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Experience a holiday cottage in Oxfordshire

Real-stone farmhouses and ivy-clad boltholes cover the countryside and pretty towns of this enchanting English county, putting oodles of enticing Oxfordshire holiday lettings on the menu. You can bag yours to get to the heart of its quaint villages and the rolling Cotswold hills. Others offer a ticket to the Gothic university buildings and cobbled lanes of Oxford city, where world-class museums and hearty student pubs await.


Historical treasures near Oxfordshire holiday cottages

The history in Oxfordshire starts as soon as you arrive in the main hub of the region – Oxford city. Carved Gothic frontispieces and cute cobbled lanes abound, there. The elegant colleges – Exeter College and New College are 2 of the most beautiful – of the great university are real wonders to behold, revealing an academic past that stretches back to at least the 12th century. The lovely countryside of Oxfordshire is also a potpourri of stately homes, a long-time favourite of English luminaries. You can see the ancestral abode of Winston Churchill, for example, at the baroque landmark of Blenheim Palace. And then there's the medieval manor of Stonor Park, where barons have hunted for 100s of years.

Things to do

The main attractions to check off in Oxfordshire

Oxfordshire has no shortage of world-class attractions, many in the county town of Oxford itself. It's known across the globe for its accomplished university, which comes laden with amazing exhibits like those at the Ashmolean Museum – think Egyptian trinkets – and the Oxford University Museum of Natural History – look for huge dinosaur skeletons. Outside the city, the region takes a turn for the pastoral. Oxfordshire holiday homes in the Cotswolds mean walking trails over green dales and days spent sipping brews in thatched-roof tearooms. Boaters are bound to love the River and Rowing Museum, which straddles the water in Henley-on-Thames, while quaint Burford beckons families with its flower-strewn cottages and wildlife park.


Sightseeing in and around Oxfordshire

Do you want to find attractions to see in the area? Venture out of your holiday home and experience everything that makes Oxfordshire a fun place to get away to. These are some of the major attractions to explore, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Hinksey Heights Golf Course (3 mi / 4.8 km)
  • Southfield Golf Club (4.5 mi / 7.2 km)
  • Frilford Heath Golf Club (6.2 mi / 10 km)
  • West Witney Sports and Social Club (8.4 mi / 13.5 km)
  • Witney Lakes Golf Course (9.1 mi / 14.6 km)
  • Bicester Golf and Country Club (10 mi / 16 km)
Outdoor activities

Going outdoors in Oxfordshire county

The lush countryside and winding rivers of this bucolic county are just some of the reasons it remains such a popular place for outdoorsy types. Oxfordshire holiday cottages in the Cotswolds – a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on the western fringes of the region – will be right next to some beautiful rambling paths. The village-to-village route that goes from Milton-under-Wychwood to medieval Fifield is a perfect example, crossing heathlands and the shadowy Wychwood Forest. The Thames Path National Trail can also be joined, wiggling through to the Chiltern Hills and, eventually, to the fringes of buzzing London.

Natural features

Exploring the natural landscape of Oxfordshire

Whether you're looking for fun outdoor activities or just want to spend some time taking in the scenery, Oxfordshire is a great place to get out in nature. Here are a few of the area's noteworthy natural features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Christ Church Meadows (3.2 mi / 5.1 km)
  • University Botanic Gardens (3.3 mi / 5.3 km)
  • Waterperry Gardens (10 mi / 16.1 km)
  • Rousham House and Gardens (10.3 mi / 16.5 km)
  • Thames Path (14.3 mi / 23.1 km)
  • Lardon Chase - the Holies and Lough Down (18.2 mi / 29.3 km)
How to get there

Travelling to and around Oxfordshire

Fly into Oxford (OXF), the closest airport, located 4.6 mi (7.4 km) from the city centre. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you can also fly into London (LTN-Luton), which is 41.1 mi (66.2 km) away.

If you're travelling by train, Oxford Station, Oxford Parkway Station and Witney Hanborough Station are the main stations in the area.

How to get around

Travelling around holiday rentals in Oxfordshire

You might be able to rely on the public transportation network in Oxfordshire. There are regular and efficient train services linking the county town of Oxford to London, for example, along with plenty of local bus routes around the city itself. However, if you're looking for an escape to the countryside, it's likely you'll be going off the beaten track. Thankfully, a great many Oxfordshire holiday lettings come with room for the car out front – just be prepared for some narrow, winding and sheep-trodden roads if you are taking the wheels.

Essential info

Key Oxfordshire facts to know before travelling

  • Oxfordshire has a population of around 690,000
  • The county town of Oxfordshire is Oxford
  • Oxford Airport is in the region, while Heathrow has far more arrivals and a direct bus link to the county
  • Oxford holiday homes tend to be at their busiest in the summer months, but it's always wise to book early
  • Bring warm clothes and waterproofs if you're planning on visiting Oxfordshire in the autumn, winter or spring

Can I find a vacation rental around Oxfordshire (county)?

Yes, our 2020 property listings offer a large selection of 1,536 vacation rentals near Oxfordshire (county). From 629 cabins to 629 cottages, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Oxfordshire (county) for a holiday or a weekend are on Vrbo.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Oxfordshire (county)?

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  • Oxford: 461 vacation rentals
  • Chipping Norton: 853 vacation rentals
  • Faringdon: 484 vacation rentals
  • Witney: 849 vacation rentals
  • Cherwell: 755 vacation rentals

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  • Oxford: 461 rentals
  • Chipping Norton: 853 rentals
  • Faringdon: 484 rentals
  • Witney: 849 rentals
  • Chinnor: 77 rentals

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Can I find easy-access vacation rentals when traveling by plane to Oxfordshire (county)?

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  • Brize Norton (BZZ-RAF Brize Norton): 1,219 vacation rentals
  • Oxford (OXF): 955 vacation rentals
  • Northampton (ORM-Sywell Aerodrome: 235 vacation rentals

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Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Oxfordshire (county)?

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  • Blenheim Palace: 1,007 rentals
  • Cotswold Wildlife Park: 1,283 rentals
  • Bicester Village: 608 rentals
  • Reading Goring and Streatley Station: 668 rentals
  • Said Business School: 740 rentals

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