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Willow Cottage
Ranked #30 of 80 Oxford B&B and Inns
Torrevieja, Spain
1 review
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“Very interesting place”
Reviewed May 27, 2013

Booked to stay here direct via email with Katrina (the owner( in advance of the stay).

Found the location fine via Sat Nav (direction instructions via website fine, perhaps a direction arrow to the entrance at the property would be helpful, as we didn't know how to access the property. Katrina greeted us warmly and showed us to our room upstairs. Don't expect modern luxury accommodation and you'll be fine. The bedroom we had was very homely with plenty of storage space, an adjoining room for storage if required (where the TV set was located...seemed a little odd to position it away from the bed area - not that we were watching TV when we stayed. Bathroom nicely appointed, with good hot powerful shower (and sign pointing out authentic 1650 wattle and daub construction techniques.

Wifi is available (and advertised on the website), however in practical terms the signal upstairs via a smartphone is very patchy (found myself having to sit on the stairs down to the main reception/dining area where the wifi router was located) to get any form of signal. Signal is OK if using the dining room. Also, be aware that via "3" mobile phone provider I couldn't get a phone signal, whereas Orange /EE there was a fair signal.

Katrina was knowledgeable about the local area. And made a fantastic breakfast made to order - you leave your requirements on a blackboard left on the dining room table the night before breakfast. All sorts of interesting nooks and crannys, books and reading available if required.

Being aout in the middle of the countryside, far from the noise of the city, good night sleep with no noise or distractions.

Location - I'd say 20 minute drive from Oxford centre - and ideal base to explore

I would visit again if in the area.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Wokingham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed May 27, 2013

This is a first class B&B - highly recommended. We arrived to a friendly welcome from Katrina and her dogs. The cottage is delightful throughout, very clean and well equipped. Peaceful countryside location, but Oxford just a few minutes away. Extremely comfortable bed, tasty breakfast. What more could you want? An excellent B&B.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed May 13, 2013

Forget about staying in busy Oxford, instead drive a few miles outside Oxford to Willow Cottage in Denton. This charming thatched cottage is set in a beautiful garden amidst fields with horses and cows and the rooms are lovely and cosy with the most comfortable bed we have slept in for years. Katrina is so friendly and helpful that we feel we have made a new friend. Breakfast was great and Katrina makes the yummiest scrambled eggs ever.
As with most of Katrina's previous guests we had dinner at the nearby Bat & Ball Pub which was very good and we used the Park and Ride system to get into Oxford which was easy and stress free. We can definitely recommend a stay at Willow Cottage, we would love to visit again Katrina!!

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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San Diego, California
2 reviews
Reviewed May 2, 2013

My friend & I recently had the pleasure of staying with Katrina at Willow Cottage. We had a brilliant time. We each had our own en suite room and a wonderful breakfast room to share. The rooms were so charming, clean and comfortable. The beds were so comfortable that it was easy to get a good night's sleep after a day of running around the countryside. Katrina is so delightful and we enjoyed talking with her. We came over from the USA and Willow Cottage was a first stop. Katrina made us feel right at home and we found Willow Cottage & Katrina to be the perfect introduction to the UK. The other treat for us was Katrina's lovely dogs Granny, Darcy and Zebbie. They were such a balm for me since I left my two dogs at home in the states. Zebbie in particular was such a joy for me. Willow Cottage, Katrina and her three lovely dogs are just perfection near Oxford.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
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London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
Reviewed April 22, 2013

My partner and I stayed at Willow Cottage for our anniversary, and had a wonderful time – the perfect romantic treat! We found the chocolate-box cottage absolutely idyllic, made all the more stunning by both the glorious weather and the beautiful daffodils. Our room was very lovely, with pretty pictures on the walls, and beams galore. The bed was wonderfully comfortable, with crisp, white bed-linen, which is always a joy. The shower too was marvellous. Katrina has clearly put a lot of thought into making the rooms extra-special, and we were particularly delighted by the wine-glasses and corkscrew left for us.
We found Katrina to be the perfect host – very warm and friendly, treating us like friends rather than customers. She was particularly obliging about our arrival time – because we had an early lunch booking at the Manoir, we asked if we could arrive at about eleven in the morning, and Katrina went out of her way to ensure that the room was ready for us by then. At breakfast the following morning she was charming, and we chatted for a good while about the Baftas and pictures in the dining room, as well as about her stunning Labradors. Living in London we aren’t able to keep a dog, so it was a pleasure to come and stay somewhere with such friendly ones! Breakfast itself was delicious – I had the full English, and my partner smoked salmon and scrambled eggs.
Overall, we really enjoyed our stay at Willow Cottage - thank you Katrina – we will be back!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Presteigne, United Kingdom
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Reviewed April 22, 2013

