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Benson Waterfront is part of our exclusive Bouja Luxury Boutique Breaks Collection, boasting a magnificent location on the banks of the River Thames.
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Faringdon Grange is part of our Autograph Lodge Holidays Collection, nestled into picturesque Oxfordshire countryside.
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Escape to picturesque Oxfordshire with a break at The Springs Resort & Golf Club, which is part of our Magnificent Collection.
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Oxfordshire Visitor's Guide

Welcome to Oxfordshire, where the rolling Cotswolds meet the academic prowess of Oxford. This county serves up a feast for the senses, from the tantalising local produce markets to the adrenaline-pumping activities along the Thames. Fancy punting down the river or exploring the historic university grounds? Oxfordshire's got you covered. For those seeking a unique stay, a lodge or cabin offers the perfect blend of comfort and adventure. Whether it's a cosy couple's retreat, a fun-packed family trip, or a chill-out session with friends, Oxfordshire's lodges provide an ideal base. Fun fact: Oxford University is the oldest English-speaking university in the world!

Why Take Your 2024 Lodge Break in Oxfordshire?

Oxfordshire is a tapestry of lush countryside, academic prestige, and architectural splendour. It's not just about the spires of Oxford; the county offers a slice of quintessential England. This year, the area is buzzing with events like the Henley Royal Regatta and the Wilderness Festival in Cornbury Park. Opting for a lodge break gives you the freedom to explore at your own pace, with home comforts in a rustic setting. It's a more intimate experience than a hotel, often nestled in serene locations. Unique to Oxfordshire are its charming market towns like Woodstock and Witney, each with their own character, and of course, the rolling Chiltern Hills, ripe for exploration.

If you're visiting Oxfordshire with kids

Absolutely, Oxfordshire is a playground for children. With attractions like the Story Museum in Oxford and the Fairytale Farm near Chipping Norton, there's a wealth of experiences to spark young imaginations. Lodges provide space for kids to play and often come with gardens, making them a relaxed base for family adventures.

Here's a handy packing list for your little ones:

  1. Comfortable walking shoes for exploring
  2. Rain gear - the weather can be unpredictable
  3. Sunhat and sunscreen for sunny days out
  4. Swimwear for splashing around in local pools or rivers
  5. Outdoor toys like a frisbee or a football

Pet Friendly Oxfordshire Adventures

Oxfordshire welcomes pets with open arms. Many lodges offer enclosed gardens, perfect for your furry friends to enjoy. When you're out, pubs like The Trout at Tadpole Bridge and The Perch in Binsey love to greet your four-legged companions. A real tip? Look for lodges with direct access to walking paths. It's also worth checking out local farmers' markets where pets are often welcome and can enjoy the sights and smells.

Dog walking ideas in Oxfordshire

Route Distance (miles) Scenery Postcode
Port Meadow 4.5 River and meadow OX2 0AN
Wychwood Forest Varies Ancient woodland OX7 6ER
Thames Path, Henley Up to 14 River Thames RG9 1AH
Blenheim Palace Grounds 2 to 5 Parkland and lakes OX20 1PP
The Ridgeway Up to 87 Historic trail Varies

Remember, while the Ridgeway is a long-distance path, you can tackle just a section of it for a day's outing with your dog.

Romantic Breaks for Couples

If you're looking to rekindle the flames with a romantic getaway, Oxfordshire's lodges are a perfect choice. Couples can find secluded spots with stunning views, often with the added luxury of a private hot tub. Imagine sipping champagne under the stars, just the two of you, in a bubbly bliss. For the ultimate pampering, some lodges offer special pamper packs or have on-site spa facilities to indulge in a couple's massage or a relaxing treatment. Dining out is also a treat, with many lodges having partnerships with local eateries, providing a romantic setting and exquisite local flavours. Whether it’s a lodge tucked away in the countryside or one that’s a stone’s throw from historic towns, Oxfordshire has the perfect romantic escape for you.

Local Cuisine and Dining Experiences

Oxfordshire serves up a slice of Britain on a plate, with hearty pub classics and modern British cuisine. Think succulent roasts, fish and chips, and pies that'll make your mouth water. For a memorable family meal, check out The Trout at Tadpole Bridge, which combines a friendly atmosphere with delicious food. Couples looking for a more intimate dining experience should book a table at Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons, Raymond Blanc's Michelin-starred restaurant, for a gastronomic treat. And for those who fancy a pint in a traditional setting, The King's Arms in Oxford is a hit with locals and visitors alike.

