Destination guide

Oxfordshire and its very English pursuits

A charming thatched cottage here, a drystone farmhouse there, undulating hills of chalk stone and green fields all around – it must be Oxfordshire. Welcome to one of England's most handsome Home Counties. Famed around the planet for its erudite students and genius-breeding university, it's a place to explore both history and backcountry. Oxfordshire vacation rentals could have you punting along lazy rivers that reflect grand Gothic architecture. They could have you calling "cheers" in student pubs. They could have you wandering the wonderful Cotswolds or Chiltern Hills.

Things to do

Oxfordshire is stately heritage galore

Make a trip to rich and wonderful Blenheim Palace. It's a grand and gorgeous example of an age-old English heritage home, tagged by UNESCO and hailed for its beautiful baroque shell. The palace is ringed by formal gardens and laden with opulent interiors. It's also the revered birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill. Meanwhile, the town of Oxford itself is packed with wonders. To mention just 1, the Ashmolean Museum is a must for culture lovers. You'll encounter sketches by Michelangelo, Greek marbles and eerie death masks, in its eclectic collections.

Activities

Home comforts in the Home Counties in Oxfordshire

Oxfordshire vacation rentals take a turn for the cute and the cozy. If you've been dreaming about curling up next to a crackling log fire or lazing in a converted barn while enjoying sweeping views of the country, this might just be the place to do it. When you do decide to venture out, you'll have hillwalking and punting along the river, real ale tasting and horse riding all there ready for you. If you've gone for Oxfordshire vacation rentals in Oxford town itself, you can replace those with history walks and guided tours of world-famous university buildings.

Weather

Snug winters and walking summers in Oxfordshire

Summer is when Oxfordshire cottages in the countryside attract most hillwalkers. Whether it's the Chilterns or the Cotswolds that beckon, the months between June and August are the most reliable for sun and warmth. Winter is the time to come if you're eager to crank up the cozy factor. Chilly winds and rains descend on the county from November to March, making it prime time to seek out Oxfordshire vacation rentals with a fire or a snug lounge.

Natural features

Oxfordshire is quintessential England

The far west of Oxfordshire is taken by the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Known for its quaint, stone-built hamlets, and rolling hills and valleys of greenery, it's among the most quintessential of English reserves. The south of the county is the province of the North Wessex Downs, which rise and drop in a series of chalk ridges, hosting Iron-Age hill art, like the Uffington White Horse. Nearby is the Chiltern Hills AONB. That fringes London with green meadows and winding tributaries that feed the mighty River Thames.

How to get there

Traveling to and around Oxfordshire

Fly into Oxford (OXF), the closest airport, located 4.6 mi (7.4 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you can also fly into London (LTN-Luton), which is 41.1 mi (66.2 km) away.

If you're traveling by train, Oxford Station, Oxford Parkway Station and Witney Hanborough Station are the main stations in the area.

Can I find a vacation rental around Oxfordshire?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 1,669 vacation rentals near Oxfordshire. From 693 Cabins to 693 Cottages, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Oxfordshire for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Oxfordshire?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Oxfordshire. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Oxford: 358 vacation rentals
  • Henley-on-Thames: 175 vacation rentals
  • Woodstock: 529 vacation rentals
  • Burford: 667 vacation rentals
  • Chipping Norton: 976 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Oxfordshire! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Oxfordshire?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Oxfordshire:

  • Oxford: 358 rentals
  • Henley-on-Thames: 175 rentals
  • Woodstock: 529 rentals
  • Burford: 667 rentals
  • Chipping Norton: 976 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Can I find easy-access vacation rentals when traveling by plane to Oxfordshire?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of vacation rentals in Oxfordshire are:

  • Kidlington Airport (OXF): 989 vacation rentals
  • Brize Norton Airport (BZZ): 1,448 vacation rentals
  • Northampton (ORM-Sywell Aerodrome: 272 vacation rentals

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Oxfordshire?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Oxfordshire. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • University of Oxford: 711 rentals
  • Blenheim Palace: 1,060 rentals
  • Headington Shark: 639 rentals
  • Cotswold Wildlife Park: 1,557 rentals
  • Caversham Golf Club: 446 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Oxfordshire listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.