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The following paragraphs have been put together to provide you with helpful information regarding some local villages and towns. 



Aldsworth is an attractive village located on a south facing slope roughly mid way between Bibury and Burford and with the Cotswolds area of 'Outstanding Natural Beauty'. There is a public house and the Church of St Bartholomew. The town of Northleach is approximately 5 miles distance and Burford offers a more comprehensive range of facilities. The larger centres of Swindon, Cheltenham, Cirencester and Gloucester are easily accessible by road while mainline stations can be found at Kemble and Swindon giving direct access to London Paddington.

Ascott under Wychwood, Shipton under Wychwood and Milton under Wychwood

Located in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds the area was once the ancient Royal Hunting Forest of Wychwood, much of which survives today and the Wychwood Project promotes its conservation. Situated c.5 miles north of Burford there are good road links to Chipping Norton, Stow-On-The-Wold, Burford, Oxford and Cheltenham via the A40. Both Shipton and Ascott have railway stations (Shipton is a request stop) with mainline stations located at nearby Kingham and Charlbury. Shipton and Milton are adjoining villages with Ascott approximately 1 mile away and between them they have various amenities and facilities. The community is very friendly, caring and supportive without being intrusive. Wychwood Primary School and Windrush Valley Independent School have excellent reputations and results. Also within the villages there is a superb doctors surgery and pharmacy with dedicated management and staff, a dentist, two very friendly Post Offices, a well stocked Co-op and Delicatessen.  Other facilities include two hairdressers, two hotels, tennis court, cricket ground, football pitch/playing field with sports and social club, library, small builders merchants, farrier, drama group, Flix in the Stix, playgroups, day centre, good local Churches and even a local magazine to name but a few other things that make Shipton, Milton and Ascott wonderful places to live.

Asthall Leigh

Asthall Leigh is a quiet small village in the Windrush Valley between Burford and Witney, which is surrounded by beautiful countryside. Burford is approximately 3 miles and Witney is approximately 4 miles and has a great deal of amenities. The A40 is within a short drive, giving access to Oxford (15 miles) and Cheltenham (26 miles). Charlbury which is a short distance has a mainline station to (Oxford and Paddington) is within 6 miles.


Alvescot is a small picturesque village south of Burford and within easy reach of Burford, Witney, Lechlade and Faringdon. It is steeped in history being mentioned in the Domesday book and derives its name from St Elfege. There is a popular Inn known for good home cooked food, a small primary school, livery yard, village hall and play park including tennis court and the village also falls into the Burford school catchment area, Day to day facilities are on offer at Carterton (approximately 2 miles), Lechlade (approximately 6 miles) and Burford (approximately 5 miles). The larger centres of Witney, Oxford and Swindon are all within easy reach.


Bladon is a charming village located within walking distance of Woodstock. Its amenities include a popular primary school, a pub reputed to provide excellent food, and an antiques/tea shop. Further shopping and leisure facilities are available in Woodstock, Oxford and Witney, all accessible by bus, and it is approximately a mile from Long Hanborough railway station. Bladon is perhaps best known as the burial place of Sir Winston Churchill but it also connects with Blenheim Palace, its residents being entitled to a free pass to make use of the gate within the village centre.


In an area of outstanding natural beauty Burford is often described as the gateway to the Cotswolds. It has a famous and beautiful High Street and was recently voted 6th most idyllic place in Europe to live in, in Forbes magazine. Burford consists predominantly of period properties, the town presents some of its best 17th and 18th century frontages to the High Street. The 16th century Tolsey was the merchants meeting place and is now the museum. Burford is a tourist hot spot and is well placed for exploring the Cotswolds with easy access via the A40 to both Oxford and Cheltenham. Burford has both primary and secondary schools as well as the usual facilities such as banks, post office, grocery store, several pubs and restaurants. In addition, Burford is renowned for its antique shops, galleries and mix of independent shops and on the outskirts there is a riding school and Burford is in one a Jarrold’s circular walk guide.

Bradwell Village and Bradwell Grove, near Burford

Bradwell Village is situated 1.5 miles south of Burford. It is a private development consisting of only 147 dwellings, a village hall and a private nursing home. The Cotsworld Wildlife park is within walking distance, and the nearest public house is the highly regarded Rose and Crown in Shilton. Bradwell Village is also well situated within easy access to the A40 road link to both Oxford and Cheltenham and the A361 to Banbury & Swindon. Bradwell Village is a private development and there is a Management Company (and annual charge) which ensures various standards are adhered to and to pay for any communal maintenance.

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Carterton began as a settlement of small holdings before the First World War and grew rapidly as the result of its proximity to the Royal Air Force base at Brize Norton. It is now a thriving community, it has several business parks and industrial estates providing local employment.

