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Activities

If you are looking for recommendations of things to do locally, look no further.  Read through some of our favourite activities below or click the links to take you straight to your favourites. 

1. Lotus Retreat - wellness centre

2. FarCycle - local bicycle rental

3. Buscot Park

4. Frilford Heath Golf Club - golf breaks

5. Shoot Breaks & Clay Days

6. Folly Tower Experience

7. Farmer Gow's

8. Hunterfields Equestrian Centre

9. Visit Oxford

10. Walking & Cycling

11. White Horse Hill

The Lotus Retreat offers a wide spectrum of holistic treatments including pregnancy massage, Ayurvedic marma massage, lymphatic drainage massage, acupuncture, reflexology, sports massage, kinesiology, life coaching, counselling, crystal healing and reiki. The Lotus Retreat also runs meditation, pilates and Tai Chi classes, daily yoga classes (hatha, ashtanga, vinyasa flow and restorative) and workshops in dowsing, Reiki, meditation and personal development. The Lotus Retreat also offers courses in Reiki, Kinesiology and shamanic healing. We work closely with Lotus Retreat and are able to secure a 10% discount for our guests staying at the hotel.

Distance from hotel: 50 metres

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FarCycles

Situated right outside the Hotel is FarCycle, a shop specialising in bikes. Although their website does not specify bicycle rental, we have partnered up with them to offer guests bespoke bicycle rental. Although walk-in rental is possible, it is best to contact the store before arrival to ensure a bike for your requirements is available. 

Distance: 10 metres

 

Buscot Park

Buscot Park was laid out in the 1780s in the English Landscape style to provide a naturalistic setting for the late eighteenth century Palladian style house. The famous Water Garden was added in 1904 by Sir Alexander Henderson, later the 1st Lord Faringdon, who commissioned the architect and garden designer Harold Peto to create a link between the house and the Big Lake. Buscot Park consists essentially of a series of stairways, formal lawns, pools and basins interlinked by a descending canal complete with a fountain, rills, miniature cascades and a bridge all flanked by box hedges sheltering antique statuary and stone seats.

Enjoy the refreshments in the Tea Room or an intimate theatre experience in the East Pavilion, Buscot Park has something for everyone. 

Distance: 3km

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Frilford Heath Golf Club

In 500 acres of glorious undulating Heathland and one of the best venues in the south of England; rarely can a golf club offer three championship golf courses (Red, Green and Blue) that allow the opportunity to revel in their classical or modern challenge! Frilford's three 18 hole courses offer a range of delights. The Hotel has secured a special hotel guest rate, so please get in contact with us to book your perfect golf break.

Distance: 5km

 

Shooting Breaks

The Old Crown Coaching Inn is shooting breaks friendly. We also have dog friendly bedrooms, and are able to make more bedrooms dog friendly at request for larger group bookings. We are also good friends with a number of local game shoots in the area, so if you would like us to organise a shoot day for you and your party, get in touch.  

We have also partnered with The Oxford Shooting School who offer bespoke shooting experiences. They specialise in all things shooting 1-1 private lessons, clays, game days, simulated game days and group clay lessons. Their 'state of the art' shooting ground is open to all, catering for complete beginners to the experienced shot. We are able to arrange a 15% for guests, so please get in contact with us to book your day.

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Private Folly Tower Experience

Are you looking for a venue with a difference - for that special birthday party or corporate team building event perhaps? Yes - the Folly Tower Belvedere Room really is for hire. View Faringdon, Oxfordshire & The Vale of White Horse from your private tower. Want to make it extra special? We would be happy to arrange a picnic or private dining experience. 

Distance: 800 meters 

 

Farmer Gow's

The experience perfect for the whole family! In small groups visitors can enjoy 'hands on' Meet the Animals workshops where their friendly farm staff will lead you alongside the animal pens, walk and talk about each species. Kids can enjoy the hay bale maze, huge ball pit, pedal go karts, farm tractor rides and meet lots of  different animals. 

You could easily spend a day at Farmer Gow's but the usual experience takes approx. 1-2 hours.

Distance: 5km

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Huntersfield Equestrian Centre

Huntersfield Equestrian Centre (HEC) is owned and run by "The van den Berg's" and is located near Faringdon. They offer a wide range of Equestrian services, including top quality Schooling, Livery, Lessons, a Pony Club Centre, Pony Camps and limited hacking. We would be happy to arrange a riding lesson for you during your stay. 

Distance: 8km 

 
 

Sightseeing in Oxford

From the glorious Bodleian Library to the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford is jam-packed with fantastic things to see and do. It has incredible architecture, superb art and a storied past dating back to Anglo-Saxon times – here, you can follow in the footsteps of Prime Ministers, poets and, of course, Harry Potter.

Busses from Faringdon run every 20 minutes (S6) to Oxford. You can catch the bus from right outside the hotel which takes approx 30 minutes to take you to the heart of Oxford. From there there is an unlimited amount of exploring to do, with cuisines to suit all taste buds and cravings, exploring the historic and beautiful City of Oxford is a must. Follow the link below to see a list of attractions recommended by travel bloggers, tourists and locals alike. Our recommendation and a must do is to enjoy a cocktail on the rooftop of Varsity Club, overlooking the beautiful city and collages. 

Distance: 15km

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White Horse Hill

Enjoy a walk across the ancient chalk downs of Oxfordshire and absorb the history found along this enigmatic stretch of the ancient Ridgeway, passing by the White Horse, Dragon Hill and Ashdown. The strenuous climb to the top of the hill is rewarded with seemingly never-ending views. On a clear day, the panoramic vistas stretch over six counties. Simply relax and take a break as you admire the scenery. Let us make you a picnic basket to take with you and enjoy a day like no other. 

Distance: 10 km

 
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