021

  • "A fantastic rural location in the Coln River valley"

    Reviewed by MarkOct 2021

  • "Our second visit, and it won’t be the last!"

    Thank you for your lovely feedback regarding your 2nd stay at Mayfly. We would love to welcome you back again in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by SusanOct 2021

  • "Beautiful cottage in a Great Location"

    Thank you very much for your feedback. We are happy to hear you enjoyed your stay. Property Owner

    Reviewed by TerenceJul 2021

  • "Absolutely gorgeous little cottage with beautiful gardens which include a lovely treehouse for evening drinks ."

    The owners were on hand in main house if needed with good recommendations for places to eat etc . A really beautiful place would highly recommend.

    Thank you very much for your feedback on Mayfly Cottage. We are delighted that you had an enjoyable stay with us. Property Owner

    Reviewed by SuzanneJul 2021

  • "A really peaceful location."

    A compact cottage but we were fully aware of that from the description/other visitor comments.Four chickens tried to join us, but we had to advise insufficient room! An ideal base for The Cotswolds. The owners were available if needed, but not intrusive in any way. The ability to sit in their garden was really welcome. A huge thank you to the family for giving us the opportunity to stay at the cottage.

    It seems as though you had a wonderful time at Mayfly Cottage! We'd love to welcome you back again in the future! Property Owner

    Reviewed by EvelynJul 2021

  • "The cottage was lovely with beautiful surroundings, pubs and wonderful breathtaking walks from the door."

    The owners David and Kate couldn’t do enough to make us feel welcome and were there at all times for any extra needs. We will definitely be visiting the cute little barn conversion again in the future! Tania and Ken.

    Thank you for your feedback. We're so happy to hear you enjoyed your time at the cottage and that the owners were able to welcome you and be there for you during your stay. You're always welcome to return to Mayfly Cottage in the future! Property Owner

    Reviewed by TaniaJun 2021

  • "Mayfly cottage is in a beautiful location by the the river Coln."

    Perfect location for lovely walks.Pub/restaurant and village po and shop and cafe short walk away ..Wildlife in abundance .Although the cottage is in the owners garden the owners leave you to it ,they are not intrusive at all .We spoke to David and his wife they are very nice people.We had a fantastic holiday and we only have 1 complaint about the cottage ,very limited kitchen utensils ..

    Thank you for taking the time to leave your feedback on Mayfly Cottage. It is great to hear to you had a fantastic holiday and we will pass your comments regarding the kitchen utensils onto the owners. Property Owner

    Reviewed by AngelaApr 2021

  • "Pleasant owner and very helpful."

    Quiet location ideal for relaxing/sleeping .Cirencester & Cotswolds villages within easy reach on very quiet roads . Scenic village with shop nearby and many local walks near the river. The property is typical of an old cottage property, quirky but could do with some updating of kitchen utensils and crockery. Good bathroom and warm property throughout . Comfortable bed but care needed due to low beams. Torch provided! One thing missing as pointed out to the owner was an instruction book for the tv, heating etc. Plenty of local guides and maps were provided .Overall nice property for a weeks stay. Thanks. Corina & Chris

    Many thanks for your comments, all comments raised will be forwarded to the owner, We hope you enjoyed your stay. Property Owner

    Reviewed by ChrisOct 2020

  • "It would be really helpful to have some better signage to the property perhaps a sign at the end of the lane and a name on the actual cottage."

    The satnav took us to another part of the village. However, the villagers were all very helpful and gave us directions. The owners were very helpful and friendly and the surroundings were lovely. The teas in the post office garden were lovely. The workspace in the kitchen was very small and I was nervous about the leads for the kettle and toaster being very close to the hob. Not sure how this could be solved. All in all I would be happy to return for another restful break

    Thank you for taking the time to leave your comments on Mayfly Cottage. We will pass your comments to the owner and he would love to welcome you back in the future. Manor Cottages. Property Owner

    Reviewed by NoreenOct 2020

  • "Had a very relaxing, long overdue, break in this cute little cottage."

    Its situated in a very quiet location which we loved as we really needed a tranquil spot to chill. The cottage was smaller than other cottages we had stayed in but was equipped well considering the size. Not much prep area for food and very little storage if you enjoy cooking your own meals, which we do but we managed. Suppose each occupant will have their own view of what a holiday cottage should be like but overhaul we had a very comfortable and enjoyable stay in a beautiful location.

    Many thanks for taking the time to leave your feedback on Mayfly Cottage. We are glad to hear you had a very relaxing break and you enjoyed the location of this cute little cottage! Property Owner

    Reviewed by LynnSep 2020

  • "The pictures are a bit deceptive as the cottage was smaller than I expected and anyone over say 5foot 7 inches tall would have difficulty moving around in the bedroom as it features beams."

    Having said all that we thoroughly enjoyed our stay there was everything one needed in the cottage. The owner was friendly and helpful and has 2 adorable dogs who love being made a fuss of. Lovely , peaceful area and plenty of good walks.

    Many thanks for taking the time to leave your comments on Mayfly Cottage. We have amended the description to include the low beams in the bedroom. We are pleased to hear you thoroughly enjoyed your stay. Manor Cottages Property Owner

    Reviewed by RoseSep 2020

  • "Great little cottage in a quiet location with walking from the door and a variety of activities close by."

    Excellent facilities at the cottage although storage is limited (unsurprising given the size of the cottage!) a great excuse to eat out at one of the multitude of local pubs. Comfortable bed, powerful shower and green space in front of the house with good views over the valley. Owners are very helpful and close by in case of any issues. Their friendly dogs an added bonus!

    Thank you for your comments on Mayfly Cottage. Property Owner

    Reviewed by KateAug 2020

  • "The cottage must have been lovely when it was first done but the furnishings have faded."

    The furniture is not what was in the picture. The bed had lost all spring and was just hard and lumpy. There was no way of controlling the heating. It came on at 6:30am and went off at 10:30pm And was extremely noisy as it was open plan and below the bedroom and too hot for us. The kitchen facilities were extremely limited; No coffee pot, 4 mugs, one chipped and no space to prepare food. No bins in kitchen or bathroom just an open weave basket in living area. Shower was above the taps of bath and no bath mat-so I slipped. Bathroom became drenched!! No wardrobe or place to hang coats apart from flimsy key hooks by tv. Sorry. The owners were nice but extremely close as was the other cottage but the gardens looked lovely. This property is extremely over priced. It would have been a lot cheaper to have stayed in the pub in the village and it was a lovely pub.

    Thank you for your feedback on Mayfly. We are sorry you did not have an enjoyable stay and that things were not satisfactory. we will bring the issues up with the owner to ensure future guests comfort. Property Owner

    Reviewed by AngelaMar 2020

  • "Lovely little cottage, cozy and warm."

    Walks are right on your doorstep, Two very welcoming pubs close by, couldn’t ask for more !!

    Many thanks for your kind feedback. We are thrilled you enjoyed your stay and hope to welcome you back soon Property Owner

    Reviewed by GrahamJan 2020

  • "Mayfly cottage is absolutely delightful."

    It is in a very pretty location and the owners are friendly but still give you space (just what we look for in a holiday). We regularly go on self catering holidays and rarely return to the same place but we will be returning to Mayfly cottage. There is a washing machine, microwave, kettle, oven and hob, caffitiere, good wifi, TV and radio. The double bed is made up of 2 singles pushed together and the mattress is firm, (easily rectified by taking a mattress topper, which we will do next time). There is not much storgae space in the bedroom but there is a chest of drawers to put clothes in which is pretty much enough for a short break. The hot water took a little time to understnad - the water pressure is high which gives a powerful shower and easy to run bath, but it is too high for the boiler to cope with. You therefore need to only turn on the tap / shower about 1/3 - 1/2 to allow the water to heat up as it goes hthrough - this still gives enough water for a shower and bath and is nice and hot. Thank you for a wonderful stay.

    Thank you so much for your wonderful comments about Mayfly Cottage. We are so pleased you had such a lovely time and hope to welcome you back soon. Property Owner

    Reviewed by PhilipDec 2019

  • "No problems, all good thank you"

    Reviewed by BrentSep 2019

  • "We had a wonderful week in this lovely cottage, just the right size for two people."

    Very quaint, power shower was great. Listing needs amending slightly as there isn’t a dishwasher, not that we could find anyway! Owners are very friendly and were on hand if we needed anything, which luckily we didn’t. Beautiful setting and we would recommend to anyone.

    Reviewed by LorraineAug 2019

  • "Idyllic setting on the edge of a lovely quiet village."

    Ideally placed to tour the Cotswolds. Interior a bit tired and didn't help that we had no hot water on our last day.

    Reviewed by JohnAug 2019

  • "Beautiful location near a quiet village with good amenities."

