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Shepherd's Rest

Lechlade-On-Thames, Gloucestershire (Ref. 31096)

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  • Sleeps 4

  • Bedrooms 2

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets No

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  • Swimming pool
  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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9 Customer Reviews

  • "Absolutely amazing property."

    I was a bit worried as I hadn't seen pictures of the bathroom or twin room but they were lovely. Lots of storage in the twin room. And lovely modern bathroom. Very spacious living space for us all to use. Kids loved all the extras on site. We fed the animals at least once a day so friendly. Hosts were amazing, very helpful and friendly always around when needed but almost invisible when not needed perfect balance. Lots of attractions close by for days out. We cooked, did crafts, lots of walks, played in the parks, look forward to the pool when it is season. Thank you for having us, would def book again xx

    Reviewed by KayleighFeb 2022

  • "We have just had a weeks stay with our two children (5 & 3) and had a really wonderful time."

    The cottage was comfortable and clean and whilst there isn’t anything provided such as tea, coffee, oil, salt & pepper, etc we had been aware of that based on previous reviews so took all the supplies we needed. The farm is absolutely beautiful and really surpassed all expectations. Each day the kids took a bag of carrots and fed the various animals, who were incredibly friendly. There is play equipment scattered across the farm, all in great condition which our kids loved. Location wise it could not be better. Lechlade is a lovely town which we regularly walked / scootered in to to enjoy the cafes, boat trips, etc. It’s also really close to the Cotswolds Wildlife Park (absolutely brilliant), the Cotswolds Water Park, a variety of National Trust sites, Sudeley Castle, Blenheim Palace, etc. The laundry worked well and only cost £1 and there were clothes horses for all to use. There are some changes the owners could make to really make this place excel. As others have mentioned the WiFi doesn’t work and needs to be invested in - if this will bother you take a prepaid WiFi dongle or download the things you want to watch before arriving. Some complementary things like soap, washing up liquid, milk, tea, etc would go down a treat. We had no issues with the upstairs room being hot as it didn’t get above 22 degrees when we were there. However, perhaps a summer duvet would make the room more comfortable and the provision of a fab and extension lead to prevent each guest having to purchase them during hot weeks. All in all a wonderful stay and we will definitely go back!

    Reviewed by RachelAug 2021

  • "We had a great holiday."

    Reading some other reviews I’m very glad we took a fan for the upstairs bedroom - it was extremely hot in the summer. We had to buy an extension lead as there are no plug sockets in the loft. It would be better if a fan and extension lead are provided as they are needed for a decent sleep. The farm wasn’t open to guests Monday to Friday before 6pm due to a summer school which was disappointing as we had assumed we could wander around anytime. We have young children so didn’t manage to go in the evening. The farm is beautiful though so it is nice to do on the weekend. The swimming pool could be booked for £10 (not £5 as listed) - this was a lot of fun for the children and very convenient. The park area for the young children is really nice too. The area is really nice, the town centre has a really nice canal with boats that you can walk alongside or even hire. There are good activities within an hour’s drive such as the Cotswald Beach and the Wildlife Park (both need to be booked).

    Reviewed by SarahJul 2021

  • "We really enjoyed our stay, hosts were very helpful and the accomodation and farm is well keept."

    The only thing is say would be a nice addition, is having some sort of local walks/map of the farm left in the barn. We also used the pool, and price needs updating as it was £10, not £5 as advertised on the website. Thankyou for a lovely stay!

    Reviewed by ChristinaJun 2021

  • "The £5 charge to use the pool is not clearly mentioned anywhere, seems odd with the price of the holiday."

    The swimming pool badly needed a clean, was absent of any chlorine and we would spend the first ten minutes of our 1 hour swim cleaning out the pool with the net. The cloudy appearance of the water and the general state of the pool was quite off putting. The sun beds provided outside the pool were dirty and falling apart. Shepherd's rest was clean and tidy, but we echo previous comments about the extreme heat in the top bedrooms. One night we slept on the settee downstairs as we simply struggled with the heat. A fan or bigger window would make a massive difference. Staff on site or on the phone always helpful, kids and mum loved the animals. The massive speed bump on the entrance to the site scrapped the chassis on my car everyone we went in or out at whatever speed! We enjoyed our time, even extending it by a night, but little changes could make a massive difference to people's holidays.

