Around the Area

Located in the village of Long Hanborough, Swan House Guest Rooms are an ideal base to enjoy the surrounding area.

Blenheim PalaceBlenheim Palace - World Heritage Site. (4 miles)

The spectacular palace is set in 2100 acres of breathtaking grounds designed by 'Capability' Brown and is the home of the Duke and Duchess of Malborough.

The Combe Gate entrance to Blenheim Park is just a mile away by road for pleasant easy walking across the grounds of Blenheim to the lakes, palace and into Woodstock or the main vehicular entrance to the park and palace in Woodstock itself is a 4-mile drive.

Sir Winston Churchill was born at the palace on 30th November 1874 and was buried in the small church of St Martin which is in Bladon, the next village along from us and where his grave can be visited.

Please Click Here to go to the Blenheim Palace Website

Woodstock Town HallWoodstock (4 miles)

The main entrance into Blenheim Palace is from the picturesque market town of Woodstock, but there is a lot more to see here besides visiting Blenheim. Visit antique shops, art galleries, an array of unusual boutiques and the Oxfordshire museum.

Finish your visit in a traditional tea shop or enjoy a glass of wine or beer in any of the traditional or contemporary hotels, bars and restaurants, including one of England's original 13th century coaching inns.

Please Click Here to visit Woodstock's website

Radcliffe CameraThe City of Oxford (10 miles)

Apart from visiting the university, parks, gardens and stunning architecture, Oxford has regular theatre performances and classical concerts.

Museums, such as The Oxford University Museum of Natural History,
The Pitt Rivers Museum and the award winning Ashmolean are an experience to visit.

Click Here to go to the Visit Oxford and Oxfordshire website.

Bourton-on-the-Water, The CotswoldsThe Cotswolds

The beautiful countryside of the Cotswolds is only a short drive. Some of the towns, such as Bourton-on-the-Water (pictured) are popular with tourists and locals, but it is also easy to find a quiet spot to walk or simply enjoy the area.

Cotswolds Info

A vintage Oxford busThe Oxford Bus Museum

The bus museum is a collection buses and other road transport associated with Oxfordshire. It was established by the Oxford Bus Preservation Syndicate. In 1984 the vehicles were moved to the museum’s present location next to Hanborough railway station.

At the end of 2004 the Morris Motors Museum opened on the site, devoted to the history of Morris Motors Limited of Oxford and its founder William Morris, Lord Nuffield, and displaying a dozen vehicles in a reconstructed section of the former factory from Cowley.

Rousham GardensRousham House and Gardens

Rousham House is about 20 minute's drive from Long Hanborough. It was built around 1635, with alterations being carried out in the 18th and 19th centuries.

Away from the house the gardens extend past follies and statues, with paths leading through woods where water from the Cherwell is used to form pools.

A separate garden closer to the house is of box-edged beds, borders of old roses and herbaceous plants.

Rousham House became "Crevecoeur Hall" in an episode of the TV drama series Lewis.

Rousham Gardens are open every day 10am. Rousham House is only open by prior arrangement.

Combe Mill

Combe Mill is an historic sawmill situated next to the River Evenlode close to Combe railway station.

Combe Mill is the original sawmill and workshop of the Blenheim Palace Estate. It was restored in the early 1970s and is now open to the public. Originally powered by a waterwheel, there is now a beam engine.

The Mill is operated as a working hands-on museum by the Combe Mill Society. The museum gives visitors a insight into what work was like in Victorian times on a rural estate.

Combe mill is open to visitors on Wednesdays and Sundays from the beginning of April until late September from 10.30am to 4.30pm. On one Sunday every month from March to October the mill is open from 10.00am to 5.00pm when it is "In Steam".

For more details and admission prices please visit