We spent 2 nights in this lovely B & B, it is in an ideal location for visiting Oxford and for spending an evening at The Manoir. Katrina welcomed us warmly and we had a good choice of breakfast---the hot chocolate was delicious! Our bed was lovely and comfortable and everything we wanted was available,there is also a good pub within walking distance. Thank you Katrina for a very enjoyable stay!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 20, 2013 via mobile

This cottage is in a beautiful location. Our room was cold, but Katrina did offer to turn heating on, which we took up later in the evening after returning from our meal at The Bat & Ball. On arrival we were told in no uncertain terms that Katrina would not cook sausages for a 7:30am breakfast (we needed this as I was on la manior cookery school with early start), which left us speechless! We were so taken aback by this that we couldn't even comment. The next morning, sure enough my wife was presented with one rasher of bacon and a few mushrooms (she doesn't like eggs), I was lucky, two rashers, poached egg & few mushrooms. At £80 for the night, this meagre breakfast and such treatment of paying guests is disgraceful. Dogs in breakfast room whilst we ate was not to our liking either, nor the dog hairs on towels and bedding. On reelection, paying a tiny bit extra for a room at The Bat & Ball where we had a fantastic evening meal, would've been money well spent. If you don't mind dog hairs and don't need 7:30 breakfasts or don't like sausages, pay Katrina a visit.

Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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kilham, Manager at Willow Cottage, responded to this review, May 3, 2013
I am sorry to see that Willow Cottage fell short of your expectations when you stayed here. We do our utmost to make all our guests feel like friends and we always do what we can to meet their needs. It is a shame you did not let us know of your concerns at the time of your stay, because all I can now do is to try to answer your points here:

Keeping a comfortable heat at this time of the year (spring) is often fraught because of wildly fluctuating temperatures. During the week of your stay, the weather ran the gamut through hot, cold and borderline. When the temperature is borderline, as it was in your case, we ask guests for their heating preferences and act accordingly. We also provide electric heaters in case they are wanted.

With regards to your breakfast disappointment: as with many other B&Bs, we generally serve cooked breakfast between 8am and 9.30am, and outside these hours we offer a continental breakfast. Whatever the time, we provide as much fruit juice, cereal, fresh fruit, yoghurt, toast, tea and coffee as is required. When you stayed with us we did our best to meet your request for a cooked breakfast at 7.30am. As well as the continental breakfast, we did offer you a choice of bacon, eggs, tomatoes, mushrooms or smoked salmon. I am sorry that you felt that this was not sufficient and the lack of sausage caused distress.

I am afraid that I cannot come up with a satisfactory answer to the issue of dog hairs on the towels and bedding. The dogs do not and cannot access the guests’ bedrooms or bathrooms. By the time your review was posted, the bedding and towels had long since been laundered. However I did immediately check all the bedding, towels and flannels and did not find dog hairs.

We always tread a fine line with the dogs. We make it clear on our website and other advertising that we have three Labradors. We do this in order to ensure that any potential guest is absolutely aware, before they book, that there are dogs on the premises. The majority of our guests like dogs; indeed many guests choose to stay with us because of the dogs, and some actively request that the dogs are present when they are using the dining/sitting room. As I am sure you can appreciate, it is difficult for a dog to understand when it is welcome and when it is not. We are always conscious that some guests may not enjoy the company of the dogs, particularly at breakfast time, and we therefore attempt to prevent them from entering the dining room unless they are specifically asked for. However, on occasions the dogs do slip in and, if unwanted, we swiftly remove them.

I do so hope your experience here did not detract from your enjoyment of the cookery course you attended at Le Manoir.
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Property: Willow Cottage
Address: Denton, Oxford OX44 9JG, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Oxfordshire > Oxford
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Ranked #30 of 80 B&Bs / Inns in Oxford
Number of rooms: 2
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Willow Cottage Hotel Oxford

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