A guide to Oxford

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  • 1.
    The University of Oxford has evidence of teaching as early as 1096, making it the oldest university in the English-speaking world.
  • 2.
    Oxford offers a full range of amenities beyond the university as well as a wealth of theatre, festivals, museums and exhibitions.
  • 3.
    The name 'Oxford' derives from the Anglo-Saxon 'Oxnaforda' meaning a ford for oxen. The ford would probably have been where Folly Bridge crosses the Thames which, in the 8th C AD would have been on the border between the counties of Mercia and Wessex.

Oxford Area

Comprising the historic city of Oxford, Oxfordshire is steeped in local history. Benefitting from some of the most beautiful countryside in the whole of the UK, it is easy to see why it is one of the most desirable parts of the country to live. Between the many historic attractions, pubs and restaurants, tourists and residents have plenty to do.

Surrounding Villages

  • Taynton
    Located to the west of Oxford, this pretty and unblemished Oxfordshire Cotswolds village remains unspoilt. The village was well-known for its stone quarries, and many buildings of importance throughout the Thames Valley use Taynton limestone. Situated in the Windrush Valley, and surrounded by a private estate, it is a highly desirable location to live.
  • Swinbrook
    Swinbrook is another village built almost exclusively from Cotswold stone. Also said to be untouched by time, it is a classic English village with its stone walls, attractive church and cricket pitch with wooden pavilion. Sitting in the Windrush Valley, The Swan is one of the area’s most popular Public Houses.
  • Dorchester-on-Thames
    This historical village with the Abbey as the main tourist attraction is just 9 miles south of Oxford. Originally with 10 coaching Inns, two remain; The George and The White Hart. This village is perfect for discovering some of England’s most charming villages, beautiful countryside, grandest of homes and oldest universities, all while being a wonderful place to live.
  • Great Milton
    The village is well located for the M40 and access to London, as well as being home to Le Manoir. Along with affordable housing, Great Milton has a range of period houses both large and small, cottages, some of them thatched, as well as contemporary dwellings and bungalows.
  • East Hendred
    East Hendred is a pretty south Oxfordshire village set at the bottom of a chain of hills known as The Downs in the notable Vale of White Horse in the heart of England. The pretty village also has three pubs, museums, art galleries and tourist attractions.