Living in Wheatley, you’ll have everything you need on hand: local shops, village facilities, and a great sense of community.
Wheatley is a thriving community and one of the few villages close to Oxford with so much to offer. Local shops include a good local butcher’s, an artisan bakery, supermarket, convenience stores, a pharmacy, post office, hairdressing salon, cafe and several public houses. There’s a Waitrose in nearby Headington, four miles away, which is on the bus route to Oxford and another branch in Thame, around eight miles away.
If you’re shopping for your daily needs, there’s a branch of the Co-op opposite the development and for a huge range of artisan bread and cakes, there’s Cornfield’s, a family run, independent craft bakers where you can also learn to make your own bread. Wheatley also has a farm shop: an independent, family-run business with a garden centre, plant nursery, locally produced ranges of chutneys, jams, local honey, farm fresh free-range eggs and a cafe serving specialty coffee and cake.
The Merry Bells, built as a temperance hotel in the 1880s, houses the library and has become a significant community centre. There’s also a dental surgery and a medical practice with an excellent reputation.
Wheatley’s architecture bears witness to a long and fascinating history. The Grade II listed Victorian parish church of St Mary and Wheatley Manor House, built in 1601, sit alongside period town houses and refurbished cottages. A unique pyramid-shaped stone structure dating from 1834, once the local ‘lock-up,’ has become Wheatley’s unofficial emblem.
If you’re dining out, there’s a collection of restaurants with excellent reputations including The Mole at Toot Baldon, The Talk House at Stanton St John and The Pointer at Brill. You’ll find a feast for the senses at the famous Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons in Great Milton. Set amidst lawns, flower borders, orchards and herb gardens, a meal at Le Manoir is an outstanding gastronomic experience.
Oxford, approximately eight miles from Wheatley, is famed for its history and university but it has so much more to offer and there’s no better way to see the city than by taking a walking or cycling tour or a river cruise. Oxford’s world-famous covered market, dating back to the 1770s is an attraction for locals and tourists alike. The new Westgate Centre, in the heart of Oxford, is home to over 125 new stores, a rooftop terrace and a cinema.
The city also has an Odeon, a Vue Cinema and the renovated Phoenix Picturehouse which shows arthouse, independent, mainstream and foreign films. For theatre-lovers, there’s the New Theatre, the Oxford Playhouse and the Burton Taylor Studio which offer a varied programme of live performance including drama, dance, music, lectures and poetry. For those who appreciate history, the museums, including the Ashmolean, the Museum of Oxford and the quirky Pitt-Rivers Museum, are world-class. After spending a day in Oxford, the luxurious spa at The Randolph Hotel may prove tempting or perhaps an indulgent afternoon tea at The Randolph or The Grand Café.
The Park Sports Centre, set between Wheatley and Holton, helps keep the community active. It has a spacious gym, three squash courts, a sports hall and therapy room and provides a varied group exercise programme. Wheatley has a lawn tennis club and is home to the Holton & Wheatley Cricket Club.
For golf or spa enthusiasts, The Oxfordshire Golf, Hotel and Spa at Thame is a great venue for golf, afternoon tea – or a few hours in the spa, awarded four bubbles by the Good Spa Guide. Studley Wood Golf Club is set in 177 acres of glorious countryside and there’s also Waterstock Golf Club with a parkland course, floodlit driving range and golf academy.
Just over 12 miles from Wheatley, Blenheim Palace in Woodstock is a not-to-be-missed experience; home to the 12th Duke of Marlborough, birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The gardens host some outstanding events – from open air cinema, art exhibitions, concerts and the Festival of Transport and Classic and Supercar Show.
Wheatley is well connected providing excellent road and rail links to Oxford and London and regular bus services to a number of destinations.
The A40 provides easy access to junctions 8 and 8a of the M40 and Wheatley is accessible from the A34. For travelling further afield, London’s Heathrow airport is about 40 miles away and Luton airport is approximately 44 miles away.