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Kingfisher, 2 The Old Stables

Witney, Oxfordshire (Ref. 1050968)



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  • Sleeps 4

  • Bedrooms 2

  • Bathrooms 2

  • Pets Yes

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

Reviews & Ratings

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30 Customer Reviews

  • "Thank you, everything was perfect t!"

    ! The kids loved the farm, the owners are really nice and really helpful. We were delighted and will be back for sure!. Thank you very much.

    Reviewed by NicolasMay 2022

  • "Enjoyed a great holiday at Tawney's farm."

    Rachel and Dave were very welcoming and it was a treat to meet all the animals on the farm and even feed some lambs. Very interesting to watch all the goings on on the farm. Kingfisher lodge was well equipped, very clean and modern and had everything we needed. Great having the patio doors and sitting out next to the wildlife pond. We saw herons, ducklings and red kites among others. Tawney's farm is very easy to access Oxford and the Cotswolds and also had a day trip to Legoland. Lovely walks along the Thames Path too with Eynsham and Witney near by.

    Reviewed by ChrisApr 2022

  • "Very nice property: modern, clean, warm, comfortable."

    Good bath and shower rooms. Really liked the little patio overlooking wild pond. Friendly welcome from owner. Enjoyed the peaceful rural location. Farm/horse activity interesting to us 'townies'. Would have liked some hanging hooks in bedrooms in absence of wardrobes! But plenty of drawer/shelf space.

    Reviewed by RitaApr 2022

  • "The cottage was in such a lovely setting, and had everything we needed."

    It was clean, comfy and just right for our family of 4. Perfect! The kids (5&7) loved watching and meeting the animals on the farm; especially Bo the dog. They have already asked when we can go back!

    Reviewed by HarrietApr 2022

  • "Kingfisher was lovely, we have stayed in the adjoining property previously but Kingfisher has the advantage of patio doors looking out over a lovely pond ideal for bird watching {we saw a green woodpecker and a little egret} and listening to the frogs chorus."

    The property was immaculate and extremely clean and had everything needed to make a wonderful restful stay. We also loved the chats with Rachel and David the owners and watching the horses exercising.

    Reviewed by DianeMar 2022

  • "Lovely cottage on a working farm with a well equipped modern kitchen and a large patio which gets the sun in the morning."

    20 minute walk to Harcourt Arms pub (amazing food) - remember to bring a torch when dark as there is no street lighting on route. Easy 10 minute drive to Witney for cinema, shops, restaurants and groceries. Great location for Oxford, Bicester Outlet, Blenheim Place and other picturesque local market towns.

    Reviewed by KarenMar 2022

  • "Absolutely beautiful cottage in a lovely setting."

    Really friendly and helpful owners who made us feel very welcome. We look forward to going back again soon.

    Reviewed by AnneFeb 2022

  • "The property is well decorated and warm, everything works."

    The owners are very friendly and helpful. It is fun to watch the activities on the farm.

    Reviewed by StephenNov 2021

  • "We thoroughly enjoyed our stay here."

    The property was clean, warm and really well furnished providing everything we needed. It is set on a beautiful Oxfordshire farm and we loved being so close to nature. We were made very welcome and encouraged to visit the animals. It was only a 20 minute drive to the Seacourt Park and Ride for easy travel into Oxford city. Wonderful! We hope to return.

    Reviewed by HelenOct 2021

  • "Amazing spot fantastic hosts perfect for our dog too!"

    Reviewed by LindaOct 2021

  • "It was our second visit to Kingfisher - lovely place if you enjoy a quiet and peaceful location."

    Reviewed by MaureenAug 2021

  • "Great little stay on the farm."

    Very rural and owners very friendly and gave us some advice on where to walk and local places to eat. Took my dog too

    Reviewed by ZaraJul 2021

  • "A lovely well-appointed property in the heart of this friendly, working farm and stables."

    Lots of local walks to enjoy and sights to visit whether on foot from the door or by bike / car. Great private outdoor space to enjoy a sunny breakfast or relaxing evening watching red kites over the fields and swallows over the pond.

    Reviewed by KateJun 2021

  • "A wonderful long weekend in this immaculate, modern and comfortable barn conversation with our two young children."

    We were made so welcome by the owners and such a lovely experience for our children to see the many farm animals, particularly the horses and kittens! Great location for exploring nearby areas in Oxford and the Cotswolds.

    Reviewed by HannahJun 2021

  • "Friendly and welcoming place!"

    Amazing for Kids Very clean, modern newly built conversion, ideal for short stays with family. Particularly interesting for children (and adults!) thanks to the many animals on the farm! The kind and welcoming owners showed all the animals and let the kids feed and interact with them, which was very special. VERY Clean and NICE, a well looked after place, felt like a luxury hotel but a little better thanks to the breathtaking views. Hope to come back

    Reviewed by ShifraMay 2021

  • "Might be worth mentioning proximity to the farmyard and accompanying sounds and smells"

    Reviewed by MartinMay 2021

  • "We had a lovely short break, hosts were very friendly and welcoming."

    Great being right on the farm and our toddler loved seeing all the animals (horses, cows, lambs, dogs & cats). Property had everything we needed, well equipped kitchen & huge fridge freezer! We had great weather so made use of the outside seating area, loved sitting out there for breakfast in the sunshine overlooking the pond.

    Reviewed by EmilyApr 2021

  • "Fab location, owners very helpful."

    Property is to a high standard and has everything you need and more. Made to feel welcome by the owners, the farm animals also loved the attention they were being given. Lovely walks to take the dog on. Next time would certainly book during the warmer weather to make the most of the countryside.

    Reviewed by GillOct 2020

  • "A very rural and scenic setting with plenty of walks to do and just to relax, it was brilliant."

    The couple who own the farm and cottages (Dave & Rachel) were just lovely and made us feel very welcome. It was lovely being there and seeing what goe son a farm as well as meeting Joey the lamb and Bo the dog!

    Reviewed by AsifSep 2020

  • "Our kids loved meeting the farm animals."

    The hosts were very happy to provide local information.

    Reviewed by GordonSep 2020

  • "Perfect location for a chilled out holidays."

    Lots of lovely walks on the doorstep. the owners dave and Rachel could do enough for us and are more than happy to let there guests wander around there farm. we will definitely be going back next year

    Reviewed by MarkSep 2020

  • "We have just returned from a fantastic stay at Kingfisher, 2 The Old Stables."

    From the moment we arrived we were made to feel very welcome with a vase of beautiful flowers and yummy biscuits inside waiting for us. The family were very accommodating with our children, introducing them to all the animals and even letting them feed Joey the lamb. The accommodation has been finished to a very high standard, with an outdoor seating area overlooking the pond. The property is perfectly located for a stroll down to the River Thames, local pubs with great food or a day trip to Oxford for a bit of culture. This property is perfect for a young family, walking enthusiasts or someone looking for a peaceful and relaxing break from city life. We will return and recommend to family and friends.

    Reviewed by SamanthaAug 2020

  • "The cottages have been recently renovated to a lovely standard with nice features and all The essentials needed for a family break."

    Our young children loved the trip - feeding a lamb in the stables was the highlight for our toddler, together with meeting the farm owners who were very welcoming. And there was lots more to see close by including horses, sheep, cows, tractors etc... a real experience for our city kids! It’s a short walk to the local village where the pub restaurant’s food is very tasty and service is family friendly, albeit a little pricey. And within a short drive there’s lots more to explore - splendid villages, pubs, walks and the farm shop with a great animal area and playground. We didn’t venture to Oxford or the Cotswolds as time was short but would imagine they are easily accessible from here too.

    Reviewed by BarbaraAug 2020

  • "We absolutely loved our week away at Kingfisher in the Old Stables."

    From the moment we walked in, right up until leaving we felt at home. The owners are lovely, really friendly and welcoming. The old stables are finished to a really lovely standard, clean, nice and modern. We loved the French doors out onto the patio to sit in the evening and have a drink. The kids absolutely loved Beau (the sheep dog) and Joey (the lamb) and spent most days playing with them, in and around the barn. We were genuinely sad to leave, the time went too quick. Hopefully we’ll be back again soon! Thank you for a great week away!

    Reviewed by CarlAug 2020

  • "We enjoyed a comfortable stay in Kingfisher."

    The lounge was bright and pleasant with patio doors looking onto a lovely rural view. The garden area was private with a BBQ and seating for warm evenings overlooking the pond. The owners who live in the farmhouse were friendly and welcoming and we enjoyed the close proximity of the Kingfisher Cottage to the barn where we could feed Joey the pet lamb and observe farm life. It is a 20 minute walk or 5 minute drive to the village which has a pub and local shop. There are many interesting walks/running routes right on the doorstep including the Thames Pathway.

    Reviewed by AnneAug 2020

  • "The farmer and family made our holiday fabulous letting the children feeding the little animals"

    Reviewed by ChristineAug 2020

  • "Fabulous few days away."

    Accommodation really well thought through and very well equipped. Very clean and tidy. BBQ and garden a great bonus. Beautiful location and a delight to be able to see and spend time with the animals in their natural environment. Lovely hosts who put us immediately at ease, a charming family environment and made our holiday that much more relaxing. Great walks on the doorstep, perfect for our dog and would most definitely recommend a stay here. Very much looking forward to a return visit.

    Reviewed by RickyAug 2020

  • "An amazing holiday home, right in the middle of a working farm."

    It was such a lovely cottage with a gorgeous patio with a lovely outlook, bbq and all! The cottage was equipped with everything we might need and a high chair and travel cot was provided for our little one. Everyone was so friendly recommending places to go and walks etc. We were even able to feed the lamb! Would highly recommend especially for families with children as the farm was a real bonus to a lovely cottage away!

    Reviewed by SuzieJul 2020

  • "This cottage was a great find."

    Hosts were brilliant, so welcoming and helpful. The standard of the cottage is excellent and nicely positioned in West Oxfordshire next to the Cotswolds. As a family we thoroughly enjoyed both bike rides and Kayaking on the river Thames. Great also for runners along the toe paths and nearby reservoir. Oxford park and ride just a short drive away and we took advantage of that to see the historical sites of Oxford. All in all a perfect break for couples or families alike, I thoroughly recommend this holiday home.

    Reviewed by StuartJul 2020

  • "We were lucky enough to be the first guests."

    The quality of the accommodation was amazing. The owners are lovely and couldn’t do enough for us. The accommodation is on a working farm and we could interact with the animals which our little one loved. It really was lovely to stay and it was a pleasure to have such lovely accommodation.

    Reviewed by LynneJul 2020

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  • Two double bedrooms
  • Bathroom with shower over bath, basin and WC
  • Ground-floor wet room, with walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Open-plan living room with kitchen, dining area and sitting area
  • Oil underfloor heating
  • Electric oven and hob, fridge/freezer, large fridge freezer, microwave, washing machine, Smart TV and WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot and highchair available
  • Ample off-road parking
  • Enclosed gravel area with table and chairs and gas barbecue, also large grass picnic table & play area
  • One well-behaved pet welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 1 mile
  • Note: Natural pond in the garden, please supervise children and pets
  • Note: The owner can provide horse stabling, please contact the owner for details

The property

Inside, the cottages have retained much of its original character, with exposed beams complementing the contemporary furnishings and mod cons, offering a great base for a self-catered holiday.

Both properties enjoy open-plan living rooms, offering great social spaces for everyone to come together to celebrate a wonderful holiday at Tawneys Farm.

The sleek kitchens are certain to entice a spot...

Tawneys Stable Cottages

Enjoying a rural and isolated position amidst the beauty of Oxfordshire’s countryside are a pair of former stables, which have been transformed into elegant holiday accommodations. With so much to see and do, these properties are perfect for groups of couples, friends and families seeking to explore the surroundings, with the oldest city of Oxford, the city of dreaming spires, situated a scenic drive away. The Old Stables have been awarded funding, for places to stay from which to explore the beautiful local countryside, by Oxfordshire LEADER the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development: Europe investing in rural areas. Plenty of walking and cycling opportunities are available. For those keen on fishing, Linear Fisheries are 2 miles away which are home to the best carp water in the UK. If you can tear yourself away from this superb retreat, venture into the bustling village of Eynsham, where the narrow streets and main square contain a family butchers, a traditional pub and a shop for picking up the essentials. Whilst staying here, be sure to visit The Harcourt Arms in Stanton Harcourt, where you will find a superb restaurant and an outstanding deli, selling a quality selection of fresh fruit, veg, meats, beers and wines. Also, make a stop off at the Red Lion pub in Northmoor, which is a community pub, providing excellent meals using locally sourced produce. Immerse yourself in your surroundings further, by walking the Thames Path, or head to the magnificent Thames River, where you can hire paddle boats or enjoy punting for a unique experience. For a taste of history and culture, visit Blenheim Palace, a World Heritage Site with over 300 years of history to discover or head to the city of Oxford, home to the oldest university teaching room, the Bodleian Library, the Botanic Gardens and a plethora of museums. Those visiting with younger guests can spend the day at Millets Farm, where you can pick your own fruit, visit the farm animals or spend fun-filled hours at the play farm as well as enjoy the amazing food shop. Take a visit to Witney which is a small town providing everything you need as well as Bampton which is where Downton Abbey was filmed. Slightly further afield places to visit include the Cotswold Wildlife Park, home to many rare and endangered species and Stratford-upon-Avon, birthplace of William Shakespeare. With so much to see and do in Oxfordshire with your family or groups of friends, this may be the place for you.

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About the location


Oxford 14 miles; Bibury 17 miles; Bourton-on-the-Water 17 miles; Stow-on-the-Wold 17.5 miles

This historic market town lies on the banks of the River Windrush in Oxfordshire. Placed on the northeastern fringes of the Cotswolds AONB, Witney is a superb base for those looking to explore this scenic region. The bustling streets are lined with stunning stone buildings hosting a range of pubs, restaurants and cafés of the highest order. Cogge Manor Farm is a unique experience for all the family to enjoy. Enjoy demonstrations, tours and animal feeding at this unique manor house. On the outskirts of Witney, find Witney Golf Centre and the Crocodiles of the World zoo. This is an excellent place for holidaymakers of all ages. Oxford is a spectacular city close by, lined with towering architecture and a wealth of attractions. The Cotswolds is an expanse of rolling countryside, dotted with a series of quaint villages and market towns. Stow-on-the-Wold, Moreton-in-Marsh and Bourton-on-the-Water all boast quirky cottages and delightful cafés and eateries. Lovers of walking and cycling will be in heaven in this location, with plentiful attractions surrounded by scenery.

Region Information

Note: This property can be booked with Swallows Ref. 1050961, together sleeping eight people.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas