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Fountain View Cottage

Upper Heyford near Bicester, Oxfordshire (Ref. 1005428)

4.1

Good

Sykes rating

  • Sleeps 4

  • Bedrooms 2

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets Yes

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Features

  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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40 Customer Reviews

  • "Generally we had a fabulous stay in Fountain View Cottage."

    Great location. Very quiet. Parking was good outside the house. Inside, characterful cottage. Comfortable. The kitchen floor could do with a sand & varnish. Really good supply of hot water. Good sized sink. Enjoyed sitting in the kitchen with the french doors open. Pretty basic in terms of pans, utensils, oven dishes etc but that's fine for a holiday cottage (all one needs) and we were mega impressed by the sharpness of the kitchen knives. Very noisy & creaky with the floors but that's what you might expect. Stairs a bit iffy, they really need properly rebuilding. Lovely bedrooms. Could possibly do with a wardrobe but again not essential. A common issue we have when staying for a week and self-catering is the size of the fridge & freezer, but I guess space is limited. I would imagine that the fire with inglenook would be amazing in the winter. Owner very generous with piled up supplies of toilet paper, kitchen towel, soap dispensers, dish washer. washing tablets etc. Gave a welcome feel. Lots of lamps for background lighting. Maybe bin collections need to be made a bit more clear - we were able to put the rubbish bin out but it seemed that the previous occupants had not put out the recycling bin. Hope all the above is helpful & not picky. We give the cottage a definite thumbs up. Thank you for our lovely holiday, we hit bullseye with the weather. Beautiful part of the world! Friendly inhabitants. Beautiful stretch of the Oxford Canal.

    Reviewed by RichardAug 2022

  • "The cottage was as described."

    We had a technical issue which we communicated back to the owner who lives overseas seemingly. Although unable to solve the issue he was very communicative, and it didn't spoil our short break at the lovely cottage. I feel perhaps Sykes should be more approachable if issues occur, most other firms would have had a solution. Also i feel a picture of the garden would have been useful on the listing. All in all fountain view is a delightful cottage, with great little walks nearby and plenty to see with only a short drive. It is an 18th century cottage with very tasteful and appropriate decor.

    Reviewed by DavidJun 2022

  • "Very well thought out tastefully decorated cottage in a beautiful quiet villiage with plenty of walks ."

    The front bedroom bed was nice and firm and I had some excellent sleep . There is a small play area by the old schoolhouse and a larger one on Somerton road by the community centre for children . Wifi works ( o.k not in kitchen due to stone walls but all over the rest of the cottage .) The window has been replaced with tasteful double glazed patio door and windows . Garden is only walked through on bin days as there is historic right of way for the terrace to get their bins out and the cottage is end of terrace . Toilet flushes . The tv set up is currently messed up ( early june 22 ) and ovens are not working - which i have only just reported . The grill, hob and, toaster , kettle and microwave are fine . Fresh eggs are available in the morning care of a neighbours honesty stall.

    Reviewed by ElizabethJun 2022

  • "We had a lovely holiday, and would definitely use this property again if we holiday in the area."

    Reviewed by StephenApr 2022

  • "No or little hot water throughout stay."

    Freezing water to wash in is unacceptable. Several days before a plumber came Even after plumber visited still not fixed. Not even an apology or offer of compensation.

    Reviewed by AndrewApr 2022

  • "Lovely cottage in a beautiful setting and village."

    Some gorgeous short walks along the canal and the Yuke is a fabulous place for something to eat at lunchtime. There were some things that were a little odd and would improve things hugely. The lighting is very dim in most places, especially in the kitchen where washing up is done in near darkness. There is little or no cooking crockery, or serving bowls or even scissors so people would be advised to take these with them, very strange!

    Reviewed by HeatherMar 2022

  • "We had a great stay and enyojed how peacifull and nice it was"

    Reviewed by CarolinaFeb 2022

  • "A really wonderful cottage, one of the best I have stayed in over many years with Sykes, I really cannot fault it and was very surprised by other reviews."

    It is charming and very tastefully appointed, with everything you will need. Its lovely.

    Reviewed by NeilFeb 2022

  • "Unfortunately I had to sort the 3 bins out in the garden as all the waste had been put in garden/recycling and general bins."

    Stack of empty alcohol bottles left in the garden with 3 black bags with dog poo in a pile and a loose poo which I disposed of. Other than that, WONDERFUL !!!!

    I am so sorry about waste and dog waste being left in the garden by the previous tenants. Sadly some people are rather selfish... Property Owner

    Reviewed by DonnaJan 2022

  • "We stayed at the cottage last year for the first time & loved it so much that we knew we had to go back again this year."

    To us, the cottage feels so relaxed that we call it our home from home. The only thing I will say is the thermostat wouldn’t seem to turn on so we were roasting all weekend!

    Reviewed by SamDec 2021

  • "We had a fab short break at Fountain View cottage."

    What a gorgeous cottage full of character and tastefully decorated. We loved relaxing in front of the fire in the evening and found absolutely everything we needed for our stay. The beds were very comfortable and the linen smelt so fresh! We would love to come back anytime of year! Thank you

    Reviewed by SarahOct 2021

  • "Beautiful character cottage."

    Very well furnished and equipped and very clean. Lovely quiet area. Had issue with accessing as key code had been changed and Sykes had sent me an old one. I had read a review where this had already been a problem, so a shame it hadn't been resolved as needed to ring owner. Never got to grips with thermostat for heating and water so hot water a bit hit and miss. Very mild during our stay (end October) so didn't mar it. Also couldn't work out how to use microwave correctly but managed to get it to work in a fashion! Some instructions for both would improve things. Would have been 5 stars without these issues. Personally would also prefer covering on windows/back door, particularly during dark winter evenings and with rear being accessed by neighbours. Sykes generally very accommodating about moving my booking to a year later to attend a covid postponed wedding.

    Reviewed by JOct 2021

  • "Dreadful experience being abandoned in the middle of nowhere with nowhere to go when we couldn't get in, and Sykes knew hours before that our cottage would not be ready or accessible - no communication with us."

    Sykes provided no help, blaming the owner who lives Germany! I will never trust this company again. Shameful.

    Reviewed by CarolynSep 2021

  • "The cottage was a big disappointment."

    Despite my having emailed and spoken to your personnel the bbq was dirty and unusable. The stairs were a nightmare and certainly not suitable for older persons or anyone who was not fully mobile. There was one dishwasher tablet, no washing up liquid, food in the cupboards from other people. There were only 2 toilet rolls for 4 people for a week. The garden furniture was rusty. There was a right of way over the garden for adjoining neighbours to put out their rubbish bins and bring their bicycles through which we were not aware of. The cistern lid was removed by us and left on a shelf in the bathroom as the cistern did not work properly with it on. On a bit more positive note the beds were comfortable and the cottage was clean but for the rest it was a big disappointment and we will not ever take a staycation again in the UK as we had such a poor experience on this occasion. For the same cost we could have gone abroad all in and had a much nicer experience. It certainly was not value for money. We left the cottage as we found it. All rubbish was put in the bin, dogs mess cleaned up and beds stripped and folded. The key was replaced in the key safe prior to our leaving. Overall a very disappointing experience. Do you check out the properties before you advertise them? If not we would suggest you do start doing so. We would never use Sykes to book anywhere again either in the UK or abroad.

    Reviewed by MaryAug 2021

  • "Cottage was great as was location… felt a bit musty on arrival but otherwise great … big let down was garden ."

    . garden furniture chairs not fit to be used very old rusty .. table worn… bins laden with bags unsure if neighbours or previous visitors … barbecue dirty and unusable… lots of garden refuse laying about .. am sure wouldn’t take much to clean it all up for future visitors and make it a safe place for young children and pets . This was the only negative we had a great time and would definitely recommend if the garden was sorted

    Reviewed by WilliamAug 2021

  • "I read in reviews of broken windows floor sagging bottles in th garden etc Yes the floor does sag but remember this was not built to modern standards."

    This cottage has a real old world feel to it, just what we wanted, Back door was new, no bottles in the garden Toilet was fine , If your bringing a dog the walks to the canel fields and river were ideal and so close. We would return

    Reviewed by PhillipJul 2021

  • "The staircase is deadly, you really need to highlight this if elderly or people unsteady on their feet are staying."

    The house smelt stale and musty throughout. The bed in the main bedroom is sinking through the floor.

    Reviewed by AdamJun 2021

  • "The cottage was very sweet and pretty, in a lovely village, but there were some issues that tainted our stay somewhat."

    Firstly, the listing was advertised as having a garden and a barbecue - it didn't mention that the garden was overgrown with weeds, covered in empty bottles and rubbish bags, or that the barbecue was full of grease, fat and ash from previous use. We came from London (where we live in flats) and specifically chose somewhere with a garden so that we could sit out and enjoy the outdoors with the dogs. It wasn't a pleasant garden to sit in unfortunately. There were a few things that weren't there when we arrived which we thought should have been provided. There was no toilet roll and no sponge / dish cloth. I wouldn't have minded bringing them but it wasn't stated that we'd need to and it's something we all expected would be there. There was also no soap by either of the sinks so make sure you bring that too. There were also some issues with the back door as it had a pane missing and also was very difficult to open and close. The listing states that there is a local pub but it has actually closed down. I know this isn't the owner's fault but I just thought I'd mention it so that the advert can reflect that there isn't a local pub. There are a few in the surrounding villages but we couldn't just walk to the pub for dinner as we had planned to based on the listing. I was informed before arrival that there would be a Covid-safe level of cleaning completed. This was definitely not the case. I'd say that for something to be cleaned to make it Covid-safe that should include things like door handles, taps, cupboards, worktops, light switches etc. but there was dirt and dust on all of these areas, as well as all over the house. We paid over £800 for a weekend stay and the standard of the cottage really didn't reflect that price which was upsetting.

    Reviewed by LusyJun 2021

  • "We have a complaint lodged with regards to standard of our pricey cottage stay ..."

    We have a complaint lodged with regards to standard of our pricey cottage stay all details and photographs have been emailed

    Reviewed by AndrewJun 2021

  • "It’s such a shame as the cottage is beautiful, but there were a few issues which let it down."

    Toilet not working- this was frustrating Back door broken and missing window Payne - not safe. No seating in garden and messy area- lots of weeds and rubbish in the small small.

    Reviewed by ShelleyJun 2021

  • "It was a lovely holiday."

    The cottage was just perfect for a little getaway from London.

    Reviewed by BeckyApr 2021

  • "This was a cosy cottage in a great location."

    We loved the village, the fireplace and the cottage's style. It was also toasty warm in October. The sofa was a bit worn, there isn't much storage room in the kitchen for food and it was missing things like a vegetable peeler and measuring jug. But generally a lovely place for a break.

    Reviewed by SarahOct 2020

  • "This cottage is a perfect combination of comfort, quirkiness and elegance."

    It is in a quiet* location with nearby walking beside the canal. The beautiful Cotswolds are within easy driving distance. *it can feel a little remote as the grocery shop is quite a walk away and the local pub has limited hours. There’s a lovely pub at Lower Heyford within walking distance along the towpath.

    Reviewed by SusanOct 2020

  • "Everything was as listed."

    A very comfortable, homely property, with incredibly comfortable beds (slept really well). However, the broken glass pane (door) and misshaped door (made it difficult to shut) did somewhat dampen the experience. Had we not been 3 adults, we would not have stayed in the property and insisted on a different property/refund.

    Reviewed by ChrisSep 2020

  • "It is a lovely characterfull cottage."

    There isn't much in the village. The pub advertises as dog friendly but wouldn't allow our small dog.. Nearest shop about 5mls away. Quite convenient for surrounding attractions (providing you have car) Oxford, Bicester Village, Blenhiem Palace, most of which we have been to before. We stooped off for short break on way back from West Country. Although cottage good won't return to area again.

    Reviewed by KathrynSep 2020

  • "The cottage is in a great location, central for accessing all attractions and sat in a beautiful village!"

    The village green was directly across from the cottage, and a large playing field 150 yards up the street. The cottage was very comfortable and well appointed, we would definitely use it again. The facilities score would have been a four but we had a couple of problems that marred it slightly, the toilet would not work due to a minor fault and One of the french doors had Come apart on a Bottom rail joint due to some localised rot and had broken a pane of glass and loosened two others. This was pointed out to me by the caretakers when we arrived and must have occurred the previous week. We had travelled a long way so we agreed to make do for the week, I tried to contact Sykes initially but there were very long queues on the calls so I contacted the owner on a number he left in the welcome book. He was very sorry to hear what had happened and explained he was struggling to get any maintenance due to it being a bank holiday. We still had a great holiday and would 100% use the cottage again, it was just bad timing. Thanks for a great stay!

    Reviewed by WendyAug 2020

  • "Garden was a massive disappointment."

    . concrete jungle..wasnt pictured on your website. We have miniature dachshunds who couldnt get up and down the 7 steep steps. Consequently we were constantly picking them up and down. We weren't aware that other residents used our garden as a thoroughfare on bin day..led to gates being left open and worries about dogs getting out. Day 3 we had no hot water..reported it but still hadn't had any response when we left on day 4.

    Reviewed by JenniferJul 2020

  • "Cottage was exactly as described and had lots of unexpected extras to make life easy, was comfortable and warm."

    Reviewed by SarahFeb 2020

  • "We found the cottage exactly what we hoped it would be."

    It is in a lovely friendly village with nice walks with the dog. We are hoping to go back next year.

    Reviewed by KeithOct 2019

  • "Lovely cosy cottage, loved the open fire & closeness of the canal tow path for walking."

    The Barley Mow being just a short walk down the lane was excellent for a teatime drink & meal. Ideal relaxing cottage for two , we felt it would be too small for four people. It is definitely a cottage we will consider again if we want a short break away.

    Reviewed by KeithOct 2019

  • "Such a beautiful cottage in a picture perfect village."

    Luxurious bedding and well equipped kitchen. We were so comfortable.

    Reviewed by CeriAug 2019

  • "Fountain. View was a perfect peaceful retreat and a great base from which to explore Oxford, Bicester and other attractions, such as Didcot Railway Centre."

    Lots to enjoy locally, including walks by the canal, freshly laid eggs from neighbourhood chickens and the fabulous service greeting you at the village local, The Barley Mow. The setting sun warms the garden terrace at the end of a day, perfect for a G&T or a barbeque and as the night closes in you can warm your toes to the crackle of an open log fire. Bliss.

    Reviewed by CatherineAug 2019

  • "The cottage was beautifully styled."

    It was on the small side so would suit a couple best.

    Reviewed by SuzanneAug 2019

  • "COTTAGE WAS LOVELY, OBVIOUSLY THE CLEANING COMPANY THAT WAS USED MISSED A FEW ..."

    COTTAGE WAS LOVELY, OBVIOUSLY THE CLEANING COMPANY THAT WAS USED MISSED A FEW THINGS:- DIRTY TOWEL ON BACK OF DOOR TEAPOT NOT EMPTIED NO WASHING UP LIQUID, BUT LOTS OF CLEANING STUFF FOR THE DISHWASHER NO SPARE TOILET ROLLS, SO WE HAD TO BUY SOME THE TOILET SYSTEM FLUSH NEEDS TO BE LOOKED AT

    Reviewed by MaryJul 2019

  • "It was a wonderful place to stay!"

    Reviewed by ClaireJul 2019

  • "The cottage was an eclectic mix of rustic, ultra modern and most stations in between, but very characterful."

    Friendly village with decent pub and good walks, including the Oxford Canal towpaths. Cottage obviously furnished by a man. It lacked a hair dryer, shaver point (surprisingly) and the “ over bath shower “ was really a shower head on the bath taps which would have saturated the bathroom if used as a proper shower. However, we had an exceedingly enjoyable holiday.

    Reviewed by MichaelJul 2019

  • "The cottage was brilliant."

    Only issue which cannot be changed is the right of way for adjoining properties through the back garden with our dogs.

    Reviewed by AngelaJun 2019

  • "The cottage was perfect."

    The location wonderful and my sister and I and two little dogs were completely happy. Lovely walks by the canal and open fields. Nearby pub with excellent food. Friendly locals and an amazing welcome note from the owner.

    Reviewed by Susan JaneMay 2019

  • "What a delightful cottage!"

    Cosy, warm, beautifully kitted out - everything you could want for a home away from home. Fab location in a lovely village, with canal and countryside walks on your doorstep. Booking and arrivals process was completely seamless. All in all a lovely place to get out of the city to relax and recharge. We can’t wait to come back!

    Reviewed by JennyMay 2019

  • "Really charming old cottage."

    Lots of original features including big open fire, beams and many wooden boarded floors (carpet in lounge and both bedrooms). Some may struggle with steep and bare wooden staircase. Sofa and beds were really comfortable. Would sleep four adults comfortably but seating in the lounge would be quite snug. Village of Upper Heyford is really quiet and picturesque. Nice walks around the village and down to the canal. Local pub is only a short stroll away and serves good pub grub.

    Reviewed by TimApr 2019

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Summary

  • Two bedrooms; 1 x king-size double, 1 x double
  • Bathroom with bath, hand-held shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen/Diner
  • Sitting room with open fire.
  • Gas central heating and open fire place
  • Rangemaster cooker, fridge with ice box, dishwasher, washing machine
  • TV with Freeview and WiFi
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Travel cot and highchair available
  • Road side parking and bike and log storage
  • Rear enclosed garden with BBQ
  • Two well behaved pets welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking allowed
  • Pub within a 5-minute walk and a shop within 1 mile
  • Please note: Check in from 4pm onwards and check out before 10am
  • Note: Due to the age of the property the stairs are steep

The property

Situated at the heart of Upper Heyford village, is this captivating Grade II listed thatched property, Fountain View.

Offering a real home away from home, this end-terrace promises a wonderful family retreat to Oxfordshire.

Upon entering the property, you are greeted to charming dwelling which has retained a wealth of its original features, including exposed beams and elm wood flooring, oozing charm at every step.

After an action-packed day, be welcomed into a sitting room, where you can kick off your shoes and keep warm in front of a roaring open-fire.

Beyond here is an amply equipped kitchen, fulfilling your culinary needs before enjoying a delicious meal within the dining area.

Climb the staircase to the first floor to discover two inviting bedrooms, comprising of king-size double bedroom and a standard double.

Of an evening, choose to soak in within the warming bath, where you can truly unwind before heading to bed.

If you don’t fancy cooking for the evening, head out to the local pub where you will find a superb menu or visit the take away van situated a little further down the village.

To keep you busy whilst staying here the area play host to a number of wonderful attractions, including the Blenheim Palace and Estate and for a spot of shopping head to the Bicester Village designer outlet.

Alternatively, spend the day at the city of Oxford to explore its impressive history and amenities or head to the Cotswold for a countryside walk.

Fountain View promises a splendid retreat for an adventure filled holiday with the family.

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About the location

UPPER HEYFORD

Bicester 7 miles; Oxford 15 miles; Bletchley 27 miles.

Perched on the North West of Bicester and in close reach of the wonderful countryside of the Cotswold is the village of Upper Heyford in the county of Oxfordshire. Within this village you will find a small selection of facilities including a shop, a café, a community centre, a pub and if you fancy a takeaway you will find a burger van most evenings on Chilgrove Drive and Tuesday evenings you will also find a Wood Fired Pizza Van. For walks, a 10-minute drive will bring you to Stoke Wood, a Woodland Trust area where you can wonder freely around the wonderful woodland. Moreover, the village houses a number of local attractions, situated reasonably close. For a taste of history visit Rousham Gardens and House and the impressive Blenheim Palace. If you are visiting with a keen golfer, be sure to visit Kirtlington Golf Club, situated a mere 10-minutes away from the village. Alternatively, you can spend the day at the city of Oxford, where you can explore the Norman castle, Radcliffe Camera and the The Sheldonian Theatre, in addition to a superb selection of amenities to suit all ages and tastes. Make Upper Heyford your base for exploring Oxfordshire.

Region Information

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas