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Oxfordshire Holiday Cottages
These companies provide a good range of Oxfordshire self cartering cottages as well as other forms of holiday accommodation. The cottage properties are situated throughout the county with some located on the fringes of the Cotswolds. Visit the site for news of the latest deals and booking rates.
- 80 Oxfordshire cottages
provided by Holiday Lettings, situated throughout Oxford in places such as Headington, Windrush as well as Oxford itself. Their selection includes both traditional and modern forms of self catering accommodation.
- Over 40 Oxfordshire cottages
and self catering properties including apartments and 17th century cottages set in picturesque regions such as the Cotswolds. Booking rates are between £200 and £900 for off-peak holiday breaks.
Cottages 4 You
- Around 15 cottages in Oxfordshire in their Cotswolds, Bath and Oxford section - there's a further 300 in the surrounding area. Most of the cottages are highly graded according to location and quality. Prices start at £300 for 7 day breaks.
- A collection of Oxfordshire cottage properties including luxury bungalows and converted coach houses. Pets are welcome in most cases as are smokers. Changeovers are usually on Fridays and Saturdays.
Oxfordshire is situated in South East England, a region considered by many to be the English heartland. It has a landscape of plush green hills, pastures and sleepy villages. Gentle streams such as the Windrush and Evenlode flow lazily through idyllic countryside settings - this is an area of natural, unspoilt beauty.
The River Evenlode
flows past remains of the forest of Wychwood and affords some splendid views of the countryside. Picturesque villages sit on its bank such as Ascott-Under-Wychwood, which dates back to the times of Henry I. The scenery around this part of Oxfordshire is stunning and largely unspoilt.
Hadlington Downs offers some great walking and hiking opportunities and winds past historical features such as the Bronze Age Hawk Stone. Indeed, much of Oxfordshire is steeped in history. Towns such as Chipping Norton
were actually mentioned in the Domesday book while Banbury dates back to Saxon times.
The Eastern side of Oxfordshire consists of vast cornfields and uninhabited wide-open spaces, divided by the River Thames
and Cherwell, on which sits one of the finest Jacobean mansions in the UK. The University town of Oxford and its dreaming spires, is also one of the county's gems and one of the most popular tourist destinations in the county. See the information that follows the guide for further details about Oxfordshire visitor attractions
Oxfordshire visitor attractions
This section offers information about Oxfordshire's most important visitor attractions and historical sites. There's also details of top restaurants and pubs in the region with opening times and admission prices. Links are also provided where possible.
Cotswold Wildlife and Gardens
is situated in Burford and consists of 200 acres of picturesque woodland
and gardens. It is also home to a variety of animals and features a tropical house, bat sanctuary and an adventure playground for kids. A narrow-gauge railway also runs through its grounds. Tickets are between £8 and £11. A variety of boat excursions are run along the 47mile stretch of the River Thames. Centres such as Hobbs of Henley
offer 60 minute sightseeing trips between Marsh and Hambleden Locks - tickets are £7.50 for adults.
There are also a number of trails that run through the countryside that are well-suited to cyclists, such as the Phoenix Trail and the Didcot to Upton Railway Path (Cycle Route 44). Gentle Cycling
offers bike tours of the region and caters for beginners and the advanced.
Food and drink
Good pubs include The Three
in Whitney, which is a Grade II listed building and features a traditional interior of flagstone floors and low, beamed ceilings. Separate lunch and evening menus are served and there's a pub garden for families and groups. The delightful Old Thatched Inn
is also worth visiting and dates back to the mid 17th century. It features a distinctive thatched roof and a classic, country pub interior. The conservatory area allows diners to enjoy their highly original menu and a selection of local ales such as Hook Norton Best are also served.
in Moreton-in-Marsh is a former 16th century coaching inn that fuses modern furnishings with classical features, such as oak beams and stone walls. The cuisine, which has earned the restaurant two AA rosettes, is Modern British in style with signs of French influences - children over 8 are welcome and parking is available. The Hare Restaurant
in Hungerford is also noteworthy and specialises in contemporary European fare
This one-time pub has three dining rooms, all of which have an informal, relaxed feel. The menus are kept short but feature imaginative dishes like roast quail with risotto. Main courses start at around £16.
History and Culture
The North Leigh Roman Villa is an important historical site and has an elaborate mosaic, tiled floor - admission is free. Chastleton House is also memorable and is one of Europe's finest surviving examples of a Jacobean House. Located in Moreton-in-Marsh, the house is furnished with a large number of rare and priceless objects and there's also a large Elizabethan garden. Tickets are £7.50 for adults. Blenheim Palace
, birthplace of Winston Churchill should also be visited and features over 2000 acres of well-kept gardens.