The town of Carterton is situated c.3 miles south of Burford giving good access to both Oxford and Cheltenham via the A40 and Swindon via the A361, there is a regular bus service into both Witney and Oxford. Carterton has many local amenities including schools, supermarkets, doctors surgery, bakery, chemist, leisure centre with swimming pool, church and outdoor market every Thursday.


The village of Chadlington, situated three and a half miles south of Chipping Norton, spreads itself in the Evenlode Valley towards the Wychwood Forest. The village has five "ends" called Greenend, Brookend, Westend, Millend, and Eastend. Facilities include a cafe, a community owned general store and delicatessen’s and a family run butchers. St Nicholas Church can be found within a short walk together with an active local sports club, primary school and bowling green. The nearest mainline railway station is 3 miles away at Charlbury with a regular service to London Paddington.


Charlbury is a small market town lying on the edge of the ancient Royal Hunting Forest of Wychwood. This thriving community benefits from a train station, shops, primary school, active organizations and societies - even a museum - all surrounded by the breathtaking estates of Cornbury Park, Ditchley Park and Blenheim Palace. Easy access to Oxford and Paddington via rail or road. More extensive facilities can be found a few miles away to the south at nearby Witney and the pretty Cotswold town of Burford is minutes away by car to the west.

Chipping Norton

Chipping Norton is an historic market town and is known as ‘the gateway to the Cotswolds’. Being on the edge on the Cotswold, the town sits in stunning countryside and benefits from far reaching views over the hills.

The town was once a centre of the wool and trade industry and has a rich history, nowadays the town is a thriving community, which still holds a weekly market and a farmers market every third Saturday of the month. The town is well served by plenty of amenities, including primary schools, a secondary school, churches, doctors, dentists, library, sports and leisure centre, extensive range of shops and a very popular theatre. There are also numerous pubs, cafes and restaurants in the centre. The town is well placed for commuting into the nearby towns of Oxford, Stratford upon Avon and Banbury.


This small village has some very fine buildings, a public house, and is known locally for its array of independent furniture workshops. Among its attractions is the church, which is modelled on various Oxford buildings, a memorial to William Smith, the founder of modern geology and an unusual Victorian Gothic fountain. The nearby market town of Chipping Norton has more extensive facilities.


The village of Ducklington is situated within walking distance of the market town of Witney. The village itself has a church, a pub and primary school with good access to Oxford and Abingdon.

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The village of Enstone is a thriving community within convenient reach of Oxford, Woostock and Chipping Norton.  Surrounded by beautiful countryside, travelling to Oxford and London is easily done thanks to the frequent bus service via the A44 (approx. 15 miles NW of Oxford) and the commuter rail service from nearby Charlbury.  With a primary school that has been rated as 'outstanding' by Ofstead, a thriving local store, the ancient church of St Kenhelm and an award-winning public house, Enstone has all the amenities needed for a comfortable life in the beautiful Oxfordshire Cotswolds.


Fifield village is in a peaceful backwater approximately halfway between the popular and picturesque towns of Burford and Stow-on-the-Wold, the antiques centre of the Cotswolds. Bourton-on-the-Water, with the River Windrush running through, is close by providing many attractions for visitors. Oxford and Cheltenham are approximately 30 minutes via the A40. Kingham or Charlbury station with trains to Oxford and London Paddington are a few miles away. The village has a recreation ground with playing field, as well as lovely walks along footpaths and bridleways. The village has regular public transport and daily school buses.


Finstock is a peaceful village which dates back to 1135. While parts of the village are of recent origin, it boasts the oldest Methodist church in the region, where T.S. Eliot was received into the Church of England in 1927. Within the village are two public houses, primary school and a village shop/post office. More extensive facilities can be found at nearby Witney or Charlbury which also provides a main line train service to both Oxford and London.


The village of Fulbrook lies about half a mile to the North East of Burford and is surrounded by open countryside. There are 2 pubs within the village and the nearby town of Burford can be a reached by a public footpath. There is a church, village hall and this village is on a Jarrold’s circular walk. The village is ideally situated for road links to Oxford, Cheltenham, Stow-on-the-Wold, Banbury and Swindon with mainline rail stations providing easy travelling to Oxford and London from Shipton- Under- Wychwood, Charlbury and Kingham.

Great Rollright

Great Rollright is located approximately 3 miles from the market town of Chipping Norton & there is a regular bus service.  The village itself has a primary school, church, village hall, farm shop & butcher.  Mobile facilities for the village include a fortnightly library & week day post office.


