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“Birthday surprise” 5 of 5 stars
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Oaksey Road, Poole Keynes, Cirencester GL7 6DZ, England   |  
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Ranked #7 of 27 Cirencester B&B and Inns
Buckinghamshire
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“Birthday surprise”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2009

This was our 3rd stay, but with a difference this time as it was a special birthday surprise for my husband - a booking he didn't know about.

Viv & Steve weren't doing B&B the week we booked, but we were fortunate enough to have been able to have the studio apartment over the garage - brilliant.

I organised for friends to drive down for a surprise Sabbath lunch and they all loved the place.

Walking in the afternoon, sharing this great find of a place with friends just made the surprise and stay that much better.

We haven't managed to find a time to come back - but we definitely will.

Excellent value, friendly owners, clean establishment - worth the money and stay.

  • Stayed December 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
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  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2008

We have stayed at Willow Pool now at least forty times and that should give you some idea of what my husband and I think about the place and the owners. From the minute we first walked through the door seven years ago we were made to feel at home. Nothing is too much trouble for either Viv or Steve and they really do make every effort to ensure you enjoy your stay.

The property is situated in the most wonderful setting with every room overlooking the lake. The first morning we woke up there we looked out of the window to see swans swimming through the mist which was hovering over the lake...heavenly.

The breakfasts are freshly prepared with fresh eggs from their own hens, and good quality produce. Nothing is too much trouble and you are never rushed.

The rooms are spotlessly clean and very comfortable with everything you could possibly need from fluffy towels to tissues and cotton buds. The studio is fully equipped with pans and kitchenware in order you can self cater if you so wish.

The fishing is great and the flora and fauna just wonderful. I have seen a large variety of birds and mammals from kingfishers to badgers and buzzards, deer, snakes and hares. The place is just magical.

My only regret is that we don't live there. Viv and Steve are now friends and that makes visiting even more special.

Stayed November 2008
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2007

I stayed at the Willow pool with my wife for one day and it was such a wonderful experience. The best thing about this B&B is that everyone and everything is so friendly. The hosts Vivienne and Richard made sure our stay was pleasent. Their pets were very friendly as well. They have a cat, a dog, a swan and ducks. The breakfast was top notch. All of it was sourced locally. After our breakfast we wanted to go for a walk along the nature trail at the property and Viv was kind enough to lend us their Wellies. The trail is very well maintained and includes two lakes. The walk took us about two hours and was very revitalizing. I would recommend Cotswolds Willow pool to anyone who is planning to go to the Cotswolds (Cirecester).

  • Liked — The private lakes and nature trail
  • Disliked — Everything was wonderful. No complaints at all
  • Stayed February 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2006

We found this delightful B&B quite by accident while searching the internet. It is located in the Cotswald Water Park, a series of small lakes (formerly gravel pits) in the Cotswolds. Fortunately, the only available room was an apartment over the garage away from the main house. There was a full kitchen, which enabled us to cook a few meals. Although Willow Pool is off the beaten path, there was a Superstore not far away. Cirencester is a charming, small town convenient to many sites within the Cotswolds area. Our hosts, Steve and Viv, were so very gracious and accommodating. Viv even called her own physician for advice for my husband who became ill while traveling. The view from the property over the lake is incredible. There are willow trees, numerous fish in the lake (yes, you can fish there) and many birds - ducks, swans, etc. There are chickens on the property, which insures fresh eggs every morning. The wonderful breakfasts were cooked to order and the coffee was the best we had during our 3 week trip to Ireland, Scotland and England. My only regret is that we were able to stay there only 3 nights. This B&B was one of our favorites - and the price was very reasonable (62 GBP) per night for a lovely, clean apartment with all the amenities. Willow Pool is very popular, so be sure to book early.

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Additional Information about Cotswold Willow Pool

Address: Oaksey Road, Poole Keynes, Cirencester GL7 6DZ, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Cotswolds > Cirencester
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
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Ranked #7 of 27 B&Bs / Inns in Cirencester
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 3

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