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Local Area

Our village – Noke

Our neighbours at Hill End Farm produce the most delicious Welsh Mountain Lamb and Free Range Eggs. Just drop by and ring the doorbell at the gate and Jane and Julie will assist you.

A mile away is Pegtop Farm in Woodeaton which produces delicious Dexter beef renowned for its exceptional flavour and succulence. Again, do drop in when the Farm Shop is open to sample some of their tasty products. Brian & Carolyn also offer warm hospitality on this 1,400 acre working farm with B&B and self-catering accommodation.

Absolutely Delicious Private & Corporate Catering for parties, events, weddings and celebrations. Based in Cirencester and regularly cater for parties here at Lower Farm and around Oxford, should this be of interest, do get in touch.

The City of Oxford – just five miles away

Steeped in culture & history – Oxford University, The Ashmolean Museum, Oxford Castle, The Pitt Rivers Museum, theatres, cinemas and much more…

Fun days out in OxfordPunting, River trips, Bicycle Hire, Ice skating.

Blenheim Palace, in Woodstock and birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill, is 7 miles from Noke. It was built using the stone from Noke Place, then one of the largest houses in the county.

Waterperry Gardens, guaranteed to inspire garden-lovers from around the world and offers visitors a chance to savour a bygone age in the Country Life Museum and the Saxon Church.

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The Cotswolds

The Cotswolds is an area of England about the size of greater Tokyo and Oxford Country Cottages sit right on the edge of the Cotswolds.

Popular with both the English themselves and visitors from all over the world,the Cotswolds are well-known for gentle hillsides (‘wolds’), sleepy villages and for being so ‘typically English’.

Local Pubs

The Abingdon Arms in Beckley is our closest and preferred pub. It’s an affordable country pub with a great beer garden only 20 minutes walk across the fields from here. Re-opened in 2017 under new community ownership, having had a total revamp to decor and food – delicious pub grub with a welcoming, warm and cosy atmosphere!!

The Bell at Hampton Poyle offers exceptional food at sensible prices (lunch & early supper 2 courses for £10!). It’s smart but relaxed in a traditional country pub.

The Talkhouse in Stanton St.John is a beautiful family run gastro pub.

The Red Lion in Islip was taken over by the ‘Jacobs Inn’ Group in 2017 (new website under construction) and is an excellent choice. Delicious on-trend food, with a family friendly, fun and lively atmosphere. Excellent beer garden with childrens’ playground. Open for Breakfast, Coffee and Cake, Brunch, Lunch and Supper – serves food all day, 7 days a week!

In Murcott, on the other side of Otmoor from us, we are lucky enough to have The Nut Tree Inn – it has the added bonus of a Michelin star!

Otmoor – a stone’s throw from Oxford Country Cottages

View footage of Starlings on Otmoor shot from behind the cottages. As mentioned in the clip the reserve was farmed (by Lower Farm and sold to the RSPB by the previous owners of Lower Farm).

We are the ideal Location!! – Oxford Country Cottages back onto RSPB Otmoor.

The road through the ancient village of Noke is a mile long descent onto the marsh plain of Otmoor, a magical RSPB nature reserve of wet meadows and reedbeds, where you will find the final habitation in the village and at the end of a no-through road – Oxford Country Cottages at Lower Farm which backs onto Otmoor

Otmoor is a haven in winter for thousands of ducks, such as teal and wigeon, and in spring and summer for breeding wading birds, such as lapwings and redshanks. The reedbed hosts a spectacular starling roost during the winter months, which is well worth a visit to see.

We strongly recommend you take this unique opportunity during your stay to explore the 1000 acres on your doorstep which offers a variety of wonderful, tranquil walks, where you can listen to the unusual calls of the birds and spot plenty of frolicking hares enjoying this un-spoilt area of out-standing natural beauty.

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"We stayed in the Blenheim cottage for 2 nights, but wish it had been much longer. The farm & cottage were absolutely adorable, charming & comfy. The wifi was very fast. The kitchen had everything we needed and the beds were comfy. The whole atmosphere was peaceful & enjoyable. James & his family were wonderful hosts. The cottages are close enough for a quick drive into Oxford, but it would be easy to spend the day relaxing at the cottage and walking around the Village of Noke. Idyllic setting!"

Janet Farmer – 19th March 2018

"This place has it all, the peace and quiet, the views, very tidy and well looked after cottages - well worth a 5 star. I have stayed here a few times over the years with work and it just keeps getting better every time we visit; nothing is a problem to James and his wife. It’s the best cottage I have ever stayed in, over the years I have been in all the cottages and they all have their own unique features. Can’t wait to visit again!"


Liam T – 22nd Feb 2018

"We absolutely loved the cottage. It was beautiful, the furnishings were great, and the cottage had everything we could possibly have needed- including a high chair and travel cot (and plastic plates etc for little ones). There were lots of lovely features: an AGA, a wood burner, a hot tub, and a Wendy house full of toys for the kids. It was perfect! We look forward to coming back in the future"

Kath Devlin – 2nd Nov 2017

Oxford Country Cottages, Lower Farm, Noke, Oxford, OX3 9TX

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