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Lock Cottage

nr Faringdon, Oxfordshire

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This attractive stone-built cottage is at the edge of the Cotswolds and on the banks of the Thames, next to Buscot Weir and Lock. Many attractive Cotswolds centres are within easy driving distance - Burford for instance is just ten miles away. There is a small unfenced garden looking over the River Thames - perfect for fishermen.

The cottage's layout

Ground floor
hall, sitting room with flagstone floor and open fire, dining room, kitchen and bathroom.
First floor
one double bedroom (with 6' bed which can also be a twin on request).
Visitor notes

Heating: night storage heating included.

Garden: the cottage has a small unfenced garden which overlooks the river and weir.

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

Please note: across the weir pool from Lock cottage is a field open to the public and used for walking, picnics, family ball games etc. The whole area can be very busy during good weather, school and bank holidays. The footpath past the cottage leading to the lock and the Thames path can also be very busy. Local fire brigades also use the weir field and pool for water rescue exercises on week days from time to time. This is in agreement with the National Trust.

Hazards for children

Due to the cottages small unfenced garden which overlooks the river and weir we feel these hazards make this cottage unsuitable for children under 12.

Cottage details
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Dogs allowed
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  • Open fire / stove
  • Television
  • Double bed
  • Microwave
  • Radio


Things to see and do nearby

Heart of England
The lake and south front of Lyme Park, Cheshire. The house was originally Elizabethan but was transformed in the Italianate style by architect Giacomo Leoni in the early eighteenth century. © Arnhel de Serra

The industrial heart of England now offers one of Britain's loveliest National Parks, the Peak District, a region of outstanding natural beauty with spectacular and contrasting scenery. Moorland, ancient oak woodlands, bustling market towns and pretty villages are easily accessible from some of our major cities. Some of the Trust's finest properties are in the area, including High Peak Estate, straddling the Yorkshire-Derbyshire border, Lyme Park mansion and gardens, surrounded by a medieval deer park and Hardwick Hall, hardly changed since its creation in Elizabethan times. To the south is the gentler area of the Cotswolds and its neighbouring county of Warwickshire. With its gently rolling countryside of hills and valleys, picturesque stone villages and fine houses, this beautiful area now offers the visitor a glimpse of traditional English life. The National Trust owns some of the loveliest countryside in the area, some fine houses and important gardens. There is a huge and varied choice from Tudor Snowshill Manor, with its eclectic collection of musical instruments, clocks and Japanese armour to Hidcote Manor Gardens, famous for its rare trees, shrubs and outstanding herbaceous borders. Other Trust places in the area include Newark Park with its stunning views, the Sherborne Park estate, while the Buscot and Coleshill estates in west Oxfordshire are set in 7,500 acres of rolling farmland and woodland. The Iron Age hill-fort of Badbury Hill offers superb views over the Upper Valley south to White Horse Hill and the Berkshire Downs.

The garden at Snowshill with lovely colourful borders set against the cotswold stone wall. © Nick Meers

If not the heart of England, the Cotswolds and the neighbouring county of Warwickshire, are surely its soul - an uplifting vision of breathtaking scenery, with gently rolling countryside of hills and valleys, picturesque stone villages and fine houses. This beautiful area offers the visitor a glimpse of traditional English life, and is attractive throughout the year. There is no better way to enjoy the splendours of the Cotswolds than to stay in one of the Trust?s many holiday homes .

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  • Swindon
  • Swindon Designer Outlet Village
  • Swindon and Cricklade Railway
  • The Cotswolds
  • Cycling
  • Golf
  • Walking
National Trust places to visit
Buscot Old Parsonage
Buscot Old Parsonage Early 18th-century riverside house with small garden
The Buscot and Coleshill Estates
The Buscot and Coleshill Estates Traditional agricultural estates with villages, farms and woodland
Buscot Park
Buscot Park Late 18th-century house, set in enchanting landscaped grounds, containing the Faringdon Collection of art
Great Coxwell Barn
Great Coxwell Barn 13th-century stone barn
Heelis Central office for the National Trust
Ashdown House
Ashdown House Unusual Dutch-style house on the Berkshire Downs

Visitor comments

Comments from past visitors

  • Steve Mason
    • February 2009
    First Class NT, thanks so much

    Enjoyed a lovely short February 09 Break here, absolutely great, the cottage is comfortable, clean and has a wealth of history. The location, at the side of a lock, is superb for wildlife and the locality has good walks, scenery and plenty of pubs within a relaxing walking distance for a full day out in the fresh air. First Class NT, thanks so much

  • R. Hindle
    The cottage is stunning

    The cottage is stunning. More info on the fishing for those inclined would be advantageous It was only on our last day that the lock keeper told us that the free fishing permit in the cottage allowed you to fish the far bank of the river for several fields either side of the lock. If you require any help or advice seek out the lock keeper they are always willing to help and have a great knowledge of the river

  • Lisa & Mark
    Lock Cottage exceeded all our expectations

    Lock Cottage exceeded all our expectations; it is situated in a truly wonderful position on the weir. We loved the homely feel of the cottage and the sound of running water. Sadly we were only there for a few days but in that time we completely relaxed as it offered such a peaceful haven in which to escape. We shall definitely return as we would like to stay there when the weather is a little warmer. Fishing in November was a bit chilly ! The locals were all very friendly and many thanks to the NT for the welcome tray.

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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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