Last week we made the most of the bank holiday with a trip to Oxfordshire.
We stayed at The Long House at Goosey Wick, around 20 minutes outside Oxford.
We found the house through Alastair Sawdays, which we have used a few times before and the properties have always been gorgeous – this was no exception.
The owner Lesley had thought of everything, there were even little toiletry kits in the bathroom in case you had forgotten something.
On the Friday afternoon we enjoyed a cream tea at the Grand Cafe in Oxford, allegedly England’s oldest coffee shop.
On Saturday we spent the day exploring Oxford.
We visited the covered market where we bought chocolate and ginger cookies from the infamous Ben’s Cookies. They were so good we can see why this tiny shop is such a big draw.
We had lunch at Quod, a bustling restaurant in a former bank.
We wandered past colleges, peeping through their iron gates before reaching the Pitt Rivers Museum.
This houses one man’s collection of oddities from around the world and was fascinating. There are hundreds of glass cases crammed full of treasures, each labled meticulously in Pitt River’s own hand.
After all that sightseeing we needed to refuel and stopped at The Vaults for a cup of tea.
We spent another evening relaxing in the house and ordered takeaway from Hanney Spice in Wantage, one we would definitely recommend.
On Sunday we drove into the Cotswolds, stopping first at Burford Garden Company. It’s much more than a garden centre and we could have easily spent a few hours there browsing the deli and shops.
From there we drove through pretty Stow-on-the-Wold before stopping at Daylesford farm for lunch.
On our final day we visited Blenheim Palace, along with thousands of others enjoying a good old British bank holiday.
After touring the magnificent house we were all set to explore the extensive gardens, before a downpour scuppered our plans. However we weren’t too fed up as we had a slice of that delicious Victoria sponge waiting for us in the car!