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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.

History

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.

Activities

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

How many holiday rentals are available around Oxfordshire?

Our 2020 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 1,582 holiday lettings around Oxfordshire. From 728 cabins to 728 cottages, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends for a long holiday or a weekend break.

Can I rent a rural property in Oxfordshire?

If you're on the hunt for some time away from the concrete jungle, then listen up! Leave all the stressful noise behind and enjoy the gentle sounds of the countryside. HomeAway has 401 rural getaway rentals in this destination. Of course, that mightn't work for everyone. Luckily, HomeAway has heaps more options, including:

  • 297 village holiday accommodation options.
  • 176 town holiday accommodation options.
  • 79 city-centre holiday accommodation options.

Can I stay in Oxfordshire in a large group?

Whether you're embarking on a special trip with the extended fam or spending a week away with all your old school friends, it's always heaps of fun being in a new place together! The good news is that HomeAway has places to suit you. The most popular choice for big groups here are cottage holiday rentals, and we have 131 currently listed. In this area, the rental properties that are suitable for large groups include:

  • If yours is a party of 6, we have 312 properties suitable for that size. Stay a night for as little as £64.
  • Need somewhere for 8 guests? We have 138 that will work well. Prices start from £129 a night.
  • Travelling with 5 guests? We've got 134 properties for rent that will meet your needs. Prices start from £60 a night.

You and all your besties will be in good hands when you book your Oxfordshire holiday through us!

Where are the cheapest holiday rentals in Oxfordshire?

There are friends, there is family and then there are friends that become family. Reunite with your nearest and dearest and secure an affordable holiday with HomeAway. When it comes to discovering a fantastic deal, the first place you look ought to be Henley-on-Thames. Here, HomeAway has 202 holiday rentals at an average price of £103 a night. Another 293 HomeAway holiday rentals are on offer in or around Reading. With an average price of £104 per night, you're sure to grab a deal worth boasting to your friends about.