Ilex Cottage - Thornborough

Self Catering Cottage
near Silverstone, Oxford & Milton Keynes

Ilex Cottage near Silverstone and Oxford

Welcome to Ilex Cottage
Your Self Catering Cottage Near Oxford

Ilex Cottage is a delightful two-bedroom character cottage in the Cotswolds, sleeping four, which has been lovingly renovated to a very high standard. 

Ideal for short breaks for business and pleasure.

This charming cottage sits within the conservation area of the picturesque village of Thornborough and is ideally situated for Silverstone racing circuit, Bletchley Park, Buckingham, Milton Keynes, Oxford, Stowe, Waddesden Manor, and Bicester Village.

Liz & Vince

Ilex Cottage

Ilex Cottage is a delightful two-bedroom character property set in the quintessentially English Village of Thornborough in North Buckinghamshire.

The holiday cottage was recently completely renovated. It is a warm and welcoming place to stay whether you are meeting friends and family or visiting places of local interest such as Bletchley Park, Addington Equestrian, Silverstone, Bicester Village, MK Bowl or the historic city of Oxford.

The cosy lounge has a wonderful log burning stove which will be set ready for you to light with plenty of logs to keep the fire burning

Ilex is fully stocked with a variety of teas & coffees, and on arrival, you will find fresh milk, bread, butter and local homemade jam, plus eggs from our Indian Runner ducks IF they are co-operating!

Ilex Cottage is also perfect for business stays with a work area and wifi. It is within easy reach of Milton Keynes, Aylesbury and Buckingham.

Ilex Cottage has a self-check in key safe and easy on-road parking in the quiet lane.  We live at the other end of the village, giving your complete privacy during your stay but always happy to answer any questions or provide recommendations of things to do & places to eat.

2 bedrooms - 4 guests

Fibre Broadband

Work Area

Breakfast Essentials Included

Log Burning Stove

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Cotswold Cottage

Comfortable seating and wonderful HETA log burning stove.

Excellent fibre broadband and concealed work area.  

SMART TV, books and games for guests to enjoy and a foldaway dining table seats four.

The perfect stay for business or pleasure.


Stylish Shaker kitchen with  ceramic hob, oven/grill, integrated dishwasher and washer/dryer.  Well stocked with crockery, cutlery, glassware and cooking equipment.

Complimentary teas, Nespresso coffee machine and milk are available plus breakfast essentials of bread, butter & jams.  

If our lovely Indian Runner ducks are co-operating we will leave fresh eggs for guests to enjoy.

Bedroom One

Comfortable 4’6″ double bed with quality cotton bed linen and plentiful fluffy towels.

Spacious wardrobe and dressing table with hairdryer and mirrors. 

Bedroom Two

Bedroom Two can be set to sleep one or two people in a truckle bed.

Marks & Spencer linen and plentiful fluffy towels are provided.

Shower Room

Newly fitted shower room with large walk-in Groehe shower, heated floor and towel rail. 

Quality fluffy towels and complimentary toiletries are provided.

Courtyard Garden

Charming courtyard cottage garden to the front of the cottage with table & chairs.  Guest access is via a secure lock box with PIR lighting.

On street parking is available along Bridge Street with additional parking on the village green opposite our wonderful local.  The Two Brewers doesn’t serve food but a warm welcome awaits.

We live at the other end of the village giving guests complete privacy and happy to answer questions during your stay.  ‪

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Frequently Asked Questions

Please use any of the the BOOK NOW buttons. These take you to our Houfy booking page, Ilex Cottage Thornborough.  Here you can check date availability, pricing and confirm the details of your stay.  

Alternatively you can call Liz 0778 8872717 or email who will be happy to answer any questions and complete your booking. 

Parking is freely available along the length of Bridge Street with additional parking available on the village green opposite The Two Brewers pub.

Thornborough is well placed just off the A421 & A422 between Milton Keynes & Buckingham with great access from both the M1 & M40.

Ilex Cottage is easy to find and sat nav is ‘usually’ quite accurate – MK18 2DN  

Full directions will be provided prior to arrival.

NEW ‘Worry-Free Cancellation Policy’ means you can move your stay with us to any date in the future up to 24 hours before arrival – this is in addition to our usual T&C’s

Free cancellation until 14 days before check-in.

If cancelled fewer than 14 days before arrival a £25 admin fee will be retained.

If cancelled fewer than 5 days before arrival a charge of 50% of booking total will be made.

There is no refund in the event of a no show or reduction in the booking after the guests have arrived.

We strongly recommend that all guests obtain appropriate travel and personal insurance cover in the event of a cancellation.


Sorry no dogs but we have the The Folly Kennels at the top of Bridge Street who offer flexible day care and short stay options.

Contact Deb on 01280 821595 / email or have a look at their website thefollykennels

Ilex Cottage has contact free check-in using a secure key safe.  

For guests who book direct check in is available from 16.00 and check out is at 12.00 – full details will be sent prior to arrival.

Our wonderful local The Two Brewers pub is a one-minute walk from Ilex Cottage – they don’t serve food but a warm welcome awaits.

On Friday nights Howe & Co. mobile fish & chip van visits Thornborough around 8.30pm.  If you are in The Two Brewers at fish & chip time you are welcome to eat in the pub, please ask for a beer mat to pop your food on & please take your rubbish home with you.

Thornborough has a Secret Supper Club ‘Through the Looking Glass’ serving three course set meals with seasonal local ingredients, and occasionally takeaway too.  Pre booking is essential,  for more information contact Alice Woodyard; 07970 422194 /

The Church Porch – Since Covid the Church Porch has become a constant source of delight with numerous villagers dropping items off to be sold in aid of the church.  You never know what you might find;  jams, honey, flour, plants, books.  Doors are open during the day & works on an honesty basis.  Well worth a look – you never know what you might find. 

The historic market towns of Buckingham, Stony Stratford and Winslow are 10/15 minutes away and all have a number of great cafes, restaurants and takeaways many who deliver to Thornborough.

Always happy to provide suggestions.