    Reviewed by VincentAug 2019

  • "Lovely place, good hosts."

    Dissapointed that the plumbing didnt extend to a washer. A shed in the yard with washer, extra cash and a washing line i could only use if the owners were not. Id got limited clothing so needed to refresh

    Reviewed by DavidSep 2018

  • "Well 1st of all I didn’t realise I was booking through you."

    .......I originally booked through I have used you in the past and wasn’t happy with the service then. So had I have realised this I would never have booked. I received no confirmation after paying in full. I contacted who I could barely understand. She apparently called the place I was staying and had to leave a message as there was no reply. I would hear back with in 48 hours. I never heard anything. I called Sykes cottages as when I logged in to my account it said I had made no bookings. I spoke to somebody who didn’t know why and couldn’t help. By this time I was concerned. I called again and that lady did sort it out. We were asked by to let them know when we would be arriving. I did, and again we had no reply to say that was ok. We arrived and were totally unaware of where to go to. Luckily another couple of holiday makers were there who told us what to do. We had to go to the reception (A garden shed) nobody in there only an envelope with our apartment name on it (Sheperds Rest) We entered and wanted to walk out quite honestly. The sofa was very heavily stained, there flies and moths flying everywhere, the bed linen appeared dirty, the upstairs room was up a very steep stairway (No Proctection from falling down the stairs) the hand rail was filthy. Behind the bed was a mass of cobwebs, you could barley move round the bed or stand upright. Clearly this room is never hoovered. There was no electrical sockets and a. Very tiny window so very hot. The bathroom had a very rusty towel rail, the bathroom steamed up as soon as you ran any hot water, so couldn’t use the mirror. The fitting of the floors were horrific. We were left tea bags and biscuits which were soft. I could not sleep in the bed as it just felt dirty. I slept on top with MY towel over me and my husbands jacket over the pillow. We wouldn’t even think about using the swimming pool. We NEVER saw anybody to greet us. Ask if we were ok the whole time we were there. Very unkempt and bailey organised. I couldn’t wait to leave.

    Reviewed by AndrewJun 2018

  • "Very friendly welcome on arrival - came and checked we had settled in OK."

    Owners were easily contactable and always willing to help. We had a problem with the oven and within 5 mins of reporting it someone turned up and rectified it. The setting was beautiful, facilities great and very child friendly - we all loved it!

    Reviewed by LouisaApr 2018

  • "Lovely cottage & lovely location."

    Owner was very friendly & welcoming. Thanks for a great stay.

    Reviewed by PankajraiSep 2016

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  • Mostly ground floor
  • Two bedrooms: 1 x first floor double, 1 x twin
  • Bathroom with bath, mixer tap, basin and WC
  • Open plan living area with kitchen, dining area and sitting area
  • Shared external utility
  • The pool is available for private use at £10 per hour per property.
  • Electric central heating
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, washing machine and tumble dryer in utility, TV with Freeview, DVD, radio, WiFi, selection of books, games and DVDs
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot and highchair on request
  • Off road parking for 2 cars
  • Shared, front gravel courtyard with furniture and BBQ
  • Indoor heated pool available for private hire
  • £10 Per Hour
  • (available Spring to Autumn)
  • Free shared use of small, unfenced lake
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop and pub 10 mins walk
  • Note: Guests have access to the owner’s 40 acre estate with animals, children’s play equipment and woodland walks
  • Note: Unfenced lake on-site and natural hazards such as rabbit holes etc in the woodlands, children to be supervised
  • Note: Lake is not available for fishing
  • Note: The first floor mezzanine bedroom has sloping ceilings with restricted head height and is accessed via steep open tread stairs with a curtain for privacy.

