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Short breaks: Staycations at Water Meadow Cottage

Now is the perfect time to lift your spirits by organising a Spring break, or planning some summer sojourns with friends and family. If you’re seeking rural tranquility but don’t want to be completely cut off, Water Meadow Cottage is a delightful self-catering holiday retreat nestled in a sublime part of the Blenheim Palace Estate’s storybook grounds near Oxford.


Meticulously refurbished and decorated finished to exceptional detail, this 18th century hunting lodge represents a new breed in short-stay lettings, having already been awarded five stars by Visit England and Quality in Tourism.

Located at the end of its own private drive, this cosy, two-storey, two-bedroom hideaway, made of Oxfordshire Cotswold stone combines a quintessentially British theme and countryside comfort. Shaded by oaks and horse chestnuts, the cottage and its landscaped garden sit on the edge of the River Evenlode, with a traditional stone bridge that guards the working entrance to the Duke of Marlborough’s farmlands.

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Services available on request for cottage guests include catering services for every requirement – a private Chef for dinners a deux, to a fully staffed garden party in the cottage grounds, the summer house or on the heated outdoor terrace; treatments in the at home spa; childcare; onsite fitness sessions and yoga; limousine transfers and vintage and sports car hire plus VIP access to Royal Ascot, Cheltenham Gold Cup, Henley Royal Regatta.

Prices start from £425 per night (2 night minimum), 7 nights from £2,225 and 5 nights from £1,785.

For more information please visit the Water Meadow Cottage Website or contact your Insignia Lifestyle Boutique Personal Assistant.

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