The attractive village of Filkins has a surprising amount to offer within walking distance of our showrooms.
Visit the Swinford Museum (below left), a prison cell for drunkards and reprobates of days gone by, with its collection of torture devices and other such contraptions. The Cotswold Woollen Weavers (below right) is one of the last Cotswold wool mills still in use, with a visitor centre, shopping outlet and coffee shop.
Filkins even has its own outdoor swimming pool, which is a popular attraction during the summer months!
Just four miles from the village of Filkins is the small village of Kelmscott, once home to the influential socialist and artist, William Morris. As can be seen on the cover of his fantasy book ‘News from Nowhere’ his summer residence, Kelmscott Manor, has not changed one bit in over 115 years and is well worth a visit.
Other Local Places to Visit
The Surrounding Cotswold Countryside and Villages
One of the most beautiful and unspoilt regions of England.
Cotswold Wildlife Park
Set in 160 acres of parkland and gardens around a listed Victorian Manor House, the Park is home to a fascinating and varied collection of mammals, birds, reptiles and invertebrates from all over the world.
Bourton on the Water, known as “The Venice of the Cotswolds” is an extremely popular village where elegant 18th century bridges cross the River Windrush as it flows through the centre of the village.
Lechlade is a small attractive riverside town on the edge of the Cotswolds, with an enticing array of antique shops for nostalgia lovers.
Burford is situated in north Oxfordshire and is considered the southern gateway to the Cotswolds. From its High Street, there are beautiful views over the open countryside, down to the willow fringed River Windrush in the pretty Windrush valley.
Bibury is a charming, typically Cotswold, village just a short drive from “The Capital of the Cotswolds”, Cirencester. Bibury was once described by William Morris (1834-96) as “the most beautiful village in England”.
Home to Brunel’s revolutionary Great Western Railway, Swindon has a glorious Industrial past. Visit Swindon Designer Outlet Village; Steam Museum of the Great Western Railway and Lydiard Park Stately Home and Gardens.
The charming market town of Cirencester dates back thousands of years. One of the Roman’s major settlements, the town has thrived ever since. The surrounding are has many Roman sites of interest, including a partly excavated amphitheatre. Cirencester is also home to St John the Baptist’s church, or, as it’s known locally, “the Cathedral of the Cotswolds”.
Known as “The City of Dreaming Spires”, Oxford houses the oldest university in the English speaking world. There are a number of major museums within the city, including the world famous Ashmolean Museum.
Places to Stay
The Five Alls, Filkins, GL7 3JQ (Food and Accommodation) Website
The Plough Inn, Kelmscott, GL7 3HG (Food and Accommodation) Website
The Bull Hotel, 105 High Street Burford, OX18 4RG.
Cotswold Gateway, Cheltenham Road, Burford, OX18 4HX. 01993 822695
The Marlborough, 28 Market Place, Witney, OX28 7BH. 01993 776353
Inns & Pubs
The Bird in Hand, Hailey, Witney, OX29 9XP. 01993 868321
The Bell Hotel, Church Street, Charlbury, OX7 3PP. 01608 810278
The Inn for All Seasons, The Barringtons, Burford, OX18 4TN. 01451 844324
Banbury Hill Farm, Enstone Road, Charlbury, OX7 3JH. 01608 810314
Hunters Close Farm, Hailey, Witney, OX29 9UB. 01993 772332
Potters Hill Farm, Leafield, nr. Witney, OX29 9QB. 01993 878018
YHA Oxford, 2a Botley Road, Oxford. 08165 727275
Guest Houses and B&B’s
Shipton Grange House, Shipton-U-Whychwood, 0X76DG. 01993 831298
Forge Cottage, East End, North Leigh, WITNEY, OX8. 01865 881120
Ash Tree House Church Street, Shipton-U-Wychwood, OX7 6BP. 01993 832685
Mill Cottage Cassington Mill, Cassington, Eynsham, OX8 01865 881542
Camping Sites / Caravan Parks
Burford Caravan Park, Bradwell Grove, Burford, OX18 01993 823080