The guest house is an ideal base to visit Bicester Village, Oxford, Stratford-upon-Avon, The Cotswolds, Birmingham and London.
The local village of Stratton Audley has an attractive thatched pub a few minutes walk away that serves very good meals so drivers don’t need to worry about drinking and driving. The Red Lion is well worth visiting with its good food and wine. Bookings are recommended.
Oxford’s fame is perhaps second only to Windsor, it is an acclaimed seat of learning with a University whose first college was founded in 1249, almost half a century after the first charter granted to the town by Henry II. Since this time Oxford has had its share of historic events, one of the earliest being the “Mad Parliament” of Henry III held in Oxford in 1258.
The city is fortunate in its beautiful riverside position at the confluence of the River Cherwell and Thames, this gives the opportunity for visitors to enjoy such pleasant pursuits as boating and punting, or to enjoy a stroll along river banks to see the natural life of the waters.
Set in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds, Blenheim Palace is considered to be one of the finest baroque houses in the country. It was a gift from Queen Anne and a grateful nation to John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough, in recognition of his famous victory over the French at the Battle of Blenheim in 1704. It is now the home of the 11th Duke of Marlborough and is lived in and cared for by the family for whom it was built.
Bicester Village Shopping Outlet
Bicester Village is home to over 130 designer outlet boutiques set around delightful open-air pedestrianised streets, offering up to 60 per cent off previous seasons’ collections from the world’s leading fashion and lifestyle brand names including, Anya Hindmarch, Aquascutum, Ted Baker, Church’s, Bally, Pringle of Scotland, DKNY, Salvatore Ferragamo, Samsonite, Ermenegildo Zegna and Hugo Boss.. Open everyday with extended hours and free parking.
Silverstone Racing Circuit
“The Home of British Racing” – internationally renowned Silverstone is just 15 minutes’ drive from The Old School Bed and Breakfast. Probably the most prestigious event in the racing calendar, the F1 Grand Prix, has returned to the circuit and will be staged there for many years to come.
There are numerous other days of exciting racing held at the circuit including the Moto GP and Superbike Championships which have recently moved to Silverstone. Racing of vintage, classic and touring cars takes place regularly and there are many weekend meetings for various different marques.
Stowe House and Gardens
Welcome to Stowe House, the principal temple of the famous picturesque landscape gardens.
A visitor attraction since the eighteenth century, Stowe is one of the greatest and most imitated estates in Europe and has welcomed many literary, political and influential people as well as royalty.
Stowe House is an architectural masterpiece on an immense and palatial scale which has inspired, and contains the work of, a number of leading eighteenth-century designers - notably Sir John Vanbrugh, Robert Adam, James Gibbs, William Kent and Sir John Soane.
Cotswold Wildlife Park
Closer to Wildlife! Stroll around the Park discovering over 260 different animal species in 160 acres of beautiful parkland and stunning gardens. Get eye-to-eye with Giraffe, walk with Lemurs in our Madagascar exhibit and watch Zebras and Rhinos graze in front of the Gothic listed Manor House, with only a ha-ha in between you.