    The cottage is small so you have to organise yourselves and your things. The garden is shared with the owners and other tenants but is lovely and very large with a treehouse, crazy golf and lots of places to sit and relax.

    Reviewed by MichaelJul 2019

  • "You want a peaceful and relaxing cottage holiday you have to come here."

    The cottage is quaint and superb in relaxing grounds next to the small River Coln and the owners house. From our day of arrival to the day of leaving we have had a superb stay at Mayfly Cottage while visiting RIAT. The description given didnt do it justice as from both the outside and inside it is a typical Cotswold Cottage that has been converted to a high standard with the only downside being the bed mattress being too hard for us but we got used to it. The bathroom was excellent with a very powerful shower we only wished we had at home. The owner was unfortunately away during our stay but I did contact him a week before and he was very informative in explaining things to me over the phone which we found to be of help when we arrived. He even let us bring a small bbq with us to use during our time there. He also had a lady called Melissa who was looking after his animals while he was away and again Melissa was very friendly and answered any questions we had even about the animals she was looking after. So to end we enjoyed our weeks stay at Mayfly Cottage but would we stay there again.... We would as already booked for next year.

    Reviewed by StuartJul 2019

  • "Not what we expected from the."

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    Reviewed by JanJun 2019

  • "Thank you, we had a lovely week and the weather was so nice."

    The cottage was fine but needed a few things to make it a bit better I.e.a toilet roll holder, a mirror that’s not sited over the toilet pan but an adjustable one on the window sill. Lastly a bit more space for hanging clothes. It really was a beautiful and peaceful 7days

    Reviewed by LeonardMay 2019

  • "We had such an amazing time at the Mayfly Cottage."

    The surrounding area is so beautiful you couldn't help but just sit out the garden and listen to the wildlife around you we stayed out for hours just listening and star watching in the evenings. We were missing staying there even before we'd left. We will definitely be back in the future

    Reviewed by ZoeMay 2019

  • "We had a really enjoyable week in this delightful cottage."

    The weather was unseasonably kind and we managed to visit some lovely places. The cottage was beautiful, well furnished, in tranquil settings. Our host was very considerate and a pleasure to meet.

    Reviewed by PaulaMar 2019

  • "We enjoyed a relaxing break at Mayfly Cottage."

    The owner was always on hand if we had a query. Lovely area for walking and exploring things further afield by car. A great pub a short walking distance away. One tip take a torch if you are walking back after dark. No street lighting but luckily my husband had the forethought to bring one.

    Reviewed by AdrianMar 2019

  • "A wonderful little cottage, very cosy and in a great location."

    The owner was friendly but didn't intrude on us at all. A nice touch were the freshly laid hens eggs left on our doorstep. Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by PeterFeb 2019

  • "Mayfly Cottage is in a perfect countryside location in the midst of the owners' beautiful grounds and overlooks the mill leet, a backwater of the main river."

    It is a few minutes walk, via 2 different routes, from the idyllic village of Coln St Aldwyns with its excellent pub and village shop with café. We didn't need to use the car at all and spent our time exploring the wonderful countryside via the many and well-marked footpaths and bridleways. The wildlife was a real high point for us with many species of birds being seen along the banks of the river Coln. Everyone we met in the village was friendly and ready to chat to strangers which made us feel almost part of the community. The owners could not have been more friendly and helpful and we shall certainly return, probably in the Spring.

    Reviewed by Mr PeterOct 2018

  • "We have stayed there many times over the last eighteen years."

    The owners are friendly but not intrusive, it lends itself to instant relaxation.

    Mrs L

  • "The setting is lovely, picturesque and peaceful."

    We are dog lovers, so the visits from their doggies each day was a treat for us.

    Mr Miller

  • "Our host David was very helpful and welcoming, as was the rest of the family."

    We loved the dogs and the duck and the walks available in the area. It was a very relaxed atmosphere. We had a couple of rainy days during our three-week stay but the cottage was very comfortable and snug and we enjoyed just having time to read and watch some of the Tour de France.

    Mrs McNeil

  • "Location was a perfect getaway to the Cotswolds, clean and well presented!"

    Mr Sterling

  • "Location! Location!"

    Location! Idyllic setting in spacious grounds, close to mill stream and\ River Coln. Within easy walking distance of 2 good pubs and excellent community shop. Helpful owners on hand.\ Plenty of good walks and cycle rides on the door step.\

    Mr Burke

  • "Comfortable with all necessary amenities."

