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A magical getaway near Windsor Castle and beside Windsor Great Park

Bedrooms 1
Space 75 m²
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 5 nights


About the property

A magical getaway near Windsor Castle and beside Windsor Great Park

The Little Hideaway ( is magical large one bedroom studio, and the perfect getaway for couples or for families up to four.

This charming and newly finished two storey property is on a private estate once owned by King Henry 8th. This old estate sits on nine acres and lies directly opposite the magnificent Windsor Great Park, and on the approach to the Little Hideaway there are amazing views across to Windsor Castle.

The Little Hideaway is situated off a quiet country road and up a long driveway. It is nestled between an old oak tree and the Little Dower House (, the lovely house and garden where the owners Susie and Hamish live.

For larger groups the Victorian Lodge ( can also be made available. It is situated on the property at the entrance to the driveway, and is a quintessentially English Country Cottage that sleeps up to 7.

The Little Hideaway is a secluded retreat in a tranquil corner of the countryside, where you can take time to rest and relax. It has everything you should need. There is a fully equipped kitchen with a cooker, microwave, and dishwasher, a dining area that seats four, and a cold room / larder with a large fridge freezer.

The Hallway has a cupboard for your coats, a boot box for your Wellies, and separate cupboards housing a washing machine and a tumble dryer.

The Shower Room has a strong shower with two heads, one large fixed rose and a separate hand held. There is also a basin, a loo and nice heated towel rail.

Heading upstairs takes you to the Sitting Room and the large bedroom.

Here there is a sitting area with a very comfortable sofa, an armchair and coffee table, cupboards for clothes and storage, and a 42" internet enabled television with multi channel Sky.

A candlelit fireplace which is decorative sits in the middle of the room, with a small double sofa bed opposite. An extra fold out bed can be provided by prior arrangement.

At the end of the room is a Super King size bed (which separates into twin beds), a chest of drawers, a pretty window seat and a little door that leads onto a balcony which has a table and chairs, where you can sit in the morning sunshine.

This wonderfully cosy and calm studio is situated within the pretty gardens of Little Dower House, which are private but can be viewed on request. There is the magnificent Windsor Great Park right opposite which has endless beautiful walks throughout, and places to picnic and watch the world go by. Take a walk in the famous Valley or Savill Gardens, or watch a few chukkas being played at Guards Polo ground.

There is private parking, polo ponies in the field opposite, great walks, great pubs minutes away, the beautiful town of Windsor with it's Castle, Thorpe Park and Legoland just nearby, and central London only 35 minutes away by train, and Heathrow airport 20 minutes away by car.

The area is great for couples, country lovers, townies, food lovers, gardeners, riders, polo players, golfers and walkers too.

There is a traditional English pub only 5 minutes away, The Fox and Hounds in Englefield Green , situated by the Bishops Gate entrance into the Great Park , serving simply wonderful light bites, great pub food and smart restaurant food. It's the perfect place, and great for lunch, dinner, a snack or a BBQ, and a well earned rest after a walk in the Park.

Two minutes away on Crimp Hill is the recently opened Oxford Blue restaurant, with a Chef who trained under Gordon Ramsey. In Old Windsor there is a very cheery Italian and pizza restaurant which is perfect for families, and a Co-Op shop that is open all day every day. In the local village Englefield Green there is the Barlow Mow Brasserie, the Bailey Wick pub, a great Indian restaurant Megna Tandoori and a nice Italian restaurant Caspari.


We live beside the Little Hideaway, and here to help in any way at any time, whilst you are there or away, but we're always very respectful of your privacy.

More Details

Property Manager
Hamish and Susie Macmillan
Member since: 2013
Speaks english, french
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 16, 2018

About Hamish and Susie Macmillan

We live up the long driveway, in an old house surrounded by a lovely garden,( with our son Oliver and our labrador Humphrey.

Hamish and I are here to help you with any questions you may have, at any time, but we are very respectful of your privacy.

Hamish and Susie Macmillan purchased this cottage in 1972


Accommodation and Amenities for this vacation cottage rental in Old Windsor, United Kingdom

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 75 m²
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 4:00 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • Nice heated towel rail Old fashioned style high cistern Loo Wash hand basin One shower with two shower heads - One large fixed shower rose, and one hand held shower
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , 1 child bed , 1 baby crib , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Additional double sofa bed, a single fold out bed, & a cot
  • New Super King size bed which can also separate into two singles / twin beds A cosy double Sofa bed An additional fold out single bed can be provided by prior arrangement Beautiful curtains Church windows at either end Candle lights everywhere Two very pretty window seats Luxurious throws, rugs and cushions throughout New super soft carpet Chest of drawers for clothes A door leading onto the balcony with a small table and chairs
  • Books
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Balcony
  • Golf ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis ...
  • long term renters welcome
  • cinemas
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • golf


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A magical getaway near Windsor Castle and beside Windsor Great Park
average rating of 4.6666665 based on 3 reviews

A wonderful place ran by wonderful people

  • 5 of 5

We booked a romantic stay at the property for a very special weekend. Hamish and Susie were fantastic - nothing was too much for them to make it a memorable visit and both were incredibly generous, while also giving us space and privacy.

If you want to stay in wonderful gardened grounds with beautiful views and a lovely property then look no further! We couldn't recommend it more highly.

  • Submitted: 29-May-2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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A slice of perfection......

  • 5 of 5

Wow……Where to start?!

Should you be fortunate enough to stay on the Little Dower estate, prepare to leave all your worries and cares at the foot of the fabulous drive.

