Home to breathtaking skylines full of spires and domes, beautiful countryside, lush meadows, and some of the most picturesque rivers in England, Oxfordshire is a simply wonderful place to visit. Perfect for a dog-friendly escape, you can take pooch for a stroll through the cobbled Cotswolds villages, discover the heritage of Oxford, or explore the stunning scenery of the Chiltern Hills.
- Chipping Norton, England
Nestled amongst the rolling hills of the picture-perfect Cotswolds, The Swan is a delightful dog-friendly hotel and gastropub with style to spare, featuring quirky decor and delicious artisan dishes.£140Price per night from
- Banbury, EnglandThis charming, Grade II listed cottage dates back to the 17th century and was formerly a sweet shop. Now having been lovingly restored to a good standard, the cottage still retains a wealth of character, with an inglenook fireplace, beams and stone walls but boasting comforts to give you that home from home experience. There is also a games/playroom with a games console to keep the younger guests entertained. The property will be decorated for guests staying over the festive period.
Perfectly situated in the heart of the picturesque village of Hook Norton, on the edge of the beautiful Cotswolds, with superb walks right from the doorstep and excellent local amenities, all within walking distance, including a local parish church, library and well-stocked general store. There are two public houses within walking distance, both serving food and where you can sample the locally made beer from Hook Norton Brewery. The Victorian brewery is also a lovely day out for guests with guided tours being offered, free beer samples and a visitors centre. The village is just a short distance from the market town of Chipping Norton where you can explore several antique shops, and a wide selection of coffee shops, restaurants and pubs. A short drive will take you to Blenheim Palace at Woodstock, Shakespeare’s Stratford-upon-Avon and Oxford, known as the ’city of dreaming spires’. There are plenty of opportunities for guests to travel a little further and visit one of the many Cotswold towns such as Stow-on-the-Wold, Bourton-on-the-Water or Morton-in-Marsh. Whilst in Stow pop into the gorgeous Daylesford farm shop owned by Lady Bamford. The designer outlet village at Bicester is also worth a day out for those guests who enjoy some retail therapy, and the cottage is also only 8 miles from the exclusive soho farmhouse in Great Tew. Shop and pub 500 yards, restaurant 5 miles.£126From price per night based on 7 night stay
- Oxford, EnglandThe Coach House is a spacious, detached barn conversion that has been thoughtfully designed and beautifully finished to give guests a fantastic stay. The Coach House, located in the pretty village of Cuxham, has kept many original features including exposed beams, exposed stone, brickwork and lovely windows. The open plan living, kitchen and dining area is very sociable and spacious. French doors lead onto the south west facing enclosed garden complete with flower beds, a patio and a good-sized lawn boasting beautiful views of Oxfordshire. This is a perfect getaway for all the family, including the dog, friends and couples wanting a relaxing stay, a sightseeing break or a walking and cycling holiday in a stunning part of Oxfordshire. The Coach House is situated on a working farm where they rear cattle and grow crops, with the friendly owners living in the farmhouse adjacent to the property. The owners occasionally host events on the farm including a Christmas market and shoots. The farmhouse has even featured in episodes of Midsomer Murders, along with the nearby ancient south Oxfordshire market town of Watlington.
The town of Watlington, which sits at the foot of the Chilterns, is steeped in history and offers many independent delicatessens and shops. The Chiltern countryside is waiting to be explored by foot or bike where you will be treated to magnificent views of the Thames Valley and South Oxfordshire. Approximately 1½ miles from Watlington is Watlington Hill, a National Trust chalk grassland site which is a fantastic area to spot red kites and butterflies including the silver-spotted skipper. For more wildlife watching, the Aston Rowant Nature Reserve is close by. For railway enthusiasts, take a visit to the Chinnor and Princes Risborough Railway, a 3½ mile stretch at the foot of the Chiltern Hills where steam and diesel-hauled trains operate.
There are many other nearby towns to visit including Dorchester, a pretty village with an abbey, Thame, a typical English market town, Wallingford, home of Agatha Christie, and Henley-on-Thames, a 12th-century market town made internationally famous for its rowing regatta. The historic university city of Oxford is within 15 miles. There is plenty more to do and see in the area including Greys Court (National Trust), Nuffield Place, Basildon Park, Harcourt Arboretum, the Earth Trust Centre, the Aston Martin Heritage Trust Museum and Wittenham Clumps, for stunning panoramic views of south Oxfordshire. Shop 1½ miles, pub and restaurant 550 yards.£230From price per night based on 7 night stay
- Chipping Norton, EnglandSet within its very own idyllic hamlet, oozing with charm and character this delightful chocolate box cottage is a hidden gem. It beholds its very own piece of design theatre, mixing the traditional with a touch of the contemporary.
Take a hop, skip and a jump through the uber cool glass atrium, to enjoy the ultimate entertaining space. With its indoor-outdoor vibe, this open plan kitchen diner is the perfect space for friends and family to gather and enjoy a sumptuous dinner and some fun board games. The little ones of the family won’t be disappointed either, directly attached to the hub of the kitchen is the playroom, adorned with toys, books and a rather delightful Victorian dolls house of epic proportion for them to enjoy.
Perfectly positioned within the ’gateway to the Cotswolds’, adventure awaits. Sitting on the edge of a sleepy hamlet, this rural escape is just a 5-minute drive from the delights of the historic town Burford. You might decide to spend the day meandering amongst its antique shops, purchase some country casuals at one of the boutique fashion houses or indulge in afternoon tea with a few bubbles. Those seeking a thrilling day out won’t be disappointed, just a short trip along the road you will find Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens, where you can spend the day getting wild on a safari.
After a day of exploring, let yourself be drawn back into the snug of Betty’s Cottage, kick off your shoes and Barbour, grab a blanket and cosy up by the open fire.£121From price per night based on 7 night stay