It is easy to while away your time here at Heath Farm exploring the grounds, relaxing in the courtyard or snuggled up in your cottage by an open fire. Whether you enjoy nature rambles and picnics, birdwatching, garden games, relaxing inside/outside with a book, cooking or barbequeing enhanced by a handful of fresh herbs from the garden or just soaking up the atmosphere you will find something to enjoy without even having to leave the farm.

‘What a treat for lovers of trees, timber, woodworking and open air. We spent much of our time here, not exploring elsewhere..’ Colin and Jane -guest book comment

..finding it hard to leave such a beautiful, peaceful, relaxing place…Sunday was perfect: Pimms and croquet and a ride on the fantastic swing with a bbq and more pimms!!’ Carrie, Angela, Donna and Susie.

CroquetCourtyard arch Garden Flower meadow

For those who like to get out and about there are many ways to enjoy what our local area has to offer all within an easy short drive. Please see the following links for information for current ‘what’s on’ events in our area. Below these we have also information about a wide variety of activities , sights and suggestions for days out. *

SwerfordWest OxfordshireNorth OxfordshireOxford City

Travel guide for the Cotswolds – The Cotswolder

Activities

Walking: In reception we have a selection of local walking routes and maps: Oxfordshire Cotswolds  Charlbury Walks For guided walks in Abingdon click  here   .Join the local ramblers group for an organised walk , check the Cotswolds AONB or the Wildlife trust sites for upcoming events.

Cycling: Local bike hire with free delivery from TY Cycles

Horseriding: Turpins Lodge – Turpins Lodge Riding School

Golf: – Golf Near Chipping NortonRye Hill Golf Course

Fishing: Salford Trout LakesThames Fishing , Great Rollright – Mr Parker/Mrs Rudge-01608 684319

Swimming: Chipping Norton – Chippy Lido (summer months). See leisure centres below.

Childrens indoor play areas: rugrats and half -pintsikidz club , Banbury.

Cinemas: Banbury Odeon, Chipping Norton Theatre

Leisure Centres: Banbury – Spiceball Leisure Centre.  Chipping Norton Chipping Norton Leisure Centre




Places to Visit/Things to see

 

Houses: Broughton Castle, Snowshill Manor, Buscot Park, Blenheim Palace, Kelmscott manor

Chastleton House

Gardens and arboretums: Rousham, Hidcote Gardens , Batsford Arboretum, Buscot Park, Waterperry Gardens, Painswick – Rococco garden where the ‘snowdrops are spectacular’ , Stow Landscape Gardens

Theatres:

Chipping Norton Theatre, Chipping Norton. Mill Arts Centre, Banbury.

Oxford: The Oxford PlayhouseThe Pegasus TheatreThe North Wall Arts Centre, The Old Firestation.

Stratford: The Royal Shakespeare TheatreThe Swan Theatre

 

Towns and Villages: we are surrounded by picturesque Cotswold and ironstone villages. Below is a selection of some of the most popular and some of our most local.

Hook Norton – Pretty ironstone village home to Hook Norton Brewery which has a museum and guided tours

Great Tew, Broadway ‘lovely little village, beautiful buildings with a marvellous well stocked deli – a must!’, Stow on the Wold, Bourton on the Water, Burford near which is The Cotswold Wildlife Park , The Slaughters, Chipping Camden, Bibury.

Chipping Norton – our local market town with an excellent independent bookshop and a handful of interesting shops.

Woodstock – home to Bleinheim Palace (highly recommended for a day out by our visitors).

Banbury – shopping, leisure centre, indoor play areas, market place and canal walks.

 

Eating Out

There are many restaurants and pubs in the surrounding towns and villages. As the criteria for a good restaurant are very much a matter of personal taste we are slightly reluctant to make firm recommendations, but the restaurants and pubs below have been spoken well of by our guests and friends.

Pubs:

Very local -within 1-2 miles: Duck on the pondMason’s ArmsFalkland Arms.

Local: The Horse and Groom, Milcombe ( 3miles). The Joiner’s Arms, Bloxham (3miles). The Crown, Enstone (5miles).

The Chequers, The Albion Tavern, Whistlers, Chipping Norton (6miles). The Deddington Arms, Deddington (5miles).

The Bull, Charlbury. The Stags Head, Swalcliffe. The George, Brailes.

The Fox, Lower Oddington. The King’s Head, Bleddington. The Horse and Groom, Upper Oddington. The Royal Oak, Ramsden. The Royal Oak, Burford. Camra, Burford ‘if you like real ales’. The Swan Inn, Swinbrook. The Moon and Sixpence, Hanwell.

 

Restaurants:

Thai ShireWild Thyme, Chipping Norton.

Thai Orchid   –  Voujon – Banbury.

The Bay Tree – Burford.

 

* This list is not exhaustive and we are still in the process of adding to it.

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