The Maytime Inn Pub with rooms in Asthall, Oxfordshire

Prices from:
£105 per night

David Hancock says:

  • 17th-century inn revived with style
  • Sleepy village setting in Windrush Valley
  • Fabulous summer terrace; outside bar
  • Mind-boggling drinks menu; 100 gins
  • Seasonal modern British pub food
  • Smart courtyard rooms ooze style

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Overview

The Maytime Inn Asthall, Oxfordshire, OX18 4HW

The personal touch

In need of some serious TLC having been locked in a time warp for over 40 years, Dominic Wood took on the challenge of restoring this 17th-century Cotswold stone pub in 2012. At just 24 years of age, he was unfazed at the daunting task of breathing new life into the fine old building, which stands in a sleepy and timeless picture-book village in the idyllic Windrush Valley, truly a world away from the busy A40 up the hill. The elegant Manor House, the original home of the famous Mitford sisters, is next door, across the field is the meandering River Windrush, and beautiful walks radiate from the front door. Inside, Dominic has successfully combined the rustic charm of the original building with modern elegance and the atmosphere is relaxed and informal. Think, thick beams, slab stone or wood floors, church candles on rustic painted tables, a vaulted beamed ceiling with iron chandelier, and open log fires in stone fireplaces. A fabulous and mind-boggling drinks menu, delicious modern pub food, all freshly prepared from locally sourced ingredients, and super comfortable rooms in refurbished courtyard rooms really add to the charm and appeal of Maytime Inn, a cracking Cotswold inn.

Sticky fingers

Children are very welcome in the pub; smaller portions are available and there are board games to play

Muddy paws

Your canine chum will be warmly welcomed in the bar, especially by pub dog Alfie if he’s in the bar. There are homemade gravy bones on the bar and special treats like doggie pies are sometimes available

Alfresco

On summer days bag one of the posh teak tables on the stunning rear terrace and soak up the sun and the views across fields in the Windrush Valley. Colourful flower borders and raised fragrant herb beds create private areas

What’s on?

Live acoustic music in the garden every other Sunday between June and August. Music, Boules and Cider Festival in late July

What’s the Damage?
6 doubles: £105 – £160

What Else?

  • All credit cards taken
  • Private dining (seats 22)
  • Alfresco dining
  • Disabled access to bar & restaurant
  • Parking

Gongs

AA 4 Star (Gold) Inn

Sleep

The Maytime Inn Asthall, Oxfordshire, OX18 4HW

Do not disturb

The contemporary and very comfortable rooms all have horse-themed name and overlook the rear courtyard, except for Boot Room, which is in the original building and looks out over the pretty village lane. Although cosy and compact they are well decorated and furnished, featuring Hynos beds topped with quality linen, down and blanket throws, handmade bespoke furniture, quirky feature walls (wood panels, textured or stags motive wall coverings), and swish modern bathrooms with big walk-in rain showers; Yard and Groom room and Hunting room also have deep freestanding tubs.

Creature comforts

Hypnos beds; Cow Shed Bathroom Products; rain showers; fresh milk, homemade shortbread

Gadgets

I-pod speakers; freeview TV; free wi-fi; telephone

What’s for Breakfast?

Dresser topped with jars of cereals; jugs of juice; fresh fruit; croissants & pastries; jams and marmalade. Cooked options include porridge; smoked salmon omelette, mushrooms on sour dough toast; avocado, poached eggs and bacon on toast (with chilli & lime); eggs Benedict; full English breakfast. Booty Mary (with vodka) and loose leaf teas from Jeeves & Jericho in Oxford & great coffee from UE Roasters in Witney

What’s the Damage?
6 doubles: £105 – £160

What Else?

  • All credit cards taken
  • Private dining (seats 22)
  • Alfresco dining
  • Disabled access to bar & restaurant
  • Parking

Gongs

AA 4 Star (Gold) Inn

Eat & Drink

The Maytime Inn Asthall, Oxfordshire, OX18 4HW

Mastering the menu

Head chef Roger Williams delves into the rich Cotswold larder on his doorstep when sourcing ingredients for his monthly changing menu and the short daily specials menu, which lists some excellent seasonal dishes. On a recent autumn visit the daily dishes included a memorable saddle of venison (from Tom, the local gamekeeper), served with mash, curly kale and jus, wild mushroom risotto and a hearty homemade ham and leek pie. Expect a good choice on the main menu, there’s something for everyone, from sharing boards and lunchtime sandwiches, to good pub classics (try the wild boar burger), superb steaks from Aubrey Allen, and modern British dishes like sea bass served with potato and leek rösti, roasted vegetables and beurre blanc. Round off with a gooey chocolate pudding with cherry ice cream.

