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Overview

Situated in the sleepy and timeless picture-book village of Asthall, nestled in the idyllic Windrush Valley, The Maytime is a quintessential Cotswolds inn. A stunning 17th-century building with super comfortable rooms set across a refurbished courtyard, the inn boasts a fabulous drinks menu and a kitchen serving delicious modern pub food. Next door is an elegant manor house which was the original home of the famous Mitford sisters - and the meandering River Windrush is just across the field.

Inside, the interior combines rustic charm with modern elegance, creating an informal, relaxed atmosphere. Expect thick beams, slab stone or wood floors, church candles on rustic painted tables, a vaulted beamed ceiling with iron chandelier and open log fires in stone fireplaces. On summer days, bag one of the posh teak tables on the stunning rear terrace and soak up the sun and the views across the Valley. There's live acoustic music in the garden every other Sunday between June and August.

Rooms from

Doubles: £105


Good to know

  • All major credit cards accepted
  • Disabled access
  • Parking available
  • Alfresco dining

Family favourite
Children are very welcome in the pub; smaller portions are available and there are board games to play.

Dog-friendly
Your canine chum will be spoilt rotten at the Maytime - expect homemade gravy bones at the bar.

Outdoor adventures
With beautiful walking straight from the front door, you're truly a world away from the busy A40 up the hill.

Rooms

The contemporary and very comfortable rooms all have horse-themed name and overlook the rear courtyard, except for one which is in the original building and looks out over the charming village lane.

Cosy and compact, each are prettily decorated and furnished with Hynos beds topped with quality linen, down and blanket throws, handmade bespoke furniture, quirky feature walls and swish modern bathrooms with big walk-in rain showers.

Restaurant & bar

The Maytime Inn's kitchen delves into the rich Cotswold larder on its doorstep, sourcing gorgeous local ingredients for its seasonally changing menu. The main menu offers something for everyone - from sharing boards and lunchtime sandwiches, pub classics, superb steaks and modern British dishes.

The lengthy drinks list really is mind-boggling, but there's plenty of well-trained staff on hand to assist guests. Ale drinkers, craft beer or cider aficionados can quaff high-quality brews from a range of loal breweries, as well as from further afield. There's an impressive cocktail list and with 150 different gins on offer, there are plenty of options for gin lovers! Wines are sourced from small producers and the whole list is available by the glass, entertaining everything from sterling entry level options to exquisite fine wines.

Things to do

Aside from the gorgeous countryside, the real star of the area is the city of Oxford itself, which can hold your attention for days. A walk through the ancient streets of the 'city of dreaming spires' is the best way to see this world-famous city and university. As well as the 12th-century Carfax Tower, with its memorable views, and the Botanic Garden - a quiet backwater in the heart of Oxford - there's the chance to visit many of the University's 38 colleges and even explore the familiar haunts of Colin Dexter's legendary detective, Inspector Morse.

A little outside the city, don't miss the incredible Blenheim Palace. One of Britain's largest and most famous stately homes, it offers a host of treasures to discover. There are guided tours of the staterooms and a chance to explore the estate's sumptuous parkland. A new Winston Churchill Memorial Garden and Footsteps Trail opened in 2015, taking visitors on a journey through the key achievements in the great statesman's extraordinary life and his early years in this area. Churchill's grave can be seen in the churchyard at nearby Bladon.

Getting here

Directions

Nearest train station: Ascott-under-Wychwood or Charlbury
Taxi from station: 14min or 17min
Drive: 30min from Oxford, 40min from Cheltenham

Address

Asthall, Oxfordshire OX18 4HW

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