We all know Londoners can not get enough of the Cotswolds. But one town is really starting to catch their attention.
Living in crowded London is probably the complete opposite of the Cotswolds, so it’s no surprise that fresh air starved Londoners are desperate for a little rural tranquility.
However, while they might feel worlds away from one another, London is closer to the Cotswolds than you might think. In fact, one town is just over an hour away from Paddington station, reports My London.
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Charlbury in Oxfordshire is accessible via a direct train from London and can be reached in as little as one hour, 10 minutes. The quiet town sits in a valley with a sleepy and tranquil atmosphere.
One part of Charlbury that never sleeps, however, is its community. A look at the local website proves community initiatives, groups and pages are of great importance to the Cotswold town; Charlbury’s sense of community is the main reason it was named one of The Sunday Times’ best places to live in 2021. The 2,000 or so residents are a mixture of old-timers and newcomers who took one look at the unspoilt beauty of the area and never looked back.
Like any good Cotswold town, Chalbury has no shortage of idyllic walking paths and traditional pubs to stop in. There is also live music, sports and the occasional summer festival offering residents and tourists alike the chance to soak up the sun in an enchanting setting. The locals also have stories aplenty to tell.
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According to the Charlbury website, former Prime Minister David Cameron (who was MP for Witney which includes Charlbury) claimed to enjoy visiting the town and said: “I come here and everyone tells me exactly what I’m doing wrong.”
Author JRR Tolkien was also a frequent visitor. In the 1950s he offered to help a Charlbury pub landlord buy out a lease and the landlord, not knowing who he was talking to, took one look at the academic and said “I do not think you can.”
The nearby area of Chipping Norton, just 13 minutes away by car, is currently home to some of the UK’s biggest celebrities including Jeremy Clarkson and the Beckhams. Jeremy Clarkson’s Diddly Squat Farm is located in Chipping Norton and a hot spot for tourists and locals alike looking to buy quality local produce and get a glimpse of the setting for Clarkson’s Farm TV show.
The Beckhams are also local to Chipping Norton: they own a £ 6m mansion in the area where they were isolated during the first coronavirus lockdown.