A beautiful and historic ferryman's cottage, the site of which is mentioned in Jerome K. Jerome's Three Men in a Boat, which is situated directly on the banks of the River Thames, adjacent to the Oxford University Rowing Club.
This unique property, which sits on Edwardian brick arches, overlooks its own private riverside garden and pontoon. On the other side of the river is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and a working dairy farm.
Until c.1950 the house was occupied by the Wallingford ferryman, who transported horses, people and freight across the river at the point where the River Thames tow path changed sides. The raised outhouse was the ticket booth associated with the ferry.
The house is on the southern edge of the pretty medieval market town of Wallingford, situated along the banks of the River Thames. The centre of the town is a five minute walk along either the riverside or quiet roads, and has a picturesque town square with a 17th century arcaded town hall, a number of historic inns and restaurants, three ancient churches, the Corn Exchange theatre and cinema, a large Waitrose and a summer outdoor swimming pool.
You will find the house a restful and fun place, surrounded by the quiet of the Thames, with only its water wildlife for company.
This holiday cottage at a glance
Sleeps four guests. Two bedrooms, one bathroom and one en-suite shower room. Large verandah overlooking the Thames. Enclosed garden. Off road parking for four vehicles. Sorry, no pets. WiFi. Minimum of a three night stay.
Wellingtons are recommended during the winter months due to the location of the property. The property is on stilts and guests are to be advised there are ten steps to the entrance of the property. Gas hob with electric oven, fridge with freezer compartment, microwave, dishwasher, washing machine and tumble dryer. Freeview TV, DVD player. Travel cot and high chair available on request. Garden furniture.
Attractions and nearby amenities
Just over an hour's drive from London, 15 minutes from Henley and 20 minutes from Oxford. Enjoy the Cholsey and Wallingford Steam Railway, or a walk around the ruins of Wallingford Castle, once one of the largest in the country but largely destroyed by Oliver Cromwell. There is a town museum in Wallingford and Agatha Christie's home and boathouse nearby. Midsomer Murders was filmed in the town. Nearby places include Silverstone, Towester Racecourse and Stowe Gardens. Blenheim Palace, the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill and the spectacular city of Oxford are in close proximity.
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