Local Towns & Villages
Distance from farm: 1.2 miles
South Newington – Best known for it’s late Norman church with remarkable medieval wall paintings and one time local resident Kate Winslet, this charming village is also home many interesting charcters including your hosts brother, Julian Barbour. He’s a British physicist with research interests in quantum gravity and the history of science whose books include “The end of Time”. Local pub is Duck On The Pond. one of the closest pubs to Heath Farm Holiday Cottages.
Distance from farm: 1.6 miles
Wiggington – A relatively small village in easy walking reach to from the farm. A quick stoll through the meadow and our woodland leads you onto the Swerford Hill Heath road. A quick right at the top of the hill looking back to the farm will lead you to the village. It has a public house, The White Swan, a local traditional Hooky Brewery. Snacks available only!.
Distance from farm: 1.7 miles
Swerford – It’s a favoured destination by the more active of walkers who wish to explore further afield,. Much of the walk can be done walking upstream of the River Swere. The river runs up through the back of Swerford and eventually runs to Swerford Park where the was once a Trout farm. The Manor House still exists there. Many of which will carry on through to Hook Norton for refreshment at one of the many pubs that serve food including the new restaurant at The Hook Norton Brewery. The Village is split into 2 distinct sections Church End and East End. The East end leads back up onto the A361 whre, if you turn left you can get back onto the A361 where a 2 minute walk on the verge would leave you to the Boxing Hare.
Distance from farm: 2.4 miles
Milcombe – The earliest evidence of human activity in Milcombe dates back to the Bronze Age – it’s a “palstave” or axe-head, which dates from the middle bronze age, around 3,000 to 3,500 years ago which is the same period as the King Stone at Rollright Stones. It also gets a brief mention the Domesday Book. There’s a great locals pub called The Horse and Groom plus there’s a convenience store which is the closest to the farm.
Distance from farm: 2.7 miles
Great Tew – The jewel in the crown of the Tew estate. This village regularly gets mentioned as one of the prettiest villages in the UK. Now famed for the private members club for the rich and famous, Soho Farmhouse and for being home to the Beckhams and also Mr Clarkeson’s The Grand Tour it was previously best known for it’s pub, The Falkland Arms and more importantly for the church with its magnificent collection of late medieval wall paintings and brasses. There’s also a large quarry and extensive game shooting on the grounds of the Tew Estate. There’s a great walk from Heath Farm Holiday Cottages down an old avenue which leads to the back of the village.
Distance from farm: 3.2 miles
Little Tew – Slightly dwarfed by it’s close neigbour Great Tew, this village is full of charm and grace. It’s still part of the Tew Estate and the centre of the village is a Conservation Area which contains a number of ‘Grade II’ listed buildings dating from the seventeenth century and built of the local limestone.The village has an interesting history and has, over the years, been the home to various celebrated figures in the arts, entertainment, sciences, classics and archeology.
Distance from farm: 3.5 miles
Hook Norton – Famed for it’s brewery, Hook Norton is a picturesque village full of charm and great local characters which has plenty to offer with a number of pubs and a couple of shops and a wealth of local hisory. Archaeological record show human beings lived in this locality in the Bronze and Iron Ages, leaving evidence of the burial mounds, the roads, forts and settlements they built circa 2000b.c. There have been exciting discoveries that show there were Roman villas and other settlements in the area, probably well into the fifth century. The parish boundaries were established in Anglo-Saxon times. Hook Norton stands close to the highest point in Oxfordshire.
Distance from farm: 3.8 miles
Bloxham – Probably the largest local village. Extensive use of the local ironstone is noticable throughout the village with many dark honey coloured cottages and buildings. Notable points of interest is the local co-educational boarding school and St Marys Church. It’s 14th century tower and spire is said to be the highest in Oxfordshire. It also houses fragments of medieval wall paintings including a Doom paintingover the chancel arch & St Christopher over the north doorway. Next door is the local museum and although many of teh original pubs have now gone there is still a good selection, together with a great local fish & chip shop, Co-op store and other local stores.
Distance from farm: 5.3 miles
Enstone – Located 4 miles east of Chipping Norton. It’s the closest location to catch buses to Oxford. It is also home of Enstone airfield used by local enthusiasts it will soon be home to replica Spitfire planes too.
It’s one of the largest civil parishes in Oxfordshire. Consisting of the villages of Church Enstone and Neat Enstone and the hamlets of Chalford, Cleveley, Fulwell, Gagingwell, Lidstone, and Radford.
Distance from farm: 6.5 miles
Broughton – 2.5 miles southwest of Banbury it is best known for Broughton Castle where many period drama and films are shot. Gastro pub nearby the castle is The Saye and Sele.
Distance from farm: 7 miles
Great Rollright – 2.5 miles north of Chipping Norton. It sits high on a hill where there are great panoramic views of rolling Cotswold hills. It has an interesting medieval parish church. Best known for the Rollright Stones although closer to Little Tew.