On the menu

(Starters: £5.50-£8; Main Courses: £13-£26; Desserts £6-£8)

Mussels, bay, chilli broth, crusty bread; curried root vegetable soup; heritage tomato & basil bruschetta; sharing board (for two) baked rosemary & garlic camembert, cured meats & crusty bread

Duck breast, roasted root vegetables, cavolo nero, port jus; plaice stuffed with crab, creamy mash, wilted spinach, hollandaise sauce; ham & leek pie, cheese rosti topping

Lemon posset, homemade lemon & chocolate sables; treacle tart, vanilla ice cream; Autumn Eton mess

Sandwiches (lunchtime only)

(£6-£7)

Shredded ham hock & piccalilli on toasted ciabatta; roast beef, sour cream, red onion marmalade & watercress

Sunday Roasts

(2-courses £18.95; 3-courses £21.95)

Cotswold beef strip loin & roast pork, roast potatoes and roast vegetables; roast chicken, roast potatoes, creamed Savoy cabbage, peas & broad beans

Time to Eat

Breakfast: 8am – 10am
Lunch 12 noon – 2.30pm (3pm Sunday)
Dinner 6pm – 9.30pm

Local, local, local

Meat – Aubrey Allen & Jesse Smith Butchers, Burford (see Food Trail)

Game – local farms

Venison – Tom Gunn (local gamekeeper) & Cornbury Estate

Juices – Bensons Juices, Sherborne

Beer – North Cotswold Brewery, Stretton-on-Fosse; Goffs Brewery, Winchcombe; Loose Cannon Brewery, Abingdon

Gin – Cotswold Distillery, Shipston-on-Stour; Collagin, Witney

Tea – Jeeves & Jericho, Oxford

Coffee – UE Roasters, Witney

Behind the bar

Dominic is passionate about offering a good choice of drinks for his customers. As the Maytime is a free house, he has really gone to town and the drinks lists are mind-boggling and brilliant and well trained staff actively encourage bemused drinkers to explore the lists and experiment. Ale drinkers can quaff brews from local North Cotswold, Goffs and Loose Cannon breweries, while craft beer and cider aficionados have Meantime Pilsner and Brooklyn Lager on draught or they can pick Big Hug Spirit Pale Ale or Tap Social Big Boy Pants, or perhaps Cornish Orchards Gold cider from the bottle list, which also includes gluten free beer and lager. Dominic spends time visiting vineyards in South Africa and sourcing wines from small producers for his excellent wine list, which offers fine wines by the glass (thanks to the Coravin System) in addition to a further 17 by the glass, and the interesting tasting notes make it a great read before dinner. Gin lovers will rejoice at the 100-strong list: great cocktails too.

Bar snacks

(£3-£4)

Whitebait, lemon aioli; chilli, red wine & honey chorizo; beetroot hummus & pitta bread

Time at the bar

11am – 11pm

What’s the Damage?
6 doubles: £105 – £160

What Else?

  • All credit cards taken
  • Private dining (seats 22)
  • Alfresco dining
  • Disabled access to bar & restaurant
  • Parking

Gongs

AA 4 Star (Gold) Inn

Food Trail

Take it back home
Tour the brewery that brewed your favourite pint, visit the shop on the farm that reared your delicious Sunday roast beef, and seek out the roadside stalls selling the local crab and samphire on the inn’s menu, the Food Trail features the local artisan producers and suppliers where you can buy to enjoy at home.

Change of scenery
Looking for a pub for lunch following a country walk, a different venue for dinner, or a good café for coffee, light lunch or afternoon tea, then the best in the area are listed below. If you find a new and exciting eatery in the area that’s worthy of a mention on the Food Trail, then please to do let us know – gabrielle@innplaces.co.uk.

1 Inn Location - The Maytime Inn

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The Cotswold Cheese Company, Moreton in Marsh GL56 0AH

A purveyor of an incredible selection of the finest cheeses with a good selection from local producers. They also sell other artisan and local produce such as local breads, biscuits and crackers, chutneys and local potted meats.

4

North Cotswold Brewery, Stretton-on-Fosse GL56 9RD

A quality brewery specialising in champion real ales such as Windrush, Cotswold Best, Shagweaver or Hung, Drawn 'N' Portered. Time a visit with one of the monthly brewery tours and gain an insight into the art of making traditional ale and sample a few straight from the cask.

