Riverside Cottage

Winchester, Hampshire
  • 8+2
  • 5
  • Pet Friendly

Riverside Cottage is a detached thatched period property, as featured in The Sunday Times '25 great British holiday rentals' & sits close to the historic City of Winchester

  • Gorgeous thatched cottage with quirky charm and character inside and out
  • Stunning gardens, swimming pool and lavender field making an ideal family location
  • Close to the historic City of Winchester and Test Valley

About Riverside Cottage

Riverside Cottage is a stunning holiday cottage nestled in 5 acres of beautiful gardens set on the banks of the River Dever. The cottage is a delightful example of a truly blissful country retreat with its thatched roof, cosy but spacious interior and wonderfully manicured gardens. Riverside Cottage gives a feeling of tranquillity and seclusion as soon as you enter its long driveway with everything a country goer may want and yet within walking distance of the little hamlet of Bansbury.

This charming much loved home is within easy reach of the historic City of Winchester with its excellent shopping and restaurants. However, the setting is so pretty you may not want to leave at all! There is an impressive kitchen at the heart of the property with a traditional AGA, that no true country cottage is without, and is ideal for entertaining. This opens out on to the garden facing conservatory that has wonderful views of the surrounding grounds. The cottage has no shortage of traditional charm with original wood beams, comfy beds, unique furniture and cosy log burner to relax by and unwind after a long country walk.

The cottage was once separate farmers' cottages but were converted into one property with care, it has all the unique touches of each cottage including 3 separate staircases and hidden gems you will need to discover for yourself!

For events and artistic retreats, you can add the use of the riverside studio to your booking, it's right beside the river and ideal for painting or yoga. Or for outside events, add a luxurious Yurt to any bookings. Extra charges apply for both.

Although Riverside Cottage is set beside a river the 5 acre garden is fully fenced and gated to ensure everyone's safety. No wonder the Riverside Cottage featured in The Sunday Times '25 great British holiday rentals' and guests return year after year.


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"I would like to say a massive thank you Claire for the wonderful stay me and my family had for my 40th birthday. We had such a wonderful time and the children had loads of fun around the house and in the garden. Amazing stay and thank you again."

The Hodders & Traynors

"Such a lovely evening here at Riverside Cottage filled with amazing food and great company. Ciao you've really outdone yourself! Thank you for one of the great nights xx"


"One of the great soirees in one of the most beautiful settings with some of the best people. A triumph! Thank you for all your hard work. An absolutely top effort from you Ciao - a fantastic display of hosting that made for a truly epic night! Great fun all round, accompanied by delicious food and good craic from my fellow invitees. Thank you hugely for a cracking soiree: great setting, food, plenty of booze and fantastic company. It was lovely to meet you all and hopefully I'll be up to Durham some time soon for more fun & games. Have a lovely Christmas!"


"Fantastic stay as always! Friday night - 60 family & friends for dinner in the Studio followed by party (disco bar) in The Yurt. Such a wonderful evening. Thank you so much for everything - an evening never to forget!"


"Gorgeous once again, fabulous surroundings, fabulous food (thank you Claire). Thank you Shelley for your excellent teachings, very chilled, very much what a retreat I feel should be. Awesome, relaxing, energising, transformative, mindful, strengthening and stretching, colourful chakra thought provoking mood state. Om shanti namaste all."


"We have had a wonderful time in your beautiful home, thank you very much. The grounds are stunning, the cottage is cosy, clean & very homely - we will definitely recommend to our family & friends."

Wendy & Gemma

"We all had a wonderful week, thank you. Even the dog was sad to go (after having so much room to play ball!). What a beautiful homely cottage, lovely to spend time with the family away from the hustle & bustle of daily life. The Chef was great and the meal delicious (nothing left on plates!!). The croissants & breakfast stuff lasted us the week and was delicious. The Yoga & relaxation was very good and kind Shelley very patient with us - mixture of ages!! Different members of my family cooked Tuesday & Wednesday and Thursday we ate out at The Mayfly pub at Fullerton on the river. We swam in the pool after arriving on Monday & after a long walk on Tuesday. Wednesday I went to The Bombay Gin Distillery while the others visited a Castle & Nature park. Thursday we went off sightseeing to Winchester. The only complaint is that the week just went too quickly!! Hopefully we can return one day!? Thanks again"


"Thank you so much what a beautiful house - my children loved the garden and climbing frame. My husband and I loved the peace and space."


"We will come again - we celebrated my Dad's 70th birthday and it was the first time in a long time that the whole family got together - fantastic."

The Sumner Family

"We spent two nights at the cottage as guests on our way to Cornwall - it was beautiful and so peaceful, and the room comfortable. We will recommend the Cottage to anyone!"

John and Alice Clampett

"This was our third visit - because so many of our family live abroad, when they come over we like to all be together and Riverside Cottage makes such a wonderful setting."


"Thank you for letting us use your beautiful setting for our sons 21st party - it all worked out so well and the marquee in the field was a superb location. We enjoyed the quiet retreat of the house while looking party revellers."

B Stacey

"Such a fantastic house. Felt at home from the moment I stepped through the door. Had a fantastic dinner on the Saturday night. Had such an amazing time and would love to come back for another visit. Thank you!"

The Woods, Hamlins and Sherwood - Roberts

"Wow - what a wonderful house, garden and surrounding area for a fabulous family gathering. The grown ups have been relaxed, the teenagers have had a ball!"

The Andrews

What makes this area
So special...

The Test Valley around Stockbridge is well worth exploring for its clear water river, walks and fishing opportunities. Bombay Sapphire Gin distillery is also a must do day out - arrange a taxi!

Property details

Riverside Cottage: Sleeps 10 in 5 bedrooms, downstairs W.C, children's snug, garden conservatory, sitting room with open fire, kitchen with adjoining conservatory dining, utility/boot room and swimming pool.

Ground Floor

Bedroom/study, can sleep 2, on a double sofa bed, WC

Sitting room. Open fireplace, exposed wood beam ceiling, seating for 6, TV/DVD/CD. Board games.

Kitchen/Conservatory. Aga, combi microwave, fridge and freezer, dishwasher, washing machine.

Open plan conservatory dining area with seating for 10

Snug with TV and comfortable seating

First Floor

Master bedroom (sleeps 2) double bed, en-suite, dressing room, wardrobe.

Double bedroom (sleeps 2) double bed, walk in cupboard and shower room

Double bedroom (sleeps 2) double bed, tables, door adjoining:

Twin bedroom (sleeps 2) with two 3ft beds and en-suite bathroom.  Please Note: This room is most suitable for children.


Large lawned garden

Swimming Pool adjacent to the Lodge (vacant when the cottage is booked on its own)

Parking for 5+ cars.


Oil fired central heating


What you need to know

Cot and highchair available
Catering for functions are available
Opportunity to purchase Riverside lifestyle condiments, crisps and other gift items.
Opportunity to add a yurt and studio to any booking. 

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