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An Insider Guide To Oxfordshire With Louise Roe

After 11 years living in LA, TV presenter, writer, and influencer, Louise Roe and her husband decided to relocate back to the English countryside. Moving into their dream Georgian property, the couple set to work on creating their ideal English country house, capturing the process via Louise Roe Home.

Now a professed Oxfordshire resident, here, Roe shares her favourite dining spots (whether hankering for a Sunday pub lunch or a blow-out meal a la Raymond Blanc), the best antique shops to feed your interiors habit, plus the Evelyn Waugh book to read in anticipation of your next trip.

Essential items to pack for a trip to Oxfordshire…

A cosy jumper or two, comfy jeans, and a trusty pair of wellies.

The best time to visit is…

Early Autumn is particularly beautiful.

Our first pitstop should be…

Blenheim Palace or a wander around the village of Woodstock.



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Your favourite hotel to check-in at is…

Soho Farmhouse. Mackenzie and I love going there for weekend getaways.

The spa hotel recommendation you’d share with a friend…

The Bamford Wellness Spa is heaven. Stay onsite in one of the Daylesford cottages.

For an early morning workout head to…

A run along the Thames path.

Where should we go for breakfast?

Gail’s Bakery in Summertown.

And for lunch with friends?

The Trout Inn.

A pub with rooms to check out…

The Wild Rabbit has the most beautiful rooms, all named after woodland animals.


Courtesy of Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons

Courtesy of Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons

Your favourite restaurant in town?

Budget:  The White Rabbit in Friar’s Entry does great pizza.

Blow Out: Le Manoir Aux Quat’saisons in Great Milton.

The best place for people watching…

The Grand Café on Oxford High Street.

The culture spot to rave about…

Oxford’s Bodleian Library.

The best place to treat yourself is… 

Cutter Brooks always has covetable treasures.

For great shopping head to…

If you want a full day of retail therapy, head to Bicester Village.

Must-visit interiors shops in the area…

Antiques shops in Henley and Woodstock.

The one place only locals know about… 

Oli’s Thai restaurant on Magdalene Road.

For a change of pace try…

A stroll around Greys Court.


Courtesy of Louise Roe

Courtesy of Louise Roe

For the best views head to…

White Horse Hill at sunset is stunning.

Nature-seekers should visit…

Wytham Woods.

Great day trips include…

Punting on the River Cherwell; a trip to Burford Garden Company; or a tour of Cotswolds Distillery.

A book to read before we go (or while we’re there)?

Brideshead Revisited of course!

How should we spend the final day of our trip?

Take a day trip to Stratford-upon-Avon. Shakespeare’s wife Anne Hathaway’s cottage is in Shottery.


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