The village of Ascott-under-Wychwood is the perfect location from which to explore the Cotswolds. The village itself is incredibly pretty, with a church and traditional village shop. There are plenty of walks you can do directly from the pub. Our staff will be happy to provide you with route maps.
Read our recommendations on places to shop, relax and explore below.
Burford Garden Company, Burford
The Burford Garden company is well known, even outside the Cotswolds. It has become a destination store for people seeking a unique, curated mixture of gardenalia, home décor, clothing and food to reflect their individual style. Committed to offering its customers something different at every turn, Burford Garden Company is a cornucopia of delights.
The Borzoi Bookshop, Stow-on-the-Wold
An independent bookseller of more than 30 years’ standing with a reputation far beyond the Cotswolds area. They stock a huge range of books including many of the classics, out-of-print books, and specialty books. Borzoi also hosts a book club in collaboration with Daylesford.
Cotswold Woollen Weavers, Filkins
Cotswold Woollen Weavers is a gloriously eccentric celebration of Cotswold craft. Set in a complex of old barns, this is a wonderfully rambling shop cum museum with fascinating rooms of old looms. The shop lives and breathes the wool heritage that made the English Cotswolds and is inspired by the colours of the surrounding landscape.
Aston Pottery, Aston
Aston Pottery is a traditional working pottery with a contemporary gift shop and country cafe. All the pottery is made and painted on site using traditional methods of production. Explore the fabulous showroom which has a stunning array of unique gifts along with the pottery. Here you will find a wide range of gifts including jewellery, bags, textiles and much more.
Cotswold Grey, Moreton-in-Marsh
Cotswold Grey is a home store that constantly experiments with new trends and ideas. With a painter, potter, and calligrapher amongst their ranks, they have an eye for quality. Selling beautiful furniture and furnishings, you’re bound to find something you love in this special shop.
Maggie White, Burford
Since 1985 the Maggie White shop has sat like a precious gem nestled in idyllic Burford. Maggie White’s unique talent has always been in providing the perfect complement to the lifestyle of the confident woman projecting herself through her choice of clothes.
Station Mill Antiques, Chipping Norton
Home to 80 high quality, reputable antique dealers, Station Mill is a fresh and attractive space. It shows off a wide variety of antiques to their full potential. From furniture to kitchenalia there is a treasure for everyone to find.
Cotswold Perfumery, Bourton-on-the-Water
This perfumery is situated in a 300-year-old building in the center of the Cotswold hub, Bourton-on-the-Water. It manufactures fragrances for some of the most famous perfume houses in the world, with a long list of celebrity clients. Tours of perfumery take in the perfume garden and include a behind-the-scenes look at the perfumery operation.
Visit Louise Maybury and evoke the heady atmosphere of India and Central Asia, discover beautiful bedcovers, cushions, jackets, and jewellery. This eclectic emporium offers a distinctive collection of colourful furniture covered in vintage textiles. Plus rare and authentic handmade rugs, and beautiful accessories.
Food & Drink
Daylesford Farm shop, Daylesford
An award-winning, organic farm shop situated near Kingham. It was founded in 2002 by Carole Bamford with a simple passion for real food. Vegetables, fruit, and herbs are picked each morning from the market garden and travel just a few yards into the shop. There you can also find organic meat, bread from the bakery and cheese, milk and yogurt from the creamery.
Cotswold Sweet Company, Stow-on-the-Wold
Cotswold Sweet Company began selling sweets in this historic Cotswold town and before long they were making their own fudge and confectionary. They are a small family business making their chocolates and sweets ready for you to try. Pop in to the shop to see hundreds of old favourites lined up in glass jars.
Haynes Hanson & Clark, Stow-on-the-Wold
A thriving independent wine merchant founded in 1978 with stores in Chelsea, Hampshire and Stow-on-the-Wold. Their promise is to provide interesting, hand-picked wines and efficient, personal service. Their Burgandy selection is extremely important to them, offering wines that they know offer brilliant quality.
The Cotswold Cheese Company, Moreton-in-Marsh
Opened in 2006, the first Cotswold Cheese Company shop proved so popular that further stores were opened in Burford and Stow-in-the-Wold. The stores stock more that 80 different artisan and farmhouse cheeses. Their focus is on local quality producers, British territorial cheese and high quality French, Spanish & Italian cheese.
Upton Smokery, Burford
Located just outside of Burford, Upton Smokery is a family businesses that specialises in smoked meat, game and fish of the highest quality. They also stock fresh game, pate, potted terrines and charcuterie and olives.
Cotswold Distillery, Stourton
Situated in an Area of Outstanding Beauty and set in five acres of beautiful Cotswolds countryside, this state-of-the-art distillery mirrors the beauty of arisinal spirits. They even grow their own botanicals to be incorporated into their gin recipes. They offer exclusive tours and tasting sessions daily.
