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Oxfordshire market town with atmosphere of a quaint village

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Honey-coloured building in Witney

Located in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds, about ten miles west of Oxford, Witney is a small market town with a very rural feel too it. Steeped in history and characterised by its beautiful honey-coloured buildings, it also boasts plenty of interesting independent shops and boutiques, as well as some great pubs and restaurants.

Sat on the banks of the River Windrush, Witney is the largest town in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds. Places of historical interest include the Henry Box School, which was built in the early 1660s. Also worth a look at the centre of town is the 13th century Church of St Mary’s and the Buttercross, where local women congregated to sell eggs and chickens.

Witney Blanket Hall played a significant role in the town’s wool trade. Every blanket manufactured in the area was to be weighed and measured within in its wall. The trade was governed from the upper floor. Nowadays, the Hall houses a pie shop, however tours of the upper floors are available where visitors can learn more about blanket making.

Oxford

The highlight of many people's stay in Witney is the ornate Blenheim Palace – the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill, and the 11th Duke of Marlborough. Lying a few miles outside of the town, this stately home is one of the nation’s most distinctive and eye-catching.

Sat amongst 2000 acres of parkland and formal landscaped gardens, designed by Capability Brown, it’s a wonderful day for those that love grand views. Take a walk across Vanbrugh’s Bridge or a stroll around the outside of the Great Lake to get a wider appreciation of the grounds.

"Witney is the largest town in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds…"

The town is also famously associated with the Wychwood Brewery. Its popular Hobgoblin ales predate the current interest in craft ales, and they even lend their name and to a range of assorted gift items. There is also a cornucopia of other ales to work your way through as well at Wychwood. Tours are available, taking you through the brewing process of making these delicious brews.

Before the town became known for its beers, it was associated with the manufacture of household woolen goods like blankets and gloves. Much of the grander architecture is a remnant from these prosperous times.

We have some lovely cottages in and around Witney. Why not take a look at our collection of holiday cottages to feel inspired?

While you’re there

Blenheim Palace

This stately home is the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill, and has formal gardens designed by the famous Capability Brown.

Wychwood Brewery

Go on a brewery tour and see how some of the nation’s favourite ales and beers are brewed to perfection.

Oxford

Being only 10 miles from one of the nation’s academic and historical havens, make sure a visit to Oxford is on your itinerary.

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