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Things to Do

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Walking tour of Oxford

The ancient university town of Oxford is only a 20 minute cycle from us making Cedar Hollow @ The Oaks a great place to stay if you want to mix your country break with some culture, history and stunning architecture.​


Stroll down the ancient cobbled streets, visit one of the many museums, or follow in the footsteps of CS Lewis and JRR Tolkien by having a drink at their old haunt - The Eagle and Child.

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A trip to Oxford is not complete without a punting trip - a truly timeless, slightly eccentric, quintessentially Oxford, idyllic pleasure: drifting leisurely along the silky water of the Cherwell, picnicking on the river whilst floating past history



Afternoon Tea along the River Cherwell

A sumptuous afternoon tea is the perfect accompaniment to a relaxed outing exploring the beauty of Oxford as seen from the river.

Travelling past Christ Church meadows and the university college boathouses, then passing the tranquil water meadows surrounding Oxford including a visit to Rose Island - Lewis Carroll's favoured destination - the picture perfect backdrop to a lazy afternoon tea.  The cruise lasts for a total of 1.5 hours. 


Shotover Park

A magnificent 117 hectare woodland mosaic of hidden valleys, varied landscapes and diverse habitats, on the southern slopes of Shotover Hill right at our doorstep - perfect for cycling, walking or running.

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Walking in the Footsteps of C S Lewis 

CS Lewis' nine acre garden is now a public park next door to us. By prior arrangement, you can also visit C S Lewis's house - The Kilns.

A tour of C S Lewis's Oxford and the rest of the Inklings working spots from the Eagle and Child pub to their Oxford colleges can be booked here.

Also, a visit to his favoured place of worship - the Holy Trinity Church in Headington Quarry just a 5 minute walk away. Designed by Sir George Gilbert Scott and famous for its Narnia Window.

Horse Riding Nearby

Our friends at Pony Pursuits offer enchanting horse back rides at their Huckleberry Farm nearby.


On the 2nd and 4th Saturday every summer month, they can even bring their horses to the treehouse. 

Ride on the Oxford Miniature Railway


The City of Oxford Society of Model Engineers manage their own miniature railway tracks with miniature steam trains that the public can ride. 

A super fun day out with the kids. There are two tracks on their railway. The elevated track is built to cater for 3½" and 5" gauges and the ground level track is for 7¼" gauge.

Oxford Museum Tour

Oxford is home to Britain's oldest museum - the Ashmolean. Here are a list of must-visit museums in Oxford:


Oxford Golf Club

Visit one of the oldest Golf clubs in England (since 1875). Facilities include a wonderfully designed 6,318 yard, 18 hole golf course.

Only 10 minutes away by car.

Day Shopping In Bicester Village

Discover a world of luxury shopping at Bicester Village. There are more than 130 fashion and lifestyle boutiques at the shopping outlet area, each offering discounts of up to 60%.

Bicester Village is only 20 minutes away by car.


Oxfordshire houses several of Southeast England’s best fishing spots! All within an easy drive of The Oaks.

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