Historic Houses & Places of Interest
Distance from farm: 6.5 miles
Broughton, Banbury OX15 5EB
Phone: 01295 276070
Open every Sunday, Wednesday and bank holidays from April to September.
Broughton Castle is a fortified manor house with moat near Banbury in North Oxfordshire. Set in parkland and built of the rich local Hornton ironstone, it was selected by Simon Jenkins as one of only twenty to be awarded five stars in his book England’s Thousand Best Houses. Broughton Castle is home to the 21st Lord and Lady Saye & Sele, whose family name is Fiennes. The ownership of the Castle has remained in the same family since 1447. It has been used as a film location for films such as Jane Eyre, Shakespeare in Love and The Madness of King George
Distance from Farm: 6.6 miles
Bliss Tweed Mill
3 Station Rd, Chipping Norton OX7 5HX
Just outside the town stands Bliss Tweed Mill, designed by George Woodhouse, it looks like a cross between a mansion and a folly, rather than a late 19th century factory having an unusual domed based chimney which is a landmark for Chipping Norton from miles about. Tweed of high quality was made here for many years. The owner William Bliss was instrumental in bringing the railway here to supply coal for his mill’s steam engines. The Mill finally closed in 1980 and has now been converted to luxury apartments
Distance from farm: 8 miles
The Rollright Stones
Stone Ct, Great Rollright, Chipping Norton OX7 5QB
Traditionally a monarch and his courtiers petrified by a witch, the Rollright Stones consist of three groups: the King’s Men stone circle; the Whispering Knights burial chamber; and the single King Stone. They span nearly 2,000 years of Neolithic and Bronze Age development.
Distance from farm: 10.8 miles
Upton House & Gardens
Banbury, Oxon, OX15 6HT
Upton is a long low house built of local yellow sandstone. It was considerably expanded from 1927-1929 for the 2nd Viscount Bearsted by Morley Horder who retained the Carolean style appearance of the exterior while introducing some art déco elements in the interior, particularly in the bathroom for Lady Bearsted, where the walls are covered in aluminium leaf. The style of interiors at Upton has been described by art critic Osbert Lancaster as Curzon Street Baroque. Perhaps uniquely among country houses owned by the National Trust, its significance lies principally in its art collection. The house is presented more as an art gallery than as a private home, although care has been taken to restore the house to how it looked in the 1930s. It contains a unique art deco bathroom and a collection of early Shell advertising posters, together with some of their original artwork, by such artists as Rex Whistler. A main attraction of Upton is the garden. A lawn, with huge cedar trees, sweeps gently down from the house and below is an extensive terraced garden. The garden features a kitchen garden, a series of herbaceous borders and a large lake with water lilies in a small valley. The terracing, unseen from the house and on a first visit unsuspected, contains the National Collection of Aster. In use since the 12th century, the gardens were largely transformed by Kitty Lloyd-Jones for Lady Bearsted in the 1920s and 1930s, including the creation of a rare Bog Garden on the site of medieval fish ponds. The mirror pool is a striking feature of Upton’s Garden. From the lawn you can look down and see the kitchen garden and colourful terraced reflected in it.
Distance from farm: 12.1 miles
Chastleton, Moreton-in-Marsh GL56 0SU
Open Wednesday through to Sunday most months. Check website for full details
Constructed between 1607-12, Chastleton House is a classic 17th century Jacobean country house and gardens situated at Chastleton near Moreton-in-Marsh. It has stood the test of time and is considered a miraculous survivor of a bygone age. It is considered to be one of the finest and perfectly proportioned country houses of the early 17th century. It was built as a statement of wealth and power by a prosperous wool merchant, during the early reign of King James I.
From April to September, you can enjoy a game of croquet on the lawns where the rules of the game were invented!
The garden has nods to changing garden fashions but still largely has its Jacobean layout, with divisions according to use. And it still preserves its secret garden feel of ‘romantic neglect’. The mulberry tree believed to be nearly 400 years old.
