There are many lovely walks around the village of Eastleach, two beautiful churches to explore and why not stop off for a pint and bite to eat at our traditional village Inn. Visitors to the village are always welcome, all we ask is that you help us to maintain the beauty of this special place and the surrounding countryside.
We all love dogs in the country, but please keep them under control especially around livestock, please clear up after them.
If you are walking in the surrounding countryside, please keep to the designated footpaths, and take home any litter with you
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The highlights round and about the village are:
Church of St. Michael & St. Martin
A Grade I listed structure, St. Michael & St. Martin is of early Norman in origin. Founded by Richard Fitz Pons, it was given to Great Malvern Priory in 1120, later passing to Gloucester Abbey. The present church is mostly 13th century; there are a Perpendicular font and some decorated Gothic windows terminating in tiny carved heads, but the interior is relatively plain. Although no longer used for worship, the church is maintained by the Churches Conservation Trust
Find out more, here.
St Andrew’s Church
St Andrew’s is also a Grade I listed building, it is dedicated to St Andrew the Apostle; The church sits directly across the River Leach from St. Michael & St. Martin’s church. It is thought to be decoratively the more interesting of the two churches in Eastleach. St. Andrew’s most prominent feature is the Christ in Majesty tympanum over the west door of the church. The church lecturn is said to have come from the abbey at Tewkesbury. The church boasts a 13th century Norman tower. St Andrew’s has a simple gable roof known as a saddleback.
St. Andrew’s remains a functioning parish church to this day, it is one of the ‘CHEQS’ churches. The community meet for worship every Sunday at 11.00 am – usually ‘Morning Prayer’ from the 1662 “Book of Common Prayer”, with Holy Communion once a month … and something a little different once in a while. You can find details of services here.
The Alms Houses
A row of five alms-houses was built on the north side of the street by Sir Thomas Bazley in 1871.
The Elephant House
The Elephant House – Macaroni Farm
Maharajah Duleep Singh was the last ruler of the Sikh empire, who was exiled to the UK in 1854 after his country was annexed by the British Raj in 1849. The Maharajah owned the Hatherop Estate, of which Macaroni Farm is a part, for five years during the 1850s and it has become local legend that an over-sized barn complete with a large arched entrance and sloping floor was built to house elephants that were going to be imported to carry out farm work.
Eastleach House is Grade II listed country house in the part of the village that he’d to be known as Eastleach Martin, Gloucestershire, designed by the architect Walter Cave and completed in 1900.
The Clapper Bridge
The clapper bridge crossing the River Leach is named “Keble’s Bridge” after the early 19th century the churchman John Keble who was curate to the church of St. Michael & St. Martin in the village. John Keble was a founding member of the Oxford Movement.
The Village Pub
The Victoria Inn – A traditional pub in the heart of Eastleach
The Victoria Inn is in the centre of the village, facing the road from Southrop, The 16th century Inn was once tied to the Cirencester Brewery. It later became a Simonds pub before the ownership passed to the Courage Brewery. Arkell’s Kingsdown Brewery of Stratton St. Margarets, Swindon bought the Victoria Inn from Courages in 1976.
Today, whether you choose to sit next to a roaring log fire in the middle of winter or while away the hours on the sunny terrace in summer, Tom and Maya will look forward to welcoming you to their charming pub in the heart of Eastleach in the Cotswolds. They serve traditional Arkells ales and fine wines to accompany their delicious food, using the finest local ingredients and offering fantastic value for money.
The Victoria Inn prides itself on using the freshest ingredients, sourcing them locally wherever possible. Tom & Maya offer daily specials include dishes like Double-cooked Belly Pork with wholegrain mustard mash, Breast of Guinea Fowl in a white wine and cream sauce and the famous Vic Beefburger. They always have roasts on Sunday and lighter meals are available at lunchtime.
Find out more about The Victoria Inn, here.
Activities for The Little Ones
Coln St Aldwyn’s Playground
One of the prettiest with views over the fields, zip wires, swings, roundabouts and ice cream to follow at the village shop.
Dens, tree swings, wood stump climbing frames. The village shop by the gate of the park makes it worth a trip – Harrods Food Hall meets jammy dodgers. A lovely garden in summer for fish finger sandwiches, a cosy tea room in winter for beans on toast.
Tel: 01451 844130
Kilkenny Lane Country Park
A fabulous playground with the largest sandpit around. Just follow the Nature Park signs.
Kilkenny Lane Country Park
Just by Sainsburys, water spouts, a pirate ship, trampolines and swings.
Burford Garden Centre
Trade coffee and retail therapy for a run round the playground and a moment in the children’s cinema
Burford Garden Company
Shilton Road, Burford
Oxfordshire, OX18 4PA
Tel: 01993 823117
Tucked down a lane by the village shop, next to the village swimming pool – who knew! There’s a 2 room museum too that welcomes little ones.
Cotswold Wildlife Park
Rhinos and wolves at the top of the road! And an amazing playground. 5 visits a year and it’s worth the annual membership.
Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens
Tel: 01993 823 006
Very good coffee and a tiny weeny kiddy area the little ones love.
Large indoor play barn, tractor rides and animals to stroke.
T: 01793 763939
A small but perfectly formed soft play area with a café and a castle to clamber round outside.
Tel: 01993 868403
But nothing beats swinging on the willow tree at the bottom of the village!