The modern day care home industry is very different to how it used to be. With luxury facilities including spacious bedrooms complete with en suite bathrooms, elegant communal areas, highly skilled and expert care teams and well-designed activities calendars, there are so many fantastic care homes to choose from that the decision can be difficult. In this article, we take a look at the beautiful care homes of Oxfordshire.
Beautiful Oxfordshire is perhaps best known for its peaceful market towns, complete with cobbled streets, quaint thatched rooves and no less than three areas of outstanding natural beauty; the Cotswolds, Chiltern Hills and the North Wessex Downs. Towns with decorative period properties such as Burford and Witney are particularly popular with visitors and tourists.
The county is also well-connected to London and neighbouring cities, including the famous city of Oxford, home to the globally recognised Oxford University. Oxford is a busy city, with lots of theatres, restaurants and bars, museums and galleries to frequent. Ancient history is never too far away: tourists can travel to the Rollright Stones on the border between Oxfordshire and Warwickshire to learn some local folklore.
With so much on offer, it’s no surprise that Oxfordshire is a great spot for care homes. The cost of care homes in this region can be expensive, but this depends on where you look. The average care home fees for Oxfordshire are around £1,200. So, if you’re searching for a care home in this beautiful county, we’ve compiled a list of the UK’s best care homes in Oxfordshire. For more ideas, check out our full list of Oxfordshire’s best care homes here.
Garden Area in Cumnor Hill House
Lottie’s Verdict: Best for all-inclusive pricing and home experiences
With a much sought-after Outstanding score from the Care Quality Commission, Cumnor Hill House in Cumnor, Oxford, is one of the top care homes on our list, offering care seekers an attractive all-inclusive price per week.
Led by manager Ciare Cullen, staff at the home are trained to deliver high-quality care, which combined with standards you would expect from a hotel, creates the ultimate luxury care experience.
However, it’s the facilities at Cumnor Hill House that steal the spotlight, with en suite bedrooms, a private cinema room offering dementia-friendly film screenings, bar and bistro, a cosy library, spa and hair salon and private dining room that residents can share with their guests. Cumnor Hill House even has its own gym with special equipment designed for all levels of physical ability, as well as an on-site physiotherapist, personal trainer and holistic and wellness lead. Residents are frequently taken on trips to see local landmarks and there are great public transport links nearby for visitors.
Residencies From: £1,400 per week
For more info or to book call 01865 638259
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Dining Area in Chawley Grove
Lottie’s Verdict: Best for affordability and luxury facilities
Chawley Grove is one of the top state-of-the-art care homes in Oxfordshire, offering exceptional residential, nursing, dementia and respite care in a luxury environment and stunning surroundings. Demonstrated by its Good rating from the Care Quality Commission and a score of 9.9 from carehome.co.uk, Chawley Grove takes a personalised approach to provide the highest level of person-centred care.
Chawley Grove provides spacious and bright en suite bedrooms in a variety of different themes, a wellbeing and beauty salon where residents can relax and enjoy a hair cut, a manicure or a hand massage, a bar and café and a deluxe cinema with the latest releases and old favourites. Family and friends are welcome to visit and spend time with loved ones in the private dining suite. Chawley Grove is well-located to nearby towns, walking routes in the countryside and shops, perfect for day trips and outings.
Manager Theresa Whitford leads staff at Chawley Grove, ensuring that all residents are happy and well-cared for. There’s even a specialist lifestyle coach on the team, helping to create a nurturing environment for both the residents and staff and make each day at Chawley Grove special.
Residencies From: £995 per week
For more info or to book call 01865 638272
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Cinema in Millers Grange
Lottie’s Verdict: Best for personalised care plans
Millers Grange in Witney, Oxon, forms part of the Care UK group and offers care seekers a variety of services, including nursing care, short-term respite care and dementia care. Spread across two floors, the home has two suites, each with its own dining room, lounge and en suite bedrooms.
Led by manager Alison Parry, the staff care team pledge to learn everything they can about your relatives or loved ones to create a personalised lifestyle plan specially tailored to their likes, dislikes and preferences; from what activities they like to do to meal plans. This level of care and attention to detail earned Millers Grange its Good rating from the Care Quality Commission and helps to make residents feel completely comfortable and at home.
In addition to facilities that include a hair and beauty salon, coffee shop and cinema room, Millers Grange also has an action-packed activity schedule available, including group and one-to-one activities and outings to Blenheim Palace, Hidcote Gardens and the Cotswolds.
Residencies From: £1,325 per week
For more info or to book call 0330 175 5534
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Bedroom in Henley Manor
Lottie’s Verdict: Best for community spirit
Part of the Hallmark Care Homes collective, our next stop is at Henley Manor care home in picturesque Henley-on-Thames. Manager Elham Faramarzian leads the care team here, who have over 20 years’ experience providing the best standards of residential, nursing and dementia care.
A beautifully decorated and spacious care home, Henley Manor features 80 bedrooms, a modern cinema, therapy room, hair salon and barbers, therapy bathrooms and café that serves tea, coffee and homemade baked goods throughout the day. The home is well-located to nearby shops and amenities and has great transport links by road and rail, as well as being right next to the River Thames.
Independence is celebrated at Henley Manor and residents are encouraged to follow their own interests and pursuits; whether that’s continuing the hobbies they used to love, or taking part in an exciting new activity organised by the lifestyle team. If you’re in the process of choosing a care home and you’re after a vibrant community with the chance to make new friendships, Henley Manor could be the choice for you.
Residencies From: £1,375 per week
For more info or to book call 01491 526788
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Lounge in Elmbrook Court
Lottie’s Verdict: Best for personalised care and luxury living
Next on our tour of Oxfordshire is brand new care home Elmbrook Court. Part of the Oakland Care group, Elmbrook Court is a purpose-built care home situated in the market town of Wantage, Oxfordshire, providing the highest quality residential, nursing, dementia and respite care. With 74 private en-suite rooms and luxurious facilities including a cinema, hair and nail salon, café bistro and activities room, residents can relax in the private dining room or air-conditioned lounges, some of which have balconies overlooking the landscaped gardens. Elmbrook Court is well-connected to surrounding areas and has many cosy spots residents can enjoy a meal or a drink with loved ones, as well as weekly farmer’s markets.
Residencies From: £1,350 per week
For more info or to book call 0330 175 5385
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Dining Area in Highmarket House
Lottie’s Verdict: Best for local amenities and home experiences
Near the centre of historic market town Banbury in Oxford, the luxurious Highmarket House forms part of the Care UK collective. With a rating of Good from the Care Quality Commission, this beautiful care home has a lot to attract care seekers, offering round-the-clock residential care, which includes short-term respite care, specialist care for people living with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia, as well as compassionate palliative and end-of-life care.
Facilities at Banbury include 73 spacious en suite bedrooms, with those on the ground floor benefitting from doors opening onto beautiful patios and landscaped gardens. Residents are supported to continue living the life they used to lead as much as they are able to, including meeting friends for a walk or a chat, enjoying beauty treatments and eating delicious, high-quality meals. Banbury is a good little spot for shopping and sightseeing, with its own museum and nearby attractions like Broughton Castle, as well as being well-connected to Northampton, Oxford and Milton Keynes by main road and rail.
Residencies From: £1,275 per week
For more info or to book call 0330 175 5309
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Entrance at The Homestead
Lottie’s Verdict: Best for personalised care
Our final stop on the tour of Oxfordshire’s best care homes is The Homestead, a purpose-built care home located in Carterton and providing a high standard of residential and dementia care. Situated in beautiful grounds in a quiet residential area, the home is close to nearby shops, as well as the Kilkenny Lane Country Park, perfect for care seekers who enjoy the outdoors. With an on-site hair salon, coffee shop and very own ‘Carter’s Rest’ bar complete with jukebox and piano, residents will always find something to keep them occupied at The Homestead; with activities ranging from armchair exercise and specialist dementia music therapy to baking, arts and crafts and gardening.
With a coveted ‘Good’ rating from the Care Quality Commission, residents’ quality of life and sense of wellbeing is at the core of The Homestead philosophy, demonstrated by a packed activity programme.
Residencies From: £1,228 per week