The Cosener's House

The Cosener’s House occupies a picturesque Thames-side position in the grounds of the medieval Abbey of Abingdon, 8 miles from Oxford.

It takes its name from the Cuisinier or Kitchener (the official responsible for providing food for the Abbey). The older part of the present building is the central portion which dates from the mid-eighteenth century.

These days the House is a wonderful retreat to which Humphrey and his staff invite you to stay overnight in one of the comfortable rooms or make use of the meeting rooms and catering facility. There are 50 bedrooms, five meeting rooms and a light and airy modern dining room with views of the gardens and the Thames.

Directions

By road

  • From the M4 - Exit the motorway at junction 13 and take the A34 northbound (signposted Oxford). Leave the A34 at the Abingdon turning and follow the signs for Abingdon. Follow the route detailed on the map of Abingdon town centre.
     
  • From Oxford - Oxford is the nearest large city to Cosener's House. Take the A34 southbound towards Newbury. Exit the A34 at the turning for Abingdon North and follow the signs for Abingdon. Follow the route detailed on the map of Abingdon town centre
     
  • From Heathrow Airport - Take the M4 motorway towards Slough, Reading and the West. Turn off the motorway at junction 13 and head North on the A34 (signposted Oxford). Leave the A34 at the Abingdon turning and follow the signs for Abingdon. Follow the route detailed on the map of Abingdon town centre.
     
  • From Gatwick Airport - Take the M23 to London and Guildford. At junction 7/8 join the M25 to Heathrow and Watford. At junction 15, take the M4 towards Slough, Reading and the West, and continue to junction 13. Head North on the A34 (signposted Oxford). Leave the A34 at the Abingdon turning and follow the signs for Abingdon. Follow the route detailed on the map of Abingdon town centre.

Flight / bus information

'The Airline' website provides useful flight/bus information for people arriving from Heathrow & Gatwick. The bus from Heathrow goes to Oxford, where you must change and take either Bus 31, 32 or X3 to Abingdon.

Taking the train, taxi or bus

The Cosener's House is about 7 miles from Didcot Parkway station, less than 60 minutes journey from London Paddington. Didcot Parkway also provides connections to Birmingham, the West of England and South Wales.

Oxford railway station also has many trains with links to the rest of the country.

Train information

  • National Rail Enquiries: tel +44 (0)8457 48 49 50

Taxis

Bus service

The following Oxford Stagecoach bus services serve Abingdon:

  • 31: Oxford - Abingdon - Wantage
  • 34: Oxford - Abingdon - RAL - Wantage

The following Thames Valley bus service also serves Abingdon:

  • X32: Oxford - Didcot - Harwell Village - Harwell Campus - Chilton
  • 32: Abingdon - Sutton Courtenay - Didcot - Harwell - Wantage - Grove

Key facts

Sunday Lunch

The Cosener's House is pleased to offer Sunday Lunch to non-residents on a weekly basis. Please contact Cosener's reception (ext.2400 / 01235-523198) for details. Lunch is available @ £24.45 for three courses. Children under 12 years half price.

Civil Weddings

The Cosener's House is licensed for civil ceremonies.  Please contact The Cosener's House for further information and booking details.

Meeting room hire

Room 1/2 day whole day
Garden Room £190.00 £341.00
Thames Room £75.00 £140.00
Hamilton room £140.00 £255.00
Cottage Lounge £82.00 £145.00
Quiet room £105.00 £185.00

Meeting room information

Room Layout Room specific facilities
  U shape Boardroom Cinema Dining  
Garden Room 32 24 80 N/A Data projector, wireless internet, DVD/VHS, air conditioning
Thames Room N/A 10 N/A N/A Plasma screen, wireless internet, air conditioning
Hamilton room 40 20 28 N/A Plasma screen, wireless internet
Cottage Lounge N/A 10 N/A N/A Internet connection
Quiet Room N/A 14 N/A 16 Plasma screen, internet connection

Additional meeting rooms

Bed and Breakfast accommodation Price
Single £75
Double/Twin* £95
Single Shared Facility £65
Double Shared Facility £85
Day delegate rate (meeting room & hospitality) £35.00 per person
24 hour delegate rate (including DDR plus DB&B) £121.80 per person

*An additional £20 supplement will apply for double occupancy

Refreshments

Breakfast £10.75
2 course lunch £20.10
Sandwich lunch £11.95
3 course dinner £24.45
2 course dinner £20.05
1 course Dinner £12.85

Facilities

LCD Projector and lead £78.60
Laptop £78.60
Photocopying £0.16 (per sheet)

Contacts

For all booking enquiries please contact:

The Cosener's House
Abbey Close
Abingdon
Oxfordshire
OX14 3JD

Telephone: +44 1235 523198

Fax: +44 1235 534160

Email:coseners@stfc.ac.uk

Manager: Humphrey Sheppard

Science and Technology Facilities Council Switchboard: 01793 442000