It was the table that caught my eye. A massive solid wood sculpture really. The photograph did not show that it was set in a 110 square metres kitchen overlooking a large terraced garden with spectacular views of the countryside. It’s a feast for the eye from the moment we turned into the tree lined driveway that curved up the hill. The Front door was already open and we walked into a large central atrium. Rooms led off from the atrium – we stayed in the double en-suite and then it follows through to the kitchen and beyond that, the garden.

It’s a family home with a friendly cat, bamboo beds with luxury cotton bedding and no sound or light pollution. The atrium, kitchen and garden is communal space and use of the kitchen to help yourself to tea and coffee is actively encouraged and a basic continental is included with the price. You’re welcome to bring and store your own food – as long as it isn’t meat. A hot breakfast for £4/person and dinner at £8/person is available on demand – we didn’t make use of the offer as there is quite a few local pubs and cafes we wanted to try out.

Rockaway House is a stylish self-build in a great location with beautiful rooms and lush communal spaces filled with plants, passion and musical instruments. It’s very well priced and ideal for a short break. Highly recommended.


Book through AirBNB: Double, Twin, Family apartment  + 

Price: ± £30 – 70
Included: Basic continental, coffee & tea, use of communal spaces
Available extras: Hot breakfast £4/person, Vegan Dinner £8/person


Travel season: Summer
Location: Temple Cloud
Check-in Time: Flexible by arrangement
Check-out Time: Flexible by arrangement
Connectivity: Internet access via an open wifi access point is included. This was slow but serviceable. The signal in the room was spotty but good in the atrium.

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Airbnb host, Marta “moved from Poland to the UK in 1998 and lived in London until several months ago when I met my partner Mark and ditched the city to become a country girl.” The house is situated in large grounds that also has a scrapyard and “another part of the site is populated by friends engaged in Circus, Theatre and Prop work for places such as Glastonbury, Boomtown festivals etc.” Read more on Airbnb.

Rockaway House Entry

The review is based on a 2-night stay in a double bedroom with en-suite during August 2015. This article was first published on 20 September 2015 and last updated on 29 November 2017.