A Weekend in Oxfordshire

For our first trip of 2019 we fancied visiting Blenheim Palace and staying in Woodstock, and thus a weekend in Oxfordshire was born.

Saturday
Leaving home early doors we set off for Blenheim Palace, with the aim to be there when the doors opened. Not quite succeeding we rocked up to a queue of about 15minutes to get into the car park, but nothing was going to dampen our spirits on this fine sunny day. Once we were inside the grounds and kitted out with our audio guide we wandered through the Palace taking in the incredible decor, crockery and paintings whilst learning about the history of place.

Through into the State Rooms we were taken aback with the beauty of the tapestry and painting filled walls, elegant furniture and gold gilded ceilings. The library is also a sight to behold; part of the longest room in the country where one end is the books and the other an organ.

Out into the gardens we went for a bite to eat at the The Water Terrace Café before taking a walk through the Formal Gardens which surround the Palace to see the Italian Garden, the Secret Garden, the Churchill Memorial Garden and the Rose Garden. Furthermore we ventured down The Great Lake and Grand Cascade for some waterfall views.

We chose The King’s Arms in Woodstock; a pub with rooms, this accommodation was perfect to lay our heads for the night. We’d booked a Superior King Size Room which was huge and was perfect to watch the rugby with a glass of fizz, and a deep bath was ideal for a good soak.

In the evening we wandered two minutes up the road to The Crown Inn for a bite to eat and a glass of wine to finish off a wonderful day in the countryside.

Sunday

Our post-breakfast (incl. in our stay) Sunday began with a mooch around Woodstock, albeit most shops were closed so a lot of window shopping was had. Before we knew it we were back in the Blenheim Estate and chose a walk around the Queen Pool in the sunshine.

Before heading back to London we decided to visit Bicester Village for a spot of retail therapy, eating lunch at Shan Shui, and a final treat of the weekend in the form of scones at Café Wolseley.

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