Bampton, also known as Bampton-in-the-Bush, is a village in the Thames Valley, in Oxfordshire. Made famous in recent years as a location for Downton Abbey, it is undoubtedly one of the county’s most idyllic villages. Guests in holiday cottages in Bampton can visit the Old Rectory and the library, both of which have appeared on the show. The real Downton Abbey, Highclere Castle, is a 30-minute drive south of Bampton in the North Wessex Downs. Despite its moment in the limelight, little has changed in Bampton. Time appears to have stood still, with old pubs, shops, cafes and stone-built homes. The Horseshoe and the Romany Inn are welcoming pubs serving good food and local ales. Shill brook meanders through the village before meeting the Thames, and there are many historic landmarks, including an 11th century church and Weald Manor.
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.
A 15-minute drive from your Bampton holiday cottage, the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is home to rolling countryside and ancient villages. Burford, on the edge of the Cotswolds, is a medieval village which is typical of the region, and a lovely place to browse antiques or stop for afternoon tea. For families, the Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens is a fun day out, a short drive from Burford. The park is home to more than 260 species of animals, set in 160 acres of landscaped gardens.
Less than an hour’s drive from Bampton, towards Birdlip and Cranham, walkers can join the Cotswold Way, a 100-mile route through some of the region’s most beautiful countryside. The city of Oxford is 20 miles east of holiday cottages in Bampton. Known as the City of the Dreaming Spires, its medieval architecture, prestigious university, independent shops, boutiques and museums are well worth taking an afternoon to explore.