is a sprawling hill-top village lying on part of the Midvale
Ridge. The village centre
is at the top of the hill and from there roads lead off
in various directions, all going down the hill. The village's
position provides superb views all round - to the
Chilterns to the east, Oxford to the west and the Berkshire
Downs with Wittenham Clumps to the south.
village has become well-known for Garsington
Opera which is held each summer in the grounds of
Garsington Manor, where opera-goers are served champagne
on the croquet lawn before the early evening performances.
Manor is a Tudor building, built about 1625, and is thought
to be one of the most beautiful of the smaller period
houses throughout Oxfordshire. It is set in superb grounds
which are open to the public two or three times a year.
The garden incorporates two yew hedges which are said
to be the highest in England. Apart from now being known
as the home of the opera, the manor is also associated
with Lady Ottoline Morrell, the Bloomsbury Group socialite,
as at one time the manor was her home.
parish church of St. Mary is on the edge of the village
and its hill-top situation make it a prominent landmark,
visible from miles around. The Norman tower of the church
is the oldest part dating back to 1160, the nave and chancel
having been added later in the 13th century.
is some 5 miles south-east of Oxford, just off
the B480 Oxford to Watlington road.