With skylines pierced with spires and domes, palace estates and idyllic meadows, Oxfordshire has a dreamlike quality. Punt the River Isis in Oxford for a student's-eye view of highbrow colleges, rambling deer parks and lush meadows and head to Henley to see varsity teams row in posh regattas. Add gourmet retreats in manor houses and horsey events hosted by dukes to your to-do list. Walkers amble between stony Cotswold villages and tread ridgeways over the Chiltern Hills as red kites swoop overhead. Meanwhile, shopper's spend happy days lost in designer outlets and covered markets.