Surrounded by the Thames, to the south, the Cotswolds and the Chilterns is a historic and beautiful county with some delightfully quaint towns. For places to stay in the University city of Oxford, read our dedicated guide here, but for boutique hotels elsewhere in Oxfordshire, read on…
- The Blue Boar – 28 Market Square, Witney, OX28 6BH
- Hotel du Vin – New Street, Henley on Thames, RG9 2BP
- The Feathers – Market Street, Woodstock, OX20 1SX
- Wheelgate House – Market Square, Bampton, OX18 2JH
The Blue Boar in Witney
This former coaching inn can trace its history back 300 years but thanks to a stylish restoration, it now provides a superb boutique place to stay in Witney. Each of the twenty of so ensuite bedrooms has been designed with its own character but comfy beds, local blankets – for which Witney famous for making for 3oo years until the last blanket mill closed in 2002 – and luxury toiletries are a constant throughout.
Prices from £70 per night – book here
The Blue Boar in Witney, Oxfordshire
Hotel du Vin **** in Henley on Thames
The Henley Royal Regatta is one of the River Thames’ most famous and well known events. This celebration of rowing takes place annually on this non-tidal section of the river, and the town’s Hotel du Vin is situated just footsteps from the river. The handsome Georgian building was once the home of Brakspears Brewery and has been tastefully turned in to a 43 bedroom hotel. You’ll find hand-sprung mattresses, soft Egyptian cotton bed linen, fluffy towels and a monsoon shower or roll top bath in each room and three River View suites afford excellent views of the river.
Prices from £119 per night – book now
Hotel du Vin, Henley on Thames
The Feathers **** in Woodstock
The historic market town of Woodstock is just eight miles from Oxford and is home to the famous Blenheim Palace, which holds many claims to fame including being the birthplace of Winston Churchill. Just a stone’s throw from the palace grounds is the Feathers – a four star hotel with 21 rooms, and a bar and restaurant. Each room – 16 rooms and 5 suites – has its own design, melding touches of vintage furniture with chic modern design and enhanced by the nonuniform but generous room sizes of this heritage property.
Prices from £89 per night – book now
The Feathers, Woodstock
Wheelgate House **** in Bampton
At the edge of the Cotswolds in the pretty village of Bampton is the delightful four star bed and breakfast Wheelgate House. The historic property has long been at the centre of village life: it’s was previously the local post office and is situated in the Market Square opposite the local war memorial. The five rooms are all named after birds (Blackbird, Nightingale, Skylark, Robin & Wren). Each room is different from the others but all are individually styled with care and attention. Some of the rooms have exposed beams and all have views of the market square or the courtyard garden. The Skylark room has a gorgeous freestanding Victorian-style bath.
Prices from £59 per night – book now
Wheelgate House, Bampton