Booked through Hoseasons as it was a great promotional rate for the time we stayed.
Oaksey itself is a very small village with a tiny general store and Wheafsheaf restaurant/Pub. Other Pubs in the surrounding area most which offer high end gastro fayre but £14 for a burger and chips, The Potting Shed Pub - really? It's voted number 1 country pub by the Times so maybe that's why they can charge the earth.
Neighbouring Malmbesbury have a small Co Op and Cirencester have failry large Waitrose just outside it's centre and M and S Simply Food on the high street itself.
Malmesbury is an ancient town steeped in history and is nice. Special mention The Old Bell Hotel in Malmbesury serves afternoon tea, lunches and dinner. We had tea and hot chocolate by the fire, hung out and read our books and it was lovely. Staff very friendly.
We had the Marlborough Cottage on Oaksey Cottages complex, which is a two storey accomodation with three double bedrooms (one twin 2 doubles), 2 bathrooms (one en suite bath and shower the other bathroom bath/toilet suite only. It was bliss having nightly and lengthy baths knowing no one would be interrupting by doing emergency door knocking to use the toilet - we only have one bathroom and loo at home.
Dining area, downstairs toilet washroom, cloak room that could do with some hooks to actually hang coats so we used the stair banister instead no bother for us but for full occupancy it might be an issue. Our shoes were put in the clockroom. A fantastically utensil stocked kitchen beautifully fitted and functional with quality appliances and filled with top quality cookware etc - so good I took note of the brand cookware and actually going to buy a set for my kitchen! Washer dryer machine, dishwasher (no tablets so bring your own). Open plan lounge area, TV (frustratingly a bit temperamental one night so we watched the one in the bedroom and so comfy, fell asleep!).
Everything is totally contemporary, sleek, modern, luxurious and very clean. If you're looking for chintz, antique clutter feel and olde world charm Oaksey cottages is not for you. If you like modern and contemporary then it's a thumbs up.
Electric stove fire in the lounge area gives a warm glow flame and heat so you won't miss a fire in the winter and no ash mess to clear either, sofas comfortable but with a full occupancy could maybe do with one more - there is certainly space to accomodate it. The individual outside hot tub for each cottage is a nice luxurious addition that most seem to use all year round. The design layout means every accomodation is very private and no one is overlooked.
The guest book in the cottage had nothing but praise from each entry and clear to see lots of people made multiple return visits. One family had returned 10 times!
Oaksey are award winning accomodation for eco friendliness and little touches are evident throughout. Controllable central heating worked a treat. Being Feb we were never cold but be aware it is timed and works on water tank system. We were under occupied with three of us - the cottage sleeps 6 so we had bags of space but with 6 it still would still be spacious and airy feel. Heaps of clothes storage and no clutter type feel.
The friendly owners offer a full range of food service in the golf club including breakfast on site and available to offer advice and help . We had dinner once and it was cheaper than the surrounding pubs - does not profess to be michelin star type food just honest fayre, homely, reasonably priced my son and partner enjoyed their chosen meals. Improved extractor fans in the club house restaurant would be good as the kitchen is open plan to view.
The golf club the cottages are situated is remote but clear sign marked. A very quiet location, country views and all in all a marvellous stay. Oaksey Cottages (really they're houses/lodges) gets our thumbs up and we would recommend them to our friends in a heart beat.
Other interests and points to mention:
Take aways in Malmesbury and Cirencester but very busy and Oaksey not well located to actually do a takeaway and bring back to the house. We ate at the Fish and Chips bar/shop in Cirencester and great tasting/good value food.
Lacock village/Abbey - A national trust property: beautiful, a real gem of a village and a Harry Potter location too.
Dyrem House - also beautiful National trust but a summer location really, we struggled to fill our time there as not all the house was open. Great church on the grounds though.
Bath - park and ride, takes a good half hour from Oaksey but worth it for all the sites, museums and shopping. A full day easily. Check the Bath tourism website for park and ride details or ask the super frinedly and helpful Oaksey owners, Note Swindon park and ride is closed.
Have a great time... we certainly did!
- Also Known As:
- Oaksey Country Park Cottages Hotel Wiltshire