The Feathered Nest Country Inn is located in a designated area of outstanding natural beauty, right in the heart of the Cotswolds. Ideal for touring the local villages and attractions, and enjoying leisure time activities in the area.
The Cotswolds Discoverer ticket is the perfect and hassle-free way to travel around and explore some of the most scenic parts of the Cotswolds by bus and by train.
Bicester Village: Home to over 130 designer outlet boutiques set around delightful open-air pedestrianised streets, offering up to 60% off previous seasons’ collections from the world’s leading fashion and lifestyle brand names including Burberry, Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci, Polo Ralph Lauren, Bally, Cath Kidston, Church’s, DKNY, Hugo Boss and many more. Set in Oxfordshire, close to the idyllic Cotswolds, Bicester Village is approximately 32m from The Feathered Nest (free wifi zone). For more details on opening hours, brand directory or to download the app, visit www.BicesterVillage.com or speak to our staff to arrange your Valet Parking and hands-free shopping packages.
Cheltenham: Cheltenham Spa, England's most complete Regency town is characterised by intricate ironwork balconies and painted stucco facades, which line the historic Promenade, squares and terraces. Montpellier, south of Imperial Gardens, is a haven for browsing and indulgence: an area for smaller, very distinctive shops. With its award-winning gardens, impressive range of stylish shops and restaurants, and festivals of horse racing, music and literature, Cheltenham is well worth the visit and is 22m from The Feathered Nest.
Oxford: Oxford, as an ancient university city, is both timeless and modern. Its 'dreaming spires' and tranquil college quadrangles co-exist with lively arts venues, bustling shops and fashionable restaurants. For over 800 years, it has been a home to royalty and scholars, and since the 9th century an established town, although people are known to have lived in the area for thousands of years. Oxford is accessible from The Feathered Nest by train from Kingham, or bus from Burford and is only 25m from Nether Westcote.
Longborough Festival Opera: Enjoy high quality opera in the intimate 500 seat theatre, with an orchestra pit for 65 players. Set in the heart of the Cotswolds, Longborough is sited overlooking the Evenlode valley, with some of the most glorious views in England. Evening performances usually start at 6.30pm and have a 90 minute interval. Contact Longborough Festival Opera for details on bookings.
Chipping Norton Theatre: In the heart of the Cotswolds, at the junction point of three counties and four regions, The Theatre Chipping Norton is a mixed arts venue, hosting, co-producing and supporting some of the most exciting, accessible and entertaining culture in the region. Contact Chipping Norton Theatre for details on bookings and show information.
There are a number of golf courses in close proximity to The Feathered Nest Inn:
- Wychwood Golf Club – Lyneham, Chipping Norton
- Burford Golf Club – Swindon Road, Burford
- Chipping Norton Golf Club – Southcombe, Chipping Norton
- Naunton Downs Golf Club – Naunton
- Witney Lakes Golf Course – Downs Road, Witney
A number of walks surround Church and Nether Westcote (view PDF of the Westcote footpaths), with the Diamond Way passing along its western boundary. Contact John Harris' Walking in England (free walks to download and print), North Cotswold Group or The Cotswold Walking Company, alternatively walking maps may be downloaded from the Oxfordshire Cotswolds or Escape to the Cotswolds websites.
An extensive network of country lanes link the famous Cotswold villages and market towns leading away from the hustle and bustle. They give a tremendous choice of routes with an ever changing view. Miles of bridleways and byways offer plenty of scope for mountain bikers. Ancient green lanes mixed with farm tracks – all set amongst beautiful Cotswold countryside.
Bicycles can be hired from Bourton Cycles, located in the picturesque village of Bourton on the Water, 5 miles from The Feathered Nest. Bourton Cycles also provides free pumps, repair kit, locks and helmets. Delivery of bicycles can be arranged. View Downloadable cycling routes.
Ballooning in the Cotswolds: Offering Champagne Balloon flights over Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and Oxfordshire since 1985, Share the experience of a lifetime or fulfill a lifelong ambition. Drift slowly with the wind over the beauty of the Cotswold Landscape and enjoy the unique combination of exhilaration and serenity that you will discover aboard a Hot Air Balloon Flight. Launch sites at Cirencester, Stroud, Bourton on the Water or Cotswold Water Park will be a flight to remember. View the website or call 01453 753221 for more information.
From trout and carp to pike fishing, the Cotswolds boasts an array of lakes, rivers and dams, perfect for beginners to serious fishermen.
Fly Fishing Tuition
Elite Fly Fishing School offers tuition with Brian Morris, for Spey Casting instruction with the creator of the Super Spey, and Trout Fly Fishing. Brian has over 20 years of teaching experience with many classes of anglers, and is AGIA, STANIC and REFFIS accredited. Classes are taught at Busheyleaze Fishery, a large 22 acre lake surrounded by 42 acres of Meadowland, resulting in a nice, peaceful and secluded area to fish on. As well as being a natural environment, it also offers excellent fishing from boats with secluded bays for bank anglers. Lechlade and Bushyleaze Trout Fisheries are located on the Burford Road on the outskirts of Lechlade-on-Thames, only 13 miles from The Feathered Nest Country Inn. Contact Mr Morris directly to arrange tuition on 01993 837440 or via email.
- Fernhill Farms Coarse Fishery – Milcombe, Banbury
- River Cherwell – Kidlington: Barbel, Chub, Roach, Bream, Carp, and Dace
- River Windrush – Burford: The river is host to a range of fish, including trout, grayling, perch, chub, roach and dace. Day tickets available from the Orvis Retail Store, High Street, Burford
- Lyneham Lake – Kingham: Roach to 2.5 lbs and Crucian Carp to 2lbs, Rudd, Tench, Perch, Bream and Chub to 4lbs, Golden Orfe to 2lbs
- Horseshoe Lake – Lechlade, Gloucestershire
- Chad Lakes – Stow Road, Bledington, Stow-on-the-Wold
- Lower Court Carp Lake – Chadlington, Chipping Norton, with carp up to 24lbs
- Lemington Lakes – Moreton-in-Marsh
- Lyneham Lake – Kingham: Crucian Carp to 2lbs
- Blenheim Palace Trout Lake and River Boats - Woodstock, Oxford
- Brook Farm Trout Fishery - Cranham, Gloucestershire
- Salford Trout Lakes - Salford, Chipping Norton
- Donnington Trout Farm - Upper Swell, Stow-on-the-Wold
- Lechlade and Bushyleaze Trout Fisheries - Lechlade, Gloucestershire
Before You Go
We recommend that you contact venues and check details before setting out. You will need a valid Environment Agency rod license to fish at most venues.
With plenty of bridleways and country roads, visit Turpins Lodge Horse Riding School and Livery Yard - all ages and abilities of riders welcome, minimum age 4 years, maximum weight 15 stones. We offer horse riding lessons, horse riding holidays, horse livery, Association of British Horse Riding Schools approved and Council Licensed. Turpins Lodge is set in 30 acres of Oxfordshire countryside, with access to miles of bridleways giving excellent off road horse riding. (15 miles from The Feathered Nest Country Inn). To book, please call 01608 737033.
Hunting in Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire with Philip Beasley's Hunting UK, based near Oxford. Organisers of professional hunting holidays in and around the United Kingdom, arranging all forms of hunting and sporting shooting in Britain for British & overseas guests. If you want to stalk a Red Deer, Roe Deer or Fallow Deer, shoot driven Pheasant or Partridge or have a superb days Pigeon shooting with friends, they will ensure you have the best shooting in England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland. Please call 01869 278 946 for more information.