5

The Cotswold Food Store and Cafe, Longborough GL56 0QZ

This family-run, award-winning farm shop and delicatessen on the A424 stocks a huge range of locally sourced produce such as bread, fruit and vegetables, meat, cheese and eggs. They also have a large and airy cafe where you can sample homemade cakes, light lunches or their famous Cotswold cream teas.

6

Daylesford Farm Shop and Cafe, Daylesford, Kingham GL56 0YG

Known locally as 'Fortnams in the field' Daylesford Organic is so much more than an award-winning farm shop, with a cookery school, cafe, clothes shop and spa. The farm shop offers the best in organic and food produced with the best environmental and livestock husbandry credentials. They have their own bakery and serve up vegetables from their own market garden.

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The Big Feastival, Kingham OX7 6UJ

An annual party on the farm owned by local pop star turned farmer/cheese maker Alex James of Blur. This August Bank Holiday weekend event is co-hosted by Jamie Oliver and is a festival of food and music, with famous chefs demonstrating their cooking skills while you listen to live music from some of the best musicians in the country. A cracking day out for all the family.

8

Upton Smokery, Upton Downs Farm, Burford OX18 4LY

Located in the rolling Cotswold countryside outside of Burford, this family business smokes just about everything from game to fish. They also stock fresh game, paté, potted terrines, charcuterie and olives.

11

The Cotswold Brewing Company, College Farm, Bourton on the Water GL54 2HN

This award-winning independent brewery retains a hand-crafted approach to making beer and is also well-known for its lager and stout, as well as its cider, gin and vodka. You can pop into the brewery to buy bottles and polypins of beer and there are twice-daily brewhouse tours by prior arrangement.

13

The Chequers, Churchill OX7 6NJ

Excellent gastropub where you can enjoy some fantastic modern British food from regularly changing blackboard menus. The beers are good, too, but you can also try a glass of wine from the very good menu or maybe a cocktail. The steak and chips is first class.

14

The Rose and Crown, Shilton OX18 4AB

Cracking foodie pub run by chef-Patron Martin Coldicott. The 16th-century Cotswold-stone pub has low beams, stone floors and a menu that keeps things suitably simple.

15

New Wave Fish Shop, 40 Dyer Street, Cirencester GL7 2PF

Being in landlocked Gloucestershire is no excuse to miss out on the best and freshest fish and seafood and New Wave fishmongers stocks a fantastic selection sourced directly from Devon, Cornwall and Shetland. The shop also sells a range of local and seasonal produce, such as Cotswold game, Wye Valley asparagus, and wild mushrooms.

16

Made By Bob, 26 Market Place, Cirencester GL7 2NY

In the heart of Cirencester located in the former Roman Corn Hall building, this exceptional restaurant and deli attracts discerning foodies from all over the Cotswolds. Owner/chef Bob Parkinson previously worked under the great Simon Hopkinson at Bibendum restaurant in London and is regarded as one of the best chefs in the region.

17

W.J. Castle Family Butchers, Burford OX8 4RG

Set in one of the town's historic timber-framed buildings, this well-stocked butchers specialises in locally sourced meats including Hereford beef and Gloucester Old Spot pork. A selection of roast meats, cheeses and olives is also available from the delicatessen section.

Out & About

1 Inn Location - The Maytime Inn

Activities

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Chipping Norton Theatre OX7 5NL

Theatre, arthouse cinema, gallery and concert hall, they describe themselves as 'complicated and a little eccentric', and it's always worth a look to see what's on. A mixed arts venue hosting, co-producing and supporting some of the most exciting, accessible and entertaining culture in the region, there are also community and education programmes with workshops, classes and creative projects.

4

Cotswold Water Park, Cirencester GL7 5QF

With over 150 lakes, the Cotswold Water Park, south of Cirencester, is a superb year-round birding destination ranging from 20,000 wintering water birds to 21,000 wintering gulls to vast numbers of breeding warblers.

5

Hardwick Parks, Witney OX29 7PZ

Head for Standlake, south-east of Witney, and choose from a wide variety of water sports suited to all ages and abilities. This is just the place for exhilarating, fun-filled action, which can be enjoyed by all the family.

6

Shooting, Enstone OX7 4NS

This comprehensive clay shooting school, situated amid the pastoral scenery of the Cotswolds, at Enstone, near Chipping Norton, offers great facilities and caters for beginners right through to experienced shots.

7

Rally Driving Days, Tracey Farm, Great Tew OX7 4JS

Family-run and welcoming rally, performance car and off-road driving centre situated near Chipping Norton. Here, you can try your hand at rally driving in authentic conditions and in the safe hands of trained professionals.

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Gloucestershire & Warwickshire Railway, Toddington GL54 5DT

West of Stow, this is the perfect destination for anyone who still savours the unique thrill of steam travel. Though no longer part of the national rail network, these wonderful old trains have made a welcome return to the tracks and are a great way to discover the delights of the Cotswolds.

46

Cotswold Archery, Batsford Arboretum GL56 9AD

Deep in the Cotswolds, at Batsford Arboretum, near Moreton-in-Marsh, you’ll find this dedicated archery range. There is a wide choice of bows to use and expert tutors are always on hand.

Shopping

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The Borzoi Bookshop, Stow on the Wold GL54 1BB

Based in Stow-on-the-Wold, this well-established independent bookseller stocks a vast range of books, including many of the classics. Out-of-print books, attractively designed greeting cards and wrapping paper are also available.

27

Burford Antiques Centre, Burford OX18 4JA

Loads of great antique furniture from the 17th to the 20th century, plus high quality reproduction refectory tables made to any size, chairs, sideboards and dressers.

28

Burford Woodcraft, Burford OX18 4QU

Promoting contemporary British craftsmanship for over 30 years, the shop sells an extensive selection of creative wooden objects, furniture, sculpture, bowls, kitchenware, jewellery boxes, games and toys.

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Woodcock and Cavendish, Burford OX18 4RG

Lovely throws and blankets in cashmere, pure wool and recycled wool, plus designer homewares, leather goods, bespoke jewellery, china and stationery. An ideal place to buy a present, they also have branches in Tetbury and Cirencester.

32

Vintage & Paint, Stow-on-the-Wold GL54 1AQ

Nice interiors shop selling furniture, kitchenware, lighting, objet d'art and collectables They also sell Annie Sloan paint so you can have a go at creating this ‘look’ yourself.

33

Maybury, 4 Market Street, Woodstock OX20 1SX

Expect beautiful bedcovers, cushions and jackets and discover a striking collection of colourful furniture covered in vintage textiles and an assortment of rare and authentic rugs at this eclectic emporium in Woodstock, characterised by the irresistible, heady atmosphere of India and Central Asia.

35

Rosie B Home & Interiors, Horsefair, Chipping Norton OX7 5AL

All the items in this eclectic shop are personally sourced and chosen by Rosie herself. Situated in Horsefair in Chipping Norton, it’s a good place to get ideas and buy special gifts; you’ll find vintage and antique pieces for the home, mirrors, kitchenalia, glass and ceramics.

36

Iona House Gallery, 4 High Street, Woodstock OX20 1TF

Founded in 2002, this highly respected Woodstock-based art gallery exhibits paintings, sculpture, ceramics, glass, craft and jewellery from established artists and burgeoning talents. More than 100 English, Scottish and Russian artists are represented.

37

All Dressed Up, 8 Middle Row, Chipping Norton OX7 5NH

A children's boutique with its own brand of clothing, designed by its award-winning owner, Julia Cook. There's a wide selection of other labels, too, such as Hatley, Frugi and Toby Tiger. This is a treasure trove for children up to the age of eight.

38

Teddy Bears of Witney, 99 High Street, Witney OX28 6HY

If you love teddy bears, a visit to this charming shop is a must. Established in 1985, Teddy Bears of Witney has the finest and most collectable teddy bears in the world. On permanent display, among other familiar old friends, is Aloysius, featured in the 1980s television series, Brideshead Revisited.

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Cotswold Woollen Weavers, Filkins GL7 3JJ

Not exactly a museum, and not exactly a shop, Cotswold Woollen Weavers is a bit of both. The wealth of the Cotswolds came from wool, and you can learn about that here, and the processes that change wool to cloth. They proudly say they make 'useful and desirable things', and you can browse a selection of unusual items, from clothing to furniture.

41

Iona House Gallery, 4 High Street, Woodstock OX20 ITF

Founded in 2002, this highly respected Woodstock-based art gallery exhibits paintings, sculpture, ceramics, glass, craft and jewellery from established artists and burgeoning talents. More than 100 English, Scottish and Russian artists are represented.

44

The Old Pill Factory, 53 High Street, Witney OX28 6JA

Spread over two floors, the Old Pill Factory in Witney is the place to visit for furniture, glass, toys, clothes and garden pieces. You’ll find a group of dedicated antiques experts who are passionate about antiques and vintage homeware.

