Oxfordshire

Oxfordshire is a county in the south of England, home to many great schools and universities. The population is around 638,000 people. Oxfordshire has some lovely countryside that would be perfect for anyone looking to move away from city life with their family. If you are considering moving here, this guide will give you all the information you need to know about Oxfordshire!

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Oxfordshire countryside

Where is Oxfordshire?

Oxfordshire is a county in England. It has an area of 1,611 square miles and a population of 657,600 people. Oxfordshire is one of the wealthiest areas in Britain with it being ranked as the fourth wealthiest region outside London.

The county borders Warwickshire to the west, Buckinghamshire to the north-west, Berkshire to the north-east, Wiltshire to its south-east corner and Gloucestershire across much of its southern border.

Areas in Oxfordshire

There are many areas in Oxfordshire that make it a great place to live.

The Cotswolds – The area south of Banbury and Burford, west of Chipping Norton, The Cotswolds famous for its rolling hills covered with lush green grass, stone walls (dry-stone walls), hedgerows and little villages like Castle Eaton. 

Oxford – One of the world’s most famous university cities and is home to over 38 colleges which are spread throughout the city centre, Oxford has a population of 155,900 living within 15 miles (24 km), making it easy for commuters looking to work here without having to deal with long commutes daily into London.

This makes Oxford popular among those working in management roles or skilled professions such as finance & insurance, education and research or even medicine.

Oxford city overview

Witney – located around 12 miles (19 km) west of Oxford – is the largest town in Oxfordshire with a population of 28,000. Witney offers an excellent range of high street shops, supermarkets and restaurants as well as popular pubs and leisure facilities.

Banbury – Banbury is a historic market town located on the River Cherwell which flows through West Oxfordshire before meandering towards Warwickshire to join up with The Thames near Cricklade. There’s plenty for visitors here including the impressive 14th century St Mary’s Church, made from white limestone quarried locally at Kirtlington.

Universities in Oxfordshire

There are three universities located in Oxfordshire: the University of Oxford, Oxford Brookes and The Oxford School of Drama.

Oxford University – The University of Oxford is one of the oldest and most prestigious universities in the world, with over 22,000 students enrolled. It is ranked first in the UK for employability and second in Europe.

Oxford Brookes – Oxford Brookes is situated about eight miles south of Oxford, between the River Thames and the A40. It has over 16,000 students enrolled studying across three campuses in Oxfordshire and specialises in art, design and media.

The Oxford School of Drama – is part of the University of Oxford and is a world-class drama school that trains actors for stage, film and television. It also runs two theatre companies: the Young Players (for children) and OUDS (the University Dramatic Society).

Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire

Top Schools in Oxfordshire

Oxfordshire plays host to some excellent schools, some of which are ranked in the top ten in the UK, including:

The Cherwell School – This secondary school is located in Oxford and was founded in 1571. It has over 1500 students and is regularly ranked as one of the best schools in the country.

Radley College – A prestigious independent boarding school, Radley College is situated just outside Abingdon-on-Thames. The college dates back to 1847 and has a current enrolment of just over 900 boys.

King’s School – Situated in Witney, King’s School is an all-boys preparatory school that caters for pupils from ages three to thirteen. The school has been educating young people since 1653 and boasts a large sports department with over forty different teams.

Population of Oxfordshire

The population of Oxfordshire is around 620,000 people. The county is predominantly rural, with a number of market towns and villages dotted throughout. Major towns in Oxfordshire include Abingdon-on-Thames, Banbury, Bicester, Didcot, Henley-on-Thames, Thame and Witney.

 

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Stylish New Build Estate

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Review Date May 2022

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Very close to the A40 meaning quick access to the main route.
The nearest shop is the petrol station or the housing estate on the other side of the road. The town of Witney is brilliant, it’s very modern with lots of independent shops and free parking in the centre. It’s known for great bars and great food.
Parking is great and I love the design of the estate, plenty of space on the pavement and wide roads so there are no issues when visitors park outside homes.
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Nearest post box is quite a walk away as is the nearest bus stop.
There are some issues with fast cars and loud music across on the social housing side of the development but we are a good distance away so it is not a daily issue.

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The design is unique and eye catching. It’s Morden and has character as opposed to a lot of new estates which are very standard Lego looking houses. This estate reminds me of something you would find in America with plenty of space and wide pavements and roads.
The management here hasn’t been great and the company have gone through a lot of managers however it seems they have finally found a good one. The after care could definitely be improved but the important thing is that the main parts of the house were all ready to go when we moved in and the major things like water, structure, cooking facilities have been great since day 1 with no issues.
The landscaping seemed to be an afterthought and could do with being reassessed given the high quality of the house itself. The soil used seemed to be the worst they could find and the whole process of sorting that has really taken away from the whole ‘ready to move in’ aspect. It was quite literally a pile of soil and weed which we couldn’t actually fix for 10 months due to their work on the house behind which caused considerable stress. If this had been thought through they could have laid turf to allow is to progress the garden.

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Definitely agreeing a plan for the garden would have saved lots of time and stress.

What is the best feature of your home:

I absolutely love the bifold doors and spacious kitchen, south facing which is fantastic as we spend most of the time in the kitchen.

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The design of the house is lovely

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Review Date Apr 2022

The development is quiet and the only traffic noise is the main road just outside the development. no bus routes have been added to the area so it can feel a bit isolating as there is no shops close by or open spaces unless you can drive. also there is a lack of rubbish bins and dog poo bins which leads to them being dumped on the paths

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The design of the house is lovely and there is plenty of room and cupboard space. I like that there are not to many house on the development so you are not all over looking each other. We were told that the bushes and grass on the outsides of fences would be maintained and they have not been

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The planes from Brize Norton can be very loud and the smell from the farm can be strong at times

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I love the Kitchen as it is a large and bright space

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Do not buy a Lagan home

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Review Date Apr 2022

Nice area apart from people blocking the road by not parking on their driveways. Noise from the industrial estate.

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Absolutely appalling building and property management. Regularly have new site and contracts managers who all promise to do something and then leave. I’m still waiting for snags to be corrected after living here for 18 months. Staff never respond to emails. Customer service was awful from the moment we reserved the property.

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That they make promises they cannot keep and never respond to emails or complete snags on snagging list

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The kitchen is a nice room and popular with the whole family.

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A Quiet Life in Hook Norton

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Review Date Apr 2022

Hook Norton lies 6 miles from Chipping Norton and nine miles from Banbury, with an hourly local bus service connecting during the day. The village has a Local Spar general store and newsagent open long hours also a quality butcher/deli/greengrocer. Parking, bin collections traffic noise and antisocial behaviour are never a problem

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Scholars Gate is a small development of mixed housing (57 houses) in a semi rural location off Sibford Road at the northern end of the village between the local primary school and Redlands Farm and Dairy unit. The housing is a mix of affordable rented properties, shared ownership properties, and private properties. All occupants pay byan annual fee to a management company which cuts the grass and maintains the public areas of the estate, including the centrally located young children’s play area . The estate is generally very quiet. There is no through road. There is daytime noise from the primary school immediately to the south, and intermittent agricultural noise and odours from the farm to the north, especially when the wind blows from the north. We were aware of these issues before we bought the property.
We feel the properties are well designed, modern and well insulated. All properties have access to a central tank of propane gas for heating and cooking as well as electricity

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We were delighted to find Hook Norton such a friendly village with such a wide range of activities on our doorstep. (Doctors surgery, dentist, library, many societies to cater for all interests, and a couple of friendly local pubs).

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The best feature is it’s quiet end of cul-de-sac location on the extreme northeast corner of the estate, away from passing traffic

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