A countryside break in Oxfordshire will make you forget all about sun and sand

There was a time when many Brits thought the 3 vital ingredients for the perfect holiday were sea, sun and sangria, now, however, with money tighter than it was but the fact that we still yearn for weekends and short breaks away, we have slowly begun to discover what is on offer in our own country, and we like it.

Oxfordshire is one of the most scenic of English counties and the contemporary elegance of Heythrop Park, teetering on the edge of the Cotswolds and only a short drive from the famous spires of Oxford, there is no faffing about with flights its just into the car, down, or up, the motorway and your short break is holding out its arms to welcome you.

The stately home that is Heythorp Park is set in 440 acres of stunning Oxfordshire countryside and you get the pleasure of enjoying the majesty of the main house which dates back to the 18th century as well as all the mod cons and the facilities that are available in the adjoining Crowne Plaza that has 197 rooms.

This resort is both couple and family friendly, with a great adventure park for the kids and the adults are really spoiled with a health club and gym, steam room, sauna, swimming pool and 18 hole golf course. Those who want to just hide away in the countryside for a few days and enjoy some real self indulgence there is a spa that offers pedicures, manicures, facials and massages making it the perfect spot for a girlie weekend away.

Whether you are working up an appetite through the day or just looking for a great meal to round off the perfect day, then you are spoilt for choice. The Wedgewood Lounge offers exquisite afternoon teas and there is also the Brassey Restaurant, The Terrace Restaurant and the Charlebury bar.