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Ferry Cottage

nr Maidenhead, Berkshire

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Once the home of the ferryman for My Lady Ferry, this riverside cottage has enchanting views across the Thames and direct access to the walks available through the Cliveden estate. This cottage is full of character and has recently enjoyed a refresh and redecoration. It has a large patio area overlooking the river and is a short distance from our other holiday cottage, New Cottage, ref 002003.

The cottage's layout

Ground floor
sitting room with open fire, kitchen/dining room with French doors to patio, two bedrooms (1 double and 1 twin) and bathroom with shower over bath.
Visitor notes

Heating: Night storage heating included.

Parking: Parking for two cars is 20 metres from the cottage.

Accessibility: The bedroom and bathroom are on the ground floor but the cottage may not be suitable for wheelchair users.

Please Note: As part of the boating offer at Cliveden self drive hire motor and rowing boats operate from the landing stage of the Cliveden ferry 30 yards from Ferry Cottage. Days and operating times vary and are subject to weather conditions. There is no mooring available at the cottage for residents. The river path is a public footpath.

Hazards for children

This cottage is not recommended for young children since the river bank is unfenced.

Cottage details
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Dogs allowed
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  • Open fire / stove
  • Pub nearby
  • Railway nearby
  • Single storey
  • Garden appeal
  • Dishwasher
  • Telephone
  • Television
  • Tumble dryer
  • Washing machine
  • Double bed
  • Microwave
  • Radio


Things to see and do nearby

South East England
Looking towards the house at Nymans, West Sussex, across the garden with the Dovecote visible at the edge of the Forecourt. Although the house looks ancient it was designed and built in 1923-5. © John Miller

The dense population of the south-east of England may not make it the obvious choice for a holiday destination, but that's to under-estimate or overlook many of its hidden charms. The Isle of Wight may well be the most obvious holiday destination in the area and the short ferry crossing really does take you to a unique holiday destination. Further east, the scenery is varied yet distinctive with the South Downs rolling down to the cliffs at Beachy Head, the sparsely wooded heathland of the Ashdown Forest and the intricate landscapes of the Weald. Closer to London are some gems which equally deserve a weekend away or longer holiday, including the majestic Thames Valley with its magnificent historic houses and beautiful varied countryside, offering some of the most beautiful scenery in Southern England. Kent, meanwhile, deserves its title of the Garden of England and the National Trust protects some of the best stretches of countryside and many fine houses and outstanding gardens. Apart from houses such as Bateman's, much-loved family home of Rudyard Kipling, the enchanting Bodiam Castle, Petworth House and Park with its sumptuous interiors and rolling parkland, Polesden Lacey on the North Downs and Chartwell, family home of Sir Winston Churchill, the Trust also owns several glorious gardens including Nymans Garden, Sheffield Park Garden and Sissinghurst Castle Garden.

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  • Holiday cottage guests have free access to Cliveden estate out of hours.
  • Golf
  • Boating
  • Walking
National Trust places to visit
Cliveden Magnificent formal gardens overlooking the River Thames, once the exclusive haunt of the rich and famous
Dorneywood Garden
Dorneywood Garden 1930s-style garden, with herbaceous borders, rose garden, cottage garden and lily pond
Hughenden Manor
Hughenden Country home of the Victorian statesman Benjamin Disraeli
West Wycombe Park
West Wycombe Park, Village and Hill Perfectly preserved rococo landscape garden, surrounding a neo-classical mansion
West Wycombe Village and Hill
Chilterns village with buildings spanning several hundred years
Bradenham Village
Picturesque village in the Chiltern hills

Visitor comments

Comments from past visitors

  • Michael Turner
    • February 2015
    • Cheshire
    Made special by:

    Tranquility; proximity to the river. Local staff very helpful. Could not find a 'welcome folder'.

  • Anonymous
    • December 2014
    • -------
    Clean and tidy

    Wonderfully equipped, clean and tidy. The NT Team wee fabulous. Fabulous location. Very cozy and wonderfully quiet and peaceful

  • Anonymous
    • December 2014
    • ---------
    Perfect cottage

    Our favourite cottage in the British Isles! perfect A perfect cottage in a perfect location.Everything just right.

  • Cheryl and Gary Gates
    We've just returned to the US after a week at Ferry Cottage.

    We've just returned to the US after a week at Ferry Cottage.We couldn't have had a better introduction to the National Trust cottage experience! The cottage is adorable, fully stocked to the extent of even having two fishing poles at hand. We were met by a beautiful bouquet of tulips on the hearth, shortbread biscuits, coffee, tea and a half pint of milk waiting in the fridge. The weather was fantastic for most of our stay, and we could have sat on the patio watching the boats and wildlife on the river forever. Multiple varieties of ducks, artic geese, swans, etc. Some of the ducks are friendly to the point of coming up on the patio and staring through the french doors at you until you come out and feed them, and the frisky female duck will even eat right from your hand. There are rabbits everywhere, pheasants too and we even had a fox walk right in front of our car one day. We'll definitely be booking another NT cottage for holidays in the future-the only dilemma is deciding whether to come back to Ferry Cottage or try another location..Ferry Cottage is going to be pretty hard to top.

  • Ian & Peter
    A wonderful week

    A wonderful week! Cliveden is a lovely place especially in the glorious sunshine we have had this week. We have enjoyed watching the world go by and love Ferry Cottage! 'Donald' the leader of the local duck group has visited many times over the week with this feathered friends. He seems to like Sainsbury's chipsticks!!

  • Dan & Lorraine
    A fantastic weekend retreat

    A fantastic weekend retreat! Combined with an evening picnic, champagne and a performance of The Tempest in the grounds of Cliveden, who could have asked for more! This is another fabulous NT property and we continue to be impressed by the quality and the little touches. Thank you - we will return.

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Prices include:

  • VAT, Linen, heating and electricity (except where shown in the cottage details)
  • We cannot accept website bookings more than 15 months in advance. Please call 0344 335 1287 or email to enquire about future bookings and reservations.
  • The National Trust reserves the right to move cottage prices up or down and to alter date breaks. We also reserve the right to charge supplements for cottages for specific dates covering special events, e.g. Rosetta Cottages on the Isle of Wight during Cowes week. We will notify you of any special event supplements at the time of booking.

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