England is famous for its traditional cottages Oxfordshire’s honey-coloured holiday homes are without a doubt some of the prettiest in the UK. To give the details of this most historic county is to set it in the centre of literature, landscaped gardens and horticultural delights, primarily Blenheim Palace (Capability Brown and Winston Churchill’s birthplace), 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 attractive 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 cottage.
The Old Cart Shed is a masterful conversion of a rural cottage surrounded by gorgeous countryside near Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire. The pet-friendly, 5-bedroom farmhouse effortlessly blends modern luxury with rustic charm having spacious rooms and expansive entertaining areas as well as a hot tub.
This unique Cotswold Holiday stands in the picturesque village of Bampton, better known as the fictional village seen in the Downton Abbey TV series. This charming, luxury rural retreat lies within easy reach of Cotswold locations including Burford, Blenheim Palace and Oxford. Pets welcome.
The Dairy is a luxurious eco-friendly barn conversion near Chipping Norton which promises seclusion and beautiful views of the Oxfordshire region. The pet-friendly cottage boasts ample grounds and a unique décor as well as exposed woodwork and walls, a spacious interior and a private chef.
Hunter Court spoils guests with its lovely mature gardens and refined, luxurious interior. The rural cottage in Clanfield, Oxfordshire offers seclusion on multiple acres and boasts a large conservatory, spacious light-filled rooms and the promise of a memorable holiday in the heart of the Cotswolds.
The Great Escape is bursting with colour and country charm. The rural cottage near Burford in Oxfordshire boasts unique décor as well as an ample place for pets to play. Peace and quiet reign at this cottage, whose luxurious interior promises relaxation after a day exploring the Cotswolds.
Lowfields is a quiet country cottage near Chipping Norton set on the edge of a peaceful hamlet in the heart of the Cotswolds, This spacious child-friendly holiday cottage offers lovely rural views of the Oxfordshire countryside and welcome pets.
The Chestnuts is a large, Eco-Luxe, 5-Star Gold Cotswold holiday Cottage in Shilton, an unspoilt village near historic Burford in Oxfordshire. Sleeps 10. This award-winning cottage has been beautifully renovated and furnished to create a relaxing and child friendly rural retreat in the Cotswolds.
Tew Farmhouse near Chipping Norton in the Oxfordshire is a wonderful restoration featuring exposed beams, stone walls, a hot tub and an original fireplace. The luxury, pet-friendly country house offers modern sophistication and multiple entertaining spaces plus easy access to The Cotswolds.
The Grain Store is a sumptuous barn conversion near Chipping Norton in Oxfordshire. The rural eco-cottage successfully blends modernity and tradition and features a bespoke handmade kitchen, space for pets, contemporary chic and vast outdoor spaces with stunning views of the North Cotswolds.
Shipton Cottage is a delightful, pet-friendly rural cottage in Burford blessed with features to please the whole family and a garden which blends perfectly with the Cotswold countryside. Children’s play areas complement the stylish interior which centres around a unique Gustavian-style wood burner.
Gardeners Cottage is a wonderfully presented period holiday cottage in the Cotswolds. Exposed beams and traditional stonework still evident throughout, create the background for this charming character cottage in the Oxfordshire village of Shipton-under-Wychwood.
A private self-contained wing of a Grade II listed Tudor country house, Tudor End lies in the beautiful Oxfordshire village of Kings Sutton near Banbury. This beautifully furnished Cotswold holiday cottage with a pool is beautifully furnished with modern and antique furniture. Pets welcome.
Huntsbury Cottage is a luxuriously furnished light and airy house with rooms overlooking the Cotswold countryside. Situated in Foscot, a sleepy village between Stow-on-the-Wold and Chipping Norton, this large Cotswold holiday cottage with beautiful gardens sleeps 8.
A quaint, secluded pet-friendly cottage sleeping 2-4. Stable Cottage is set in a remote rural corner of Oxfordshire near Banbury within a stable courtyard. Enjoy beautiful country walks in The Chiltern Hills and The Cotswolds.
Upper End House offers luxury in the Cotswolds. The rural cottage lies in Shipton-under-Wychwood in Oxfordshire and boasts sophistication and charm throughout its spacious interior. Ample gardens capture the sun and open fire warms the interior during winter, and ensure a memorable family holiday.
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. Most of them can be viewed 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 As do those other childhood favourites, Badger, Mole and Toad from "The Wind in the Willows" at Henley's River and Rowing Museum. Henley is also an excellent venue for hiring a rowing or motorboat for a sedate cruise up and down the Thames for a full or half-day.