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Orchard Cottage

(Ref. 28928)

Ashendon near Aylesbury, Oxfordshire Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets No


  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Broadband / WiFi

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62 Customer Reviews

  • "The cottage was clean and tidy, and thankfully the Aga kept the property warm, unlike the tepid central heating."

    Both bathrooms were in serious need of modernisation. The downstairs toilet did not flush, the bidet upstairs did not drain properly, and the taps in both were inefficient. Of all the recent Sykes properties we have stayed in, this one does not warrant a second visit.

    Reviewed by Tim3.1Nov 2023

  • "We have just come back from a lovely week in this beautiful cottage which is set in scenic countryside of Buckinghamshire."

    With many towns like Aylesbury being only a short drive away. We thoroughly enjoyed watching the red kite swooping and flying over head. The garden birds and squirrels tucking into food on the birds feeders. Also the usual countryside animals in the fields around us. The cottage itself has all the comforts of home. The owners were very welcoming and friendly, thinking of everything that you may need. We will defiantly be taking a trip back to Orchard Cottage in the future.

    Reviewed by Teresa5.0Oct 2023

  • "A fabulous little cottage to spend a holiday."

    The property is well maintained and very clean. The views are amazing, especially on sunny evenings sat in the conservatory. The owners live next door and are always available if necessary.

    Reviewed by Anthony5.0Sep 2023

  • "The cottage was far more than we expected."

    Location was great for our days out ( Bletchley,waddeson & Oxford . ) the owners were very friendly & pleasant . Spotlessly clean lovely fresh linen everything we needed . Garden was a bonus to sit in ( extremely hot weather ) THANK YOu x

    Reviewed by Michael5.0Sep 2023

  • "A beautiful,tranquil setting with red kites, swallows and swifts to entertain us."

    Very comfortable bed, haven’t slept so well in a while! Would recommend The Crown pub in Cuddington for excellent locally sourced food pleasant staff and a good ambience. Our hosts, Vanessa and Richard couldn’t have been more welcoming. There if you needed them but not at all intrusive. We would love to return before too long.

    Reviewed by Linda4.4Aug 2023

  • "Clean and complete Cottage."

    Nice view over the fields with the cows.

    Reviewed by Fred4.7Jul 2023

  • "On arrival, we were very pleased with the cottage, especially the cleanliness of the property: it was evident that the owners made attention to detail."

    We have been in many cottages over the past few years, and consider this to rank among the best. No hesitation in recommending the cottage to other people making enquiries.

    Reviewed by Roy5.0Jul 2023

  • "A beautiful house, well fitted and comfortable."

    There is everything needed for a comfortable stay. Owners attend promptly to any need that is required.

    Reviewed by Monica5.0May 2023

  • "Orchard Cottage is in a fantastic location high on a hillside overlooking the surrounding countryside."

    The view from the conservatory is amazing and had we not had places to visit I would have been content to sit and watch all day. Red Kites make it special, but they are not the only birdlife to see. Only downside is the appalling state of the roads in Buckinghamshire.

    Reviewed by Rob4.7Apr 2023

  • "Stunning location, delightful clean cottage, great location for many adventures."

    Yes WiFi accessibility a bit frustrating but when the views are this good does it really matter!

    Reviewed by Lucy5.0Apr 2023

  • "Our 7th stay in this beautiful cottage."

    Richard and Vanessa are very hospitable hosts and the cottage is immaculately presented in the beautiful countryside.

    Reviewed by Laura5.0Dec 2022

  • "We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in this comfortable, well -equipped house in a beautiful and quiet location."

    Booking and communication beforehand was smooth and efficient. Thank you for the thoughtful little extras you provided too.

    Reviewed by Julia5.0Nov 2022

  • "Lovely peaceful location in a clean and cosy cottage."

    We really enjoyed the conservatory and enjoyed the country views with some bird watching. Nice pub in walking distance and walking paths through the countryside. Kitchen was well set up for self catering. Internet was not reliable though.

