Overview of Oxfordshire

Bledington

Bledington is situated in the valley of the River Evenlode, with a village green and stream. It is a popular village with a mix of old and new properties, and a popular village inn, the ‘Kings Arms’ www.thekingsheadinn.net. There are good shopping and other amenities in Stow-on-the-Wold and Moreton-in-Marsh. Kingham Station is approximately ½ mile with trains to Paddington in about 84 minutes. Other centres within easy reach include Oxford, Witney, Banbury and Cheltenham.

Brailes

Within the villages of Upper and Lower Brailes are a variety of shops and stores including butcher, general stores and newsagents. There are two public houses, a primary school, garage and 13th Century church and Roman Catholic chapel. Larger centres within easy reach are Stratford-upon-Avon, Leamington Spa, Banbury and Birmingham. Also Junction 11 of the M40 is at Banbury. Although Brailes is in Warwickshire, the correct postal address for the village is Oxfordshire.

Brailes was a market town, and the manor was held by the Earls of Warwick under a grant from William the Conqueror.

Chipping Norton

Chipping Norton is the highest market town in Oxfordshire in the Cotswold hills, offering a wide selection of shops and amenities for daily requirements. There are restaurants and a small theatre. The city of Oxford is 20 miles to the south-east and access to the M40 is at Banbury. There is a mainline station at Charlbury with fast trains reaching Paddington in about 80 minutes.

On the western side of the town is Bliss Mill. This was built as a tweed mill in 1872. The mill closed in 1980 and has since been converted into apartments. It remains a local landmark, clearly visible from Worcester Road.

Churchill

This is attractive village situated in West Oxfordshire close to the border with Gloucestershire, in the Cotswold Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It has a parish church and an excellent gastro pub, The Chequers. There are a wide range of shops and other amenities in Chipping Norton (3) miles. Good train services to London from Kingham (2 miles), the fastest trains reaching Paddington in about 1 hr 20 minutes.

It is believed that Churchill was originally at the foot of a hill (now known as Hastings Hill), but in the middle 1600’s a fire destroyed approx. 20 houses and many other buildings. The village was rebuilt higher up the hill with stone houses instead of the old timber-framed and thatched cottages.

Enstone

There is a pretty Oxfordshire village having a village shop/Post Office, Primary School and Public Houses. There is a Country Club at Heythrop Park. Other centres within easy reach are Oxford (16 miles) and Stratford-upon-Avon (26 miles) and Chipping Norton (7 miles). There is a mainline station to London Paddington from Charlbury (5 miles)

Whiteways Technical Centre, where the Formula One motor racing Lotus F1 Team is based, is just south of Enstone Airfield.

Great Rollright

This is a typical Cotswold village set amidst rolling countryside 3 miles north of Chipping Norton. There is a parish church, primary school and shop, and a farm shop with garden centre close by. Main line railway stations with services to London from Kingham (7 miles) and Banbury (13 miles).

Great Rollright is famous for the ancient megalithic Rollright Stones situated approx. 1.5 miles outside the village.

Kingham

This is an attractive and busy Oxfordshire village situated in this popular part of the Cotswolds. There is a good mix of residential and commercial properties, including a school, The Plough Inn, The Wild Rabbit a re-invention of the traditional English inn, Hotel and Post Office/Stores. Kingham station is approx. ¾ of a mile from the village, which serves a much wider rural area with regular services to London (Paddington) (about 80 minutes), Worcester and Oxford.

A Country Life panel in 2004 judged Kingham to be England's Favourite Village.

Lower & Upper Brailes

Lower and Upper Brailes are situated in South Warwickshire close to the Oxfordshire border, yet only 3 miles from Shipston-on-Stour.

Within the adjoining villages there are a variety of shops and stores, including a butcher, general stores and newsagents. In addition, there are two public houses, primary school, garage, a 13th Century Church and a Roman Catholic Church. The local town of Shipston-on-Stour has a more comprehensive range of facilities.

There is a local bus service which runs between Stratford-upon-Avon and Banbury. The area is served by a network of main roads giving access to the larger centres of Oxford, Stratford-upon-Avon, Cheltenham, Banbury, Birmingham, Warwick and Leamington Spa. Junction 11 of the M40 is at Banbury. There are main line railway stations at Moreton-in-Marsh and Banbury.

Brailes stands among several hills, with Upper Brailes built on the side of Brailes Hill, which is recognisable by the clump of trees on its top.

Milton-Under-Wychwood

This village forms part of the lively Wychwoods – Shipton, Ascott and Milton, which have local interest Groups and Societies, various public houses and a village shop/general store. The village lies between Burford (5 miles), Chipping Norton (7 miles) and Stow-on-the-Wold (7 miles). There are good train services to Paddington from Kingham, just over 3 miles, in about 84 minutes.

Nether Westcote

Nether Westcote is an attractive Cotswold village with a mix of traditional stone cottages and contemporary properties, set in the rolling countryside of the Cotswolds. There is a fine Gastro Pub, The Feathered Nest Inn www.thefeatherednestinn.co.uk. More extensive facilities are available in Burford approx. 5 miles and Stow approx. 4 miles. There is a main line station at Kingham (3 miles) reaching Paddington in approx. 84 minutes.

Over Norton

Over Norton lies just to the north of Chipping Norton, and is a pretty hamlet on the edge of a fine wooded park, with a little green having an unusual Victorian memorial. Excellent amenities for day-to-day needs can be found in the town of Chipping Norton, as well as a theatre and leisure centre. The city of Oxford is 20 miles and Birmingham International Airport is approx. 45 miles. There are good mainline trains to London from Banbury (13 miles) and Charlbury (8 miles).

Salford

Salford is an attractive village lying about 2 miles to the west of the market town of Chipping Norton, and has a parish Church and pub. There is a wider range of shops and other amenities in Chipping Norton and Moreton-in-Marsh. Other major centres within easy reach include Oxford (22 miles), Banbury (15 miles), Stratford-upon-Avon (20 miles) and Cheltenham (24 miles). Good train services to London from Moreton-in-Marsh (6 miles) or Kingham (5 miles), the fastest reaching Paddington in about 84 minutes.