Sunday, 20 July 2014

Abingdon and the Kingfisher Barn

When we found that my husband's two week work trip back to the UK coincided
with the start of the girls' Summer holiday, it didn't take much to convince us to tag along.
We could catch up with friend's, our older daughter could attend her old school Prom night
and we could visit places we hadn't ticked off our 'To Do while living in England' list.

We stayed in the lovely market town of Abingdon-on-Thames in Oxfordshire.
Rich in history and very picturesque, is was a pleasure to walk the tow paths
on sunny days, explore the shops and we had some lovely meals in the local pubs.
Was so nice to be back in the English countryside and yet still close to our old stomping grounds
on the Oxfordshire/Buckinghamshire border.

Abingdon-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, UK

Abingdon is an excellent place to stay for a holiday, with lovely walks by the Thames,
boat rides, history to explore and lots of good food to be found.

Abingdon-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, UK

Plenty of parks and open spaces by the Thames to relax, unwind and enjoy the scenery.

The Lock and Weir falls, Abingdon-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, UK

The weir and lock in Abingdon.

Canal boats, Abingdon-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, UK

Watching all the canal boats head toward the lock made me add
'Holiday on a canal boat in UK' to my ever increasing travel list!

Thistle, Abingdon-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, UK

English Knapweed add so much colour to the countryside.

Field, Abingdon-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, UK

As did the colourful fields along the way.

The Nag's Head, Abingdon-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, UK

The Nags Head, a great spot to sip a real ale or two while watching the world go by
and it is only a few minute walk from where we stayed at the Kingfisher Barn.

The Kingfisher Barn, Abingdon-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, UK

A lovely ten minute stroll from the heart of Abingdon, set in beautiful countryside,
with easy access to Oxford and the M40 it was a great place to stay. 

The stroll from the Kingfisher Barn into Abingdon takes you by glorious farmland.

A walk fringed with flowers.

The Kingfisher Barn, Abingdon-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, UK

We stayed in the self catering Studio flat directly above the office. Part of the seventeenth century 
barn conversion, it was quaint and quirky with good facilities.
Perfect for our family of four, we had a full kitchen complete with oven
and plenty of cookware in the cupboards. We also had a washing machine.
After a week with no internet at home in Germany, we used our fair share of the complimentary wifi.
A welcome pack of juice, milk and a lovely lemon drizzle cake awaited our arrival,
which after a nine hour drive from Germany was very much appreciated.

The Kingfisher Barn, Abingdon-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, UK

We had lovely views across the garden and to the fields beyond.

The Kingfisher Barn, Abingdon-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, UK

The gardens are lovely, staff are nice and helpful and the location is great.
After ten days the girls and I moved on, back to our old village to stay with friends,
while my husband moved to into a B&B room for the remainder of his work trip.
He had breakfast included and a nice room with good facilities.

We paid for our own accommodation and all thoughts are my own.
We just all thoroughly enjoyed our stay in Abingdon and the Kingfisher Barn,
found it great value, with good facilities in a fabulous location.

Contact the Kingfisher Barn

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