The best of the Cotswolds' countryside at Christmas
Travel guide14 November 2022
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Snow-globe villages stuffed with cosy cubbyholes and stoked fires. Honey-coloured houses beaming with light. And miles of rolling greenery to be explored. Join Francesca and Tommaso, of Take My Heart Everywhere, for a quiet country escape this winter.
To eat

Oxfordshire’s rural retreats offer plenty of cosy, thatched pubs and restaurants to while away an evening. The Wild Rabbit and Kingham Plough are no exception, pairing fine dining with local produce for two wholesome but delectable seasonal menus.

Think delightfully dark-beamed roofs and fireplaces draped in fir and pine, accompanied by Herefordshire beef, Cacklebean eggs and fresh vegetable deliveries from local Cotswold farms.

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Eat, drink and be merry
Eleventy Alpaca blend cardigan from Bicester Village

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£488

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£317

Eleventy

Alpaca blend cardigan
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Post-dinner tipple? Friends of The Bicester Collection, Francesca and Tommaso of @takemyhearteverywhere recommend the Kingham Plough’s zesty ‘Apple & Ginger Mojito.’ Best enjoyed next to an open fire in an equally cosy knit, such as this from Eleventy.

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Flying into London? Spend a refreshing first night at Brown’s Hotel. Their festive afternoon tea is a delectable post-travel pick-me-up and the perfect excuse to wear your favourite metallics, such as this from Calvin Klein. Plus, as a Bicester Village guest, you can enjoy 10% off when booking a Rocco Forte gifting selection here.

To stay

Pure escapism lies at Thyme, a tranquil estate at Southrop, on the southern edge of the Cotswolds. Set against a backdrop of misty hills, their botanical-inspired rooms are a blissful haven of comfort, adorned with antique décor and warming linen.

For those seeking a stay in the city, try Oxford’s quintessentially British Old Parsonage Hotel. A delightful blend of old and new, you’re just steps away from Oxford’s must-see sites, theatres, markets and restaurants.

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Relax, unwind and rejuvenate at Thyme
To see

A charming escape from the throes of city life, the Cotswolds and its sleepy rural towns make up nearly 800 square miles of sheep-nibbled hills and winding limestone lanes.

Lively market towns Stow-on-the-Wold, Bourton-on-the-Water and Broadway are all popular haunts, while honey-coloured stones adorn smaller villages like Paxford and Bibury.

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Bibury, always photo-ready
Rupert Sanderson Boot from Bicester Village

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£575

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£173

Sale

£150

Rupert Sanderson

Boot
Style tip

A remote countryside adventure calls for footwear that can stand the elements. Francesca and Tommaso recommend a pair of ankle boots like these from Rupert Sanderson, which strike the perfect balance between style and comfort.

Holland Cooper Wax field jacket from Bicester Village

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£299

Holland Cooper

Wax field jacket
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Look the part in a traditional wax jacket, from the likes of Holland Cooper – easily paired with jeans, cashmere and your favourite boots.

To drink

Cosy and contemporary, the Double Red Duke has a warren of lounges with log fires and deep squishy chairs, perfect to sink into with one of their signature cocktails.

For ale lovers, a quick 10-minute journey to the village of Filkins will land you at The Five Alls. This traditional eighteenth-century coaching inn serves up a famous selection of local draughts and beers – which go down a treat following a countryside amble.

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Double Red Duke’s signature ‘Beau Mai Thai’
Get the look

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£100

Village

£66

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Claudie Pierlot Blanchebis blouse from Bicester Village

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£219

Village

£110

Claudie Pierlot

Blanchebis blouse
Holland Cooper Albany knee boot from Bicester Village

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£349

Holland Cooper

Albany knee boot
Coach Studio shoulder bag from Bicester Village

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£450

Coach

Studio shoulder bag

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From the honey stone cottages of Arlington Row to scenic strolls along the Coln, some quintessential country pubs and cosy tea rooms; there’s plenty in Bibury that make it worth visiting!

Francesca & Tommaso

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To do

Embrace the day in true Cotswolds’ style at Daylesford Farm. Set within the site’s working farm, you can shop fresh organic groceries; browse a selection of artisan homeware, gifts and antiques; or walk one of the farm’s beautiful outdoor trails.

If you can, we’d recommend booking ahead and onto one of the farm’s festive cookery classes. From edible gifts to effortless canapés, you’ll learn to master your culinary techniques ahead of Christmas.

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A celebration of seasonality at Daylesford
Ted Baker Wadded coat from Bicester Village

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£395

Village

£225

Ted Baker

Wadded coat
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An after-dark adventure to Blenheim Palace’s illuminated trail should also be on your list. Demanding the warmest of layers; a padded coat like this from Ted Baker, screams versatility and can be easily accessorised.

The Cotswolds are just an hour-and-a-half from London, but it’s like another world. The villages are picturesque and provide the perfect backdrop for long walks or a scenic drive.

FRANCESCA & TOMMASO

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£129

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£87

Sandro

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Look up to the sky and see…a spectacular paper installation from Wanda Barcelona. The perfect backdrop for your next selfie, don’t forget the perfect finishing touch, like this scarf from Sandro, for extra style kudos.

To shop

Mistletoe and wine, with savings to be had. Discover must-have collections from your favourite boutiques at Bicester Village, including upcoming new openings from Watchfinder & Co.

Plus, with new seasonal menus at your favourite restaurants – farmshop, La Tua Pasta, as well as new arrival, Cecconi’s – there’s something to satisfy every hungry shopper during your visit.

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A world of Wanda

Your packing list

Hunter Men's leather comando boot from Bicester Village

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£195

Village

£130

Hunter

Men's leather comando boot
Hunter Top click tiger print backpack from Bicester Village

RRP

£125

Village

£62

Hunter

Top click tiger print backpack
Holland Cooper  Logo scarf from Bicester Village

RRP

£99

Holland Cooper

Logo scarf
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