6th October 2023
The lush green pastures surrounding Asthall are dotted with some of the prettiest towns and villages in England, from Stow-on-the-Wold to the Cotswold ‘gateway’ of Burford.
Wandering the bridleways, farmland and cobbled streets provides a simple pleasure that’s hard to resist, but there is more to the picturesque villages than meets the eye. There are cultural and historical landmarks waiting to be discovered. Here we share our whistle stop tour.
Burford is a beautiful small medieval town only 3 miles away from The Three Horseshoes. With its famous High Street sweeping downhill towards the River Windrush, the town has multiple pubs, cafés and coffee shops, and independent shops. The town is a must-see while you’re staying with us.
Daylesford Organic, Moreton-in-Marsh – Just a 35 minute drive from us, you will discover Daylesford Organic. For more than 40 years Daylesford has been one of the most pioneering and sustainable farms in the UK. With an award-winning farmshops in the Cotswolds and London filled with an abundance of organic produce that is grown, reared and produced on the Gloucestershire farm. The farmshop is a truly special shopping experience, with an abundance of fresh organic produce to tempt you. Their Home and Garden shop is a beautiful space to discover carefully selected hand-crafted items devoted to their love for the home, garden and art of floristry. The Three Horseshoes guests receive special rates on Cookery School and floristry courses. Find out more.
Bibury is a charming, quintessential Cotswold village located on the River Coln, a 20-minute drive from The Three Horseshoes. Known for its honey-coloured 17th century stone cottages with steeply pitched roofs, which once housed local weavers, and its trout farm.
Stow-on-the-Wold is the highest of the Cotswold towns, situated on top of a 800 foot hill at the junction of seven main roads through the Cotswolds, including the Fosse Way, a road of Roman origin. It is a large market town with multiple pubs, cafes, and independent shops. A great town to idle the hours away and only a 20 minute drive from The Three Horseshoes.
Indulge during your stay with us in the tranquil Bamford Wellness Spa. With peaceful views across the Gloucestershire countryside, the award-winning spa is a retreat that nurtures the mind, body and spirit, based around our heartfelt connection with nature. The Wellness Spa treatments use botanical products from Bamford’s award-winning body and skincare collections. All Bamford products are made in England, carefully sourced, and use organic ingredients certified by the Soil Association wherever possible. As a guest of The Three Horseshoes receive special rates at the Bamford Wellness Spa. Find out more.
Blenheim Palace is a monumental country house in Woodstock located 15 miles from The Three Horseshoes, towards Oxford. It is the principal residence of the Duke of Marlborough, and the only non-royal, non-episcopal country house in England to hold the title of palace. The palace has vast, stunning parkland to walk around and a number of man-made lakes to admire, while not forgetting the impressive Palace itself which used to be the home of Winston Churchill.
The famous university city of Oxford is a 35 minute drive from The Three Horseshoes, with its dreaming spires, and 38 historical colleges. Things to do in Oxford include visiting the Ashmolean and Pitt Rivers Museums, strolling through the Botanical Gardens, hiring a boat and punting along The Thames, watching a performance at the Oxford Playhouse, taking afternoon tea at The Randolph, or simply indulging your shopping habits in the newly-built Westgate Centre.
Often referred to as ‘The Jewel of The Cotswolds’ Broadway is located in Worcestershire, a 40 minute drive away from The Three Horseshoes, at the base of Fish Hill on the Western Cotswold escarpment. The village has a number of independent cafes, pubs, boutiques, gift shops, and an incredible deli to peruse. There are stunning walks around Fish Hill which overlooks the Vale of Evesham one side and the Vale of Chipping Camden on the other, and is topped by the famous Broadway Tower, known as the Highest Little Castle in the Cotswolds.
Sudeley Castle in Winchcombe has a fascinating history that spans over 1000 years, 10 magnificent gardens, and an estate located in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, this 15th Century castle is located in the picturesque village of Winchcombe near Cheltenham in Gloucestershire, a 40 minute drive from The Three Horseshoes.
Cheltenham is home to the renowned Cheltenham Festival, 4 days of horse jump racing culminating in the Gold Cup, held annually in March at Cheltenham Racecourse. It has many Regency buildings, including the Pittville Pump Room, remnant of its past as a spa town. A great town for the shopaholics amongst you with many of the popular, large, high street brands available. Approximately a 45 minute drive from The Three Horseshoes.