Our guide to luxury Oxfordshire holidays

From its learned college spires and libraries to the storybook villages that bespeckle its open countryside, Oxfordshire is bookish and beguiling in equal measure. This is the Unique guide to luxury Oxfordshire holidays.

For a smallish pocket of the country, Oxfordshire certainly crams an abundance of culture into its county bounds. From big-hitting museums (Pitt Rivers, Pendon, and Ashmolean to name but a few), to its impressive and ever-changing arts calendar; those with pedagogical passions have come to the right place. Beyond academia, Oxfordshire has a lesser-known outdoorsy scene; hike through beech trees on the chalk escarpment of the Chiltern Hills AONB, or take the ancient Ridgeway Trail by bike, passing Neolithic long barrows on your way. With its warren of willow-shaded waterways, a punt along the Cherwell – Champagne in hand – is a proviso of any long weekend in the land of Tolkien and Hawking.

 A gateway to the coveted Cotswolds – known for its low-slung limestone villages, lush pastures, and prim English gardens – Burford and Bibury invite easy afternoons. With over 5,000 plant species, the grounds of Blenheim Palace – the blueprint of Baroque architecture and the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill – draw visitors in their droves to picnic in Britain’s oldest botanic garden. Ready to get to know the county of dreaming spires and rolling countryside? This is our guide to luxury Oxfordshire holidays, including what to see, do, and all the best places to stay; think classic stone barns with a dose of Cali cool and canal-side country homes filled to the rafters with contemporary art.