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Enjoy a holiday cottage break in Oxfordshire where you can combine a first class cultural experience with a restful break to relax and recharge your batteries.

The Oxfordshire cottages here are perfectly placed to help you explore this historic area. Oxford University is actually the oldest English-speaking university in the world, being in existence for more than nine centuries as a place of learning. The colleges of Oxford offer some stunning examples of the classical architecture of its time and there's plenty to explore.

The most famous college is probably Christ Church whose Great Hall inspired Hogwarts Hall in the Harry Potter films and the meadow nearby is grazed by rare breed cattle. Everyone has their own favourite college; Magdalen is particularly famous as its tower dominates the high street. Or you could save yourself a flight to Venice and see Oxford's very own Bridge of Sighs; it connects the main buildings of Hertford College.

Radcliffe Camera is one of the most recognisable buildings in Oxfordshire, and makes up part of the Bodleian Library. Another favourite for visitors is Carfax Tower; climb to the top and you'll be rewarded with a spectacular view over Oxford.

Oxfordshire is also home of one of the greatest palaces in the world - Blenheim Palace, a world heritage site and a 'must see'. With spectacular walks around the grounds and access to a large proportion of the Palace rooms themselves, it provides a fascinating day out.

There are some beautiful manor houses and castles that can be visited in the county. Broughton Castle was described as “about the most beautiful castle in all England” by historian Sir Charles Oman in 1898 and remains just as breath-taking today. Sulgrave Manor and Upton House are both well worth visiting, especially on a fine day when you can explore the grounds and gardens in the sunshine.

A visit to Oxfordshire wouldn't be complete without a trip out to see the famous White Horse Hill; this stylised representation of a horse in the chalk bedrock is thought to be the oldest hill figure in Britain. If you've had enough history and 'high culture' take a drive through Headington to spot the Shark in the Roof, or head over to Crocodiles of the World, the UK's only crocodile zoo. For speed and excitement, you could go karting, but for a slower-paced way to spend an afternoon you could go fishing, walking or cycling alongside the scenic Oxford Canal.

However you choose to spend your time, there's certainly something to suit everyone. Take a look at our selection of holiday cottages in Oxfordshire today.

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Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
1

At the core of The Paddock (ref W3101) is the original 300 year old cottage which had two larger additions over the years, the larger of which was formerly a bakehouse and then the local school room. The cottage was reconstructed in the 1960s, and has been thoughtfully converted into a holiday home. Next door the two horse stable and hayloft, The Stable at the Paddock (ref W43288) was first converted to a studio work room in the 1960s. Situated in the small hamlet of Asthall Leigh, 11/2 miles from Minster Lovell, mid way between the picturesque town of Burford and all its antique shops and the busy industrial town of Witney. Oxford, Cheltenham, Bath and Stratford-upon-Avon, amongst others, are all within easy reach, as well as the well loved Cotswold attractions of Lechlade, Bibury, The Slaughters and Bourton-on-the-Water. Shop 2 miles, pubs and restaurants 1.5 miles.

Ground floor: Living room with French doors. Dining room/kitchen. 1 twin bedroom. Shower room with toilet. Open-tread stairs to first floor: Galleried landing with French doors. 2 double bedrooms. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. Freeview TV. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Shared garden with sitting-out area. Terrace. Balcony. Parking (2-3 cars). No smoking. NB: Three ponds in the garden.

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£680-£680
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
1
Pets
1
Homestead Barn Ref: E5466

This delightfully curved-roofed, single-storey barn lies at the back of the owners’ cottage in the lovely village of Barford St Michael. Well placed to visit a plethora of fascinating nearby towns and villages, there are plenty of fabulous walks to be found from the doorstep. There is little wonder that a stay in the beautiful county of Oxfordshire is so well blessed with so many great things to see and do including a visit to Chastleton House (NT), Blenheim Palace at Woodstock, Chipping Norton and Banbury. Oxford and Stratford are within an easy drive. Shop and PO 600 yards, pub 200 yards.

All on ground floor: Living room with double sofa bed and French doors/dining room/kitchen area. 1 double bedroom with French doors. Shower room with toilet.

Woodburner in bedroom (no fuel provided). NSH and elec inc (£25pw Oct-Mar). Bed linen and towels inc. Freesat TV. DVD. M/wave. W/machine. D/washer. Wi-fi. Garden with patio and furniture. Parking. No smoking. Friday to Friday.