45

Tickitty Boo, 6 Middle Row, Chipping Norton OX7 5NH

A children’s boutique with its own brand of clothing, designed by its award-winning owner, Julia Cook. There’s a wide selection of other labels, too, such as Hatley, Frugi and Toby Tiger. This is a treasure trove for children up to the age of eight.

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Burford OX18 4QA

Burford is surely one of England's prettiest small medieval towns with some really beautiful buildings (the church is considered one of the best in the country) and is a busy and thriving community of about 1,000 people. The town merchants were granted a charter to hold their own markets over 900 years ago, and it’s still a great place for shopping, with loads of independent shops and galleries.

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Fresh, Witney OX28 6GW

Well worth a visit, this independent, design-led, contemporary greetings cards and gift store was established by the residents of this charming old town at the heart of Oxfordshire.

Places to visit

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Hidcote Manor Gardens, Chipping Campden GL55 6LR

Hidcote is one of the country's greatest gardens, full of rare shrubs and trees, herbaceous borders and unusual plants from all over the world. In addition, there are superb views across the Vale of Evesham from the garden.

9

Batsford Arboretum, Moreton-in-Marsh L56 9AD

There are now more than a thousand varieties of trees on display at Batsford. The colours are especially striking in spring and autumn. Expect to find cherries, azaleas and rhododendrons among the species.

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Court Barn Museum, Chipping Campden GL55 6JE

This popular site at Chipping Campden tells the story of the Arts & Crafts Movement from the start of the 20th century to the present day. It was here in this delightful Cotswolds village that some of the era's greatest craftspeople gathered and worked together.

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Blenheim Palace, Woodstock OX20 1PP

One of Britain's largest and most famous stately homes, Blenheim Palace offers a host of treasures to discover. There are guided tours of the staterooms and a chance to explore the estate's sumptuous parkland. A new Winston Churchill Memorial Garden and Footsteps Trail opened in 2015, taking visitors on a journey through the key achievements in the great statesman's extraordinary life and his early years in this area. Churchill's grave can be seen in the churchyard at nearby Bladon.

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Rollright Stones, Chipping Norton OX7 5QB

An unusual circle of 77 heavily weathered, closely-set slabs of local Neolithic limestone, known as the King's Men, traditionally a monarch and his courtiers petrified by a witch. The Rollright Stones also include the Whispering Knights burial chamber, and single King Stone, which is on the other side of the road. They span nearly 2,000 years of Neolithic and Bronze Age development.

14

Chedworth Roman Villa, Yanworth GL54 3LJ

Situated in a secluded part of the Coln valley, the Roman villa at Chedworth dates from around AD 120 and is open daily from mid-February to the end of November and was originally believed to have been a farmhouse.

15

Cotswold Farm Park, Guiting Power GL54 5UG

Established in 1971 by the father of BBC Countryfile presenter Adam Henson, this popular farm park is home to over 50 rare breeds, many of which you can see if you take the 'safari' tour of the farm. Children can feed the chickens and pigs while grown-ups can listen to some of the talks about animal husbandry and general conservation.

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Rousham House & Garden, Rousham OX25 4QU

With the pretty River Cherwell flowing through the grounds, Rousham is one of Oxfordshire's loveliest mansions. Dating back to 1635, the house was remodelled over 100 years later and there is more than a hint of the Italianate about the garden with its cascades and ponds, groves, the Temple of Echo and the seven-arched portico known as Praeneste. A peaceful stroll along the tree-shaded Long Walk is a must.

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Bourton-on-the-Water GL54 2AQ

With its picturesque stone buildings and pretty river Windrush running through the main street, it's easy to see why this spacious Cotswold village is so popular. Nearby at Lower Slaughter is the Old Mill Museum, which explains the history of this former flourmill, a key industrial landmark in the Cotswolds.

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Kelmscott Manor, Kelmscott GL7 3HJ

This beautiful house, built from lovely mellow golden stone, was the Cotswold retreat of William Morris and his family, friends and colleagues. Kelmscott is home to fascinating and important collections of textiles, furniture and paintings, spanning more than 300 years and reflecting the ideas and creative legacy of those who lived and worked here.

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Minster Lovell Hall, Minster Lovell OX29 0RR

Shrouded in mystery and with a haunting, tangible air of the distant past, the romantic ruins of Minster Lovell Hall stand on the banks of the River Windrush. The village of Minster Lovell captures the essence of sublime Cotswolds' architecture.

