The Great Western Arms – a charming canal-side watering-hole

At Home Farmhouse bed and breakfast in Charlton, Oxfordshire – we extend a warm welcome to our guests. You can choose from one of the many eating establishments in the area. One of our favourites is the Great Western Arms in the nearby village of Aynho.

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Arriving from a glorious walk from Charlton with dogs in tow, the Great Western Arms near Aynho makes for a highly welcoming sight, with great food and drink to match.

The pub gets its name from the old Great Western Railway station nearby, taking you back to another time as you watch steam trains roll by on the one side and canal boats drifting down the idyllic Oxford Canal on the other. Together with the frequent passing of classic cars rolling through the countryside, it makes for the perfect place to get away from the hustle and bustle. Aside from the picturesque setting, the GWA itself has a charming interior, with original stonework, a grand fireplace and eclectic railway memorabilia creating an intimate setting. It also benefits from a regular trade of boaters, foodies and locals, which makes for an interesting and cheerful atmosphere.

But the food is where it really excels. Whilst the menu consists of a single sheet, the range on offer would appeal to even the most selective of tastes, from common pub fare of pies and steak to more unusual offerings such as swordfish. Food comes in generous portions and is well presented, and there is clearly careful consideration from the chef in putting together each dish. The mussels in particular come highly recommended. Although be sure to leave room for dessert, where a mouth-watering selection including oozing chocolate mudcakes and brandy snaps with sorbet is bound to tempt. To top it all off, make sure to wash your meal down with an award-winning pint from the Hook Norton brewery for a true taste of the Cotswolds.

And as a bonus, if you do come with dogs, not only are they welcome, but often also provided with treats – happy diners all round!

So if you’re in the Charlton area and need bed and breakfast accommodation, be sure to look us up.

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Aynho Village

Did you know?

Cottage tenants in the village of Aynho used to pay their rent to the Cartwrights of Aynho Park in the form of apricots. Each tenant had to grow an apricot tree against their house and these are just coming into blossom now.

The village of Aynho is just two miles from Home Farmhouse Country house B&B, Banbury.

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Aynho Park copy

Blenheim Palace

Blenheim Palace, the home of the Duke of Marlborough, is one of the largest and most splendid houses in the country. It was built in the early 18th century as a reward from Queen Anne to the first Duke of Marlborough for his victories in Europe over the forces of Louis XIV of France.

Blenheim was built in the baroque style by Sir John Vanburgh and is considered his masterpiece. The marvellous interior includes a lofty Great Hall, the majestic library and gilded staterooms. The superb collection includes fine paintings and furniture, bronzes and the famous Marlborough Victories tapestries.

Sir Winston Churchill was born at Blenheim and the five room Churchill Exhibition includes his birth room. His simple grave in the churchyard at Bladon is just one mile away.

The palace grounds were superbly landscaped by Capability Brown, dating from 1864.

The Pleasure Gardens complex has recently been developed and includes a maze, herb gardens, the Butterfly House, Putting Greens and an Adventure Playground. A miniature railway connects the Palace to the Pleasure Gardens.

Warwick Castle

A marvellous example of a complete mediaeval castle, Warwick has played a dominant role in the power game in England for over one thousand years. Originally the home of the Earls of Warwick, one of whom in the fifteenth century was known as Kingmaker, Warwick Castle has witnessed murder, mystery, intrigue and scandal.

The 14th century Great Hall lies at the centre of the Castle where you can see Oliver Cromwell’s death mask and the shield of Bonnie Prince Charlie. The State Rooms have been restored to their recent grandeur whilst the dungeons and the Torture Chambers have the power to terrify, as has the Ghost Tower.

There are sixty acres of ground and gardens which were landscaped by Capability Brown. Special events, including Jousting, Birds of Prey and a mediaeval festival are organised during the year.

A great day out for all the family.

Evening Meals

For those visitors to the area who would prefer an evening meal with their accommodation Home Farmhouse can provide a formal dinner or lighter supper – minimum 4 persons.

Whatever your choice of evening meal, we ask that you please book in advance.

There is a highly recommended pub within 100 yards of our house and also several other good pubs in the neighbourhood for which we can make reservations if required.

Dinner £28 per head (wine not included)
Supper £20 per head