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Asthall lies in the very heart of the Cotswolds and the prettiest villages are no more than a 20 minute drive away. Bibury, Burford, Bourton-on-the-Water, Stow-on-the-Wold and Broadway are all great destinations for a walk, some shopping or a nice lunch. Blenheim and Oxford are also within reach.

Burford | 6 min drive
Bibury | 18 min drive
Stow-on-the-Wold | 20 min drive
Bourton-on-the-Water | 22 min drive
Broadway | 35 min drive
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The Wild Rabbit at Kingham is good for a celebration but books up weeks in advance. Book ahead.

For breakfast try the UE Coffee Roastery Cafe and Kitchen (just down the road). Nip and get some croissants or breakfast.

Wild Rabbit | 21 min drive | Website
UE Coffee Roastery | 7 min drive | Website
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Great pubs
We recommend our local, The Maytime (left) which has excellent food, open fires in winter and a pretty garden in Summer

Consider also: The Bell Inn at Langford, The Double Red Duke at Clanfield (great barbecue in summer), The Lamb Inn at Shipton-under-Wychwood, The Chequers at Churchill, the Swan at Swinbrook.

The Maytime | 3 min walk | Website
The Bell Inn | 15 min drive | Website
The Double Red Duke | 15 min drive | Website
The Lamb Inn | 13 min drive | Website
The Chequers | 21 min drive | Website
The Swan | 2 min drive | Website
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Things to do
Before you arrive check the website for Asthall Manor who offer a variety of activities and a biennial sculpture exhibition two minutes’ walk from the dacha. St Nicholas’ churchyard in Swinbrook has the Mitfords’ graves and the Swan in that village has the Mitfords as a theme. They lived briefly at Asthall Manor.

Further afield, there is a diverse selection of attractions and activities available:

Horseback tour of the Cotswold villages | Cotswold Riding | Website
Clay pigeon-shooting | The Big Shoot | Website
Pottery painting | The Pottery Place, Witney | 11 min drive | Website
Crocodiles of the World (also has meerkats), Brize Norton | 5 min drive | Website
Bicester Village designer outlet | 30 min drive | Website
Daylesford, farm, cafe, spa and design shops at Kingham | 28 min drive | Website
Cotswold Wildlife Park | 11 min drive | Website
Wychwood Wild Garden | 12 min drive | Website
The Rollright Stones | 30 min drive | Website
Westonbirt Arboretum, Tetbury | 55 min drive | Website
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