Visitors' guide

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Our village, Brightwell-cum-Sotwell, is a brisk 30-minute walk away from the market town of Wallingford. Further afield, Didcot has good rail links to London, and it's a short drive or train ride to Oxford, one of the most famous University towns in the world.

See also the (short) list of places to eat in the village.

Places to stay

The Bach Centre is in a village called Brightwell-cum-Sotwell. Some of the villagers offer bed-and-breakfast accommodation.

Further afield - between ten and twenty minutes by car - there are bed and breakfast places in Wallingford, Crowmarsh, Cholsey, Sires Hill, South Stoke and Wittenham; and a hotel in Wallingford. Some of the further-off bed and breakfast owners offer lifts to the Centre as part of the service.

Please contact the people listed for more information:

Places to eat

There are lots of restaurants, take-aways, bakers and sandwich and coffee bars in Wallingford. If you are on foot and need somewhere a quick walk away, however, you can choose from:

  • The Root One Café is part of the Root One Garden Centre, and is only a few minutes' walk from us.
  • The Village Store run for and by the villagers. No sandwiches or hot food, but students could stop off the day before a course and buy fresh bread, cheese etc. to make their own lunches in the Bach Centre seminar block.
  • The Red Lion is Brightwell-cum-Sotwell's last-remaining pub. It does very good food and is recommended for Level 3 students who want to celebrate the end of the assessment. Note: no food on Mondays.