About the Cotswolds
The Cotswolds is one of the most beautiful and unspoiled regions in England, with high, wooded hills and sweeping valleys dotted with charming, timeless villages of honey-coloured stone cottages.
Woodstock lies off the main Oxford to Stratford upon Avon road, with Blenheim Palace, the birthplace of Winston Churchill located next to the town.
Woodstock is conveninently located just 8 miles from the University city of Oxford.
The history of the town dates back all the way to the Norman Conquest, when William the Conqueror's youngest son Henry I, is believed to have first created what is now Blenheim Park.
Blenheim Palace was built by Vanbrugh in 1715, and the 2000 acres of parkland were designed by Capability Brown. Blenheim Park is said to have the most breathtaking views in England. The Palace is a World Heritage Site, with beautifully designed interiors, and collections of porcelains tapestries and paintings in every room.
Woodstock town has a number of stately Georgian buildings and the Market Place is dominated by the Town hall, built in 1766. The town has good shopping facilities which are centred around Market Street and High Street, and the main thoroughfare Oxford Street. There is a large antique store, Craftsmen's Gallery and china shop. The Oxfordshire County Museum is located in Fletcher's House, a 16th century merchant's house in Park Street.
The Feathers Hotel is a charming Cotswold country hotel in the centre of Woodstock. The hotel has plenty of character with log fires, antiques and traditional English furniture. This is an ideal country town hotel from which to base your Cotswold hotel break.
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