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£222-£585
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
2

Located in the village of Hook Norton, this Grade II listed holiday cottage is documented as having been part of a malthouse in the 17th century and is situated in the heart of the village. One of a row, it has been lovingly restored and retains many character features which include old stone floors and walls. Village life revolves around the old Norman church, quaint pubs and the village shop, which provides for guests’ daily needs. Hook Norton is best known for its Victorian Tower Brewery, the only remaining steam driven brewery still in operation in the UK. Other places of interest to visit include Stow-on-the-Wold (15 miles), Bourton-on-the-Water (19 miles) and Stratford-upon-Avon (23 miles). Shop and village inn 150 yards.

Cosy living/dining room with wood-burning stove and stone floor. Compact corner kitchen with Rayburn (for cooking). Small utility with Velux window and ceramic tiled floor. First floor: Double bedroom. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

  • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
  • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Satellite TV
  • DVD
  • Rayburn
  • Combi microwave/oven/grill
  • Washer/dryer
  • Short path to large enclosed garden with furniture
  • Barbecue
  • Roadside parking
  • Welcome pack
  • No children
  • NB: 9 steps to garden

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£245-£529
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0

Nestled in the heart of north Oxfordshire in the pretty village of Hempton, this grade II listed, thatched, semi-detached cottage features an inglenook fireplace and a Stanley range, and provides a perfect place for a relaxing break. For guests who enjoy walking and cycling there are footpaths, bridleways and walks connecting the pretty Cotswold villages. Located between the historic market town of Banbury and the cathedral city of Oxford, this is a super base for exploring further, with Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwick, Leamington Spa, Silverstone and Bicester Village Designer Outlet are all within easy driving distance. Shop 1½ miles, pub and restaurant 1¼ miles

Ground floor: Living room. Kitchen with tiled floor. Utility room. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 2 double, 1 single. Wet room with toilet.

Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, oil, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Oil range included. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Small, enclosed lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking. Friday to Friday.

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£0-£0
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
0
Stable Apartment Ref: W42498

Set in tranquil countryside

This beautiful first floor apartment set in 60 acres of tranquil Cotswold countryside. Ideally located five minutes from Moreton-in-Marsh, a market town dating back over 1700 years, and ten minutes from Stow-on-the-Wold. Also a short walk from Chastleton House, a Jacobean house built in the 1600s. This is also the perfect location for equine enthusiasts and horse lovers, as it is ideally located for the Cheltenham Races. The owners also run a popular riding school offering lessons on site, and guests are welcome to book rides and treks, at additional cost. Guests are also welcome to bring their own horse if required (stabling available, £10 per night Oct-Apr, £15 per night Nov-Mar). Shop and restaurant 3 miles, pub 1 mile.

Open-tread stairs to entrance. All on first floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with wooden floor. 1 double (5ft zip and link) bedroom with Velux. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet.

Electricity NSH, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. Digital TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Sitting-out area. 60-acre farmland. Ample parking.

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£198-£540
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
3
Pets
1


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 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
  • Friday to Friday
  • NB: Covered well in garden

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£549-£1193
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1

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
  • Large, lawned garden with summer house and furniture
  • Parking (for 2 cars)
  • Secure cycle store
  • No smoking
  • Friday to Friday

WAS
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£335-£798
Shortlist
Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
10
Bedrooms
5
Pets
2

Situated in the lower part of the tiny hamlet of Thrupp, these two detached properties stand in the grounds of a manor house and lie adjacent to the 18th-century Oxford Canal. Offering wonderfully characterful accommodation for a holiday, they stand opposite one another: The Coach House (Ref NLX) is a spacious and imaginatively converted barn which overlooks open fields, whilst The Dovecote (Ref NLY) is a cosy little romantic hideaway for two.
In its day, the canal was a main artery to British industry, but in modern times, the barges move at a more relaxed pace. Thrupp starred as itself in the TV series Morse in the adaptation of Colin Dextor’s Last Bus to Woodstock. In Thrupp is The Boat public house with its open fire and beamed ceilings. A gentle, short stroll along the Oxford Canal towpath towards the nearby village of Kidlington leads to the Jolly Boatman on the A4260. Both pubs serve a selection of drinks and good food. There are many walks to be enjoyed nearby, either canal-side or through the owner’s managed woodland, along the banks of the River Cherwell, which is abundant with wildlife and birds. A ½-hour walk along the towpath or short drive in the car leads to Kidlington, which, recognised as the ‘largest village in England’, caters for every need - having several supermarkets, post office, chemists, launderette and various pubs and cafés. There is a nearby Park and Ride service into the city of Oxford as well as a regular bus service from the village. The M40 motorway is easily reached, connecting to either London or Birmingham in about 1 hour.
The properties make an ideal holiday base to explore the Cotswolds and Shakespeare’s Stratford-upon-Avon. The town of Woodstock, home to Blenheim Palace (birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill) and the village of Bladon (where Churchill is buried) are within 5 miles. Shops 2 miles, pubs ¼ mile.

