Move to a new home in Oxfordshire
Oxfordshire’s magnificent countryside, traditional towns and charming villages provide the perfect picturesque backdrop to those who crave that idyllic natural setting.
Anyone hankering for the country estate life in the Oxfordshire countryside could find exactly what they want at Parklands Manor. We are bringing together the best of old and new here, renovating the former Manor House as 1 and 2 bedroom apartments, and adding a collection of new 1 and 2 bedroom apartments and 3, 4 and 5 bedroom family homes in the grounds. Parklands Manor is surrounded by 23.5 acres of woodlands, fields and paddocks, which provide all the peace and tranquillity you need. It’s also very well placed for discovering what the Oxfordshire countryside has to offer. Outstanding Natural Beauty with the Chilterns on one side and the Cotswolds on the other, Oxfordshire lies between two AONBs. These are just a small number of its many attractions, all within easy distance of Parklands Manor.
Abingdon ancient and modern
The nearest town is Abingdon, whose claim to be the oldest town in England can be checked out at its County Hall Museum, which tells you more about the 400-year old custom of bun-throwing, an odd tradition which marks Royal occasions and is exactly what it sounds like. In contrast, Abingdon’s Family Water Park in Abbey Meadows is more suitable for family occasions, when children can run wild in the spray fountains.
Living at Parklands Manor may inspire you to discover more of Oxfordshire’s stately homes. Perhaps the most famous is Blenheim Palace, a baroque masterpiece built for Winston Churchill’s ancestor, the Duke of Marlborough. Visitors can wander through the richly furnished state rooms, formal gardens and pleasure grounds – even ride the miniature train. Waddesdon Manor, a French chateau extravaganza created by Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild in 1874, is another of the county’s treasure houses. Lesser known but equally fascinating houses include Buscot Park, an 18th century mansion with beautiful Italianate water gardens, donated to the National Trust by its last private owner, the eccentric 2nd Baron Faringdon. Kingston Bagpuize House is another stately pile with a history stretching back to the Norman Conquest. The current house was built around 1720 and is still a family home, but can be visited. Some of the scenes in Downton Abbey were filmed there.
Farmoor Reservoir, about 3½ miles from Parklands Manor, is surrounded by beautiful countryside and woodland, part of which is a nature reserve popular with bird-watchers. The reservoir can be used for fishing, sailing and windsurfing. About twenty miles’ drive brings you to the Cotswolds Wildlife Park and Gardens in Burford. Its 160 acres is home to a large number of species, from giraffes, camels and lions to lemurs, otters, reptiles and amphibians.
A nice long walk
If waymarked walks are more to your taste, the Oxford Preservation Trust has several planned for you, including Wootton to Boars Hill, a 2½ mile circular route, and the Dreaming Spires Walk, with magnificent views of Oxford. Both start very close to home.
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