Today, on our Cotswolds Tour, we passed this beautiful house in Kingham.
Most of the Cotswold villages are built on the hills, but Kingham is in the valley that runs between Stow-on-The-Wold and Chipping Norton.
Kingham has a church with a 15th-century Gothic west tower and is unique in that it is served by a main line railway station about a mile from the village where passengers can easily get to London.
The village is well catered for with two pubs – The Plough and The Tollgate – a hotel, primary school, village stores and post office, a vibrant British Legion club, village hall, village greens and children’s play areas.
Kingham has a couple of claims to fame too! Alex James, bass player with the Blurr lives just outside the village on a farm. He writes for several newspapers and magazines about his experiences of running a farm and his love of food. His biggest passion food-wise is cheese! His range of cheeses; called ‘Alex James Presents’, produced here in Kingham, has won awards. As well as traditional blue cheeses and soft goats milk, he makes flavour combinations such as sweet chilli cheddar and cheddar with spring onion.
And it’s not just Alex James that brings his charm to Kingham. Once a year, Alex hosts the ‘Big Feastival’ with Jamie Oliver – a unique weekend celebration of music, food and fun for all the family. You can join a cookery class, enjoy top music acts and learn about food.
You never know who you might meet on your Cotswolds Tour!
The second claim to fame took place in 2004, when the readers of ‘Country Life’ magazines were asked to submit their nominations for ‘England’s Favourite Village. After six months and thousands of nominations, you’ve guessed it, Kingham was voted the favouirite!
Judges said the rectory was ‘one of the finest small houses of this date (late 17th century) in the county’ and went on to discuss the vibrancy of community life, beauty of the architecture and the stunning setting of Kingham.