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Oxford

The city of Dreaming Spires, Oxford provides a stimulating cottage break surrounded by historical architecture and beautiful rural countryside.

Oxford is of course famous for its university, which was first established over 900 years ago and displays some magnificent medieval architecture in its college buildings. There''s plenty to explore here, you''ll see landmarks made familiar by the detective series ''Morse'' and the Great Hall at Christ Church is said to have inspired Hogwarts Hall in the Harry Potter films. Climb to the top of Carfax Tower and you''ll be rewarded with a spectacular view over the city.

Visit in summer and take to the River Isis to enjoy the sunshine and see the city from a different perspective, or go fishing, walking or cycling alongside this scenic waterway. There are plenty of ''green spaces'' within the city too, for example the University of Oxford Botanic Garden, which is located just off the High Street opposite Magdalen College.

Beyond the city boundaries Blenheim Palace isn''t far away, it was the birth place of Sir Winston Churchill and is a fine example of 18th century Baroque architecture set within 2,000 acres of formal gardens designed by ‘Capability Brown’; fully deserving its world heritage site status and provides a fascinating day out.

Great family days out include Didcot Railway Centre where you can hop on the steam railway, Cotswold Wildlife Park at Burford and Go Ape Tree Top adventure near Aylesbury.

To discover Oxford and the surrounding area see our selection of Oxford cottages today.
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  • The Studio

    Grafton, Bampton

    Grade
    2
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    Ref: NOW

    Situated in the quaint hamlet of Grafton in the heart of the Oxfordshire countryside, this spectacular attached studio conversion lies adjacent to the owner’s home and provides an excellent holiday location with the added benefit of complimentary bath products, heated towel rail and 100% Egyptian linen and towels. Local attractions include Blenheim Palace, Ashdown House and Great Coxwell Barn. Visit the Cotswolds towns of Burford, Bibury and Cirencester. Sporting events close by include Cheltenham Festival and Gold Cup, Newbury Races, Silverstone and Blenheim International Horse Trials. Oxford 25 miles. Shop 2 miles, pub 1 mile.

    Beamed living room with dining area, wood-burning stove, vaulted ceiling, stone floor and Velux windows, open plan with galley-style kitchen. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. First floor: Galleried double bedroom with 6ft bed, lime-washed oak floor and Velux window.

    • Wood-burning stove - fuel included
    • Electricity, oil central heating, bed linen, towels included
    • Digital TV
    • DVD (small library)
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Wi-fi
    • Terrace with loggia and furniture
    • Barbecue
    • Private tennis court
    • Parking (1 car)
    • No smoking
    • No children
    • NB: 2 steps in grounds

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  • The Dovecote

    Thrupp, Kidlington

    Grade
    2
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    Ref: NLY


    Set in a sleepy hamlet of Thrupp, the Dovecote is the ideal romantic retreat for two. This pretty little detached property is situated in the grounds of a Manor House and lies adjacent to the 18th Century Oxford Canal, offering cozy and peaceful accommodation situated in a historic hamlet. Thrupp offers many relaxing walks along the canal towpath, or along the banks of the river Cherwell, which hosts an abundant of wildlife.
    Thrupp has a public house called the Boat, with its open fires and beamed ceiling. Annie’s Tea Room, situated on the other side of the canal has a selection of homemade cakes and pastries to purchase.
    A short walk or along the towpath or a short drive leads to the village of Kidlington, recognised as the largest village in England, has several supermarkets, post office, banks, chemists and various pubs and cafes. There is a regular bus service to Oxford from Kidlington along with a nearby Park and Ride service. There is a bus stop available on the main road, approximately 15 minutes’ walk from the cottage.
    The M40 motorway is easily reached, connecting to either London or Birmingham within an hour, traffic dependent.
    The property makes and ideal holiday base to visit the famous Oxford colleges or the historic market town of Woodstock home to Blenheim Palace. Or explore the Cotswolds and Shakespeare’s Stratford-upon-Avon. Shops 2 miles, pubs ¼ mile.

    Compact dining room/kitchen area. Shower room and toilet. First floor: Cosy galleried landing with double bedroom, TV, seating area and stained glass window. NB: This property was built as a dovecote in the 17th century and as such, is very small.

    Electricity, wood fuel central heating, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Microwave. Washing machine. Wi-fi. Small paved/lawned courtyard with patio, furniture overlooking canal. Parking (for 1 car). Free use of outdoor swimming pool, tennis court, café and organic garden shop at sister farm at Worton Park 5 miles. No smoking.

