Visit Minster Lovell: Places to stay, things to do

Natasha Hayes tells us why this charming Oxfordshire village is the perfect country getaway

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Down quiet lanes in the Oxfordshire countryside, along the valley of the River Windrush, is the village of Minster Lovell. Separated into two parts, the upper section is primarily made up of the Chaterville Allotments, founded by the Chartists in 1847-52. The lower section is made up of charming thatched cottages made from Cotswold stone. Off the beaten track, this is the perfect place to go and relax. Meander through the surrounding meadows and fields, have a picnic on the riverbank and wander round the ruins of the 15th century Minster Lovell Hall.

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Enjoy a drink in one of the village pubs, but if that doesn’t quench your thirst, head to nearby Whitney and take a tour around Wychwood Brewery – be sure to have a pint of their famous Hobgoblin Beer.

Where to stay?

Set in 60 acres of woodland and orchards and complete with croquet lawn and traditional restaurant, The Old Swan is a perfect countryside retreat. Or stay on a 300acre, working farm in the self-catering Hill Grove Cottage.

Where to eat?

Walk along the river to Burford and indulge in an afternoon tea in the Priory Restaurant. For dinner, visit the neighbouring hamlet of Asthall and enjoy some traditional pub food next to an open fire in The Maytime Inn.

Did you know?

You can catch trout, chub and crayfish in the River Windrush, but make sure you get a permit from a local fishing shop first.

Tell us a local secret

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In the 18th century during building work on the Minster Lovell Hall an underground room was discovered. Legend has it that found inside was the skeleton of Lord Lovell sat upright at a table surrounded by books.