Oxfordshire Cottages for Dreaming City Spires and Sleepy Villages

England is famous for its traditional cottages Oxfordshire’s honey-coloured holiday homes are without doubt some of the prettiest in the UK. To give the details of this most historical county is to set it in the centre of literature, landscaped gardens and horticultural delights, primarily Blenheim Palace (Capability Brown and Winston Churchill’s birth place), Stowe, Sulgrave House (with its early American connections), Upton House, Stonor Park, Waterperry Gardens and herb farms including the National Herb Centre and Oxford's Botanic Gardens. Many of the great houses host an attaractive range of events and festivals throughout the year such as  the Spring Jousting Tournament in May at Blenheim Palace - perfect for planning a weekend break in a holiday ciottage.

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Yarrow Cottage, Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire

Yarrow Cottage, Chipping Norton

Yarrow is a delightful thatched Cotswold holiday cottage in Churchill, a tranquil village near Chipping Norton in Oxfordshire. This pet friendly cottage with a wood burner oozes chic country design to warm your heart and soul. It sleeps 4 in 2 double bedrooms, perfect for a small family or friends.

The Chestnuts, Burford, Oxfordshire

The Chestnuts, Burford

Large Eco-Luxe Traditional Cotswold Stone Holiday Cottage in the unspoilt Oxfordshire village of Shilton near historic Burford. Sleeps 10.

Stable Cottage, Banbury, Oxfordshire

Stable Cottage, Banbury

A quaint, secluded pet friendly cottage sleeping 2-4, recently refurbished in 2014. Set in a remote rural corner of Oxfordshire near Banbury within a stable courtyard. Beautiful country walks on your doorstep.

Iconic buildings in Oxford, the County town, include the Bodleian Library, home to millions of precious, rare and contemporary books, the Ashmolean Museum, St. John's College and Christ Church can be viewed, most of them from a boat trip; or self-punt yourself on the early reaches of England's premier river, the Thames. Away from the Isis, as The Thames is known in Oxford take an open-top bus tour, joining a guided walking tour or on a bicycle,

Introduce the younger members of the family to Thomas the Tank Engine at Didcot Railway Centre and check out the rolling stock of early Great Western Railway steam engines there, still a draw for the male population, both young and old; and then those other childhood favourites, Badger, Mole and Toad from "The Wind in the Willows" at Henley's River and Rowing Museum. Henley is also a great venue for hiring a rowing or motor boat for a sedate cruise up and down the Thames for a full or half day.