Shipton-under-Wychwood is a pretty village on the southern banks of the River Evenlode, in the county of Oxfordshire. It is set amid the unspoiled hills and meadows of the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, 19 miles northwest of Oxford. Shipton-under-Wychwood is one of three villages named after the ancient forest of Wychwood, the others being Milton-under-Wychwood and Ascott-under-Wychwood. Exploring the village from your holiday cottage in Shipton-under-Wychwood, you will discover a traditional Oxfordshire community which takes great pride in its cricketing heritage. The ground lies to the south of the village, near Trot’s Brook, and the team can often be seen practising there. Next to the cricket ground, Wychwood Wild Garden is a lovely place for a stroll, with peaceful woodland trails and ponds. In the centre of the village, there is a large green, where picnics can be enjoyed.
Around the green, Church Street and the High Street are home to a handful of family-run businesses, including a post office and a florist. On Shipton Road, Dashwood’s serves excellent coffee and cake. There are three pubs on the doorstep of Shipton-under-Wychwood: The Shaven Crown, the Lamb Inn and the Wychwood, all of which serve good food and a variety of local ales. On Station Road, there is a tennis club and a village hall where various community events are held.
There are several striking landmarks to look out for on self-catering holidays in Shipton-under-Wychwood. The parish church of St. Mary stands in the centre of the village, with a 15th century stone pulpit and a Tudor wall monument. Just outside the village, Langley is a 19th century farmhouse on the site of a hunting lodge which was built for Henry VII. Nearby, Shipton Court was the estate of the Lacey family, built in 1603. Shipton-under-Wychwood is easily accessible by public transport, with a station on the Cotswold Line, which runs through idyllic countryside between Oxford and Hereford.