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There is also a private prep school called St Hugh’s which is about 10 minutes from Lechlade near Faringdon. Really lovely school….Good luck!
Hello there I agree with the above post….things have got better but it can still be a little erratic at times. The line to London has been affected this week by flooding but there are other routes eg Banbury/Bicester that can be used as an alternative though a longer drive to get to. Parking is good and approx. £3.50 per day from memory. Depends on time of train for seats but I think you chose the ones that suit you best from all positions! Didcott etc is a drive away but has many more trains so you can use this occasionally if needs be. It also helps if you are able to work form home the odd day too.
Charlbury is great and has a real sense of community for example it has its own Riverside Festival and street fair. It is also handy for older children if they want to go to Oxford or indeed many go to school there. Good luck and keep asking if you have any other thoughts.
Hello there. My 2 boys go to St Hughs School in Carswell near Faringdon. It is a mixed prep school up age 13 and they love it. Lots of good schools in Oxford….Magdalen for boys, Headington and Oxford High for girls and St Edwards mixed. Also Abingdon for boys and St Helens and St Catherines for girls nearer Reading.
Lots of boarding schools too…..Radley,Cheltenham,Oratory etc. Loads really and good choices too with buses coming out to lots of the villages. Children often, as they get older, use the train to get into Oxford too. Hope this helps. CharlotteNovember 7, 2012 at 6:30 pm in reply to: Plumber and tiler in Wallingford to fit a new bathroom #3655
Hello there I have a great plumber called Steven Peacock his number is 07887700070. Not sure if he covers your area but he’s good. Give him a bell.
Hello there we did Sunny Wandwsorth to Cotswolds 5 yrs ago with 2 small boys and love it. We were trying to locate around the Banbury/Bicester train line as the trains are more frequent and the service better to London. As with all the best laid plans we didn’t find the house we wanted there and found it near Burford. My husband has commuted to Canary Wharf amongst other places and has used Charlbury station. They are currently improving this line but it is not 100% reliable for the daily commute. Didcot and Oxford are better served and generally have much more choices as to train times. I do think often you fall in love with the house first and then bend your plans around this! If your hubby needs to do the 5 day commute then I would be more careful where I looked as it can be fun initially returning to the rural idyll (!) but come February it can be a bit less amusing!
There are loads of great village schools and prep school around but easier to advise once you have decided on your area. Anyway feel free to question further…there always seems sooo much to think about once you have decided to make the move. Worth it though.
We were originall looking around Bicester as the trains links are great to London. We didn’t find a house and are nearer Burford way but check re Wind farm and also sound of M40. Go at different times and check if you can hear it. It’s all about wind direction apparently! That’s the advice we were given. No-one has mentioned Bicester Village yet….I meet my mates from London there for a day trip! Bicester not as rural maybe but if you neeed to be in London it’s worth bearing the commute in mind… it’s not always sunny in the Cotswolds and those January mornings you’ll welcome a shorter journey. Great areas all around you as well and we are very happy here.
We have moved to Oxfordshire just outside Burford. We needed to be within a reasonable commute of London but my hubby doesn’t go in every day. It goes into Paddington so if you work near there all the better. I didn’t want to feel like we were in commuter belt and for this to happen you do need to have a look around some of the places that tickle your fancy!! we had a few weekends of driving around and seeing what we liked…villages, high celings and not too near M40, and what we didn’t like….low ceilings, beams and stuck in the middle of nowhere. As someone else wisely said, you need to have a few things on your list that you want and try and hang a place around them. Having said that we had our list and what tends to happen is you see a house, you fall in love with it and you rip up your carefully planned list and imagine your furniture in the rooms!!
A great place to go for children of all ages is The Cotswold Wildlife Park near Burford. It has animals…giraffe, lion etct also a little train and quite a good playground suitable for 3-10 ish. Lots of space to run around and a good half/full day out.
Burford Garden Company.
Great place to meet people for the obligatory coffee and a bun!
Playground for up to about 7 yrs.
Good place to wander around for presents and some really nice “stuff”
Cafe and a special children’s section too.