    Reviewed by Colleen4.4Jul 2022

  • "Very nice and well equipped cottage where you can enjoy beautiful views."

    Peaceful and quiet. We really enjoyed it. Only the bed not so much (very short and very soft), but this could be a matter of taste.

    Reviewed by Eliza4.7Jun 2022

  • "Just need something to place soap and shampoo on in the shower."

    Reviewed by Phil5.0Jun 2022

  • "Lovely cottage and location, hosts pleasant but agree with everything LA said."

    Garden not being mown makes it unusable, even pathways would help. We found the Wi-Fi barely working, it is the owner's Wi-Fi with no extension/booster into the cottage. The downstairs shower room would benefit from an electric towel rail as it was cold & damp. AGA was out so had to use electric heaters at times.

    Reviewed by Carol3.4May 2022

  • "Friendly welcome by the owners, Very attractive property in a wonderful farming, countryside location, wonderful views and sunsets."

    The property would be enhanced with a firmer, larger and more comfortable bed. The current bed is far too spongy and for people over 6 feet tall is on the small side. The WC’s do not flush efficiently and the step from the kitchen into the conservatory is a trip hazard. Overall the property is competitively priced and has the potential to become a 5 star experience. Would recommend.

    Reviewed by L A3.4May 2022

  • "Lovely few days in a lovely comfortable cottage in the countryside."

    Reviewed by Ayshah5.0May 2022

  • "Beautiful, well-maintained cottage In ideal bucolic surroundings"

    Reviewed by Peter5.0Jan 2022

  • "Our sixth stay at this beautiful cottage."

    A home away from home in a peaceful area.

    Reviewed by Laura5.0Dec 2021

  • "El lugar es precioso, la casita muy acojedora, los antitriones muy amables y dispuesto a ayudar en todo."

    El coche es necesario, pero los desplazamientos a Londres y Oxford son muy cómodos y asequi les en tren. A destacar la amabilidad de la empleada de la taquilla de Haddenham. :-)

    Reviewed by Teresa5.0Dec 2021

  • "Quite simply stunning corner of the planet - what a beautiful and peaceful setting."

    The cottage was comfy and cosy, the room sizes generous and the shower hot. The ever-warm range in the kitchen and the homemade pots of marmalade on the side were the icing on the cake - thank you.

    Reviewed by Andy5.0Dec 2021

  • "Lovely comfortable place, very friendly and welcoming owners."

    Reviewed by Peter5.0Sep 2021

  • "Comfortable and cosy cottage."

    Well equipped and family friendly. Owners are friendly and approachable who go out of their way to make sure that our stay goes smoothly. We've stayed here twice and would definitely return.

    Reviewed by Hazel5.0Aug 2021

  • "Nice property."

    very relaxing stay. Absolutely no traffic noise! excellent views. All good!

    Reviewed by Gavin4.7Jul 2021

  • "The people who owned the cottage were next door and were delightful."

    Everything was spotless, of high quality and very comfortable. The position and surrounding area beautiful with lots of places to visit. We started by going to church in Cuddington and couldn`t have had a warmer welcome. It met my expectations because I have used Sykes Cottages before and know what they are like. Thannk you very much.

    Reviewed by Lesley5.0Jun 2021

  • "A lovely quaint cottage set in beautiful, peaceful countryside."

    There's an outside table and chairs so in nice weather it's lovely to sit out and enjoy the views over the garden and countryside beyond. The kitchen was well equipped. We had a few meals in and weren't short of anything. As the summer weather had arrived the AGA wasn't in use but that wasn't an issue. The owners Vanessa and Richard live next door and were there if we needed them. The cottage is in a great location to get to places like Oxford and London so we visited both. The best train station for London is Haddenham which was a short drive away and we then caught a train that got us to London in 45 minutes.

    Reviewed by Simone4.7May 2021

  • "The most perfect relaxing haven."

    .with beautiful views and tranquility.Most comfortable home.