Big Feastival, Kingham
This food orientated festival on Alex James’ farm is one not to miss. As well as music, find a cohort of culinary kings and queens ready to teach festival-goers their favourite tricks and secret recipes. As you explore, make sure to visit the cookery school to get some hands-on experience.
Nevrus Hair, Woodstock
A hairdressing salon, based in the heart of Woodstock. Nevrus offers a modern and sophisticated experience. If you’re looking for top end styling and colouring, in an Oxfordshire setting, this is the place for you.
Bamford Haybarn, Daylesford
The Bamford philosophy is one that unites mind, body, and soul, with natural and organic ingredients at its core. The Bamford Haybarn works with the purest natural ingredients and highly skilled technicians to offer luxurious treatments. Using Bamford’s botanical products and REN skincare, services range from the Bamford Body Signature Treatment and the Hot and Cold Stone Treatment.
The Nail Parlour at Dormy House, Broadway
Sipping on a chilled glass of champagne during your manicure is an offer one surely can’t refuse. Set in the lush surroundings at the heart of the 17th-century farmhouse hotel Dormy House, the Nail Parlour recently partnered with Veuve Cliquot and Ciaté, to offer catwalk-inspired manicures alongside the spa’s signature hand and pedicure treatments.
Niche Face & Body, Woodstock
Niche Face & Body is dedicated to offering treatments tailored to individual skin types. Whether your concern is aging or oil control, a detox or radiance boost, Niche’s selection of REN face and body treatments use natural ingredients to bring out the best in your skin.
Simon Smith, Chipping Norton
With a moss-green façade, warm lighting and a rustic window display, Simon Smith exudes an atmosphere that is unlike a traditional hair salon. Instead, taking inspiration instead from boutique hotels and spas. The focus is on an entirely personalised service, steering away from trend-led styles and instead offering a bespoke look that works for the individual. An environment that values quality, passion, and loyalty.
Not too hill and not too flat, the Cotswolds is perfect for cyclists, with bridleways and quiet country lanes galore. There are a number of companies offering guided or self-guided cycling tours and holidays and if you prefer to do your own thing there are a number of downloadable cycle rides or just buy a map and plan your own route:
TY Cycles, Chipping Norton 01608 238150
TY Cycles will deliver bikes to the property so that you can start your journey right from our doorstep. Let us know if you want this organised.
Cotswold Country Cycles, Chipping Camden 01386 438706
The Carter Company, Stratford & Oxford 01296 631671
Bainton Bikes, Oxford 01865 311610
Bourton House Garden, Bourton on the Hill
Bourton House Garden is an award-winning three-acre garden surrounding a fine 18th century Manor House. The garden features luxuriant terraces and wide herbaceous borders with stunning plant, texture and colour combinations making it a destination that is beautiful to visit all year round.
Batsford Arboretum, Moreton-in-Marsh
Batsford Arboretum is home to the countries largest private collection of trees and shrubs over 56 acres. An intimate and romantic place to visit, with interest all year round from the first snowdrops of spring, right through to the outstanding autumn colour in October and November.
Cotswold Wildlife Park, Burford
The Cotswold Wildlife Park is one of the UK’s largest zoological collections. Set in over 160 acres of breath-taking gardens and parklands it offers an amazingly diverse collection of species, many of which are endangered in the wild.
Blenheim Palace, Woodstock
Blenheim Palace is Britain’s Greatest Palace, built in the 18th Century for the Churchill family. Explore the stunning gardens, park, and of course, the palace itself to learn about its amazing history. With beautiful walks, a giant maze, and even its very own train to guide you around, this is a definite must see.
Far Peak Climbing, Northleach
Far Peak Climbing Centre is a superb dedicated climbing facility. It offers indoor climbing and bouldering for all ages and abilities and outdoor climbing on a 15m tower.
Burford – The beautiful old market town of Burford is only a short 6 miles from The Swan Inn. Full of wonderful side streets to explore, old pubs, tea rooms and antique shops, it is a very popular destination for visitors to the Cotswolds and is home to the wonderful Burford Garden Centre.
Oxford – 24 miles away and easily accessible from Ascott or Charlbury train station, “The City of Spires” is one of the UK’s oldest and most famous cities. Full of beautiful architecture from every major period from the 11th century onwards the city has inspired countless artists and writers over its centuries.
Stratford-upon-Avon – Stratford-upon-Avon is an incredibly famous town known for being the birthplace of William Shakespeare. Located only 28 miles from Ascott, the market town offers over 800 years of history, beautiful riverside buildings and the Royal Shakespeare Company theatres which offer high quality shows for all to enjoy.
Cheltenham – The cultural centre of the Cotswolds is situated a 28 mile drive from The Swan Inn. Cheltenham is full of stylish places to eat, drink and be entertained and maintains much of its original 18th and 19th culture in regency, architectural and heritage features. A buzzing and eventful town where old meets new.
Make a day of it: why not stop off at other famous Cotswolds towns Bourton-on-the-Water or Stow-on-the-Wold on your way to Cheltenham!