Things to do in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds!

The City of Oxford – just five miles away

Steeped in culture & history – Oxford University, The Ashmolean Museum, Oxford Castle, The Pitt Rivers Museum, theatres, cinemas and much more…

Fun days out in OxfordPunting, River trips, Bicycle Hire, Ice skating.

Blenheim Palace in Woodstock and birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill, is 7 miles from Noke. It was built using the stone from Noke Place, then one of the largest houses in the county.

Waterperry Gardens, guaranteed to inspire garden-lovers from around the world and offers visitors a chance to savour a bygone age in the Country Life Museum and the Saxon Church.

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Local Pubs and Farm Shops

The Abingdon Arms Beckley is our closest and preferred pub. It’s a sensational country pub with a great beer garden and lunch specials of 2 courses for £12. From Lower Farm it’s half way along a 4 mile walk around Otmoor. Re-opened in 2017 under new community ownership, having had a total revamp to decor and food – a fabulous gastro pub with a welcoming, warm and cosy atmosphere!!

The Bell at Hampton Poyle offers great food at sensible prices. It’s smart but relaxed in a traditional country pub.

The Talkhouse in Stanton St.John is a beautiful traditional pub serving proper pub grub.

In Murcott, on the other side of Otmoor from us, we are lucky enough to have The Nut Tree Inn, a beautiful thatched pub where you can go for a pint and a pub meal, or splash out and go for its fine dining, it has a Michelin star!

The Red Lion in Islip was taken over by the ‘Jacobs Inn’ Group in 2017  and is an excellent choice. Delicious on-trend food and beer garden with chickens and pygmy goats to entertain the children.

There are lovely, well-stocked village shops in the surrounding villages of Islip and Stanton St John.

Rectory Farm –

In Stanton St John is just 2 miles from Noke. It boasts a fantastic, foodie Farm Shop and fabulous PYO Farm. There is also a lovely Adventure Playground and Cafe for all the family to enjoy.

The Cotswolds

The Cotswolds is an area of England about the size of greater Tokyo and Oxford Country Cottages sit right on the edge of the Cotswolds.

Popular with both the English themselves and visitors from all over the world,the Cotswolds are well-known for gentle hillsides (‘wolds’), sleepy villages and for being so ‘typically English’.