For a good night out

Oxfordshire's nightlife has something for everyone. If you're after a traditional pub experience, The Bear Inn in Oxford is one of the oldest pubs around and comes highly recommended. For a more upbeat evening, The Bullingdon offers live music and a vibrant atmosphere. Those looking for a sophisticated night out might enjoy a cocktail at The Alchemist, known for its creative concoctions. And for a truly local experience, don't miss out on a pint of real ale at The Perch in Binsey, a favourite among the locals.


Oxfordshire is a haven for anglers, with its rivers and lakes teeming with fish. Here's a list of top fishing spots:

  • Linear Fisheries - OX29 7QF
  • Orchid Lakes - OX10 7LP
  • Thrupp Lake - OX14 3NG
  • Clattercote Reservoir - OX17 1QB
  • Chad Lakes - OX18 2EG

Whether you're after carp, pike, or perch, these spots offer excellent facilities and picturesque settings for a peaceful day by the water.

Outdoor Adventures

For those who love the great outdoors, Oxfordshire doesn't disappoint. Go Ape in Wendover Woods offers treetop challenges and zip-wires for thrill-seekers. If water sports are more your thing, Queenford Lakes has everything from wakeboarding to paddleboarding. Prices vary, with treetop adventures around £30 per person and water sports starting from £20. Seasonal opening times apply, so check ahead to avoid disappointment. Oxfordshire's outdoor activity centres are all about embracing adventure and making memories in the great outdoors.

Shopping and Souvenirs

Name Type On Offer Postcode
Bicester Village Designer Outlet Luxury brands, dining OX26 6WD
Covered Market Oxford Historic Market Artisan goods, food OX1 3DZ
Westgate Oxford Shopping Centre High street brands, cinema OX1 1TR
Henley Street Antiques Centre Antiques Vintage finds, collectables OX28 6HW
Witney Blanket Hall Heritage Shop Wool blankets, local crafts OX28 6HL

Whether you're after designer bargains, unique antiques, or a piece of local history, Oxfordshire's shopping scene has you covered.

Top lodge breaks for 2024 in Oxfordshire

Benson Waterfront, Oxfordshire

Driving Distance: About 27 minutes (12.95 miles) | Sleeps: 4 | Pet friendly? No

What to expect: Benson Waterfront offers a luxurious retreat with contemporary holiday homes, each boasting an open-plan design, veranda with an outdoor hot tub, and limited river views, all set in the serene surroundings of the River Thames.

Who will love these lodges? Ideal for those seeking a blend of riverside living and cultural experiences, Benson Waterfront caters to families, couples, and friends. Its tranquil setting and proximity to historic Oxford make it a unique getaway.

What can you do here? Onsite, guests can enjoy sunset-watching at the waterfront café/Bistro, engage in fishing, canoeing, stand-up paddleboarding, and boat hire (charges apply). The nearest gastropubs and shops are within walking distance for dining and shopping.

What's nearby? Venture eastwards to discover Henley and Windsor or westwards to Oxford's 'dreaming spires' (10 miles away). Thames Path walks and cycle trails are abundant, with riverside pubs to enjoy along the way.

Accommodation options: The lodge offers modern holiday homes for couples and small groups, with a maximum capacity of 4 guests. Although not pet-friendly, the emphasis on luxury and the inclusion of hot tubs make for a relaxing stay.

The Springs Resort & Golf Club, Oxfordshire

Driving Distance: About 32 minutes (16.49 miles) | Sleeps: 4 | Pet friendly? Yes

What to expect: The Springs Resort & Golf Club is a serene escape nestled in the Oxfordshire countryside, offering a spa, 18-hole golf course, and a bar and bistro, all within a short drive from Oxford's historic centre.

Who will love these lodges? Golf enthusiasts, spa-goers, and those looking for a peaceful retreat will find The Springs Resort ideal. Families and friends can enjoy the on-site facilities and the proximity to cultural attractions.

What can you do here? Besides golfing and spa treatments, guests can dine at the on-site bar and bistro. Selected lodges allow pets, so it's a great spot for pet owners to relax with their furry friends.

What's nearby? Oxford city centre is a treasure trove of history and architecture, while the surrounding countryside offers ample opportunities for outdoor activities.

Accommodation options: The resort provides lodges like the Hawthorn Lodge and Mill Pond Premier, catering to families or couples with modern en-suite shower rooms, open-plan living areas, and some with hot tubs. Pets are allowed in selected accommodations.

Faringdon Grange, Oxfordshire

Driving Distance: About 35 minutes (23.46 miles) | Sleeps: 8 | Pet friendly? No

What to expect: Faringdon Grange offers a tranquil escape into the Oxfordshire countryside, with luxury lodges featuring private decked areas and, for some, hot tubs, all set on the edge of the Cotswolds.

Who will love these lodges? Perfect for those who appreciate the finer things in life, Faringdon Grange is suited for couples and families looking for a peaceful retreat with the option to explore the picturesque surroundings.

What can you do here? The lodges are fully equipped for a relaxing stay, with private decked areas to enjoy al fresco meals or simply watch the wildlife.

What's nearby? The medieval town of Faringdon, the city of Oxford, and the Cotswolds are all within reach for those wanting to explore local history, shops, and tea rooms.

Accommodation options: With lodges like Teal Lodge and Cygnet Lodge, Faringdon Grange caters to larger families or groups, offering luxury en-suite bedrooms and open-plan living areas. While not pet-friendly, the emphasis is on luxury and relaxation.

Bluewood Lodges, Gloucestershire

Driving Distance: About 44 minutes (27.09 miles) | Sleeps: 4 | Pet friendly? Limited

What to expect: Bluewood Lodges is nestled in a stunning bluebell wood near Kingham, offering a tranquil escape in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, complete with luxury hot tubs and a range of on-site amenities.

Who will love these lodges? Those seeking a quiet retreat with the charm of the Cotswolds will adore Bluewood Lodges. It's perfect for couples and small families looking for a luxury break.

What can you do here? With Wi-Fi access, barbecue hire, bike hire, and a fishing lake (charges apply), there's plenty to do on-site. The nearby market town of Stow-on-the-Wold and villages like Moreton-in-Marsh offer additional attractions.

What's nearby? Explore the Cotswolds' quaint villages, or visit the historic towns of Chipping Norton and Bourton-on-the-Water. For shopping enthusiasts, Bicester Village is a short drive away.

Accommodation options: Bluewood Lodges offers a variety of lodges, such as the Juliet Lodge and Kingham Plus Lodge, catering to couples and families. Some lodges are pet-friendly, and many feature outdoor hot tubs for a luxurious experience.

Don't Miss These Fantastic Days Out In Oxfordshire

Blenheim Palace

  • Opening Times: 09:30 - 17:30 (may vary seasonally)
  • Prices: Adults £28.50, Children £16.50, Family £75 (prices may vary)
  • Postcode: OX20 1PP
  • Est. time required: 3-4 hours
  • Nearest parking: On-site parking available

Blenheim Palace isn't just a stately home; it's a World Heritage Site with over 300 years of history. It's perfect for families, history enthusiasts, and garden lovers. The palace is the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill and offers a stunning array of baroque architecture. Don't miss the Pleasure Gardens, which are a hit with kids. The best time to visit is during spring or summer when the gardens are in full bloom. Tip: Buy tickets online in advance to save time on arrival.

Phone number: 01993 810530 | Web:

Oxford University Botanic Garden

  • Opening Times: 10:00 - 17:00 (seasonal variations apply)
  • Prices: Adults £5.45, Children £3.95, Family £14.45
  • Postcode: OX1 4AZ
  • Est. time required: 1-2 hours
  • Nearest parking: St Clement's and Thornhill Park & Ride

The Oxford University Botanic Garden is an oasis in the city centre, ideal for plant lovers and those seeking a peaceful retreat. It's the oldest botanic garden in the UK and houses a diverse collection of plants from around the world. The glasshouses are a highlight, showcasing exotic species. Visit in the warmer months to see the outdoor gardens at their best. Tip: Use the Park & Ride for hassle-free parking.

Phone number: 01865 286690 | Web:

Cotswold Wildlife Park & Gardens

  • Opening Times: 10:00 - 18:00 in summer, shorter hours in winter
  • Prices: Adults £16.50, Children £11.50, Under 3s free
  • Postcode: OX18 4JP
  • Est. time required: 3-5 hours
  • Nearest parking: Free parking on-site

Animal lovers and families will have a blast at Cotswold Wildlife Park & Gardens. It's home to a fantastic range of animals, including giraffes, lions, and penguins. The park is also known for its beautiful gardens and the narrow-gauge railway that kids adore. Spring and summer are great times to visit, as many animals are more active and the gardens are in bloom. Tip: Check feeding times to make the most of your visit.

