Gorgeous home a stone's throw from historic Oxford

Gorgeous home a stone's throw from historic Oxford

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4 Bedrooms
Sleeps 10
2 Bathrooms

About our home

Our family home is a 1930s house in the Oxfordshire town location of Abingdon-on-Thames, which is a mere 10 minutes drive south of Oxford. Recently renovated, our home offers a large open plan living space downstairs, with huge bi-folding doors opening out onto a large decking area and 100ft garden complete with trampoline, children's Wendy House, football goal, climbing frame with slide, and a filtered over-ground pool in the warmer months. Local convenience shops including supermarket, fish & chips, chinese takeaway, off-licence, newsagents, and an English pub (The College Oak) are only 5 minutes walk from the house. There's a decent children's playground on route too!

Our home has four large, double bedrooms: the master bedroom has a super-king bed; the second bedroom has a bunk bed with a pull out single-size chair bed; the third bedroom bedroom has a bunk bed bed and a toddler bed size mattress too; the fourth bedroom has contains a double bed and a child's cotbed. Our upstairs family bathroom has an extra long tub with over-bath shower; our downstairs shower room has a large rain-shower. Our snug sitting room at the front of the house has two comfy sofas, perfect for watching TV in the evenings; the 40" UHD Smart TV has a range of apps including Netflix and Amazon Video and there's a Nintendo Wii and a Virgin Media TiVo box for live TV.

The house is fully kitted out for families with hundreds of toys, games, books for boys and girls, highchair, bikes and scooters, (don't forget the trampoline, climbing frame with slide, Wendy House, football goal, and summer-months pool mentioned earlier).

Abingdon-on-Thames itself is a great family-orientated town, which is only a 5-minute drive (or 20 min walk) away from our house. Here you will find supermarkets, shops, cafes, restaurants, the ancient Abbey ruins, and the lovely walks along the Thames Path, which stretches all the way to London. You can also hire boats for the day or catch on of the boat cruises from here into Oxford, if you wish. The town also has a large park on the banks of the Thames, which contains a great adventure playground, plus water sprinklers/splash zone in the summer months, and an outdoor pool (also on in the summer months - there is a large leisure centre with pools for lane swimming and a toddler pool, tennis and squash courts, gym, and more).

Historic Oxford is a short 15 minute drive away, or alternatively you can catch the bus into Oxford from the end of our road, which is reasonably priced and takes about 30 minutes. There are many walks in the nearby countryside, the Cotswolds are a 30 minute drive from here, and London is also easily reachable in under an hour from the local train stations. If you fancy a trip to the beach, glorious sandy beaches are only 1 hr 30 mins away in the car in Bournemouth!

We love spending time as a family experiencing new things and we are very active with our time at the weekends. We are interested in long-weekend swaps anywhere in the UK or Northern Europe and we are actively looking for a week away in May and also for a 10-14 day holiday in August 2020.


2 Reviews

More about us

  1. We are a happy and loving family of 8 (6 children aged 10, 8, 5, 4, 1 and a newborn) who are keen for adventure! We love to travel and will look after your home as much as we would want you to look after ours.

  2. Lance works in the IT industry and I am a stay-at-home Mum interested in photography, interior decoration, and raising our children to be happy, loving, respectful people

  3. We love beautiful places and take great pride and care with our home and where we choose to spend our holidays

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Where is it?


Our house is a 20 min walk from the centre of Abingdon where you will find shops, cafes and restaurants. There is also a large park for walking or biking along the river Thames and a huge adventure playground, outdoor pool and sprinklers for the children. There are local convenience stores and a playground 5 minute walk from our house. Oxford is 10 min drive away in the car, or slightly longer on the bus caught from the end of our road. Oxford has a multitude of shops, restaurants and historical places to visit including taking tours of the colleges (the famous Christchurch for example), the Pitt Rivers Natural History Museum, the Ashmolean art gallery, plenty of theatres and cinemas, punting or rowing along the rivers in Christchurch meadows. The stunning Blenheim Palace is also 15 minute drive away (birthplace of Winston Churchill) and the Cotswolds are 45 mins from here. So much to see and do and that doesn't include visiting London!

Buzzy restaurants
Comptoir Lebanese (Oxford), Pierre Victoire (Oxford), Mowgli's Oxford, Victors Oxford
Cool bars
The Crown and Thistle Hotel (Abingdon), The Nags Head (Abingdon, for alfresco dining with views over the river in the evening)
Cozy cafés
R and R, The Barns Cafe, Annie's Boathouse all in Abingdon
Retail therapy
Oxford is great for shopping with a brand new shopping centre just opened this year. Bicester village- the Uks famous outlet shopping village is 20 minutes awayin the car, London also reachable on the train in under an hour.
Bit of culture
Many theatres in Oxford, visit the historical colleges, Bleheim palace is 15 minutes away
Walks in the park
Walk along the Thames path, Harcourt Arboretum, Christchurch Meadows, Oxford University Parks... in fact there are too many to list
Spot of exercise
The White Horse Leisure centre (with 25-metre indoor heated pool, children's pool, and indoor and outdoor tennis courts, squash courts) is 5 min drive or 15 min walk from here.
Day tripping
Oxford town centre, Blenheim Palace, Cotswolds, London, Reading, Winchester Woodstock

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