Top places to live in Oxfordshire Woodstock
Woodstock has everything you'd want from a Cotswolds market town - honey stone architecture, excellent gastro-pubs and independent shops - oh yeah, and a palace!. Part of our Top 200 Places to Live series.
A classic Cotswolds market town with Georgian townhouses and the added glam of a palace on the doorstep, Woodstock is absolutely stunning architecturally, but its energetic support of local indie shops makes it more buzzy than blue rinse. With easy access to Oxford and the Begbroke Science Park, just three miles away, there’s been an influx of younger families over recent years.
Stylishly Scandi within its honeystoned walls, The Crown at Woodstock is a lovely gastro pub with a pretty orangerie festooned with twinkly fairy lights on an evening. Close by there’s The White House in Bladon, and a 2 AA Rosette menu at the award-winning The Killingworth Castle (also a large beer garden if you’re looking for socially distanced pleasures). More touristy but worth a trip to say you’ve done it is Orangery at Blenheim overlooking the Italian gardens.
You can spend a good few lovely hours slowly meandering around Woodstock;s indie shops, and it’s a town that does interiors particularly well, with Gleide Home Decor, Louisa Maybury and Loft Lifestyle both selling gorgeous homewares and a clutch of antiques dealers. Muddy Award-winner Libby Rak sells stunning modern jewellery and Cotswold stalwart Sassy & Boo is the go-to for cashmere. The charming Woodstock Bookshop is worthy of support and Bicester Village is also just a 20 minute drive. You’ll absolutely love Barefoot Bakery, groovy yoga studio Down Dog + Crow, cool commercial modern art gallery Dantzigplus there’s Nevrus hairdressing in the town, purveyor of beautiful barnets.
Well, hello Blenheim Palace! The World Heritage Site wraps around the town, and is open all year round, regularly hosting events, exhibitions, outdoor theatre – it’s absolutely brilliant for families, art lovers and walkers. The Oxfordshire Museum packs a punch bigger than you might think. For trips out you’re in easy distance of Cotswold Wildlife Park, Cogges Manor Farm, the stunning privately owned Rousham Gardens (no under 15s allowed), Bicester Village and, if you’re lucky enough to be a member, Soho Farmhouse.
AVERAGE HOUSE PRICES
You’re looking at half a mil with the average price of £561,749 (2019). No surprise that detached properties are most expensive, averaging £778,944. Local estate agents include Manor Oxford, Flowers Estate Agents and Breckon & Breckon.
Plenty of great options in central Oxford which is a 12 minute drive – we recommend progressive d’Overbroeck’s, academic powerhouse Magdalen College School, top girls schools Headington Girls and Oxford High, or leading prep schools the Dragon or Summer Fields. For a more rural location, day and boarding co-ed options Kingham Hill and Bloxham are both under 30 minutes drive away.
BEST KEPT SECRET
Feathers Hotel, in central Woodstock, holds the Guinness World Record for largest gin bar with over 400 gins. Chin chin!
63 miles. The closest train station is Oxford Parkway (a 12-minute drive), then the fastest train to London is 55 minutes. Season tickets from £5,296. Driving takes 1 hour 30 mins, or you can whiz over by helicopter from Oxford Airport to London’s helipad in Battersea in just 22 minutes!
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