South Newington is a delightful village, with pretty cottages and houses built of local limestone. It dates back to Anglo-Saxon times and is mentioned in the Domesday Book. The village has a very fine church of considerable size dating back to Norman times, which is dedicated to St Peter ad Vincula ("St Peter in Chains"), only one of 15 in England to be dedicated in this way. Back in the 18th Century the village had four pubs; today, just one, The Duck on the Pond (originally The Wykeham Arms), survives and is very conveniently located next door to Gladstone Cottage! The Cottage is in walking distance, across beautiful Cotswold countryside, of four great country pubs: The Falkland Arms at Great Tew (a 3-mile walk); The George Inn at Barford St Michael (a 2.2-mile walk); The Horse and Groom at Milcombe (a 1-mile walk); and The White Swan at Wigginton (a 2-mile walk). You can find a copy of each walk in the printed Welcome Guide at the cottage.
Perfectly positioned to explore the north Cotswolds and Oxfordshire, there’s plenty on offer right on the doorstep to keep all ages entertained. Head off on an exploration of the pretty Cotswold villages which surround the town or take a cultural day trip to nearby Oxford or Stratford-Upon-Avon; the possibilities are endless.