This Boxing Day, television viewers will get another chance to see the Midsomer Murders Christmas special and catch a glimpse of Inspector Barnaby looking fetching in his paper hat!

The Ghosts of Christmas Past episode also showcases the beautiful countryside of Harpsden, which was used as a shooting location for the action.

Harpsden is situated very close to Henley-on-Thames, in South Oxfordshire and is the setting for the fictional Midsomer manor of Draycot.

Keen golfers will already be aware of the village as Henley Golf Club is situated there. Historians may already have been drawn to the area; the remains of a Roman villa were found near by.

If you are in Harpsden, nearby Greys Court is well worth a visit; it tends to be open to the public from April to September. This National Trust 16th century mansion has walled gardens that overlook the rolling hills of the Chilterns.

A wander through the maze is a must and you can also find out exactly what a 19th Century ‘ice house’ is; a discovery best made in spring or summer!

On hot days, when the grass is parched, it is said that you can see the foundations of ancient walls and gatehouses below your feet.

Beale Park is also within easy driving distance from Harpsden. With the River Thames flowing beside it, the park is home to a collection of rare birds, wallabies, prairie dogs, lemurs, meercats and wallabies.

All part of the South Oxfordshire experience!