Distance from farm: 8.4 miles
Little Rollright – a hamlet about 3 miles northwest of Chipping Norton. Right on the county boundary with Warwickshire it’s the village nearest to the megalithic Rollright Stones which includes a 5,000 year old burial chamber.There is also the medieval church of St Philip in the village.
Distance from Farm: 6 miles
Chipping Norton – Affectionately called Chippy by the locals, this small town is the closest to the farm so may well be your first port of call for shopping. Previously Chippy was known as a hub for tweed and wool production. The mill is still the local landmark, now a residential apartments. There’s some interesting small shops Including the fantastic local independent bookshop, Jaffe &Neal, cafes and pubs with the Theatre being the main social hub, small but perfectly formed, famed for its annual pantomime.
Distance from Farm: 7.1 Miles
“Ride a cock horse to Banbury Cross to see a fine lady on a white horse” Banbury is best known for its nursery rhyme and once having one of the biggest cattle markets in Europe. This market town is North Oxfordshires most important industrial centre which has grown considerably in size since the M40 was completed. It has a wide range of shops, cafes and restaurants to cater for most. Banbury is also well known for Banbury Cakes, a special fruit and pastry cake.
Distance from farm: 8.6 miles
A vibrant fairly small town with plenty of facilities, activities and places to eat and drink. there’s also a train station just outside the village which goes from Worcester to London. Also home to Cornbury park where the infamous Wilderness festival takes place. They have a great locals website worth using for up to date info. charlbury.info
Distance from Farm: 11.9 Miles
Woodstock is predominantly famed for Blenheim Palace and Winston Churchill who’s birthplace and grave are located in nearby Churchill. Every year Blenheim Palace hosts a numerous and prestigious events on it’s grounds including the Literary Festival and Counrtyfile live. Woodstock is located between Oxford and the farm, and has plenty to offer. It is a fine example of a Georgian town that has a distinct Royal heritage and contains many attractive period buildings. It’s home to the excellent Oxfordshire Museum and the Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum. Woodstock has an interesting selection of specialist independent shops, galleries and some excellent pubs and restaurants. One of the highlights of the social calendar is their Old Woodstock Mock Mayor event.
Distance from Farm: 15.1 miles
Moreton in Marsh
A traditional and pretty Cotswold Market town located on the crossroad of the Fosse way Roman road and A44, it has a wide main street and wide grass verges. It still holds a regular, well established vibrant market every Tuesday, with a wide range of stalls people come from far and wide to shop. In addition to the market, there are a plethora of antique shops, tea shops, restaurants. There’s also the Wellington Aviaition Museum and Art Gallery. Moreton-in-Marsh hosts a traditional one day Agricultural and Horse Show which is held on the first Saturday in September each year.Nearby is the village of Chastleton with its’ historic Chastleton House
Distance from Farm: 16 miles
Stow-on-the-Wold – “Where the wind blows cold. Where horses young and old are sold, Where farmers come to spend their gold. Where men are fools and women are bold and many a wicked tale is told. High on the freezing Cotswold.” Another small and beautiful market town known as a mecca for antique hunters, it is also host to some fine craft shops and art galleries too. The town sits on the Fosse Way, a Roman road that linked Exeter to Lincoln and was actually best known as a wool town. It’s one of the best known small Cotswold towns which sits 800ft above sea level.
Distance from Farm: 17.1 miles
Burford – Picturesque town with a sloping high street adorned with antique shops, pubs and cafes. It’s a tourist hotspot which is still relatively untouched by the wheels of progress. Home to the Burford Garden Company, a highly successful award winning retailer, far more than just a garden centre!
Distance from Farm: 19.6 miles
Bourton on the Water – Has been regularly voted one of the prettiest villages in England. It has a charming and unique appeal. There’s plenty to see and do with a number of attractions, shops, restaurants and tea rooms. Very popular for simply enjoying tranquil time and soaking up the atmosphere by the River Windrush with its beautiful bridges throughout.
Distance from Farm: 20.3 miles
Known as the City of Dreaming Spires, it’s world famous for its University and place in history. For over 800 years, it has been a home to royalty and scholars, and since the 9th century an established town, although people are known to have lived in the area for thousands of years. With its mix of ancient and modern, there is plenty to keep you occupied. Whether its visiting one of the many historic buildings, colleges or museums, going out for a drink or a meal, taking in a show or shopping till you drop. Highlights include: The Ashmoleun, Pitt Rivers, Natural History Museum, Christchurch College, The Sheldonian Theatre, The Botanical Gardens, The Weston Library, Radcliffe Camera, Punting on the Thames and the Ice Rink. If you venture beyond the city centre Jericho and Cowley Road are both vibrant and diverse areas ideal for eating, drinking and shopping. For walking tours of the city we recommend: Iain Stevenson M.A. (Oxon.) Phone: 0743 484 5596
Distance from Farm: 23.1miles
Chipping Campden is one of the loveliest small towns in the Cotswolds. It’s officially designated a conservation area to preserve the ancient town for centuries to come. The main street gently curves in a shallow arc and is lined with a succession of ancient houses each grafted to the next but each with its own distinctive embellishments. Chipping Campden was one of the most famous of the medieval wool towns in the surrounding area. The town dates back to Saxon times, circa 7Th Century.St. James Church, is considered the finest ‘wool’ church in the Cotswolds. It has an impressive 120ft (36 metre) tower and a very spacious interior. The church is famed for having one of the oldest altar tapestries (pre-reformation) and largest brass in England.
Distance from Farm: 25.3 miles
Stratford Upon Avon
A town synonymous with William Shakespeare which has over 800 years of history, containing not only many buildings that survive today and would have been familiar to Shakespeare, but also a thriving community offering a wide variety of leisure, entertainment and shopping experiences. From quaint side streets with unique and individual shops to open parklands along the river, there’s something for everyone. Highlights include Shakespeare’s Birthplace, The Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) and Anne Hathaways Cottage.
Distance from Farm: 25.3 miles
Lechlade is a small attractive riverside town on the edge of the Cotswolds. It gets its name from the River Leach which joins the Thames just east of the town. It’s the highest point at which the River Thames is navigable and is a popular spot in the summer when the Thames is busy with cruisers, narrowboats and small boats. St. John’s bridge, reputed to be the first stone bridge over the Thames outside London. The original structure dates back to 1229, but was rebuilt about 1830. Lechlade is also mentioned in the Doomsday book. There is good fishing in the local rivers and lakes, country walks in the beautiful Cotswolds countryside, and various nature reserves in the area.
Distance from Farm: 28.2 miles
Widely referred to as the ‘Jewel of the Cotswolds’ and the ‘Show Village of England’ due to it’s sheer beauty and magnificence. The beautiful High Street is lined with horse chestnut trees and includes a mixture of period houses and picturesque honey coloured Cotswold stone cottages in amongst the shops, pubs and art galleries. Many famous characters have spent time in Broadway drawing inspiration from its beauty and location including Oscar Wilde, Claude Monet, Edwin Abbey, John Singer-Sargent, William Morris and Edward Elgar. It’s oldest known house, Abbotts Grange was built in 1320. One of its best known landmarks is Broadway Tower which is 65ft high and stands atop the hill overlooking the village which apparently on a clear day you can see no fewer than 14 counties from the top of it
Broadway has much to offer including several of the country’s best art galleries. There’s a great choice of gift and clothes shops, inns, restaurants, half-dozen tea shops, museums and many other attractions. Retail therapy combined with good food & drink and chilling-out makes Broadway a very popular place in the Cotswolds
Distance from Farm: 34.9 miles
The largest town in the Cotswold District, Cirencester lies on the River Churn and is an affluent and picturesque market town often known as the ‘Capital of the Cotswolds’. It sits at the crossroads of three Roman roads, in Roman times it was second only to London and was developed from a military fort.
Cirencester has many ancient honey coloured stone buildings in picturesque narrow streets, as well as courtyards, alleyways and an endless number of independent shops which makes up a large proportion of the retailers in the area.It’s is also renowned for a wonderful selection of indoor and outdoor markets held in the beautiful and historic Market Place. The award winning Corinium Museum houses treasures including stunning Roman mosaics, Anglo Saxon gold and medieval sculptures. You can also discover the history of the town by taking part in one of the Civic Society walks from the Church, which are held on Sunday and Wednesday afternoons during the summer months. Cirencester has plenty of open green spaces such as the peaceful Abbey Grounds, the impressive Roman amphitheatre, or St Michael’s Park which is ideal for family activities. The beautiful and extensive Cirencester Park is also ideal on a sunny day.
Distance from Farm: 33.5 miles
Cheltenham is regarded as a regency spa town in the Gloucestershire Cotswolds. Cheltenham has been a health and holiday spa town resort since the discovery of mineral springs in 1716.
It has a high number of internationally renowned and historic schools. Cheltenham also hosts several festivals of culture The list of festivals including the Cheltenham Literature Festival, the Cheltenham Jazz Festival, the Cheltenham Science Festival, the Cheltenham Music Festival and the Cheltenham Food & Drink Festival.
The highlight festival for most is the flagship race of British steeplechase horse racing, the Gold Cup is the main event of the Cheltenham Festival, held every March.
It is also well known for the GCHQ spying and intelligence base.
Distance from Farm: 78.2Miles
Our world famous capital city is less than an hour away by train from Banbury or Charlbury (1hr, 8mins). An amazing city with something for absolutely everyone. Spend the day viewing all the famous landmarks and attractions or shop until you drop. London is one the the biggest tourst destinations worldwide. Experience an amazing day out and retreat back to the peace and tranquillity of the farm in the evening.
Distance from Farm: 59.8 Miles
The second largest city in the UK is less than 45 minutes on train from Banbury. Hugely popular for days out shopping at the famous Bullring shopping center it is also now well known for the NEC (National Exhibition Center) which plays host to major gigs, shows and conferences. It has multiple Industrial Revolution-era landmarks that speak to its 18th-century history as a manufacturing powerhouse