Two steps up to living room with wood-burning stove. Large dining room with quarry-tiled floor and French doors to garden. Two steps up to large well-equipped modern fitted kitchen with granite worktops and quarry-tiled floor. Utility. Two steps up to twin bedroom with window seat. Shower room and toilet. First floor: All bedrooms with Velux window and wooden floors. Three steps down to double bedroom with 5ft bed, TV, en-suite bathroom with sunken bath, shower attachment and toilet. Four steps up to double bedroom (5ft bed). Three steps up to further double bedroom. Beamed twin bedroom. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

  • Wood-burning stove - fuel included
  • Additional TV
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Broadband
  • Enclosed lawned garden with terrace and furniture
  • Parking (for 3 cars)
  • Unsuitable for the infirm

  • Electricity, wood fuel central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Digital TV
  • DVD
  • Microwave
  • Washer/dryer
  • Shared 350-acre natural and lawned grounds
  • Free use of outdoor swimming pool, tennis court, café and organic garden shop at sister farm at Worton Park 5 miles
  • No smoking
  • Friday to Friday

Note: The Coach House NLX and The Dovecote NLY may be booked together to sleep up to 12 people

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£3135-£3135
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
10
Bedrooms
5
Pets
3

Perfectly situated within 450 acres of the owners grounds right in the heart of the Cotswolds, these charming adjoining holiday cottages (refs 29613 and 29931) are in the most incredible location from which to enjoy and explore the beauty and attractions of the local and surrounding areas. Nestled away on Manor Farm in the middle of an Area Of Outstanding Natural Beauty, guests will be able to enjoy every one of the unique aspects of the grounds. The Dingle has been furnished to a very good standard and the family bathroom has a quirky finish with fossils in the decoration, which date back thousands of years. Tudor Stable has been lovingly converted with local artefacts; wood from the grounds, stone from the quarry and many more personal touches. Perfect for walkers, cyclists and people who love to horse ride, there are many public footpaths, cycle paths and bridleways that criss-cross straight through the grounds and will take guests to many locations both near and far, including the Cotswold Way and the Rollright Stones. The undulating grounds offer much to see and explore including a limestone quarry, a running stream, ponds, woodland and unspoilt natural countryside which also includes a forest of White Willow trees from which the wood is produced for cricket bats used by world famous batsmen and cricketers across the globe. There are also plenty of opportunities to quietly watch the wildlife and horses that live on the farm and also, with an extra cost and prior agreement with the owner, the opportunity to take part in riding lessons, stabling, schooling and training provided by the owner who is a world renowned horse trainer. The popular Cotswold market town of Chipping Norton is only a short drive away, as is the famous organic shop and café which sells local produce. The owner will also be happy to arrange for a local catering company to visit the property if the dates are convenient. For guests wishing to travel a little further afield but still remain within an easy 30-minute drive, there is ample opportunity to visit one of the many Cotswolds towns and villages which are renowned for their character and charm. Visit Burford, Witney, Moreton-in-Marsh, Stow-on-the-Wold, Abingdon, Banbury, Hook Norton ,Bourton-on-the-Water, Shipston, Broadway or Chipping Campden. The cathedral city of Oxford, Bicester Village and Designer Outlet Centre, Cheltenham, Blenheim Palace which is famous for being the birthplace of Winston Churchill are all must see places to visit as well as William Wordsworth’s Stratford-upon-Avon which is only a 40-minute drive north of the area. Shop, pub and restaurant ¾ mile. Properties 29931 and 29613 may be booked together via a lockable interconnecting door to accommodate up to 13 guests.

Ground floor: Living room with beams. Dining room with beams. Kitchen. 4 bedrooms, 3 double (zip and link), one with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 single. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet. Most rooms with stone/slate tiled floors. Spiral stairs to first floor: 1 twin bedroom with additional single, double sofa bed (for alternative sleeping) and en-suite shower room with toilet.

Woodburner in living room included. High chair on request. Microwave. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Patio with large lawned area. Ample parking.

Both properties: Air source underfloor central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot on request. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Washing machine. Wi-fi. Shared 450-acre grounds. Barbecue. Cycle store. Hot tub. Welcome pack. Pet(s) welcome - must be kept on a lead. No smoking. Friday to Friday. NB: Stream, ponds and lakes in the garden and grounds.

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£951-£1961
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
2
Pets
2
South View Cottage Ref: 26617

Situated in the Cotswolds AONB, close by to the historic market town of Chipping Norton, South View Cottage is the ideal location for a fabulous walking holiday. In the heart of Dean, just a couple of miles from the pretty village of Chadlington, South View cottage is the wing of a larger property, set in miles of beautiful countryside surrounded by an abundance of footpaths, cycle paths and bridleways that are a must for walkers, ramblers and cyclists. Shop 1½ miles, pub and restaurant 3 miles.

Ground floor: Living room with flagstone floor. Kitchen with flagstone floor. Open tread stairs to first floor: 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet. Second Floor: 1 twin bedroom with additional single sofa bed.

Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Satellite TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Wi-fi. Enclosed lawned garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car). Welcome pack. No smoking. Friday to Friday. NB: Pond in garden.

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£300-£728
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1

Built from mellow Cotswold stone, the charming Meadow Cottage (NR2) (adjoining a stone barn) and Bedwell Cottage (NJQ) (wing of the owners’ property), nestle in a pretty village setting just a 20 minute walk from the village pub. Situated on a working farm and adjoining each other, they lie along the village road, not far from RAF Brize Norton with periodic air traffic noise. The area offers many unchanged market towns, cathedral cities, delightful Cotswolds villages, as well as racing at Cheltenham and the Fairford Air Show, good shopping and fine dining. Burford, Oxford, Blenheim and Bath all easily accessible. Shop 2½ miles.

Beamed living/dining room with open fire and window seat. Beamed, well-equipped, farmhouse-style galley kitchen. Cottage-style turning stairs to first floor: Double bedroom with 5ft bed and beamed sloping ceiling. Beamed twin bedroom (accessed via double bedroom). Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet (independent access from all bedrooms).

  • Open fire – fuel included
  • Full gas central heating included
  • Microwave

  • Electricity, bed linen and towels included
  • TV
  • Video
  • DVD
  • Stereo/CD
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer (in external building in NR2)
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Enclosed lawn with patio and furniture
  • Access to owners’ 400-acre natural, unspoilt farmland
  • Barbecue
  • Stabling, riding and polo lessons and use of polo field available by arrangement
  • Parking (for 1-2 cars)
  • Secure cycle store
  • Natural borehole water supply
  • No smoking
  • Friday to Friday
  • NB: Unfenced ponds in farmland

WAS
NOW
£294-£635
Shortlist
Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0
Plane Tree House Ref: 18279

In Woodstock only minutes from Blenheim Palace.

Dating from the 17th century this spacious house is fully equipped and well furnished to provide excellent holiday accommodation. During careful restoration many of the original features, beams, doors and panelling have been retained and create a warm and historic atmosphere. The house is close to the centre of Woodstock where there are inns, restaurants, shops and a museum. Blenheim Palace the birth place of Winston Churchill is within walking distance and the parklands and lakes created by Capability Brown provide stunning views, ’one of the most beautiful in England’. There are many events featured at the Palace, good walking and famous gardens to enjoy. Bladon, the last resting place of Winston Churchill is 1 mile away. The market towns and villages of the Cotswold Hills, Cotswold Wildlife Park at Burford and the university city of Oxford are within 10 miles. Cheltenham, Stratford upon Avon, 30 miles. Shops 200 yards, pub 50 yards.

Ground floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen with slate floor. Utility room. Beams throughout. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin with additional single, en-suite shower room with toilet. Shower room with toilet. Beams throughout. Steep, winding stairs to second floor: 1 double (6ft) with sofa bed and en-suite bathroom with toilet.

Open fires in living room and dining room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating (£25per week in winter) included. Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. Video. DVDs. Stereo/CD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. No smoking. Friday to Friday.

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£525-£1612
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