    Reviewed by Michele5.0Apr 2021

  • "A beautiful, well equipped cottage that is like a home away from home."

    Reviewed by Laura5.0Dec 2020

  • "We very much enjoyed our stay at Orchard Cottage: the owners are warm and welcoming, the location is excellent for walks and visits eg Stowe and Waddesdon Manor and there are plenty of delicious places to eat round about!"

    We particularly appreciated the Aga, the jigsaws, the logfire and the fantastic views! (Travelled with 2 primary school aged children).

    Reviewed by Hayley4.4Oct 2020

  • "2nd time staying at this place, really relaxing holiday"

    Reviewed by Vladimir5.0Oct 2020

  • "We found Orchard Cottage to be comfortable, clean and well equipped."

    There are lovely views of open countryside from the cottage and from the west facing conservatory, which overlooks the rear garden and a field of cows. There is little light pollution in the area so it's a good spot for star gazing on a clear night. One bedroom has a standard double bed and the second has two single beds. The upstairs bathroom has a bath, wc, bidet and basin but no shower. There is a small downstairs shower room with basin and wc. The lounge was small but comfortable.

    Reviewed by Rosemary5.0Sep 2020

  • "As we've been here before, we knew what to expect."

    Everything was fine and welcoming. The owner is really friendly. She is not intrusive but is very helpful if needed. On a clear night you can see the Milky Way!

    Reviewed by Anne4.4Sep 2020

  • "We had a lovely relaxing week in a rural area with walks and lovely villages and historic towns to explore."

    The collage was great, clean and comfortable and the owners pleasant and helpful and also unobtrusive, we really enjoyed our week there. Lots of lovely pubs too, we had some nice meals and enjoyed the ambiance.

    Reviewed by Sheila5.0Sep 2020

  • "After a hectic day working in London, myself and my colleagues were greeted by Mr and Mrs Bates with a warm welcome."

    Orchard cottage was just what we needed, ample parking, a good shower and all the cooking appliances nessasary to survive away from the wives. Most evenings the first port of call was enjoying a cold beer admiring the quiet beautiful countryside. We would like to thank Mr and Mrs Bates for their kindness and Flexibility. We will definitely be staying here again in the future. Gareth and the team

    Reviewed by Gareth5.0Mar 2020

  • "The cottage has a conservatory with views down the valley which is a great place to have breakfast, lunch and do some bird watching."

    There were red kites, woodpeckers and pheasants during our stay. Evenings in the living room in front of a real fire is also very cosy. The cottage has everything you need for a country holiday: maps for walks, binoculars for bird watching, etc.

    Reviewed by Fraser5.0Dec 2019

  • "Mr. and Mrs."

    Bates gave us a very warm welcome to their cosy, warm and comfortable cottage; on a hill, with beautiful views and wildlife all around, there is no better place to enjoy a peaceful break in the Bucks countryside.

    Reviewed by Pat5.0Nov 2019

  • "We have been going to Orchard Cottage for about five years and Mr and Mrs Bates have always made us most welcome and we always look forward to returning."

    Reviewed by Peter5.0Nov 2019

  • "The four of us had a great week at orchard cottage."

    The owners are very nice and not intrusive at all, we immediately felt welcomed. We appreciate a lot the welcome pack: tea, coffee, sugar, milk, biscuits and delicious homemade marmelades!!! :-)) We loved having breakfast and lunch in the conservatory and enjoying the peaceful view. We had plenty to do: visiting Oxford, National trust properties and we spent a whole day at Blenheim Palace !! We highly recommend this cottage and we will come back!!

    Reviewed by Fabienne5.0Oct 2019

  • "Loved our week at the holiday cottage ."

    The owners were lovely and so welcoming, the cottage had all the amenities you could want and the views amazing . We were sorry we hadn’t made a booking for a fortnight.

    Reviewed by L5.0Aug 2019

  • "Nice cottage two bathrooms and comfy rooms."

