Springfield Meadows provides a superb combination of rural living with very easy access to village, town and city amenities. Southmoor and the adjoining villages of Longworth and Kingston Bagpuize have a range of amenities including nursery and primary school, shops, pubs and village halls. Abingdon, Wantage and Faringdon are the local towns and they offer a wide choice of retail and leisure options. The City of Oxford is easily accessible just 11 miles to the northeast.
The A420 runs to the north of Springfield Meadows and is the area’s main east-west link connecting to the M4 to the west and A34 to the east. Two local bus services serve stops on the Faringdon Road, 5 minutes’ walk north of the site, namely the S6 Swindon-Oxford bus service and the No. 15 service from Witney to Abingdon.
Springfield Meadows is in the north of the Vale of the White Horse and is close to the delights of both the River Thames and the Ridgeway. The site is reached via Bullockspits Lane, a By-way Open to All Traffic. To the south this lane gives access to a lovely rural hinterland ideal for walkers, cyclists and those who just appreciate the open countryside. The small village of Charney Bassett on the River Ock, with its historic Chequers Inn, is a gentle 2.5 mile walk or cycle away.
Nearby is Abingdon a historic, modern market town. The town is one of sixty in England which have a centre that has to be conserved for its history, heritage and listed ancient buildings. The town has a Farmers Market on Fridays and a weekly Monday Market Day, plus a Local Excellence Market and a Craft Fair. The medieval market town centre has an abundance of independent traders all a short walk from from the Thames riverbank.
Abingdon-on-Thames has a growing list of enticing places to eat, for the adventurous foodie and traditional family diner alike. Wander up from the river bank to choose from one of the fine dining experiences on Bridge Street, or continue your stroll around the heritage area for real Italian, Spanish, Indian, Chinese or Lebanese cooking; and don’t forget the local hand-made sausages, British pies and traditional roasts at our gastro pubs.
Many families are drawn to Southmoor and Longworth due to the very good local school options. For Primary Schools, the ‘Outstanding’ Longworth Primary School is located nearby in Longworth, with the larger John Blandy Primary School in neighbouring Southmoor; just 5 miles away is Buckland C of E Primary School which has been placed within the top 1% of primary schools in the UK. There are a number of secondary schools in nearby Abingdon, but also within easy reach is Matthew Arnold at Botley, and Bartholomew’s in Eynsham, both rated ‘Outstanding’. As well as fantastic local state schools and academies in the area, there are a plethora of highly regarded Independent Schools nearby, including St. Hugh’s, Chandlings, Abingdon Prep, The Manor, Abingdon School, St Helen’s & St Katherine’s, Cokethorpe, Radley College and of course a number located in Oxford itself.
Close to Southmoor is the ‘Science Vale UK’. This fast becoming a global hotspot for enterprise and innovation and is home to a significant proportion of the region’s scientific, research and development, and high technology businesses. The region is gaining an international reputation as a first-choice business location for companies wanting to make their mark in business and research.
Science Vale UK has two enterprise zones and new businesses relocating to these areas can benefit from business rates discounts, superfast broadband and simplified planning. It is home to The UK’s national Space Gateway, accommodating a vibrant community of space and space related businesses including the Culham Science Centre. And is also home to Williams F1 racing team and its advanced engineering division. Science Vale is also attracting global companies such as De Beers Element Six.
The City of Oxford
Oxford is best known for its world class, prestigious university with 38 colleges in its medieval centre, and is called the ‘City of Dreaming Spires’. For 800 years it has been home to scholars and academics, and is now emerging as a real global leader for green living and as a tech and science hub. From shopping to dining out, from historical walks to going to the theatre, from de-toxing at a spa to rowing on the Thames, Oxford really has something for everyone.