Towns & Villages Nearby
Wallingford (2 miles away)
Brightwell cum Sotwell is only 2 miles away from the historic, small market town of Wallingford. Situated on the banks of the River Thames, Wallingford is a fine example of a Saxon burh, or fortified town.
A large 6th century pagan cemetery indicates the early presence of Saxons. In 1066 after the Norman Conquest William the Conqueror ordered a castle to be built at Wallingford, which became one of the strongest in the country and gave Wallingford a renowned importance.
Although the castle was destroyed in the 17th Century and only few fragments of the wall remain, the earthworks and meadows have undergone a transformation into a delightful area to walk around and enjoy the ecological and historical nature of the site.
Dorchester (2 miles away)
Dorchester, home of many picturesque country cottages and houses, just 3 miles from Wallingford and is walkable via footpaths from Hope Cottage.
In Saxon times it was the seat of a bishopric that stretched north as far as Lincolnshire. The church of the great abbey, which dates from the late 12th century, still remains.
Teas and fantastic home made cakes are served in the church every Saturday and Sunday afternoon all through the summer.
Ewelme (3 miles away)
Also 3 miles from Wallingford is the attractive village of Ewelme which has medieval origins that are still visible in the school, the almshouses and the 15th Century church which Geoffrey Chaucer’s grand daughter, Alice, spent her life restoring.
Towns & Villages Further afield (under 1 hour drive
The Cotswolds have some of the most picturesque towns and villages in England, each with their own unique past. These are some of our favourites.
Burford (??? miles away)
Generally regarded as the gateway to the cotwolds. The wide High Street contains all manner of houses, shops and inns, some dating back to the 15th century. Burford is home to a fine church with a slender steeple, part of which dates back to the 11th century.