    The views were wonderful. Thame was really the nearest place to shop properly . A couple of little shops nearby if you ran out of something .

    Reviewed by Pauline4.7Aug 2019

  • "Very nice cottage, lovely garden and surrounding area."

    Mr and Mrs Bates are very friendly and welcoming. The cottage is very comfortable and suited us as a family of 5 for the week. We managed well enough but a dishwasher squeezed in somewhere would be a great addition when feeding 5 of us, but we took it in turns to wash and dry. I can definitely recommend a stay at Orchard Cottage.

    Reviewed by Jaime4.7Aug 2019

  • "Stunning views."

    Incredible birdlife. Cosy cottage. Super helpful hosts. Wonderful stay.

    Reviewed by Edward5.0Feb 2019

  • "We had an extremely comfortable stay in this cosy cottage."

    The cottage is quietly situated with a lovely garden (foxes, deer, squirrels and a multitude of different birds seen) and the far-reaching views are beautiful. Everything that we needed was provided, including extras such as tea, coffee, milk and biscuits as well as toiletries and cleaning/washing up materials and even washing machine liquid. Thank you Richard and Vanessa for your friendly welcome and a really snug home-from-home. Forgot to say, the Aga was great for keeping the kitchen toasty warm day and night and also for cooking most of our meals - we only used the electric cooker on one occasion. We highly recommend Orchard Cottage and hope to return in the future.

    Reviewed by David5.0Jan 2019

  • "Very peaceful and comfortable"

    Reviewed by Vladimir4.7Dec 2018

  • "A beautiful and comfortable cottage providing a home away from home with fantastic amenities."

    Will be visiting again!

    Reviewed by Laura5.0Dec 2018

  • "Very comfortable cottage."

    Scenery lovely and the owners friendly

    Reviewed by Sharon5.0Nov 2018

  • "Welcoming, warm and comfortable stay in Orchard Cottage in November."

    Wonderful open views across the valley. Lovely villages, market towns and houses to visit in the area.

    Reviewed by Geoffrey5.0Nov 2018

  • "We were made very welcome by the owners and everything was excellent."

    Reviewed by Peter5.0Nov 2018

  • "Great location , situated in lovely countryside , with great views from the conservatory where we enjoyed watching the red kites circle."

    Yet it is within easy reach of Oxford and NT properties, with plenty to see and do. We would like to return.

    Reviewed by Janet4.7Oct 2018

  • "Lovely cottage so convenient for everything we wanted to see very well equipped and the owners were lovely although we didn't need to bother them during our week here."

    loved Waddenham and Oxford was a dream city lots of information in the cottage so we went well equipped for our days out. the conservatory was lovely looking out over the valley with the suckler herd next to the garden . lovely stay and if we visit the area we will return.. thanks Mary and Anne

    Reviewed by Alice1.3Oct 2018

  • "This cottage is in a great location for travelling around, near to a train station to London or if you want quiet to relax a fabulous quiet garden with views for miles."

    Definitely a cottage for everyone. The only thing missing is no WiFi which when you are staying with children it could be useful.

    Reviewed by Shelley5.0Aug 2018

  • "Comfortable, well equipped cottage attached to owner's house in a tinny hamlet."

    Beautiful views overlooking the fields and valley, with cows grazing and red kites soaring above. The owners made us feel very welcome and gave advice when required. Many National Trust houses and parkland to visit, and walks nearby. .

    Reviewed by John5.0May 2018

  • "The owners were amazing they could not have done more."

    Such amazing views

    Reviewed by Amy5.0Jan 2018

  • "A lovely little cottage for our short break."

    Cosy rooms, comfy beds and lovely surroundings. Our daughters enjoyed exploring the gardens and watching the birds. A short walk to an excellent pub. Thank you Richard and Vanessa.

    Reviewed by Rebecca5.0Dec 2017

  • "It would be helpful to have a wardrobe in the double bedroom."

    It is not always convenient to use a wardrobe in another bedroom.

    Reviewed by Tony4.6Sep 2017

  • "Excellent cottege in a graet location for Oxford, London and the surrounding area"

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Jul 2017

  • "All very good, only comment would be that there was no mirror close to an electric socket for using a hairdryer, so had to do a bit of furniture and mirror moving."

    Reviewed by June4.8Jun 2017

  • "We had a very warm welcome."

    Loverly comfortable and clean cottage. Beautiful viewes and plenty of wild life.

    Reviewed by P5.0Mar 2017

  • "Location & amenities were perfect as a base for my daughter & I to prepare for her wedding at nearby Waddesdon - the owners were very welcoming & extremely helpful."

    The cottage contained everything we needed & more. I would highly recommend this to anyone looking for somewhere to relax - to wake up surrounded by the stunning countryside views is guaranteed to give you the best possible start to your day!

    Reviewed by Sue5.0Nov 2016

  • "Very nice owners."

    Fantastic views from the garden! Very comfortable and warm house! We would book again!

    Reviewed by Walter5.0Oct 2016

  • "No wardrobe in one of the bedrooms"

    Reviewed by A4.2Oct 2016

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  • Two bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x twin
  • Bathroom with bath, basin and WC
  • Ground floor shower room with shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Sitting room with dining area and open fire
  • Conservatory.
  • Oil central heating with open fire
  • Oil AGA, electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, freezer box/ice box, washing machine, TV with Freeview, DVD, radio, selection of books, games and DVDs
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for fire inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot and highchair
  • Off road parking for 2 cars
  • Please note, no commercial vehicles should be parked at the property
  • Lockable bike storage
  • Shared lawned garden with furniture and BBQ
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop 2 miles.

The property

A delightful holiday cottage attached to the owner's home and surrounded by beautiful open countryside and long-distance views, ideally situated on the outskirts of the thriving village of Ashendon.

Comfortably furnished throughout to provide accommodation suitable for a romantic break or family getaway, this Ashendon cottage boasts stunning panoramic views.

The cosy beamed sitting room at this Ashendon cottage offers a warming open fire and door to the rear garden, while the kitchen houses an AGA, making this cosy room the heart of the house.

Linger over a home-cooked breakfast in the dining area, as you take in the views of the surrounding countryside, or sit outside with a coffee and the paper, and relax in the large garden, complete with furniture, BBQ and many fruit trees.

The village of Cuddington has a shop, pub and Post Office set around the village green.

The ancient market town of Aylesbury is steeped in history, boasting a cobbled square and The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre, whilst a little further afield the Chilterns offer many lovely walks and cycle routes.

A wonderful Ashendon holiday cottage, perfect at any time of year.

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About the location


Aylesbury 10 miles; Oxford 20 miles.

The thriving village of Ashendon lies north of the Chilterns, and is surrounded by beautiful Buckinghamshire countryside and many lovely walks including Midshires Way, Bernwood Jubilee Way and Aylesbury Ring. The village also has a traditional pub serving good food and real ale. Centred around a village green, nearby Cuddington has a excellent village store with a Post Office and a 16th century thatched local pub servicing local fine food and ales, and has been the location of many Midsomer Murders episodes. Just a short drive away is the ancient town of Aylesbury, boasting many listed buildings, stunning clock tower, a pretty, cobbled market square holding regular markets, and The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre, set in a walled garden in the heart of the ancient old town. The area has many golf courses, lovely walks and cycle routes which can be enjoyed in the surrounding open countryside, along the easy paths along the Grand Union Canal. Enjoy a day in Oxford, The City of Dreaming Spires, with its abundance of attractions, including the oldest university teaching room, Bodleian Library, Botanical Gardens and museums. Blenheim Palace, the ancestral home of Winston Churchill and World Heritage Site has many walks around the Capability Brown landscaped parkland. A little further afield is Henley-on-Thames with its annual Royal Regatta, Stratford-upon-Avon birthplace of William Shakespeare and Warwick with its magnificent castle. A great destination for a special holiday.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas