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The Hemmel

Faringdon, Oxfordshire (Ref. 1015264)



Sykes rating

  • Sleeps 4

  • Bedrooms 2

  • Bathrooms 2

  • Pets Yes

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  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Garden / Patio
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Games Room
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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20 Customer Reviews

  • "It all looks very nice upon arrival but it needed a really good clean!"

    Dishwasher was disgusting, hadn't been cleaned at all. I put it on a long hot wash which is all I could do really. The fridge looks great (Smeg bright orange) but the seal is mouldy on the freezer compartment and the fridge didn't even keep the butter cold! We had to throw out our food when we left. The shower was grimed with dirt aroud the seals and was filthy! Plus the shower had such low pressure , it simply didnt work! Water just dribbled out it was impossible to rinse yourself clean. I would like the owner to spend one night in there and see what they think. I have photos if anyone would like to see before they book this property.

    Thank you for taking the time to provide this comprehensive feedback. We wish that you had contacted us during your stay so that we could have addressed any issues there and then. Unfortunately, at no point did you raise any concerns as we are on site at all times. Once again, thank you for your feedback and we would like to reassure you that we have acted upon all issues raised. Property Owner

    Reviewed by LaurenceJul 2022

  • "A lovely place to stay and the property was as we expected."

    Thank you to the owner for a pleasant stay. I would just say that it would be good to provide a mirror near a plug to be able to use the hairdryer. The only mirror near a plug was over the dining table which was slightly impractical. Overall however, a lovely property and a very pleasant stay, thank you.

    Thank you for your feedback with regards to your stay. We're so glad you enjoyed your stay there and will certainly pass on your comments to the owner and to review with the Housekeeper. Property Owner

    Reviewed by JackieFeb 2022

  • "Lovely property credit to the owners Unfortunately we were there for work not pleasure but would certainly under either circumstances."

    Thank you very much for this feedback. We are sorry to hear that you did not get to enjoy the property whilst on holiday. We hope you will return again soon. Property Owner

    Reviewed by SusanNov 2021

  • "Nice property and very helpful owner."

    Sykes team very good too

    Reviewed by AlexOct 2021

  • "The cottage was well dressed, its surface appearance looked great, all style, no substance."

    But it was soon obvious the owners had never done a trial run in the place. In the kitchen, the doors are not easy to open. The main oven didn't work, we struggled to cook our meal on the last evening, in the small top oven. No cafetiere, or any way of making fresh coffee. No instruction leaflets for any of the appliances, apart from the boiler. In the main bedroom, the bed squeaked and groaned loudly on every small movement, waking not only the couple sleeping in it, but also me in the next bedroom.The walls are incredibly thin with no soundproofing. The bedside tables were scratched and stained beyond the label of shabby chic. The tap on the bath didn't work, had to fill the bath up using the shower attachment. The small bedroom the foil is peeling off the chest of drawers leaving sharp edges. No light you could turn off from the bed, had to stumble back in the darkness. Not even a basic hairdryer supplied (that is a first). The building work was noisy, you wouldn't have wanted to sit out during the day. But saying that, the patio furniture is metal and going rusty, so I wouldn't have wanted to sit on it in light coloured clothes anyway. It was a lot of little niggles that marred the holiday, all things that for the money they were charging should not have happened. I have stayed in much cheaper cottages that have offered a far better experience.

    Reviewed by HelenSep 2021

  • "The location is ideal, but the cottage itself was disappointing."

    Made the most of the games room which was great! Had to wait over an hour to get in as cleaners had only started at 6pm.cottage only had a quick clean, had cobwebs everywhere- I would expect some in an old cottage but not around the kitchen area/extractor. The bedding and towels smelt musty. The kitchen bin was full when we arrived and had to empty this and also the cottage bins, into the main bin area. We were made aware of building work on site, but noisy if we returned at during the day. The bed looked lovely, but not practical as squeaked with the slightest movement!! Not ideal for a relaxing week away! Might be worth adding on the cottage specifications how low the beams in the bedroom are, as don't appreciate it in the pictures.

    Thank you for taking the time to leave a feedback, we are sorry that you had some difficulties with your stay and we made sure your concerns was shared with the owner and will come back to you when we get a reply. Property Owner

    Reviewed by MichaelAug 2021

  • "The Hemmel is a pretty cottage in a fantastic location."

    The cottage is a good size for couples, or families with smaller children (however the twin room is next to the living area and walls are very thin, so noise could be an issue). It’s not suitable for 4 adults. The master bedroom has a few very low beams, that need negotiating if your anywhere over 5ft! The games room is brilliant, a WiFi extender would be a good idea, so then it can act as a second reception room. I have given a three star rating, because I felt that although the Hemmel looks great, but there are a few key issues: 1. The living room area needs more comfortable / better seating for relaxing. The sofa is so uncomfortable, not suitable for relaxing. Same goes for the small chair. Fine as a seat, but you wouldn’t use it to read or watch TV, not comfortable enough. This may sound petty, but it meant we couldn’t relax comfortably and that’s what holidays are for!! 2. Cleanliness - the cottage was clean, BUT there were cobwebs everywhere, not only at high levels. In addition, the towels were clean, but smelt very musty. On leaving I found out why, the laundry at changeover is dried in a small outhouse/ shed. 3. There were a few things missing: - more cutlery. Four settings is skimpy - oven gloves - iron - new / better outside seating. - access to hose for dogs muddy paws - handle on the kitchen cupboard with the bin in….very difficult to open! For me, the cottage was style over substance. With a few simple but important tweaks, it could be so much better, instead it left me a bit irritated and not relaxed!

    Thank you for your feedback with regards to your stay at the Hemmel. We will feed back your comments to the owner. Property Owner

    Reviewed by LisaJun 2021

  • "The holiday cottage is beautiful and looks just as the photos in the advert ."

    We used the games room most evenings which we enjoyed very much, Unfortunately there are a lot of negatives , main bed was comfy but made load creeks everytime you moved which kept me awake my partner had ear plugs so didnt effect him .Not enough storage for clothes especially in the small bedroom far to small for two beds , ok for two small children but not two teenagers. Shower was terrible most of the water holes were blocked so only got a trickle, the shower tray kept over flowing but the cottage owners came across within ten minutes of me informing them and fixed it .Our first few night was ok as it was the weekend then the rest of the week the field behind the cottage turned into a building site so no more relaxation or sleeping for us

    Reviewed by ZendaJun 2021

  • "Lovely setting for a charming cottage which has been furnished and designed with charm and wit."

    Owners are on hand should they be needed but do not interfere. Many places of interest within a short drive and the local pub has a small menu with good starters and average mains, Great for a quiet break

    Thank you for the feedback regarding your recent stay at The Hemmel. We're delighted to hear that you enjoyed your stay at the cottage and would love to welcome you back again soon! Property Owner

    Reviewed by AlanJun 2021

  • "Lovely cottage and nice touches from the host."

    It's child friendly but no high chair and we took a travel cot. There was no hot water for showers on our last morning which was a disappointing end to a otherwise wonderful mini break.

    Thank you for taking time to leave your comments. Unfortunately the boiler had gone out please do not hesitate to contact the owner they would have attended immediately to fix the issue. We are glad that you had a wonderful break. Property Owner

    Reviewed by EsmeMay 2021

  • "Outstanding property with great attention to detail."

    Great location for exploring the area.

    Reviewed by AndrewApr 2021

  • "The Hemel was the perfect place for our honeymoon!"

    Such a beautiful cottage, the decor so cool and funky. It is very very comfortable, the bath wonderful and the whole place just so cosy. Sonia was brilliant, helpful but just left us to it. We would 100% recommend this place to anyone and are definitely planning on coming back!

    We hope you had an amazing honeymoon! We would like to thank you for recommending The Hemmel and cannot wait for you to return. Property Owner

    Reviewed by LouiseApr 2021

  • "We really enjoyed our stay at The Hemmel."

    The cottage itself, was very clean, tidy and first impressions from us all on entering the accommodation, was 'wow'. We loved the style and decor of the cottage, which was unique and one of the nicest we have stayed in. The central heating was more than adequate, but we also used the log burner on the cold nights to give that warm, cosy feeling. The four poster bed, in the main ensuite room with the standalone bath was great. It was so quiet in the surrounding area, that we slept solidly all night through on each of the 4 nights. Our own parking right outside the gate, made it easy to unpack. Ample cooking utensils, as we ate in on a few nights and cooked breakfast before going out daily to different locations. The Hemmel is ideally situated to visit the small surrounding towns, which have small markets worth visiting and for the bigger cities such as Oxford. The attached games room, was an added bonus and was also well used by us. All in all, a perfect stay.

    Reviewed by AndrewDec 2020

  • "After rearranging our Easter week to a week in August, due to Covid, we stayed during one of the hottest weeks."

    The cottage was lovely with high end stuff. Upon arrival we were met with the owner who presented us with some lovely pink fizz and chocolates for the children. The cottage was clean and we had fresh eggs waiting for us in the kitchen. The children enjoyed the games room, which felt a little cooler when it’s was very warm in the hot weather.

    We are pleased to hear you were able to rearrange your stay and were able to enjoy The Hemmel. The games room is very popular with children. Property Owner

    Reviewed by AnnAug 2020

  • "The cottage was in a perfect location and all appliances were high specification."

    It must have been stunning when it was first done, however it is now looking tired. For a high end cottage that wasn’t cheap for January we didn’t expect to find peeling wallpaper, lifted wooden flooring and a very rocky sofa. Seeing as we’d been told the property was free the week before we would have expected it to be cleaner. Cobwebs, dirty skirting boards and a used tissue in the lounge. We expected to be wowed by the property but were a little disappointed. With a little TLC and some new furnishings it could be amazing.

    Thank you for your feedback. We have passed your comments onto the owner. Unfortunately there had been a leak under the floor which has now been fixed. Since your feedback the owner has implemented quality checks. Manor Cottages. Property Owner

    Reviewed by SarahJan 2020

  • "The Hemel was a fantastic, cosy place to stay, a great base from which to explore the surrounding area."

    The games room was a definite hit with the kids. The only thing missing was recycling facilities.

    Thank you for taking the time to leave your comments. We are happy to hear the games room was a hit with the kids and we will look into the recycling facilities. Property Owner

    Reviewed by KarenOct 2019

  • "Signage to the property is very discreet, we missed it the first time as did our friends coming from the opposite direction."

    It is a "get away from it all" location the owner lives on site and had delightful pets that greeted us, looking we suspect for the odd treat? There is a good games room and place to relax.

    Reviewed by GillianAug 2019

  • "The Hemmel is really comfortable place to stay and we will have happy memories of our short time there; a really stylish place."

    Reviewed by CAug 2019

  • "The cottage is delightful."

    The decor is creative and high-quality. The area is quiet and picturesque.

    Reviewed by MalcolmAug 2019

  • "The Hemmel was more than perfect."

    We have really enjoyed our stay. The cottage is well equiped, very stylish and situated beautifully near the Cotswolds, Oxford and Chiltern Hills. The perfect venue for our holidays

    Reviewed by JohanAug 2019

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  • 2 bedrooms; 1 x ground floor double room with in bedroom roll top bath, hand basin and WC
  • 1 x ground floor twin room
  • 1 x ground floor bathroom with walk in shower, WC and basin
  • Combined living (with wood burner),dining and kitchen space
  • 1 x external games room (not shared) with table football, air Hockey, darts
  • Central heating, woodburner
  • Large 4 ring electric range cooker, triple oven-grill, large American style fridge with freezer compartment, microwave, washing machine and dishwasher
  • TV, DVD, WIFI, Fuel and power inc in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc in rent
  • Private courtyard garden with original well ('capped' for safety), Ample off road parking
  • One well behaved pet welcome
  • No children below the age of 2
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 1 mile, pub 0.3 mile

The property

Once again this owner has used her unique (and quirky!) style to create a stunning holiday property.

This cottage really does have everything you could want or need.

Located in a quiet corner of Oxfordshire and on the edge of a classic country village (Little Coxwell).

The Hemmel, situated in the grounds of the owner's stunning farmhouse is filled with classic character - from the exposed beams and stone walls, to the original well (safely 'capped') located in the courtyard garden.

The interior is cool and contemporary and provides luxurious accommodation: the twin bedroom and separate family shower room are simply but very tastefully presented.

However, the standout feature in this lovely cottage has to be the master bedroom suite, where you can laze in the glorious roll top bath in the corner of the bedroom and admire the Oxfordshire countryside in the fields surrounding the cottage.

The cottage represents the perfect choice for families or friends looking to get away from it all.

On the doorstep you have wonderful walks, and a highly regarded pub serving terrific food in the village.

If you prefer to prepare your own then you have 3 supermarkets less than 2 miles from the cottage.

With Oxford about 25 mins drive away and the shoppers paradise of MacArthur Glen 30 mins away, you have got everything for a great break in a superb self catering home.

If additional accommodation is required, The Hemmel can be booked along with The Linhay (988824) to give enough space for 10 guests in 5 bedrooms.

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About the location


Bibury 14.5 miles; Oxford 18 miles; Cirencester 18.5 miles

This historic market town rests within the wonderful countryside of the Vale of White Horse in Oxfordshire. The Cotswolds lie to the north and the North Wessex Downs AONB to the south. Its characterful streets play host to a vast array of restaurants, shops and cafés making for delightful stop-off points during your visit. Also find Faringdon Folly, a striking tower surrounded by woodland, from which you can enjoy far-reaching views of the area nearby. Faringdon's Olf Town Hall is Grade II* listed. Buscot Park is home to an 18th century National Trust-owned mansion as well as some immaculate water gardens. Find the market town of Cirencester on the fringes of the Cotswolds, with the idyllic village of Bibury also close by, noted for its quaint cottages. Something different can be enjoyed in the city of Oxford, displaying many fine examples of dramatic architecture.

Region Information

£25 pet charge per pet per week.
If additional accommodation is required this cottage can be booked along with The Linhay (988824) giving space for 10 guests in 5 bedrooms.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas