Quick tips – Oxfordshire

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Christopher Wilson-Elmes

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Ten owners of our special places to stay give you some insider tips to help round out your Oxfordshire itinerary.

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The Team at The Lamb Inn, Burford

Burford Garden Company! Much more than your average Garden Centre. Think chic home interiors, an artisan food market, art gallery and award-winning café in addition to the plants, garden accessories and gift ideas that one might expect.

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The Swan, Burford

Catriona Galbraith, The Greyhound Inn, Wantage

We always recommend visitors the footpath to Warborough Hill above the village. There are dramatic views over the Thames valley to the north and the unspoilt Berkshire Downs to the south, with miles of little-known tracks ideal for mountain bikers.

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The Greyhound Inn, Wantage

The Daylesford team, The Three Horsehoes, Burford

We’re in the centre of the small Cotswold village of Asthall, which dates back to the 12th century. The Elizabethan manor house, Asthall Manor, dominates the entrance to the village and there are pretty walks past the manor house and church, or across fields on many footpaths.

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The Three Horseshoes, Burford

Christine Brown, Fyfield Manor, Wallingford

You must see the historic village of Ewelme, parts of which date back to the 14th century. The medieval school is still in full use and scenes from Les Miserables were filmed in the beautiful church.

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Fyfield Manor, Wallingford

Steve Cook, The Swan, Burford

Lots of our guests visit Batsford Arboretum, which has excellent botanical gardens, as well as falconry displays and other events.

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The Swan Inn, Burford

Caroline Whitehead, Stable Cottage, Claydon

Come for the food! We’re only 7 miles from Banbury and its twice-weekly market, and there’s an excellent farm shop at Wickham Park Farm that does its own meat and deli products, perfect for picnicking.

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Stable Cottage, Claydon

Archie & Nicola Orr-Ewing, The King’s Head Inn, Chipping Norton

Although you can get them in our bar, of course, real ale enthusiasts should head to Hook Norton Brewery. It’s a historic local institution and well worth a visit.

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The Kings Head, Chipping Norton

Rachel Jones, The Field Barn, Witney

Minster Lovell is walking distance from us, so lots of guests visit its famous ruins and dovecote in its beatiful setting on the Windrush River.

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The Field Barn, Witney

Lesley Tailford, The Long House, Wantage

You’ve seen them on the TV now visit the locations! Downton Abbey (Highclere House), Blenheim Palace, loads of Inspector Morse spots in the Oxford Colleges and local pubs. We can point the way to plenty of them.

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The Long House, Wantage

The team at The Royak Oak, Chipping Norton

We’d always recommend North Leigh Roman Villa. Previously a luxurious Roman courtyard villa in the Evenlode Valley, but now under the care of English Heritage and open to the public to explore.

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The Royal Oak, Chipping Norton

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Christopher Wilson-Elmes

Sawday's Expert

Chris is our in-house copywriter, with a flair for turning rough notes and travel tales into enticing articles. Raised in a tiny Wiltshire village, he was desperate to travel and has backpacked all over the world. Closer to home, he finds himself happiest in the most remote and rural places he can find, preferably with a host of animals to speak to, some waves to be smashed about in and the promise of a good pint somewhere in his future.
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