Unusually for me I watched BBC1's 'Escape To The Country' today and was pleasantly surprised that it was set in the Vale of White Horse. There were some nice bits about Wayland's and the Horse and pertinent to this thread, a lovely four and a half year old house in Drayton that had been built in a traditional manner in appearance showing that it can be done and even had a garage completely covered with overlap boarding. And they even had a pub called The Red Lion!! Well worth a watch from 16 minutes into the programme. http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00z1bkd/Escape_to_the_Country_Series_11_Oxfordshire/
They also showed Leafield with one pub - until recently didn't it have three?