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Cogges Manor Farm, Witney OX28 3LA

Cogges Manor consists of a 13th-century house and 17th-century farm buildings. These days it's a popular heritage centre with a strong emphasis on horticulture, rural crafts and family-friendly entertainment. It's also just the place to help understand the origins of early rural life and put the past into perspective.

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Chastleton House, Chastleton GL56 0SU

Chastleton House, near Chipping Norton, is a fine Jacobean mansion with a striking south front. Now managed by the National Trust, the interiors of the 17th-century house may be familiar to television viewers as the family home of the Seymours in the BBC drama Wolf Hall. The small stone courtyard doubles for Putney, where a young Cromwell is attacked by his father.

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Harcourt Arboretum, Marsh Baldon OX44 9PX

Part of the University of Oxford since 1963, Harcourt Arboretum covers 130 acres and features the best collection of trees in the county, as well as some of the oldest redwoods in the UK. Seasonal highlights include wildflower meadows, rhododendrons and bluebell woods.

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Buscot and Coleshill Estates, Coleshill SN6 7PT

Two very English villages and the mosaic of fields, water meadows, spinneys and parkland that surround them. Traditionally farmed and covering 7,000 acres, there are miles of circular walks and family trails. Buscot is a haven for wildlife, and there's a real sense that time has stood still at Coleshill.

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North Leigh Roman Villa, Witney OX29 6QE

This English Heritage site at North Leigh, near Witney, consists of a large, well-constructed Roman courtyard villa with a historically important, near complete mosaic floor, which can be seen through a viewing window.

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Adam Henson's Cotswold Farm Park, Guiting Power GL54 5UG

Established in 1971 by the father of BBC Countryfile presenter Adam Henson, this popular farm park is home to over 50 rare breeds, many of which you can see if you take the “safari" tour of the farm. Children can feed the chickens and pigs while grown-ups can listen to some of the talks about animal husbandry and general conservation.

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Oxford

Just like London, Oxford can hold your attention for days. There really is that much to see and do. A walk through the ancient streets of Matthew Arnold's 'city of dreaming spires' is surely the best and most effective way to see this world-famous seat of learning. As well as the 12th-century Carfax Tower, with its memorable views, and the Botanic Garden - a quiet backwater in the heart of Oxford - there's the chance to visit many of the University's 38 colleges and even explore the familiar haunts of Colin Dexter's legendary detective, Inspector Morse.

Walking

www.walkinginoxfordshire.co.uk
www.oxfordshirecotswolds.org
You really are spoilt for choice in terms of where to walk in this idyllic corner of the country. If you just want an easy stroll from the front door of the Maytime, take a walk through the beautiful valley of the Windrush to the little medieval church of St Oswald, built on the site of a Roman villa, and on to Burford. The air hangs heavy with history here and the river looks heavenly on a summer’s evening, winding its way through the attractive countryside. Elsewhere, there are numerous walks of all shapes and sizes and there’s also a good selection of long-distance trails, which can be adapted into manageable chunks – the Heart of England Way, the Wychwood Way, the Oxfordshire Way and the D’Arcy Dalton Way among them.

Cycling

www.cycle-route.com
The Oxfordshire Cycle Way runs near the Maytime so it’s only a matter of minutes before you’re following this popular route, one of many enjoyable cycle rides following quiet lanes and off-road stretches through the region. For something a bit different, try a combination of bike and train, using the nearby Cotswold Line. A string of local stations enables you to use the service on a hop-on, hop-off basis. If you get the chance, call at Kingham, which is served by the Cotswold Line and was once judged ‘England’s Favourite Village’ by Country Life.

Events

www.oxfordshirecotswolds.org
www.chippingnortontheatre.com
www.cogges.org.uk
Look out for a great many festivals, special events, sporting fixtures and cultural evenings in the Cotswolds region. Cogges Manor Farm (see places to visit) hosts traditional festivals and theatrical performances, while Chipping Norton’s theatre boasts an eclectic programme of live theatre, music, dance and comedy, culminating in the renowned annual pantomime. Among other annual events are the Blenheim Horse Trials and Stroud Food Festival in September and the Cheltenham Literary Festival in October.

Getting there

Location, Location, Location

By Road: Astall is signed off A40 between Witney and Burford

By Rail: Charlbury, Shipton and Ascott-under-Wychwood are the closest stations to Asthall – around 7 miles

Address:

, Asthall, Oxfordshire, OX18 4HW

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