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  • Nollsfield Lodge

    Rotherfield Greys, Henley-on-Thames

    Grade
    2
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    1
    Ref: 28586

    Located in the Chiltern Hills, this detached, single-storey holiday property lies next to the owner’s home, just 2 miles west of Henley-on-Thames, a beautiful 12th-century market town on the banks of the River Thames, world famous for its annual Regatta. Enjoy the Henley Festival of Music and Arts, galleries, antique shops and boutiques. Visit the River and Rowing Museum, walk or cycle along the Thames Path, hire a boat, watch the river life from one of the pubs or play golf on the adjacent golf course. Visit Greys Court, Stonor Park and The Herb Garden with a Saxon maze. Explore Windsor, Oxford, Eton and London. Shop 1½ miles, pub and restaurant 500 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 1 double (5ft) bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet. Maximum occupancy is for 2 guests plus infant.

    Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Use of owner’s freezer. Wi-Fi. Terrace with sitting-out area and furniture. Use of owner’s enclosed paddock. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking. No children under 17 years, except babes in arms.

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  • The Courtyard Cottage

    Witney

    Grade
    2
    1
    2
    1
    Ref: E1863

    Enjoying direct access to an unspoiled stretch of the River Thames and to the long distance path which runs from its source to the sea, this very comfortable property has been converted from attractive brick and stone farm buildings. Tastefully decorated it forms a single storey wing of the owner’s house. Fishing is available. Leisure park 2 miles. Witney, 7 miles, and Abingdon, 9 miles, are interesting local market towns, and Oxford is only 10 miles. Shop 2 miles, pubs and restaurant 1 mile.

    All on ground floor: Living room with beams. Dining area/kitchen. 1 double bedroom (6ft, zip and link, can be twin). Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. Stereo/CD. Microwave. Washing machine. Use of owner’s freezer. Shared 5-acre grounds and garden. Shared courtyard with patio and furniture. Parking. Fishing (foc). Private water supply. NB: Unfenced river in garden.

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  • Camellia Cottage

    Witney

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: W43438


    Camellia Cottage is a well-appointed, detached holiday cottage, adjacent to the owner’s home. The accommodation is ideally situated for visiting Witney, the largest of the market towns in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds. Much of the architecture reflects the past prosperity of the woollen trade, including the 17th-century Butter Cross and church of St Mary the Virgin with its 150ft spire. An attractive high street runs from the Butter Cross and features the 18th-century town hall, the Blanket Hall and the Victorian Corn Exchange. The town has a bustling atmosphere with a good range of shops, supermarkets and a twice weekly market. Witney offers all of the facilities you would expect to find in a town of its size.
    Just a short drive are the picturesque Cotswold market towns of Burford, Stow-on-the-Wold, Moreton-in-Marsh, Bourton-on-the-Water and Chipping Norton. The historic market town of Woodstock, and Blenheim Palace, the birthplace of Winston Churchill, are just 8 miles away. Central Oxford with its university colleges, parks and shopping is 11 miles. For those who enjoy shopping, Bicester village is 19 miles away, and both Regency Cheltenham and Shakespeare’s Stratford-upon-Avon are 45 minutes away by car. Shop, pub and restaurant 0.5 miles.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. Shower room with toilet. First floor: 1 double bedroom.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Wi-fi. Small courtyard garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car). No smoking.

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  • Cosy Cottage

    Henley-on-Thames

    Grade
    4
    2
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    1
    Ref: UKC758


    Cosy Cottage, which is made of traditional brick and flint, is an excellent base for exploring one of the most beautiful towns in England, Henley-on-Thames. Surrounded by the hills and fields of the Chilterns, this terraced cottage is just a few minutes stroll from the 18th-century stone bridge that straddles the River Thames. Enjoying an international reputation for hosting the world’s greatest rowing regatta, Henley is also home to other festivals including Rewind and the Henley Fringe Festival. Take a cruise on the river, pilot yourself in a small motor boat or rowing boat, visit the River and Rowing Museum, walk through the market square amongst the Georgian frontages and select an inviting pub or tea room, or browse the quirky shops. Take part in the Henley Ale Trail or follow in the footsteps of Inspector Barnaby and ’Midsomer Murders’ via the towns Midsomer Walking Trail, as the television series was regularly filmed in Henley! For the less energetic, simply pick up a good book, head to Mill Meadows and soak up the ambience of the river from the comfort of a deckchair. Golf and cycling available locally. There are good rail links, Windsor is 13 miles, Oxford 21 miles and Heathrow 20 miles. Shop 150 yards, pub and restaurant 75 yards.

    Step to entrance.
    Ground Floor:
    Living room: With electric wood burner, 22" Freeview TV and DVD player.
    Kitchen/dining room: With electric oven, induction hob, microwave, tiled floor and door leading to courtyard.
    Utility room: With washing machine.
    Steep stairs to...
    First Floor:
    Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Bedroom 2: With bunk bed.
    Bathroom: With bath, shower cubicle, shower attachment and toilet.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Small courtyard with decked terrace and barbecue. Bike store. Garage parking for 1 small car, additional on road parking. No smoking.

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  • Butterfly Cottage

    Bladon, near Woodstock

    Grade
    4
    2
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    Ref: UKC787


    This semi-detached holiday cottage is situated in the picturesque village of Bladon, in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds on the south side of Blenheim Park, the final resting place of Sir Winston Churchill and his wife at St Martins Church. The property lies close to one of the Cotswolds prettiest rivers, the River Evenlode. The village, known for its contribution to the glove making trade, dates back to the Roman settlement in the 3rd century and is recorded in the Domesday Book in 1086 under the name Blade. The Georgian town of Woodstock, 2 miles, has museums, an outdoor heated swimming pool, specialist independent shops and some excellent pubs and restaurants. There is plenty to see and do in the area for everyone including Combe Mill, Ditchley Park, Rousham Gardens, Cogges Manor Farm, Rushy Common Nature Reserve, Wychwood Brewery and many other museums and historic churches. Visit the local Cotswold towns and villages of Long Hanborough, 2 miles, Combe 2½ miles, the ancient market town of Eynsham, 3½ miles, Chipping Norton, 11 miles, Charlbury and Witney, both 6 miles, and the university city of Oxford with its history and shopping, 10 miles. Leave your car behind and spend the day enjoying the many superb walks from the village. Shop and restaurant 2 miles, pub 300 yards.

    Ground Floor:
    Living room: With wood burner, 42" Freeview 3D TV, DVD player and beams.
    Dining room.
    Kitchen: With gas cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine and tiled floor.
    Bathroom: With freestanding bath, shower cubicle, toilet and heated towel rail.
    First Floor:
    Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Bedroom 2: With twin beds.

    Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Initial logs for wood burner included. Welcome pack. Enclosed lawned garden with patio and barbecue. On road parking. No smoking.

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  • The Old Chapel

    Uffington, nr. Cirencester

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: W43875

    The Old Chapel is an idyllic country escape for holidaymakers seeking a change of pace and some time to kick back, relax and enjoy quality time together either outside, in the beautiful surroundings of the English countryside, or snuggled up indoors in front of a log fire.


    It might be full of history (with its Victorian Chapel heritage, views of the Bronze Age ’White Horse of Uffington’ and with the birthplace of one of England’s foremost poets, Sir John Betjeman, just down the road) but inside, the cottage combines the best of old and new. The original beamed ceilings and exposed brick walls are complemented by huge picture windows in the bedrooms and living areas, which frame the unspoilt views over the beautiful South Downs countryside.


    This charming and characterful cottage is set in prime South Downs walking country, within sight of the famous White Horse of Uffington and is just a few minutes’ drive from the bustling market town of Faringdon. There’s a ’Good Food’ award-winning pub within about half a mile’s walk and the National Trust Ridgeway for a longer hike.


    The area is bursting with beautiful scenery and amazing sights, as well as a great collection of things to do and explore. The attractive villages and footpaths of the Cotswolds are waiting to be explored together with Blenheim Palace, Kelmscott Manor and the Cotswold Wildlife Park. Being close to Oxford, you will have no trouble finding exciting ways to spend your days: explore some of Oxford’s 38 colleges, the botanic garden, laze by the river or visit Oxford Castle.


    Shop 1 mile, pub and restaurant ½ mile.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. First floor: 2 double bedrooms (one 5ft). Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Open fire in living room (intial fuel included). Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Satellite TV. DVD. Electric hob. Combi microwave/oven/grill. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. On road parking. No smoking. NB: 4 steps and unfenced stream in garden.

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  • The Bothy

    Upton, Didcot

    Grade
    4
    2
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    1
    Ref: NMS

    This spacious two bedroom, single-storey holiday cottage, attached to Upton Fruit Farm House, is tucked away on an award-winning cider farm in a 16-acre orchard of 3000 trees. The property has extensive views both of the Berkshire Downs and the Chiltern Hills. The Bothy offers the opportunity to stay in a peaceful location in the Oxfordshire countryside, in a fruit orchard frequented by deer, red kites and woodpeckers, but within convenient access to the main road and rail links. The Ridgeway National Path runs less than 3 miles to the south. Shops 1 mile, pub 500 yards.

    Spacious living/dining room with electric ‘log-effect’ fire. Kitchen/breakfast room with ceramic-tiled floor. Utility. Double bedroom with 5ft bed. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with over-bath shower, toilet and ceramic-tiled floor.

    • Electricity ‘log-effect’ fire included
    • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot
    • High chair
    • TV
    • DVD (small library)
    • Radio/CD
    • Washing machine
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Broadband connection
    • Large lawned garden with furniture
    • Barbecue
    • Parking (for 3 cars)
    • Cycle store
    • Ground floor facilities
    • No smoking

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  • Westover Cottage

    Nr. Abingdon

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: NOL

    This cosy detached, beamed 200-year-old cottage, with a delightful west facing garden with views over the Berkshire Downs, nestles in a small hamlet outside historic Abingdon and a few miles from Oxford. On the banks of the Thames, Abingdon, purported to be the oldest town in England, is steeped in history with many fine old buildings. Oxford is the city of dreaming spires famous for its university, the Bodleian Library and Inspector Morse. There is so much to do and see in the area including boat hire, walking in the Downs, cycling on the National Cycle Route or spend a day at Blenheim Palace and finally return to the peaceful cottage garden and watch the sun set over the Berkshire Downs. Golf at Frilford Heath 2 miles. Shops 2 miles, pub ¼ mile.

    Beamed living/dining room with open fire and tiled floor. Compact kitchen with beam. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. First floor: Double bedroom. Twin bedroom.

    • Open fire - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
    • Electricity, full electric central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • TV
    • DVD
    • CD
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Large, lawned garden with summer house and furniture
    • Parking (for 2 cars)
    • Secure cycle store
    • No smoking

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  • Alfie’s Barn

    Ambrosden

    Grade
    5
    3
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    2
    Ref: NKU

    This 18th-century property is in an excellent position for exploring this historic, fascinating area. This converted detached barn sits within a rural village location within the owner’s grounds, with views across open countryside, located within the heart of Oxfordshire. Only 3 miles from Bicester and 12 miles from Oxford, Birmingham and Stratford-upon-Avon. On-site beauty treatments can be enjoyed (book prior to arrival). Shops and pub 250 yards.

    Beamed living room with wood-burning stove and oak wooden floor. Large kitchen/dining room with terracotta tiled floor and French doors. Beamed double bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet. Twin bedroom with exposed stone walls. Single bedroom with oak wooden floor. Bathroom with shower attachment, toilet and stone tiled floor.

    • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
    • Electricity, bed linen and towels included
    • Full oil central heating £30per week, £25 per short break
    • Travel cot
    • High chair
    • Freeview TV
    • DVD
    • Radio/CD
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Telephone (honesty box)
    • Large enclosed garden with furniture
    • Parking (for 2 cars)
    • No smoking
    • Ground floor facilities

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  • Little Thatchings

    Warborough, nr Wallingford

    Grade
    5
    3
    1
    2
    Ref: RFFR


    Little Thatchings is a classic South Oxfordshire thatched cottage nestled in its own garden with secret seating areas and small orchard, just off the village green. It has been delightfully furnished in ‘Arts and Crafts’ style and has a wealth of original beams (some of which are low) - with some originating from ships of the Spanish Armada which were broken up at The Wharf just down the road. Surrounded by beautiful walks, this detached holiday cottage is a short distance from the River Thames and thatched village pub from which to watch the cricket on the green. This village is famous as a filming location for ‘Midsomer Murders’ and is a wonderful base from which to explore Oxford, Blenheim Palace, Henley, Windsor, Stratford, The Cotswolds, or even London. There are numerous gastro pubs and restaurants in the surrounding villages and small towns. Wallingford, 3 miles away, has a market, a farmers market, large supermarket, antique shops and restaurants. Or take a walk from your own front door down the old Roman road and across the water meadows to Dorchester Abbey which hosts a fine season of classical music. For small children there are two village playgrounds and the green provides a large area for ball games. Shop and pub 300 yards.

    Beamed living room with open fire in inglenook fireplace. Snug with with wood-burning stove. Dining room. Kitchen with Rayburn (for cooking). Bathroom with roll-top bath, shower attachment and toilet. First floor: Three bedrooms: one double with 5ft bed, one twin and one single with cabin bed. Wet room (no toilet). Separate toilet.

    • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
    • Electricity, gas central heating (underfloor in wet room), bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot
    • High chair
    • Freeview TV
    • DVD
    • iPod dock
    • Electric/gas Rayburn included
    • Combi microwave oven/grill
    • Washing machine
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Enclosed garden with patio, furniture and orchard
    • Parking (for 1 car); additional roadside parking (for 1 car)
    • Pet free of charge
    • No smoking
    • NB: Covered well in garden

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