Shilton is in a fantastic position at the gateway to the Cotswolds. You can discover a myriad of pretty villages and historic towns such as Oxford (the well known seat of learning for centuries), Bibury, Burford, Cirencester, Cheltenham, Warwick, Stratford Upon Avon (birthplace of William Shakespeare) and Bath or just stay close by and take a walk over the fields or a boat on the nearby Thames. In fact Burford was recently voted one of the six most idyllic places to live in Europe.
We have gathered as much information as possible on local events and attractions that will help you enjoy your stay at The Chestnuts but for the very latest information on the area you should visit , call or email one of the local Visitor Centres. The two closest centres to The Chestnuts are at Burford and Witney.
Burford Visitor Centre, The High Street, Burford. firstname.lastname@example.org
Witney Visitor Centre, 26a Market Square, Witney, OX286BB. email@example.com
The closest shopping towns to Shilton are Burford and Carterton. They both have a range of shops. The town of Lechlade to the south is on the banks of the Thames and is worth a visit and has a small selection of shops. The most comprehensive range of shops in the area however, can be found in Witney and further on Oxford has most of the national shops that are present in every major city.
The closest supermarket sto The Chestnuts are in nearby Carterton (Asda, Aldi and Morrisons), but if you travel just a little further to Witney there is also Waitrose, Tesco Express, Marks and Spencers and Sainsbury's. There are many farm shops in the area and The Chestnuts likes to support local growers and producers. One of the most famous is Daylesford Organic shop, about 25 minutes drive from The Chestnuts. The Burford Garden Centre about 5 minutes drive away also has a really extensive range of organic food and wine and delicious fresh bread from the famous Hobbs House Bakery.
A visit to one of the many Farmers' Markets in the Cotswolds is an ideal way of sampling the region's produce. Stow on the Wold has a market on the Market Square, 2nd Thursday of each month, 9am-2pm, Cirencester Market Place, 1st and 3rd Saturday of each month 9am –1pm. Stroud Farmers' market has been going for ten years now and of the 45 - 60 stalls, there are at least 10 selling organic produce. Saturdays 9am - 2pm in Cornhill Market Place. Witney Farmers market is the third wednesday of every month in the town centre and Cheltenhams is the second and last Friday of the month at the Long Gardens promenade.
We also have a number of markets in the region that have been voted amongst the 50 best in the country by The Independent Newspaper.
Oxford Covered Market dates from 1774 and is open Monday to Saturday 9am - 5pm. www.oxford-covered-market.co.uk
Bristol Slow Food Market is the first regular slow food market in the world and Bristol's largest food market and compliments the existing weekly Wednesday Farmers market. www.slowfoodbristol.org
Oxford has a wide selection of good clothes shops including many of the well known brands such as Next, Agnes B, Marks and Spencer and Hobbs, however, if you like designer clothes at a great price, visit the Bicester Village Outlet Centre. It's about 30 minutes drive from here.
Antiques can be found everywhere in the Cotswolds, with many villages and towns having Antique Centres, the closest ones are in Burford and Lechlade.
One of the best Garden Centres in the area is a five minute drive away from The Chestnuts (The Burford Garden Centre). Located on the Shilton to Burford road (Shilton Road - B4020) and is on the right as you approach Burford. It is also signposted from the A40. It has an extensive range of plants, a good café and a large organic food and wine section.
Lechlade Garden Centre is also good and about a 15 minute drive away; it is on the Lechlade to Fairford road on the right hand side. It also has a wide selection of plants and a café.
Every week there is also a small plant and flower stall at the Tolsey House Museum in central Burford where you can pick up great plants at very good prices.
From Theatres to Art Galleries, Potteries to Museums, Roman Villas to Historic Churches and Castles, Race Courses to Polo fields and wildlife parks The Cotswolds is an area full of riches to discover.
Cheltenham The Festival City is just a thirty minute drive away and each year holds the Jazz (May), Science (June) Music (July) and Literature Festivals (October), as well as being a really attractive town to stroll around.
THINGS TO SEE AND DO WITHIN JUST FIVE MILES OF THE CHESTNUTS
Beautiful Burford Town (2.5miles) — deemed the 6th most idyllic place to live in Europe. From antiques to afternoon tea you will have heaps to see and do all day. Don’t miss looking in the Tolsey Museum in the high street.
The Costwold Wildlife Park (2.5 miles) — Lovely park lands with lots of exotic and native animals. Plenty of fun for families
Filkins Cotswold Woollen Weavers Museum (2.7 miles) - Wool and Weaving has shaped The Costwolds, a great museum and wonderful shop and you can hire bikes from here for full or half day hire (with plenty of parking space to leave your car).
Burford Garden Centre, Cafe and organic food shop (2 miles) —Shilton Rd
Westwell Manor (2.8 Miles) Wonderful Gardens — but do check opening times
Filkins Gallery Art centre (3 miles)
Swinford Museum Broughton Poggs (3.2 miles)
Minster Lovell Hall and Dovecote English Heritage (4.1 miles)
Crocodile World (2.1 miles)
The Ancient churches of Shilton, Westwell, Filkins, Burford and many many more.
A Brief Overview of some of the nearby Towns and Villages we like to visit
Burford is one of the most picturesque towns in England. It has a medieval bridge, old stone houses and attractive Tudor and Georgian frontages. It was originally a fortified Anglo-Saxon ford which later grew to be an important regional crossroads and wealthy wool town.
Kelmscott is a beautiful, small and unspoilt village close to the River Thames. It has a simple cruciform church of St George, which dates from around 1190, which lies at the heart of the village and is the resting place of William Morris. William Morris was the leader of the Arts and Crafts Movement and Kelmscott Manor was his country home.
Asthall has a long history and notoriety. It was a former Roman settlement on Akeman Street, which linked Cirencester with St Albans. It was also the home of the famous Mitford sisters and where Nancy Mitford penned much of 'Love in a cold climate'. She is buried in nearby Swinbrook. Nancy's sister married the Duke of Devonshire and to this day they own the nearby highly acclaimed pub The Swan in nearby Swinbrook. There is a wonderful sculpture exhibition in the gardens of the Mitford's home every two years and is a special treat.
Swinbrook, is a tiny village but The Swan has undergone extensive renovations over recent years and is now a destination pub. It sits by the river Windrush and there is no prettier cricket ground anywhere in England.
Minster Lovell is best known for its 15th Century Hall, owned by generations of the Lovell family and now an impressive ancient ruin. This pretty village contains some thatched roofed cottages as well as traditional stone and is on the windrush river.
Witney was known for the making of the Witney Blanket and is the largest of the Market Towns in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds. Much of the architecture reflects the past prosperity of the woollen trade including the 17th century ButterCross, the tree bordered green and the church of St Mary with its 150' spire.
Woodstock is a fine Georgian town with a distinct Royal heritage. Renowned for its antique shops, the town also offers an interesting selection of other shops, galleries and places to eat, as well as the Oxfordshire Museum and Blenheim Palace. Blenheim Palace was birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill and home of the 11th Duke of Marlborough. This world heritage site houses the Blenheim tapestries a magnificent series, depicting the famous battles of the 1st Duke, Sir John Churchill, on whom the palace was bestowed as a gift from Queen Anne and a grateful nation, following a victory at the battle of Blenheim in 1704.
The Wychwoods were the Royal hunting forests which surround Shipton, Ascott and Milton-under-Wychwood.