Nestling on the north-east edge of the Cotswolds, Ramsden is a tranquil yet vibrant Oxfordshire village.
It was first recorded as a village within the Royal Hunting Forest of Wychwood in 1146, and now enjoys the protection of being designated a conservation area. Ramsden is the perfect base from which to explore the almost 800 square miles that denote the Cotswolds region, including the five counties of Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Warwickshire, Wiltshire and Worcestershire.
Ramsden, meaning ‘wild garlic valley’, is a fine example of a ‘chocolate box’ English village, characterized by stone cottages and a traditional 17th Century former coaching inn, The Royal Oak, serving local beer around a warming log fire.
The village also hosts an annual Summer Fete and Christmas Market as well as a biennial Open Garden Day, offering plenty of
There is a regular bus service from Witney to Oxford or use Park and Ride should you wish to visit Oxford, the ‘city of dreaming spires’. You are also only a stone’s throw away from Blenheim Palace, the birthplace of Winston Churchill and a World Heritage site which is well worth a visit.
All in all, Ramsden gives you the perfect opportunity to unwind and enjoy the glorious beauty of the Oxfordshire rolling hills, yet still feel part of a well connected and modern Cotswold community.
There is so much to do in and around the beautiful Cotswolds village of Ramsden that we couldn’t list everything here, so we hope that the following suggestions will give you just a glimpse of the many highlights that await you (both young, old and in between) during your stay with us at Gable Cottage.
Blenheim Palace – Woodstock: Visit the birthplace of Winston
Cogges Manor Farm – Witney: A restored 13th Century Manor House with farm, gardens
Crocodiles of the World – Brize Norton: Discover the amazing world of crocodiles with daily feeding, talks and animal handling sessions.
Cotswold Wildlife Park – Burford: See the penguins being fed and meet many more exciting animals.
Oxford Castle and Prison – Oxford: Costume character guides take you on a fascinating tour of the castle and prison.
Oxford Colleges – Oxford: Explore the ‘dreaming spires of Oxford’ on a guided walking tour of the city.
And don’t forget the possibility of a day trip to London from the mainline train station at Oxford Parkway.
As an Area of Outstanding Natural
The Cotswold Way National Trail , a
If you’re still looking for inspiration on where to go and what to do then dip in here for some more ideas. The Cotswold Discovery Trail also offers treasure trail packs for fun days out around the Cotswolds. And do check Cotswolds.com and Visit South East England for other great ideas on days out and things to do.
Places to eat after your day out
The Royal Oak, High Street, Ramsden, OX7 3AU
(just around the corner from Gable Cottage – it couldn’t be nearer!)
Hilltop Garden Centre, Witney Road, Ramsden OX7 3AS
(ideal for a quick lunch and also has a soft play
The Plough, The Bottom, Finstock OX7 2BY
(a lovely traditional thatched 18th century pub offering local ales and a seasonal menu)
The Lamb Inn, Steep Hill, Leafield Road, Crawley OX29 9TP
(another quintessentail 18th Century Oxfordshire pub with an outdoor pizza oven and beer garden for those sunny evenings!)
The Cotswolds market towns of Charlbury, Chipping Norton and Witney also offer a wide variety of restaurants and pubs to choose from. One of our