Kingham is a small village in Oxfordshire, four miles southwest of the market town of Chipping Norton. It lies near the banks of the River Evenlode and is surrounded by the green, rolling countryside of the Cotswold Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Once named England’s Favourite Village in Country Life magazine, Kingham is known for its graceful greens overlooked by rows of 17th and 18th century cottages. On the doorstep of your holiday cottage in Kingham, the Wild Rabbit is renowned for its exceptional food, prepared with the finest local ingredients by Michelin-starred chef Alyn Williams. With roaring fires and a bar stocked with Oxfordshire ales, it still feels like a proper pub.
Opposite the village green, the Kingham Plough is another charming pub where you can enjoy homemade bar snacks such as Tamworth pork pies. On Church Street, there is an old-fashioned grocery selling a range of local produce. One of the village’s most distinctive landmarks is St Andrew’s Church, which features a 14th century perpendicular gothic tower with a ring of eight bells. Self-catering holidays in Kingham are popular among walkers, with many scenic footpaths running into the surrounding countryside from the village. The circular walk to Cornwell and Daylesford is particularly spectacular, with far-reaching views across the Cotswolds. The organic farm shop in Daylesford sells a huge selection of fresh produce. One of the area’s best family attractions is Cotswold Farm Park, where you can visit a remarkable variety of rare pigs, goats, cattle and sheep.
A wander around the neighbouring town of Chipping Norton is highly recommended, with fine architecture, antique shops, a lido and the remains of a Norman castle. Holiday cottages in Kingham are easy to reach by public transport, thanks to the village’s station on the Cotswold Line, with direct trains to Oxford and London.