Blenheim Palace - Home of the Dukes of Marlborough, birthplace of Winston Churchill, and a World Heritage Site (5 minutes)
Oxford - 'The city of dreaming spires'; historic University city with the Bodleian Library, Ashmolean Museum and Botanic gardens (15 minutes)
Bicester Village - World-class outlet centre specialising in luxury brands (30 minutes)
Stratford-upon-Avon - Birthplace of William Shakespeare and home to the Royal Shakespeare Company (40 minutes)
Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons - Raymond Blanc's two Michelin-starred restaurant, serving classic French food in sumptuous surroundings (40 minutes)
AREAS OF NATURAL BEAUTY:
The Cotswolds - Rural England at its most mellow, the landscape has inspired generations of artists and composers. The largest Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in England, with limestone villages that seem to grow organically out of the earth.