Little Dower House is truly a slice of heaven, set away from all the hustle and bustle in beautiful Old Windsor.

Upon arrival we were greeted by the charming owners Susie and Hamish, who really are the most delightful hosts you could possibly wish for, immediately making you feel welcome and relaxed.

The house oozes charm and character leaving you with a sense of enchantment for the duration of your stay.

We would highly recommend Little Dower House as a romantic retreat and we look forward to returning in the Autumn for another very special stay.

G and V.

  • Submitted: 11-May-2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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A delightful find !

  • 4 of 5

A beautiful, cosy place to stay for the weekend. Well appointed with everything you could possibly need and a few nice touches left by Hamish and Susie, wine and provisions !

Hamish and Susie were very welcoming and kind and have clearly put a lot of passion and effort into making The Little Hideaway a really special place.

The reason for 4 stars instead of 5 was that there was an issue with the TV not working to its full specification, as advertised, which meant it was extremely limited and we had to change our plans and spend less time in the apartment. Also, as there is a no shoes inside policy (which is completely understandable) it might be nice to provide some spa style slippers as the downstairs flooring is really cold.

  • Submitted: 19-Mar-2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much Allison for your helpful suggestions. We are especially grateful because you were only our second guests to stay here, as the Little Hideaway became available just a few weeks ago and we are still learning. I am very sorry about the lack of Sky TV, which is why I apologised immediately on your arrival.The return of the freezingly cold arctic conditions meant the Sky technician was not able to visit to mend the problem, as the snow was everywhere. However he has since visited and the problem has now been sorted and the Sky Satellite TV service has been resumed :) I'm also terribly sorry there was a little misunderstanding about wearing shoes inside. It was just a request on our part and not a rule. This was meant for upstairs only where we have a brand new super comfy carpet. So I am sorry if you had cold feet at any time downstairs. Thank you so much for your kind suggestion of spa style slippers. Finally, It was very nice to meet you and Dave, and we are so happy that you had a wonderful weekend.
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Nearest Airport
8 Miles
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Fox and Hounds Pub
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Wentworth Golf Club
Nearest Train
5 Miles
Windsor, Egham, Staines, Slough
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Oxford Blue Gastro pub, Fox & Hounds Pub
Car: recommended


Nearest beaches: Bournemouth & West Wittering, are approximately 75 minutes away


M4 and M25 motorways are 10 minutes away

M3 is 20 minutes away

Heathrow airport is 25 minutes away

Gatwick airport is 55 minutes away

Dover / Channel tunnel to France is one hour and 15 minutes away away

Southampton and ferries for France, Channels Islands and the Isle of Wight is one hour away


Great for ease of travel

Central London is 40 minutes by car

Trains to London Waterloo from Egham Station (7 minutes away) and Windsor (10 minutes away) take only 35 minutes

High speed train from Slough to London Paddington in 15-20 minutes

Old Windsor (5 minutes away) for local shops, small supermarket, fish & chips and a cheery Italian pizzeria

Englefield Green is 5 minutes away, for shops, Indian takeaway, good butcher, bakery & great pubs.

Royal Windsor Farm Shop is only 5 minutes away

Further Details:

There are many historic country houses near by with interesting histories eg Hampton Court Palace once owned by King Henry VIII, Cliveden, and Blenheim Palace (birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill), and so many more.

Tourist attractions only 10 mins away include Windsor Castle and Eton College(where Prince William and Harry went to school) nearby Dorney Court and Dorney Lake (where the 2012 Olympic Rowing took place), the river Thames for boating, theme parks at Legoland and Thorpe Park (great for children and adults), Windsor Races for evening race meetings (take a boat from Windsor to the racecourse with drinks along the way ) and Royal Ascot racecourse , Wentworth Golf Club, and Guards Polo .

Gardeners and artists can enjoy the famous Valley and Savill Gardens, whilst film buffs can visit the Harry Potter Studios (filming was done on the lake in Windsor Great Park) and Shepperton Studios as many famous films have been made in the local

Enjoy the Thames valley and and take boat trip to visit the beautiful old towns of Bray, Marlow and Henley, where the famous Henley Regatta is held.

If you are passionate about food (like myself), there are a few Michelin starred restaurants nearby, including The Fat Duck and The Hinds Head ( Heston Blumenthal ) and The Waterside ( The Roux Brothers ) in Bray, a 16th Century village on the river Thames. There is also the Royal Oak in Paley Street, owned and run by Michael Parkinson the famous television talk show host and his son. There are also many traditional English country pubs in the area serving really great food.

For Lovers Of The Theatre :

Royal Windsor Theatre is 10 minutes away, where the West End London plays come to you .

London and the West End is 40 minutes away by train where you can see one of its many great musicals, plays, Operas or Ballets


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this vacation cottage rental in Old Windsor, United Kingdom

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Late June & July
Jun 25 2018 - Jul 31 2018
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add C$52 per night, per additional guest
Aug 1 2018 - Aug 31 2018
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add C$52 per night, per additional guest
Sep 1 2018 - Sep 30 2018
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add C$52 per night, per additional guest
October 2018
Oct 1 2018 - Oct 31 2018
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add C$52 per night, per additional guest
November 2018
Nov 1 2018 - Nov 30 2018
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add C$52 per night, per additional guest
Early December
Dec 1 2018 - Dec 17 2018
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add C$52 per night, per additional guest
Christmas & New Year
Dec 18 2018 - Jan 3 2019
5 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add C$52 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add C$52 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit C$347.77

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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