Fyfield Manor, itself an historical building, with beautiful gardens is set in an area of countryside of high interest.
Within 15 minutes you'll find the following places:
Wallingford - a town steeped in history: born in the 6th century (if not before); King Alfred's ‘New Town’; Following William the Conqueror's invasion of 1066 a massive Norman Castle was built.
Ewelme – historic village: where King Henry VIII cavorted in the pool with his fifth wife, Katherine Howard; frequented by Elizabeth I; associated with the Chaucer family; resting place of Jerome K. Jerome; medieval church, cloisters and almshouses.
Dorchester-on-Thames – There is evidence of human settlement in Dorchester from Neolithic times. To the south, Iron Age people occupied a hill fort on Castle Hill; later the Celtic people enclosed their settlement by building the Dyke Hills, a rare example of a pre-Roman town, about half a mile from the present village.
Thames path – “Travelling through Oxford we gain an insight into this famous University town and can stop off en route to make the most of this city's offerings. Otherwise, should you continue on, you will discover a transitioning Thames, travelling through increasingly human occupied land with grand houses, farms, villages and briefly, hills and high ground dominating the landscape.”
Ridgeway – “The Ridgeway National Trail, 85 miles (136km) through ancient landscapes. Over rolling, open downland to the west of the River Thames, and through secluded valleys and woods in The Chilterns to the east, following the same route used since prehistoric times by travellers, herdsmen and soldiers.”
Only 5 minutes further on:
Henley – “Henley on Thames is a beautiful and historic market town intimately connected, as its name suggests, with the River Thames, being sited on one of the most majestic stretches of the river with the beech clad hills of The Chilterns, Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, acting as a worthy backdrop. The area is criss-crossed by countless footpaths and bridleways offering superb walking and cycling in the Henley area.”
Oxford – “Oxford is a vibrant, multi-cultural city full of history and heritage. It is home to the oldest English speaking university in the world, renowned museums, charming shops and cafes, beautiful gardens and meadows, and much more.”
Greys Court - Intriguing Tudor Manor with 14th-century fortifications, Ornamental gardens set within medieval walls, old-fashioned roses, wisteria walk and maze. Mary Queen of Scots was imprisoned here under Elizabeth I.
Goring and Streatley – two villages worth a visit.
Within the hour you can reach:
Waddesden Manor – “Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild, creator of Waddesdon, loved France and French art. In 1874, with his French architect Destailleur and his landscape gardener Lainé, he built this Renaissance-style château on a hilltop overlooking the Vale of Aylesbury. Completed in 1889 Waddesdon Manor is the last remaining example of 'le style Rothschild'.”
Blenheim Palace – “This unique historic house offers something for everyone to enjoy, from the magnificent English Baroque Palace with its priceless collections, to the Pleasure Gardens filled with activities for children to enjoy. 2005 is packed with spectacular events and activities for the whole family. Costumed characters will be recreating history throughout the summer holidays from 23 July and during the half term weeks in October.”
Legoland – “In 2005, LEGOLAND Windsor opens for its 10th season with five new attractions including three brand new rides.”
Windsor – Namesake and home of the Royal Family