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Orchard Cottage

Ashendon near Aylesbury, Oxfordshire (Ref. 28928)



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  • Icon/Feature/Off-road parking Off road parking
  • Icon/Feature/Open fire Open fire
  • Icon/Feature/Garden or Patio Garden / Patio
  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Cot available
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60 Customer Reviews

  • "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 AndyDec 2021

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

    Reviewed by PeterSep 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 HazelAug 2021

  • "Nice property."

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

    Reviewed by GavinJul 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 LesleyJun 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 SimoneMay 2021

  • "The most perfect relaxing haven."

    .with beautiful views and tranquility.Most comfortable home.

    Reviewed by MicheleApr 2021

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

    Reviewed by LauraDec 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 HayleyOct 2020

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

    Reviewed by VladimirOct 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 RosemarySep 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 AnneSep 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 SheilaSep 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 GarethMar 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 FraserDec 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 PatNov 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 PeterNov 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 FabienneOct 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 LAug 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 PaulineAug 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 JaimeAug 2019

  • "Stunning views."

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

    Reviewed by EdwardFeb 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 DavidJan 2019

  • "Very peaceful and comfortable"

    Reviewed by VladimirDec 2018

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

    Will be visiting again!

    Reviewed by LauraDec 2018

  • "Very comfortable cottage."

    Scenery lovely and the owners friendly

    Reviewed by SharonNov 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 GeoffreyNov 2018

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

    Reviewed by PeterNov 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 JanetOct 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 Alice MaryOct 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 ShelleyAug 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 JohnMay 2018

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

    Such amazing views

    Reviewed by AmyJan 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 RebeccaDec 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 TonySep 2017

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

    Reviewed by PaulJul 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 JuneJun 2017

  • "We had a very warm welcome."

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

    Reviewed by PMar 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 SueNov 2016

  • "Very nice owners."

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

    Reviewed by WalterOct 2016

  • "No wardrobe in one of the bedrooms"

    Reviewed by AOct 2016

  • "The cottage was excellent, so clean, well appointed and in an ideal position for touring around the attractions."

    Reviewed by MargaretJun 2016

  • "Lovely cottage in a fantastic area for visiting stately homes and gardens."

    We felt at home as soon as we walked in the door. Having stayed in cottages booked through Sykes Cottages before, we had great expectations and we were not disappointed in any way.

    Reviewed by DavidJun 2016

  • "The cottage owners were very welcoming."

    The cottage itself was very attractive and one felt at home immediately. The views from the sun room were beautiful. Generally a good feel to the place.

    Reviewed by SandraMay 2016

  • "The cottage is set in beautiful countryside with lovely views."

    There was a heater in the conservatory, so we could have breakfasts out there even in the coldish weather. The Aga was cosy as was the log fire. The cottage was spotlessly clean, the beds were comfortable and the atmosphere was very relaxing. There were very good pubs nearby, serving excellent food.

    Reviewed by NicolaNov 2015

  • "It is a romantic handsome house with a wonderful peaceful view of the countryside, perfect for families."

    Very clean house with lots of equipment. We spent a lovely week there.

    Reviewed by MarlenOct 2015

  • "Had a fantastic conservatory, great view and was in an excellent location."

    Had relaxed landlords. It was very clean and superbly well maintained.

    Reviewed by BrittaJun 2015

  • "Orchard Cottage is excellent throughout, very well equipped, and spotlessly clean."

    The views out over the rolling hills are fabulous, and there is an abundance of wildlife to watch from the cottage. We stayed just one week at Orchard Cottage, but could easily have filled a second week, and would have loved to have stayed longer. We'd definitely hope to stay there again.

    Reviewed by MarkMay 2015

  • "The views from Orchard cottage were lovely."

    and it was a joy to have our evening meals in the conservatory, looking out at the countryside,with swallows swooping over the orchard. The owner was very welcoming.

    Reviewed by JosephineMay 2015

  • "A lovely comfortable cottage, with beautiful scenery."

    Reviewed by PeterMar 2015

  • "The cottage was perfect."

    We sat in the conservatory every night and ate our meal while watching the sun go down - the view was wonderful. The cottage was very well situated for our two trips to Bletchley Park and Oxford but there were a lot more places to visit equally close by. The cottage was warm, the beds very comfortable and there was lots of hot water. The kitchen was very well equipped and the aga was lovely.

    Reviewed by AnnMar 2015

  • ""The cottage was extremely cosy and warm and the conservatory was a great hit."

    We spent many an afternoon sitting watching the wildlife; with the kites being particularly entertaining. The views out of every window were spectacular, and everywhere was lovely and clean. The owners were very helpful, but not intrusive. All in all, we thoroughly enjoyed our time at Orchard Cottage."

    Reviewed by SusanJan 2015

  • "This is a cosy, very comfortable cottage set in outstanding scenery."

    The sitting room was charming and warm with a lovely open fire. We really enjoyed having all our meals in the conservatory - sunny in the mornings, atmospheric with candles in the evenings. The Aga was wonderful to cook on, and the kitchen was imaginatively equipped with even an Aga cookbook to help us. The bedrooms were spacious and very comfortable, and there was lots of storage space. Everything we could possibly need was provided. Walks from the cottage were superb.

    Reviewed by BrianDec 2014

  • "Stunning views from every window."

    The location was a perfect base from which to explore the surrounding area. We had a relaxing holiday and especially enjoyed sitting in the conservatory watching the red kites circle overhead, the cows in the next field and the trains.

    Reviewed by AngelaOct 2014

  • "The cottage was in a lovely setting with great views, the owners were very friendly and helpful."

    Reviewed by AnnSep 2014

  • "The cottage had a lovely atmosphere and wonderful conservatory to eat in and look out over fields."

    Lovely views from all windows and very close to small village with excellent pub, meals very good.

    Reviewed by CoralieAug 2014

  • "Lovely, homely cottage with a great conservatory in which we enjoyed dinner and the beautiful views of this gorgeous peaceful location."

    Great hospitality offered by the friendly owner and family, would love to visit again!

    Reviewed by JenniferJul 2014

  • "The cottage was clean and well equipped."

    The views from the conservatory turned a very wet week into something to be remembered as even on the dullest day there was always something to look at.

    Reviewed by GeraldineMay 2014

  • "Particularly liked the garden and conservatory."

    Also the location and the high standard of upkeep and cleanliness. Very friendly owners but not intrusive. Would definately stay here again.

    Reviewed by HenryMar 2014

  • "A lovely, cosy cottage, fantastically kitted out and with an open fire which was a real treat."

    The views from the conservatory were wonderful, directly facing the sunset and watching the flocks of starlings doing their roosting dance, red kites overhead. Easy access to a number of reserves and also Oxford. Perfect break for the family. Would definitely stay again.

    Reviewed by MichaelMar 2014

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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 Ashendon, just a 10 minute walk away has a traditional pub serving excellent food and real ale, whilst 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.


  • 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
  • Lockable bike storage
  • Shared lawned garden with furniture and BBQ
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop 2 miles, pub 10 mins walk.

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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.

Region Information

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas
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