Clanfield is a small village in the Thames Valley, in the county of Oxfordshire. Its nearest town is Carterton, three miles to its north. The stream which meanders through the village is crossed at various points by stone bridges, and there are two village greens which are connected by a path dotted with weeping willows. The population of Clanfield is less than 900. It is a quiet, rural community, set amid some of the area’s most idyllic countryside. There are several footpaths into the surrounding fields and woods. In the heart of the village, a short stroll from your holiday cottage in Clanfield, there is a beautiful parish church with an intricate Norman tympanum over its south door.
On Bourton Road, The Plough is a popular restaurant in a 16th century stone house, serving delicious dishes prepared with fresh, seasonal ingredients. The Clanfield Tavern is a few doors away, serving local ales and a menu of pub classics. On Main Street, there is a shop and post office, with a café and bakery selling fresh bread and excellent coffee. At neigbouring Little Clanfield, there were once two watermills at the brook, one of which remains operational. Just south of the village, and well worth a visit on self-catering holidays in Clanfield, Friar’s Court is a moated farmhouse with lovely gardens.
A couple of miles east of Clanfield, Bampton is a larger village which has become well-known as the location for Downton Abbey. Fans of the show can visit the Old Rectory and the library, as well as Highclere Castle, which is a half-hour drive into the North Wessex Downs, and was the location of the abbey.
Self-catering holidays in Clanfield are popular among visitors who want to explore the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, home to rolling countryside and ancient villages built from honey-coloured stone.