Set in the lyrical countryside so typical of an English rural scene, this 900-year-old Cotswold town is probably most famous for being the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill at Blenheim Palace. (Churchill's grave is to be found in Bladon, nearby.) One of the finest baroque houses in the country, the Palace is well worth a tour. For added atmosphere and entertainment, this is sometimes led by a ghostly guide. Events like horse trials and craft fairs make the most of the surrounding acres of parkland. Stay in our hotel in Woodstock, Oxfordshire and you'll also be perfectly situated to explore the natural beauties of the New Forest and the iconic university city of Oxford.