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.
- Hook Norton, EnglandLocated in the village of Hook Norton, this Grade II listed holiday cottage is documented as having been part of a malthouse in the 17th century and is situated in the heart of the village. One of a row, it has been lovingly restored and retains many character features which include old stone floors and walls. Village life revolves around the old Norman church, quaint pubs and the village shop, which provides for guests’ daily needs. Hook Norton is best known for its Victorian Tower Brewery, the only remaining steam driven brewery still in operation in the UK. Other places of interest to visit include Stow-on-the-Wold (15 miles), Bourton-on-the-Water (19 miles) and Stratford-upon-Avon (23 miles). Shop and village inn 150 yards.£61From price per night based on 7 night stay
- Dean, EnglandSituated in the Cotswolds AONB, close by to the historic market town of Chipping Norton, South View Cottage is the ideal location for a fabulous walking holiday. In the heart of Dean, just a couple of miles from the pretty village of Chadlington, South View Cottage is the wing of a larger property, set in miles of beautiful countryside surrounded by an abundance of footpaths, cycle paths and bridleways that are a must for walkers, ramblers and cyclists. Shop 1½ miles, pub and restaurant 3 miles.£67From price per night based on 7 night stay
- Gozzard's Ford, EnglandThis cosy detached, beamed 200-year-old cottage, with a delightful west facing garden with views over the Berkshire Downs, nestles in a small hamlet outside historic Abingdon and a few miles from Oxford. On the banks of the Thames, Abingdon, purported to be the oldest town in England, is steeped in history with many fine old buildings. Oxford is the city of dreaming spires famous for its university, the Bodleian Library and Inspector Morse. There is so much to do and see in the area including boat hire, walking in the Downs, cycling on the National Cycle Route or spend a day at Blenheim Palace and finally return to the peaceful cottage garden and watch the sun set over the Berkshire Downs. Golf at Frilford Heath 2 miles. Shops 2 miles, pub ¼ mile.£71From price per night based on 7 night stay
- Banbury, EnglandNestled down a quiet lane in the pretty village of Swalcliffe is this beautiful, thatched, terraced cottage. Lorien Cottage is a Grade II listed property with plenty of character and charm, an ideal getaway for couples and small families wishing to explore this stunning area of Oxfordshire. The open plan living and dining room with low beamed ceilings is centred on the beautiful inglenook fire place where you can cosy in front of the roaring wood burner on a chilly evening. Through the latch door, upstairs you will discover two bedrooms with luxurious double beds finished with Egyptian cotton bed linen to give you the most perfect nights sleep. One of the bedrooms boasts a lovely deep window seat, the perfect place to immerse yourself in a good book. Each room has been thoughtfully furnished and styled with the guest in mind to ensure you want to return to this beautiful English cottage. Guests are treated to Noble Isle products in the bathroom to use. Outside, you can enjoy watching the sun go down over a glass of wine in the secluded raised garden, giving access to open fields.
Within the village of Swalcliffe, you will find the historic tithe barn, village church and the local village pub which serves excellent food including their famous Greek nights which is well worth pre-booking for. Lace up your walking boots and discover more of the surrounding countryside via a wealth of public footpaths.
The cottage is situated on the edge of the Cotswolds, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and between the market towns of Shipston-on-Stour and Banbury, both only a 15-minute drive away. Stratford-upon-Avon, William Shakespeare’s birthplace, is only 10 miles away, where you will find an abundance of restaurants, tea rooms, high street and independent shops, the Royal Shakespeare Theatre and other historic buildings. A little further afield, but still within easy driving distance, guests will be able to visit Stow-on-the-Wold, the historic University of Oxford, Silverstone; famous for the British Grand Prix, Bicester shopping village, Chipping Norton, Warwick Castle, Woodstock and Blenheim Palace. Also an ideal base for visiting local historic houses including Althorpe and Sulgrave Manor. The surrounding villages are abundant with cosy country pubs and local attractions from civil war battlefields to potteries and breweries. Shop 1½ miles, pub and restaurant ¼ mile.£160From price per night based on 7 night stay
- Oxford, EnglandSet in a sleepy hamlet of Thrupp, the Dovecote is the ideal romantic retreat for two. This pretty little detached property is situated in the grounds of a Manor House and lies adjacent to the 18th Century Oxford Canal, offering cozy and peaceful accommodation situated in a historic hamlet. Thrupp offers many relaxing walks along the canal towpath, or along the banks of the river Cherwell, which hosts an abundant of wildlife.
Thrupp has a public house called the Boat, with its open fires and beamed ceiling. Annie’s Tea Room, situated on the other side of the canal has a selection of homemade cakes and pastries to purchase.
A short walk or along the towpath or a short drive leads to the village of Kidlington, recognised as the largest village in England, has several supermarkets, post office, banks, chemists and various pubs and cafes. There is a regular bus service to Oxford from Kidlington along with a nearby Park and Ride service. There is a bus stop available on the main road, approximately 15 minutes’ walk from the cottage.
The M40 motorway is easily reached, connecting to either London or Birmingham within an hour, traffic dependent.
The property makes and ideal holiday base to visit the famous Oxford colleges or the historic market town of Woodstock home to Blenheim Palace. Or explore the Cotswolds and Shakespeare’s Stratford-upon-Avon. Shops 2 miles, pubs ¼ mile.£66From price per night based on 7 night stay
- Chipping Norton, EnglandGrooms Cottage offers an ideal Cotswold retreat to get away from it all. The Cotswolds is home to some of the most unspoilt, historic and famous towns and villages in England and the location of this home will not disappoint! Surrounded by Cotswold stone houses, award winning pubs and rolling countryside perfect for county walks this cottage is the ideal base to explore all the area has to offer. Popular Stow-on-the-Wold, Bourton-on-the-Water, better known as the Venice of the Cotswolds, and Morton-in-Marsh are all within a 15 minute drive.
This unique self-catering retreat for couples welcomes you from the moment you arrive. Inside you’ll find luxury in every nook and cranny from the fully-equipped kitchen, the super king-sized bed and the home made welcome hamper including fresh local eggs for breakfast and seasonal homemade liquor.
The sitting area has a floor to ceiling window allowing light to flood in even on wintery evenings and in the summer months you can enjoy your own courtyard garden.
College Farmhouse Cottage is perfect for solo travellers with a four-legged friend in tow, or for a romantic break with a difference.£95From price per night based on 7 night stay