Southrop is in a fantastic position at the south eastern end of The Cotswolds. You can discover a myriad of pretty villages and historic towns, such as Oxford (the well known seat of learning for centuries), Bibury, Burford, Cirencester, Cheltenham, Warwick, Stratford Upon Avon (birthplace of William Shakespeare) and Bath or just stay close by and take a walk over the fields or a boat trip on the nearby Thames. Burford was recently voted one of the six most idyllic places to live in Europe.
We have gathered as much information as possible on local events and attractions that will help you enjoy your stay at Culls Cottage but for the very latest information on the area you should visit or e-mail one of the local Visitor Centres. The two closest centres to Culls Cottage are at Burford and Witney.
Burford Visitor Centre, The High Street, Burford OX184LP. Tel: 01993 823558 email@example.com
Witney Visitor Centre, 26a Market Square, Witney, OX286BB. Tel: 01993 775802 firstname.lastname@example.org
The closest shopping towns to Southrop are Burford, Lechlade and Fairford. The town of Lechlade to the south is on the banks of the Thames and is worth a visit and has a small selection of shops. The most comprehensive range of shops in the area however, can be found in Witney to the east and further on, Oxford has most of the national shops that are present in every major city. To the west the towns of Cirencester and Cheltenham also have a great range of shops.
The closest large supermarket to Culls Cottage is in Carterton (co-op), but if you travel just a little further to Witney there is a Waitrose, Tesco Express, Marks and Spencers and Sainsbury's. In Cirencester there is also a Waitrose. There are many farm shops in the area and Culls Cottage likes to support local growers and producers. One of the most famous is Daylesford Organic shop, about 25 minutes drive from Culls Cottage. The Burford Garden Centre about 10 minutes drive away also has a really extensive range of organic food and wine.
A visit to one of the many Farmers' Markets in the Cotswolds is an ideal way of sampling the region's produce. Stow on the Wold has a market on the Market Square, 2nd Thursday of each month, 9am-2pm, Cirencester Market Place, 1st and 3rd Saturday of each month 9am –1pm. Stroud Farmers' market has been going for ten years now and of the 45 - 60 stalls, there are at least 10 selling organic produce. Saturdays 9am - 2pm in Cornhill Market Place.
We also have a number of markets in the region that have been voted amongst the 50 best in the country by The Independent Newspaper:
Oxford Covered Market dates from 1774 and is open Monday to Saturday 9am - 5pm. www.oxford-covered-market.co.uk
Bristol Slow Food Market is the first regular slow food market in the world and Bristol's largest food market and compliments the existing weekly Wednesday Farmers market. www.slowfoodbristol.org
Oxford has a wide selection of good clothes shops including many of the well known brands such as Next, Agnes B, Marks and Spencer and Hobbs, however, if you like designer clothes at a great price, visit the Bicester Village Designer Outlet Centre. It's about 30 minutes drive from here.
Antiques can be found everywhere in the Cotswolds, with many villages and towns having Antique Centres, the closest ones are in Burford and Lechlade.
One of the best Garden Centres in the area is a ten minute drive away from Culls Cottage on the Lechlade to Fairford Rd - the Lechlade garden centre. The Burford Garden Centre is located on the Shilton to Burford road (Shilton Road - B4020). It is also signposted from the A40 and it has an extensive range of plants, a good café and a large organic food and wine section.
Every week there is also a small plant and flower stall at the Tolsey House Museum in central Burford where you can pick up great plants at very good prices.
From Theatres to Art Galleries, Potteries to Museums, Roman Villas to Historic Churches and Castles, Race Courses to Polo fields and wildlife parks The Cotswolds is an area full of riches to discover.
Cheltenham The Festival City is just a thirty minute drive away and each year holds the Jazz (May), Science (June) Music (July) and Literature Festivals (October), as well as being a really attractive town to stroll around.
A Brief Overview of some of the near by Towns and Villages we like to visit
Burford is one of the most picturesque towns in England. It has a medieval bridge, old stone houses and attractive Tudor and Georgian frontages. It was originally a fortified Anglo-Saxon ford which later grew to be an important regional crossroads and wealthy wool town.
Kelmscott is a beautiful, small and unspoilt village close to the River Thames. It has a simple cruciform church of St George, which dates from around 1190, which lies at the heart of the village and is the resting place of William Morris. William Morris was the leader of the Arts and Crafts Movement and Kelmscott Manor was his country home.
Asthall has a long history and notoriety. It was a former Roman settlement on Akeman Street, which linked Cirencester with St Albans. It was also the home of the famous Mitford sisters and where Nancy Mitford penned much of 'Love in a cold climate'. She is buried in nearby Swinbrook. Nancy's sister married the Duke of Devonshire and to this day they own the nearby highly acclaimed pub The Swan in nearby Swinbrook. There is a wonderful sculpture exhibition in the gardens of the Mitford's home every two years and is a special treat.
Swinbrook, is a tiny village but The Swan has undergone extensive renovations over recent years and is now a destination pub. It sits by the river Windrush and there is no prettier cricket ground anywhere in England.
Minster Lovell is best known for its 15th Century Hall, owned by generations of the Lovell family and now an impressive ancient ruin. This pretty village contains some thatched roofed cottages as well as traditional stone and is on the Windrush river.
Witney was known for the making of the Witney Blanket and is the largest of the Market Towns in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds. Much of the architecture reflects the past prosperity of the woollen trade including the 17th century ButterCross, the tree bordered green and the church of St Mary with its 150' spire.
Woodstock is a fine Georgian town with a distinct Royal heritage. Renowned for its antique shops, the town also offers an interesting selection of other shops, galleries and places to eat, as well as the Oxfordshire Museum and Blenheim Palace. Blenheim Palace was birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill and home of the 11th Duke of Marlborough. This world heritage site houses the Blenheim tapestries a magnificent series, depicting the famous battles of the 1st Duke, Sir John Churchill, on whom the palace was bestowed as a gift from Queen Anne and a grateful nation, following a victory at the battle of Blenheim in 1704.
The Wychwoods were the Royal hunting forests which surround Shipton, Ascott and Milton-under-Wychwood.