Distance from farm: 12.7 miles
Woodstock, Oxfordshire, OX20 1PS
Phone: Phone: 0800 849 6500
Palace open daily from 10.30 – 17.30, last admission 16.45.
Home to the 12th Duke and Duchess of Marlborough and birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill. A true masterpiece of 18th Century Baroque architecture, Blenheim Palace delivers an awe-inspiring experience for visitors. Discover the beauty of this World Heritage Site amongst over 2000 acres of ‘Capability’ Brown parkland and Formal Gardens. Ride the miniature train to The Pleasure Gardens, a dedicated family area that offers a giant hedge maze, butterfly house and adventure playground. Tours, exhibitions and events reveal the sheer splendour of Britain’s Greatest Palace which first opened in 1722.
Distance from farm 15.4 miles
Minster Lovell Hall and Dovecote
English Heritage, Dovecote, Minster Lovell, OX29 0RR
The ruins of Lord Lovell’s manor house, built around 1440, stand eerily beside the River Windrush. Many legends surround the house, including one relating to the lord himself, whose skeleton was said to have been discovered 300 years later in a secret room. A 15th-century church and circular dovecote can still be seen near the ruined hall.
Distance from farm: 15.9 miles
Church Lane, Yarnton , Oxford , Oxfordshire, OX5 1PY
Phone: 0845 130 6021
Built by Sir Thomas Spencer in 1611, Yarnton Manor is a Grade II* listed manor house that has benefited from a significant and sympathetic restoration in 1895. Notable features include the grand entrance hall and half-length Long Gallery, both wood-panelled with original fireplaces, which retain their original 17th-century paintwork, as well as the musket loops hidden under the Spencer family crest. Beyond these particular highlights, the Manor has many elegantly proportioned rooms with features such as original panelling, carved timbers, stained glass windows dating from the restoration, and a beautiful main staircase. The grounds were extensively remodelled in the restoration in Jacobean style. They are also listed, and include a Jacobean-style sunken garden, poplar avenue and carriage drive leading to the entrance.
Distance from farm: 17.9 miles
Warwickshire, CV35 9HZ
Phone: 01926 645 500
Tue – Sun and Bank Holiday Mondays
Discover the unique delights of Compton Verney, where there’s something for everyone to enjoy. 120 acres of stunning parklands and lake surround an award-winning Art gallery, with its artisan eatery and gift shop. Escape the everyday to wander through their historic ‘Capability’ Brown landscape, marvel at their world-class art exhibitions or be thrilled in their outdoor adventure playground. All ages are welcome
Distance from farm: 18 miles
near Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire, GL56 9AW
The house is open May to September inclusive, Thursdays, Fridays and Bank Holiday Mondays; 2.30 pm to 5.30 pm
Sezincote Garden is open January to November, Thursdays, Fridays and Bank Holiday Mondays; 2pm to 6pm
Sezincote is truly unique. At the heart of a traditional, family-run estate covering 4,500 acres of rolling Cotswold countryside stands a 200-year-old Mogul Indian palace, set in a romantic landscape of temples, grottoes, waterfalls and canals reminiscent of the Taj Mahal. It has a unique combination of Hindu and Muslim architecture. The gardens were designed with the help of Humphrey Repton. Sezincote is credited with influencing the design of the Brighton pavilion after a visit by The Prince Regent in 1807.
Distance from Farm: 21.5 miles
44-46 Oxford Castle, Oxford OX1 1AY
Phone: 01865 260666
You have to take a guided tour and let the characters reveal their fascinating stories entrenched in the building’s 1,000 year history. Led by one of their costumed character guides, the rich history of Oxford and the castle is revealed as you climb the Saxon St George’s Tower, one of the oldest buildings in Oxford, and enjoy its stunning 360° panoramic views over the historic city of Oxford. Descend deep underground into the dark atmosphere of the 900 year old crypt, the only surviving remains of St. George’s Chapel. Explore the austere confines of the 18th century Debtors’ Tower and Prison D-Wing. Scale the Mound of the 11th century motte-and-bailey castle. After your tour, you will be inducted into the castle’s prison and wider site where you will be able to explore at your own leisure.