Phone number: 01993 823006 | Web:

Didcot Railway Centre

  • Opening Times: Varies, check website for event days
  • Prices: Adults £11-£15, Children £9-£11 (event dependent)
  • Postcode: OX11 7NJ
  • Est. time required: 2-3 hours
  • Nearest parking: Didcot Parkway station car park

Train enthusiasts, get ready to be thrilled at Didcot Railway Centre. This living museum offers a glimpse into the golden age of steam with its collection of locomotives and railway memorabilia. Special event days, like steam days and galas, are particularly exciting. Visit on a sunny day to enjoy the outdoor displays. Tip: Check the events calendar to plan your visit around special steam days.

Phone number: 01235 817200 | Web:

Bicester Village

  • Opening Times: 09:00 - 21:00 (times may vary)
  • Prices: Free entry, but bring money for shopping!
  • Postcode: OX26 6WD
  • Est. time required: 3-6 hours
  • Nearest parking: On-site parking available

Shopping aficionados, Bicester Village is your haven. This chic outlet village offers high-end brands at discounted prices. It's not just about shopping; the venue has a delightful ambiance with its open-air layout and stylish boutiques. Weekdays are less crowded, making for a more relaxed experience. Tip: Sign up for the VIP pass on their website for additional discounts.

Phone number: 01869 366266 | Web:

Ashmolean Museum

  • Opening Times: 10:00 - 17:00
  • Prices: Free entry, donations welcome
  • Postcode: OX1 2PH
  • Est. time required: 2-3 hours
  • Nearest parking: Gloucester Green and Oxpens car parks

Art and history enthusiasts, the Ashmolean Museum is a treasure trove waiting to be explored. As the oldest public museum in the UK, it boasts a vast collection ranging from Egyptian mummies to contemporary art. The museum is engaging for all ages, with interactive exhibits and family trails. Visit mid-week to avoid the crowds. Tip: Don't miss the rooftop restaurant for its stunning views over Oxford.

Phone number: 01865 278000 | Web:

When planning your trip to Oxfordshire, consider staying in one of the many cosy lodges available. Lodges in Oxfordshire provide a unique experience, combining comfort with the beauty of the countryside. They're a fantastic base for exploring all the attractions this charming county has to offer.


This is our first lodge break, what will it be like?

Expect a cosy retreat with all the comforts of home. Lodges in Oxfordshire often come with modern amenities, like fully-equipped kitchens and plush living areas. Many have outdoor spaces with stunning views of the countryside. It's a chance to unwind, explore nature, and enjoy some peace.

What should I pack when visiting Oxfordshire?

Pack for the season, with layers for the unpredictable British weather. Bring comfortable walking shoes for exploring, and don't forget swimwear for hot tub lodges. Essentials include a camera for capturing the scenic views and a good book for relaxing evenings in your lodge.

Can you park outside the lodge?

Most lodges in Oxfordshire offer parking, often right outside your accommodation. It's super convenient for unloading your gear. Always check with your specific lodge, as some may have designated parking areas a short walk away.

What if it rains during my lodge break?

Rainy days are perfect for visiting local attractions like The Oxfordshire Museum or enjoying the lodge's indoor features. Some lodges come with board games, books, and smart TVs. It's a chance to cosy up and enjoy the sound of rain on the roof.

Can I get food delivered to my lodge?

Absolutely! Many local restaurants and takeaways in Oxfordshire offer delivery services. Plus, with apps like Just Eat or Deliveroo, you can have a variety of cuisines brought straight to your door. Some lodges also offer their own meal delivery or private chef services.

Is Oxfordshire a good place to visit ‘off-season’?

Oxfordshire is charming year-round. Off-season visits mean fewer crowds and often lower prices. Winter brings festive markets and cosy pub fires, while spring and autumn offer beautiful natural scenery. Just remember to check seasonal opening times for attractions.

Will my hot tub be cleaned before we arrive?

Definitely. Lodges with hot tubs, like those at Blissful Retreats, ensure a thorough cleaning and water change between guests. You can look forward to a sparkling clean hot tub ready for your first dip.

Are there any child-friendly activities nearby?

Oxfordshire is great for kids! Check out Cotswold Wildlife Park for a family day out or Fairytale Farm for interactive fun. Many lodges are near trails for family walks or cycling adventures.

How accessible are lodges for those with mobility issues?

Many lodges, such as those at Tranquil Escapes, offer accessible options with ramp access and ground floor facilities. Always mention any mobility requirements when booking to ensure the right accommodations.

Can I bring my pet on a lodge break in Oxfordshire?

Yes, many lodges in Oxfordshire are pet-friendly, like the ones at Paws & Relax Getaways. They often have great walking paths right on your doorstep. Just confirm with the lodge beforehand, as some may charge a small extra fee for pets.

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