Top places to live in Oxfordshire Deddington
With streets lined with dark honey-coloured stone architecture this small, attractive town has impressive eat out options and walking routes. Part of our Top 200 Places to Live series.
The small town of Deddington sits neatly between pretty and stately with its market place and grand Georgian architecture, all built in north Oxfordshire’s traditional dark brown marlstone. North Oxfordshire has been given a shot of cool with the launch of Soho Farmhouse a few years back (just 10 minutes down the road), and Deddington strikes the right balance between rural, chic and well-heeled.
Aside from the award-winning farmer’s market on the fourth Saturday of every month, the town is home to The Crown & Tuns (affectionately known as The Pie Pub for reasons we probably don’t need to explain), Foodies Coffee Shop and Deli and Eagles Food Hall (‘The Harrods of Deddington’). But don’t stop there. There are a couple of local pubs that go up and down in standing, plus a couple of miles out of town, check out serene Yurt Café at Nicholsons (brunch is a no-brainer) serving up beautiful dishes amongst the award-winning nursery and it’s 9 minutes’ drive to The Boxing Hare, one of the best pubs in the area.
Nellie & Dove is an expansive independent boutique that sells an impressive selection of both men and women’s clothes, shoes, jewellery and homeware. Prepare to emerge from its clutches with a dented bank balance. Similarly likely to relieve you of your hard-earned pennies is Wychwood Art Gallery, which hosts over 350 contemporary artists and is owned by Deborah Allen who cut her teeth at Christie’s and Bonhams. So it’s safe to say she knows a thing or two.
The famed Soho Farmhouse is close-by if you have a membership (or know someone who does). The beautiful, privately owned Rousham Gardens are an absolute must – you’ll find the lady of the manor wandering around the estate and she’s always amenable for a chat. And lucky you, you’re local to Broughton Castle (actually a fortified manor house but let’s not be picky) largely unknown even to Oxfordshire dwellers, again privately owned by the Fiennes family and often used in period dramas with its stunning moat and gardens. Blenheim Palace is within striking distance if you want culture as is Bicester Village if you want cut-price Prada.
AVERAGE HOUSE PRICES
£441,146. The majority of sales in 2019 were detached selling for an average of £529,714, flats sold for £221,750 and semi-detached fetched around £338,167. Try Mark David, which is a good estate agents nearby.
Nearby is excellent all-rounder day and boarding school Bloxham, girls’ schools Tudor Hall, Thornton College, nurturing co-ed prep Carrdus and idyllic co-ed Kingham Hill. Over the Northants border in Brackley, 19 minutes in the car, you’ll find two more replete prep options – the all-rounder Winchester House School (its head Emma Goldsmith recently won prep school Head of the Year) and the rural idyll of Beachborough School.
BEST KEPT SECRET
While there is a Deddington Castle, there is no castle to be seen. What remains of a 11th-century motte and bailey structure is now just earthworks but excellent for dog walking.
74 miles. The closest station is Banbury, a 15 minute drive away, and the train to London takes 56 minutes. Season tickets from £6,116. By car it takes 1hr 37 minutes.
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