Distance from farm: 22 miles
Broadway Tower, Middle Hill, Broadway, Worcestershire, WR12 7LB
Phone: 01386 852390
On a clear day, it is possible to see 13 counties from the 18th-century Gothic folly high on the Cotswold ridge above Broadway. The artist William Morris used the tower as his country retreat in the early 20th century, and some of his work can be seen in the Morris Room.
Distance from farm 22 miles
Near Broadway, Gloucestershire, WR12 7JU
Phone: 01386 852410
Open 11-5 most days, closed November & December
The extraordinary collections of Charles Paget Wade fill the rooms of Snowshill Manor. Wade bought the house in 1919 and set about lovingly restoring it along Arts and Crafts lines. Treasures include toys, musical instruments, Japanese armour, clocks and vintage bicycles. He designed the garden as a series of rooms and terraces cut into the hillside, overlooking the Vale of Evesham.
Distance from farm: 24.8 miles
Lodge Park and Sherbourne Estate
Address: Lodge Park, Aldsworth, Cheltenham GL54 3PP
Phone: 01451 844130
Lodge Park is open March to May and October, Fridays to Sunday and Bank Holiday Mondays and June to September on Mondays, Fridays and Sundays
Sherborne Park Estate remains a working estate and includes farmland, woodland, open parkland and tenanted cottages. The wider Estate is open year round, dawn to dusk.
Lodge Park – Nestled in the Cotswold countryside, surrounded by Bridgeman parkland, Lodge Park is a tiny gem awaiting your discovery. Discover the history of this special grandstand, and then explore the surrounding Deer Park. Lodge Park became the National Trust’s first restoration project in 1998 and relied on archaeological evidence to return the building to its former glory. It houses the best of the Sherborne collection, inherited from Lord Sherborne in 1982; highlights include Kent furniture and family portraits.
The grandstand – Lodge Park is England’s only surviving and probably most opulent 17th-century grandstand. Created in 1634 by John ‘Crump’ Dutton, Lodge Park indulged his passion for gambling, banqueting and entertaining. The building has been modified many times over the years and questions still remain about who the remodels can be attributed to. Explore this fascinating building and soak up its rich history.
Distance from farm: 25.2miles
Address: Hailes Abbey, Nr Winchcombe, Cheltenham, GL54 5PB
Phone: 01242 602398
Hailes Abbey – Founded in 1246, the Cistercian abbey attracted pilgrims from far and wide, because it held a phial which was believed to contain the blood of Christ. The monastery was dissolved in 1539 and now lies in ruins, but the remains of the intricately carved stone cloister arches can be seen, and there is a small museum containing finds from the site. The abbey is owned by the National Trust and managed by English Heritage.
Distance from farm: 25.4 miles
Shakespeares Houses & Gardens,
Stratford-Upon-Avon, CV37 6QW
Discover the life and times of William Shakespeare across five unique properties in and around Stratford-upon-Avon and let your imagination run wild. Find out where he and his family lived, the places he visited, and gain a new perspective on life in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. You’ll be amazed just how much of Shakespeare’s world still remains. There are 5 locations to explore, Shakespeare’s birthplace, Shakespeare’s New Place, Hall’s Croft, Anne Hathaway’s Cottage and Mary Arden’s Farm.
Distance from farm: 25.9 miles
Stanway House & Fountain
Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL54 5PQ
Phone: 01386 584469
Open: June, July & August. Tuesday and Thursday 2.00pm – 5.00pm
Stanway is an outstanding and beautiful Jacobean manor house unspoilt by change. The house and grounds includes a jewel-like Gatehouse, church, a 14th-century Tithe Barn and 18th-century water-garden, the fascinating furniture, specimen trees and avenues, parkland and woodland all subtly combine to create an enclave of very English and magical harmony.
There has been a gradual restoration of the 18th century watergarden, probably designed by the greatest of British landscape gardeners, Charles Bridgeman. The formal Canal, on a terrace above the house, the striking Pyramid and eight ponds have all been reinstated, and a single-jet fountain, at 300 feet is the highest gravity fountain in the world!
Distance from farm: 27.1 miles
Kelmscott Manor, Kelmscott, Lechlade, Glos, GL7 3HJ
Phone: 01367 252486
Open from April to October, you can visit us every Wednesday and Saturday, 11.00am to 5.00pm
Kelmscott Manor was the inspirational Cotswold retreat of William Morris and his family, friends and colleagues. When Morris first saw the Manor in 1871, he was delighted by this ‘loveliest haunt of ancient peace’. Visitors today can still experience the beauty and seclusion that inspired many of William Morris’s most important designs and writings and influenced his ideas on conservation for both the built and natural environments. This seventeenth-century, Grade 1 listed Manor house on the river Thames—perhaps the most evocative of all the houses associated with Morris—contains an outstanding collection of the possessions and works of Morris
Distance from farm: 27.4 miles
Sudeley Castle, Winchcombe, Cheltenham, GL54 5JD
Telephone: 01242 602308
Open daily from 10am to 5pm, Monday 7th March 2016 to Sunday 30th October 2016
Located in the heart of the Cotswolds, Sudeley Castle & Gardens has played an important role in England’s history for over 1,000 years. Rated amongst the top attractions on TripAdvisor for ‘Things to Do in the Cotswolds’, the castle rooms and exhibits contain many fascinating treasures, from ancient Roman times to the present day. Outside, the castle is surrounded by a breathtaking 1,200 acre estate and ten award-winning gardens. The centrepiece is the Queens Garden, so named because four of England’s queens – Anne Boleyn, Katherine Parr, Lady Jane Grey and Elizabeth I – once walked upon the original Tudor Parterre. The Pheasantry at Sudeley houses a collection of 16 rare and endangered species of birds from around the world as part of Sudeley’s programme of breeding and conservation. Sudeley Castle & Gardens is also the only private castle in England to have a queen buried within its grounds – Katherine Parr, the last of Henry VIII’s six wives. Today visitors can explore the beautiful 15th century church where she lies entombed. The whole family can explore the castle’s fascinating past and enjoy a host of exciting events throughout the year. Children will love scaling the wooden fort and whizzing on the zip wire in the famed Adventure Playground, as well as tackling the brand new 10-piece assault course.
Distance from farm: 28.5 miles
Chedworth Roman Villa
Yanworth, Glos, GL54 3LJ
Nestled in a beautiful Cotswold valley rest the remains of one of the grandest Roman villas in Britain. As well as offering an insight into Romano British history, Chedworth Roman Villa is a place of peace and beauty. Chedworth Roman Villa has some of the most impressive in-situ Roman mosaics in the country, as well as bath-house rooms and hypocaust systems. You can walk along the suspended walk-ways in their modern conservation building. The museum has fascinating artefacts which have been unearthed during on-site excavations. They give an insight into the different religions which would have been worshipped there and you can see Roman jewellery, figurines, coins and more. There’s a Nymphaeum water shrine where offerings to the water goddess were made it is still fed by the ancient water that filters through the Cotswold limestone. Volunteer site guides bring the place to life as they share stories of the villa’s history and more recent archaeological work. Tours run most days and booking is not required. On some days you can enjoy a specialist talk or tour whether you’re interested in the villa’s discovery, mosaic floors or on-going archaeological work. There are plenty of activities for the whole family to enjoy and lots of space to simply run around in the fresh air. Children’s trails show what life was really like in a Roman villa and there are craft activities and special events during school holidays.
Distance from farm 39 miles
Prinknash Abbey, Cranham, Gloucestershire GL4 8EX
Telephone: 01452 812455
Prinknash Park has been associated with Benedictine monks for more than 900 years. Today, the monks have a modern abbey and church, built in the 1970s. On show in the abbey’s former pottery is a reconstruction of the Great Orpheus Roman Pavement, found nearby in the Cotswolds. There is a Bird Park in the grounds.