Kingham - voted "England's favourite village" by Countrylife Magazine in 2006, is a beautiful Cotswold Village that benefits from a large green and some very fine buildings and thatched cottages. Kingham has a mainline railway station, which provides regular services to London. The village has a thriving primary school, village shop and a excellent pub and restaurant. The nearby town of Chipping Norton offers extensive facilities including shops, doctors, hospital and schools to name but a few.

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Leafield is approximately 18 miles north-west of Oxford and sits in the middle of the triangle formed by the neighbouring towns of Witney, Burford and Charlbury. Charlbury has a main line station which makes commuting in to Oxford and London easy. Leafield has pre- Domesday origins and until the 1850s the village was surrounded by the ancient Royal Forest of Wychwood, much of which survives today, as a nature reserve with many of the villages still enjoying the wooding rights that they have in the forest, meaning you can collect fallen wood every Thursday from midday to sunset.

Nowadays the village is thriving and is well served by amenities including: a shop and post office, village pub, restaurant and St Michael and All Angels’ Church. There are lots of family orientated activates in the village such as the pre-school group and playground. There is a primary school within the village which is very well regarded and the village is in the catchment area for Burford secondary school. The village hall is another asset to the village which regularly holds clubs and activities for villagers of all ages and can be hired out for private parties and functions. Leafield is a popular place to live because of its’ convenient location and strong community.


Lyneham is a quiet farming hamlet in the Evenlode Valley in the Eastern Cotswolds, 5 miles north of Burford. Lyneham does not have a shop or pub, but there is an excellent selection of extensive amenities within a 3 mile radius. There is a 'pay and play' golf club course a few minutes walk away with a bar and restaurant. Lyneham is also approximately 2 miles from the mainline railway station at Kingham which goes to London Paddington.

Milton under Wychwood

See Ascott under Wychwood.

Minster Lovell

Located between Burford and Witney, Minster Lovell is beautiful and lies alongside the River Windrush. There are essentially two Minster Lovells; the upper section, benefiting from newer houses, shopping facilities and a pub, and the picturesque lower (old) section along the river valley. Here you will find thatched cottages and medieval almshouses situated along quiet lanes. More extensive facilities can be found at nearby Witney & Burford just a few miles away.

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Shilton is a quiet, picturesque village on the edge of the Cotswolds with its own ford and has been used as a location by TV film crews. It has a pub, a church and a chapel and there is also a riding school situated within walking distance. The Cotswold Wildlife Park is approximately 1 mile away. Provisions can be bought in nearby Carterton, about 2 miles away, or Burford, an attractive tourist town which is 3 miles, Witney is 7 miles. Both Oxford, Cheltenham and Swindon are within easy reach via the nearby A40/A361. Shilton is in the catchment area for Burford schools.

Shipton under Wychwood

See Ascott under Wychwood.


Stonesfield is a short drive from Woodstock and is set in an Area Of Outstanding Natural Beauty. As such, it really is surrounded by beautiful countryside and lovely walks. The village has a good community and benefits include a shop, hair dressers, pub with restaurant, a 13th century church, Village Hall, sports and social club, garage and an excellent village Primary School. Worth having a look at for further information on Stonesfield Village life!


Swinbrook is a highly sought after village which is on the River Windrush.  It is best known for the picturesque cricket ground and pretty period properties.  The Swan Inn public house has a good local reputation.  David Freeman-Mitford, 2nd Baron Redesdale had Swinbrook House built 1.5 miles (2.4 km) north of the village. Four of his six daughters are buried in the village graveyard: the novelist Nancy Mitford and her sisters Unity, Diana and Pamela.


Woodstock is a thriving market town located north of Oxford located and on the Edge of the world renowned Blenheim Palace. Residents enjoy free access to the grounds. There are a variety of commuter options for London & the Midlands. The town has a charming centre with a wide range of shops, ( including a bank and Post Office ) hotels and restaurants. There are Churches of most denominations. Woodstock is an excellent place to bring up a family with well respected schooling for all ages and an active local community.


Since the Middle Ages, Witney town was famous for the manufacturing of blankets using water from the River Windrush which, so the story goes, was the secret of their quality. Over recent years Witney has grown, yet still manages to retain its charm as an attractive market town. Within the town are a wide range of facilities including a local hospital, an excellent range of high street shops, supermarkets, pubs and restaurants, cinema and leisure centre.

Witney is well placed for commuting to Oxford which is approximately 15 miles away via the A40. Local train stations are in Long Hanborough or Charlbury and there are frequent buses to Oxford and surrounding villages.


Wootton is a beautiful example of a traditional English village. Set around the River Glyme and surrounded by beautiful countryside, it is located  just 2 miles north of Woodstock and is convenient for Oxford and its transport links. Amenities include a village shop and Post Office, well thought of Primary School, an excellent gastro village/pub and a Church.

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