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Holiday Cottages Oxfordshire

Holiday cottages in Oxfordshire give you the chance to enjoy an inspiring and invigorating holiday in the heart of England. From regal palaces to rolling hills, its famed university and historic architecture to picturesque villages and beautiful walks, Oxfordshire is a surprising county and a must-see destination.

The stunning city of Oxford is the beating heart of Oxfordshire and just 50 minutes from the hustle and bustle of London, it is a honey pot for tourists. But to really appreciate the splendour of this ancient city and its surroundings, make Oxfordshire your destination for more than just a day trip. There is a wide array of holiday cottages available in Oxfordshire to enable you to enjoy a peaceful retreat with a difference, taking time to soak up the heritage of the university city but also to explore the rest of the treasures the area has to offer.

One of the best ways to enjoy the engaging city of Oxford is on foot. You’ll discover plenty of nooks and crannies around the fascinating ancient university buildings. Oxford’s architecture is full of delights around every corner but if you want to soak in the rich history, heritage and stories to match the surroundings then there is no shortage of guided walking tours or you can pick up a tourist map of guide book to give you an insider flavour of the city. Whether you want to spot some of scenes used in Harry Potter or learn about the famous historical figures that have graced the breathtaking colleges, there is something to enchant visitors of all ages.

The heritage and history expands beyond the bounds of the city itself, not least in the stunning regal home of Blenheim Palace, set within the natural beauty of the Oxfordshire Cotswolds. The baroque house was a gift from Queen Anne to the 1st Duke of Marlborough and went on to become the birthplace of Winston Churchill. Now the home of the 11th Duke of Marlborough, it attracts visitors from around the world to marvel at its splendour and magnificent gardens.

The Cotswolds offer many areas of outstanding beauty to enjoy on foot, by car or on the Oxfordshire favourite mode of transport, the bicycle. Organised cycle routes can help you enjoy the best of the Cotswolds and the wider Oxfordshire area. More historic National Trust properties are available to explore, including the 18th century Buscot Old Parsonage or the Jacobean Chastleton House, pubs bristling with olde world charm offer plenty of chances for refreshments while nature lovers will revel in the rolling hills, greenery and woodlands. Oxfordshire’s waterways also offer a hive of activity for local wildlife, while also providing a wonderfully lazy way to enjoy your surroundings, with river and canal cruises or relaxing walks along the banks of the River Thames’ plentiful tributaries.

For charming villages, gorgeous countryside scenery, not to mention one of the most historic and unique cities in the world, Oxfordshire is the perfect destination for your next holiday cottage break.

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