New Homes in Watchfield
Live the Life
Located in Oxfordshire in the Vale of the White Horse just outside Swindon and close to Oxford, Watchfield is a picturesque and ancient village with plenty to see and do in the surrounding area. Whether you want to explore the great outdoors, enjoy the museums of nearby Swindon, or take in the local history, there will be something for all the family close to your new home in Watchfield.
Things to see and do
Watchfield has a historic past, once being home to an RAF base and lively airfield, as well as hosting the infamous Watchfield Festival in 1975. It was once a small farming community, with much of this history still seen in the architecture in the village today. It is also home to the Defence Academy of the UK.
For families moving to the area, being just 10 miles outside Swindon opens up a variety of child-friendly activities including the Museum of Computing, STEAM – the Museum of the Great Western Railway, and the Swindon and Cricklade Steam Railway. The best in shopping can also be enjoyed close by at Swindon’s Brunel Shopping Centre and the Swindon Designer Outlet Shopping Centre.
Travelling a little further afield you can explore the surrounding countryside by visiting Avebury Stone Circle, Silbury Hill, and the National Trust properties of Great Coxwell Barn and Kelmscott Manor.
Oxford is just over half an hour away with its mix of historical sites, and green open spaces, as well as lively bars, cafes and restaurants.
Watchfield is home to several well-regarded schools, ideal if you’re planning on moving to the area with young children. Longcot and Fernham Church of England Primary School has been rated Outstanding by Ofsted, while Watchfield Primary School and Shrivenham Church of England Controlled School are both rated as good.
If you have older children planning on studying for a degree, one of the world’s most prestigious universities – the University of Oxford – is just over half an hour away from your new home in Watchfield.
Getting to Watchfield
The village is connected to both Swindon and Oxford by the A420, with journey times of 20 minutes to Swindon and 40 minutes to Oxford when driving. The number 66 bus travels to both, with the journey to Oxford done in under an hour and Swindon half an hour, where you’ll find the nearest railway station. Swindon railway station has direct services to Bristol, Reading and London Paddington.
When travelling to see family and friends, you’ll be able to drive to Reading in under an hour, and Cheltenham or Bristol in 60 minutes. When the time comes to enjoy a well-earned holiday, Bristol Airport is just over an hour’s drive away.