Cottages in Oxfordshire
Explore beyond the dreaming spires to find a beautiful landscape of tiny villages and thriving market towns
Oxfordshire is a rural idyll tucked in between the Chiltern Hills and the Cotswold Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The magnificent city of Oxford with its skyline of dreaming spires, rich history and ancient university buildings is an impressive starting point. Follow in the footsteps of literary greats including C S Lewis and JRR Tolkien and uncover cobbled laneways. Glide past green water meadows lining the River Cherwell on a punt and enjoy a pint in a timeworn pub. Poke your nose into eclectic shops, before browsing your way through the covered market and soaking up the panorama from the top of St Mary’s Church Tower. Oxford is also a city of excellent theatre, museums, entertainment and world-class dining.
Beyond Oxford lies a county of gently rolling hills, achingly pretty villages and vibrant country towns. All just waiting to be discovered. Woodstock is a beautiful old wool town on the edge of the Cotswolds. Best known for its stately neighbour Blenheim Palace, make sure you take time to explore the old town too. The oh-so-charming village of Great Tew appears untouched by time with its deep-hued ironstone thatched cottages. Nearby Soho Farmhouse has shone a spotlight on this little slice of Oxfordshire. Now it’s a popular haunt for celebrities looking to escape to the country.
Jeremy Clarkson and his now notorious Diddly Squat Farm Shop is close to the perennially popular town of Chipping Norton. Known locally as ‘Chippy’, this thriving market town is the highest point in Oxfordshire and is a joy to discover. Browse the antique shops and enjoy the fine array of cafes and pubs. There is also an excellent theatre and a weekly market that dates to the 13th century.
Beautiful Burford is another of Oxfordshire’s enchanting towns, often referred to as the ‘gateway to the Cotswolds’. The impressive high street is an almost unbroken line of ancient houses and shops, sweeping down to the three-arched medieval bridge that spans the River Windrush.
Book one of our cottages in Oxfordshire and explore a county that offers both exceptional urban delights and quintessentially rural treasures.