    Mr Sterling, June 2017.

    Sterling

  • "We've been here several times before and always enjoy it."

    On this occasion it was\ our honeymoon and the owners made it extra special by leaving us some gifts.\

    Mrs S

  • "Fantastic location & brilliant hosts."

    Miss Clough

  • "This cottage has a fantastic location which I feel can not be bettered."

    We were able to do several walks directly from the cottage which made the holiday. We could even walk the shop and the new Inn without driving The weather was wonderful. very reasonably priced.

    Mrs Payne

  • "The cottage was as we expected: nice, kind, warm, confortable and how we say it in Dutch: gezellig."

    Mr Teusink

  • "Our stay at Mayfly Cottage was very enjoyable ,a beautiful setting ,owners friendly and house sitter."

    The cottage was clean and a very good choice on price and setting. (The dripping tap needs mending and maybe better path to cottage as its at present stepping stones in grass ,cottage is carpeted , so its shoes off every time you come in as grass is a little muddy, it was February though!) No big deal though! Good cycling country ,hard to find a ugly property round about churches interesting and all the food (cafes pubs ) we had out was good value and good quality

    Mrs W

  • "Excellent, perhaps the tree house should be mentioned in the advert, as a selling pint."

    excellent value for money.

    Mrs Brown

  • "Wonderful small cottage in the Cotswolds."

    Mr Strigenz

  • "A nice period cottage in a rural, pure and relaxed setting."

    Mr Van Der Bent

  • "Low bedroom ceilings and beams were quite difficult even for me (5'1) and definitely for man of 6' height!"

    A few banged heads and more or less impossible to stand upright in most of the bedroom! At the same time, rather quaint.

    Mr Smith

  • "The setting was very relaxing and peaceful."

    The central location made everything very easy especially at this time of year when the weather is not great.

    Julie Smalley Th

  • "It was for 2 people; feels isolated (private) but is accessible to village and Cirencester."

    We were left\ \ \ in peace to enjoy our privacy! Owner came to say hello and wish us Happy New Year which was lovely. Chance to spend time together without being disturbed.

    Mr And Mrs Smith

  • "For us, it's just right for the two of us, cosy and warm."

    Private and quiet.

    Mrs Swift

  • "Very cosy, properly equipped, very charming."

    Mr Helmes, July 2017.

    Helmes

  • "We loved being out in the beautiful countryside, with lovely views over the river, fields with sheep in them, squirrels and birds in the gardens etc."

    It was also just a short walk to a quaint village with history to be learned and lovely stone cottages to see. In fact Mayfly Cottage itself was a quaint little stone cottage. The gardens were lovely too.

    Mr Earp

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Summary

  • One double bedroom Ground floor bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC. Open plan living area with kitchen, dining area and sitting area.
  • Gas central heating
  • Gas oven and hob, microwave, fridge, washer/dryer, TV, DVD, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towls inc. in rent
  • Off road parking
  • Shared use of owners' garden with furniture and table tennis
  • Crazy Golf. Please note there are low beams in the bedroom
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop and pub 1 mile.

The property

Mayfly Cottage is a gorgeous and traditional cottage tucked away on the edge of the truly stunning Cotswold village of Coln St Aldwyns.

Sitting in the grounds of the owners' fabulous home the holiday cottage enjoys a beautiful location with fields and mature woodland surrounding, plus a garden which overlooks the River Coln.

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About the location

COLN ST ALDWYNS

Bibury 2 miles; Cirencester 8.5 miles; Bourton-on-the-Water 11.5 miles

Set within the Cotswolds AONB is this peaceful and friendly village. Bordered by the River Coln and surrounded by refreshing green countryside, Coln St Aldwyns is a fine base for visitors to the area. You will find a Grade II* listed church as well as a handy shop and a highly-rated gastro pub, the New Inn. The chocolate-box village of Bibury is just a couple of miles away, known for its rows of quaint stone cottages and surrounding greenery. Slightly further afield is the striking market town of Cirencester, laced with attractive buildings and varying attractions. Bourton-on-the-Water, Stow-on-the-Wold and Moreton-in-Marsh are among the most characterful and must-visit locations close by. On the western fringe of the Cotwolds, discover the spectacular city of Gloucester and the town of Cheltenham, home to the famous horse racing festival.

Region Information

Please note: no cot / highchair.

Please note low beams in the bedroom.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas