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A perfect day in Oxfordshire: golf, spas and fine dining

30 MAY 2013

Think of Oxford and images of dreaming spires and passionate students come to mind, but there's so much more here than lecture halls and historic colleges.

Indeed, visitors to this charming city will be surprised at how many different things there are to do. From touring the beautiful colleges to exploring world-renowned museums and enticing shops, take a leaf out of Helena Bonham Carter, Alex James and Tim Henman's books (all residents of the area) and plan your trip now.

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Situated 50 miles to the west of London on the banks of the Rivers Thames and Cherwell, Oxford itself is dotted with breathtakingly beautiful churches and colleges that inhabit the UK's oldest university. The history of the city seeps through its every pore as students mingle with tourists from all over the world.

Nearby is the picturesque town of Thame, while the world-renowned discount shopping mecca that is Bicester is a short drive away. In short, there is something for everyone to do – and there is no lack of stylish accommodation to explore everything the city has to offer.

The Oxfordshire, around one mile away from the centre of Thame, offers residents a celebrated golf course set in stunning countryside. And, if golf isn't your thing, the hotel boasts a modern spa perfect for some relaxing beauty treatments.

 



In fact, The Oxfordshire is a perfect weekend getaway, either for golfing buddies or for romantic couples. Men can play golf – the current club president is former Strictly Come Dancing winner Chris Hollins while past presidents include Sir Michael Parkinson – while their better halves relax in the spa or take a leisurely swim in the pool. Or they can take themselves off to nearby Bicester Village, which boasts discounted good from high end brands such as Dolce and Gabbana, Gucci, Prada, Superdry, Ted Baker and Mulberry.

The rooms inside the hotel are spacious, clean and modern, while ensuite bathrooms come with a selection of lovely complimentary toiletries courtesy of The White Company. Each room comes with a balcony, with many of them featuring breathtaking views of the rolling hills nearby.

 



As golfers happily amble along the course, enjoy a tasty lunch in the residents' bar, which boasts floor-to-ceiling windows that perfectly capture the views outside.

After lunch, head to the Tempus spa. Treat yourself to a Lava Shell full body massage – the lava shells act like hot stones – and leave feeling relaxed and rejuvenated.

Draw the perfect day to a delicious close by dining in the Sahara restaurant, which once again boasts stunning views of the outside landscape.

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