What’s going on around here?

Well, not a lot has been going on in the Cotswolds lately, as you can imagine. But that’s no reason not to celebrate all the fabulous places to see and things to do that are on our doorstep and waiting for you once we can welcome visitors back to this beautiful part of the world.

Here is just a snapshot of some of the local highlights ….

Blenheim Palace, the birthplace of Winston Churchill and a World Heritage site is a ‘must see’ and only a few minutes’ drive from the cottage. The palace run many great family friendly events throughout the year. Their Festive Lights and Alice in the Palace Christmas event was a huge success last year and they are planning a Drive-In Cinema for the first time ever this summer. The palace is also home to a magnificent collection of art and antiques so well worth a visit for all ages! The Palace park and gardens are currently open to the public on a timed ticket basis.

Blenheim Palace near Gable Cottage
Blenheim Palace

The Cotswold Wildlife Park, Crocodiles of the World, and Adam Henson’s Cotswold Farm Park along with the T-Rex at the Oxford Museum of Natural History and the Cotswold Falconry Centre are always a hit with our younger guests, while adults love to discover the beauty of Bourton on the Water, known as the Venice of the Cotswolds. Shopaholics will be pleased to know there is a designer outlet in Bicester, and even London is just an hour’s train journey away from Oxford.

You can discover more about holidaying in the Cotswolds here, including walking routes and dog friendly places to eat. Or visit Cotswolds.com for even more great ideas on how to make the most of your time during your stay.

And don’t forget, there are plenty of local pubs and restaurants to enjoy, many of which are currently offering a takeaway service while they wait to re-open. We can highly recommend the The Plough Inn in neighbouring Finstock.  Our own village pub The Royal Oak will also be back up and running as soon as they can. They had been working hard on a major refurbishment project and were due to re-open just before lockdown so we know they can’t wait to open their doors once more!

Village Pub and Memorial

Of course, what is still open and ready for you to enjoy is the beautiful Cotswold countryside. Now that we can take more exercise it is the perfect opportunity to pull on your walking boots and get out and about.  The Oxfordshire Cotswolds, in particular, offers a number of interesting and varied walks suitable for all ages and abilities. From the cottage doorstep, you can choose from three local circular walks around Ramsden and its neighbouring villages which form part of The Wychwood Way. You can find out more about local Wychwood Way walks here.  And The Cotswold Way National Trail , a 102 mile long route starting from Chipping Camden in Gloucestershire offers something a bit more challenging!

So, all in all the Cotswolds is still here … but not quite as we know it just yet.

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