Cottages near Chipping Norton
Affectionately known as ‘Chippy’, this market town is the highest point in Oxfordshire
Like so many Cotswold towns, Chipping Norton became prosperous thanks to its wool and tweed production. Biss Tweed Mill remains an impressive town landmark. The weekly market has been in situ since the 13th century. Whilst the Grade 1 listed St Mary’s Church is one of the great ‘wool’ churches in the Cotswolds. The word ‘Chipping’ is derived from an old English word meaning ‘market’ and the town is utterly typical of the Cotswolds, with its famous honey-coloured stone buildings. Known locally as ‘Chippy’ it is a lively and thriving town that retains much of its authenticity, despite its popularity as a celebrity haunt.
Its bustling high street supports a range of quality independent shops, fabulous delis, an excellent cheese shop as well as a range of charming cafes, tearooms, and characterful pubs. Throughout the year the town also plays host to multiple events and festivals. The annual Literary Festival is highly regarded and draws big-name authors. Those with a love of the arts should try and take in a performance at the Chipping Norton Theatre. It produces an interesting programme of theatre, dance, music, and comedy along with world-class performers.
Beyond the town, Chipping Norton has established itself as a popular location for the rich and famous. Soho Farmhouse, the eponymous countryside outpost of the London club is only a few miles away. Whilst nearby Chadlington is the home of Diddly Squat, Jeremy Clarkson’s farming estate.
It’s a beautiful area to explore with myriad walking trails including Shakespeare’s Way and countryside footpaths to discover. The atmospheric Rollright Stones can be found just a short distance away too.
Though it is a bustling town, Chipping Norton still retains a friendly, local atmosphere and is a delightful part of the Cotswolds to explore. Discover our cottages near Chipping Norton that encourage you to live and experience the town like a local.