The property

One of four charming barn conversions in a courtyard setting which combines original exposed beams with modern furnishings, ideal for a family holiday in a beautiful part of the country.

This delightful semi-detached cottage boasts a first floor double bedroom and ground floor twin, light and airy open plan living accommodation with a kitchen offering all you need to practice your culinary skills, a comfortable sitting area and a dining area which has doors leading guests to the front courtyard garden.

Note: This property can be booked with Refs. 30808, 31093, 31094, 31095 and 31097 on the farm, together they sleep 28 and with two lodges 929312 and 929313, they sleep 36.

Riverwood Cottages @ Manor Farm

Lechlade-on-Thames 0.9 miles. Situated just a short distance from the pretty riverside town of Lechlade, these barn conversion cottages and wooden lodges are located on a family run estate on the edge of the Cotswolds, where you can sit and watch the animals on the farm or stroll through the 40 acre farm and 14 acres of woodland. These delightful properties have been lovingly created from old farm buildings and each is individually furnished and decorated, retaining much of the rustic character and charm. With lovely bedrooms, open plan living areas with exposed beams, well-equipped kitchens with dining areas and cosy sitting areas, these cottages and lodges make wonderful bases for your holiday. All of the cottages provide outdoor seating, four together in a courtyard setting and two which overlook the farm, watching the animals and enjoying alfresco dining. The two lodges on-site are set in a woodland environment and provide perfect accommodation for a romantic break or small family holiday. Step inside the lodges and you will be able to enjoy their rustic charm with simple wooden fixtures combining seamlessly with contemporary furnishings to provide a lovely base in peaceful surroundings. Spend a day on the estate where the younger children can make full use of all the swings, slides, sand pit, parkland and woodland play areas. Other facilities for children include a football pitch, scooters, plus a heated indoor swimming pool is available for all guests from the start of April until the end of October. In the woodland, guests are welcome to light the fire pit and enjoy a barbecue or spend a day at the nearby Cotswold Water Park which offers many watersports, horse riding, cycle routes and walks around the nature reserves. Take a stroll into Lechlade and enjoy the individual shops, cafes, restaurants and traditional pubs, plus there are many unspoilt Cotswold towns and villages are on the doorstep of these fantastic properties.

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About the location


Cirencester 13 miles; Oxford 24.5 miles.

The popular riverside market town of Lechlade lies on the edge of the southern Cotswolds and has many traditional pubs, antique shops, a Londis and a Co-operative including a fuel station. Lechlade is also home to the infamous Christmas shop (“Where it’s Christmas all year round”) and offers many river-based activities with River Thames trips available throughout the summer season. Lechlade is steeped in history and is an excellent base for many Cotswold and River Thames walks, including the Thames Path, plus excellent fly fishing is also on offer and the town plays host to many festivals throughout the year, including the annual three day Lechlade Music Festival, featuring over 80 bands and performers. Nearby, The Cotswold Water Park is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, covering 40 square miles, made up of 140 lakes; an area larger than the Norfolk Broads. Britain's largest water park, it offers a wide range of activities, including boating, water skiing, fishing (some of the finest trout fishing in the country), cycling, walking, golf and horse riding. Cirencester, known as The Capital of the Cotswolds is just a short drive away and boasts a rich and well-preserved heritage with a Roman Amphitheatre, Corinium Museum and Abbey Grounds. The Brewery Arts Centre offers visitors a unique arts and crafts shopping experience or visit the Bathurst Estate, home to the Cirencester Polo Club where some of the highest level of polo can be seen. Oxford, the oldest University City in England, boasts interesting Botanical Gardens, museums and libraries, and plays host to many festivals and markets throughout the year. The ancestral home of Winston Churchill and the World Heritage Site of Blenheim Palace is just a short drive away, where many lovely walks can be enjoyed around the landscaped parkland. Within an hour's drive is Stratford-upon-Avon, Bath, many unspoilt Cotswold villages and the Malvern Hills, all of which are well worth a visit.

Region Information

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas
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