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Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons, Oxfordshire
Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons looks so classically English, with a lavender-lined path leading to a honey-stone Oxfordshire manor. But with both boules and croquet on the lawn, there's a hint of the marriage of French and British culture inside - a fantastical world created by two Michelin-starred chef Raymond Blanc. You know the food is going to be good, then, but there is another wow factor: the chef has let his creative passion in the kitchen spill out into the bedrooms, which are inspired by his travels and his past. Service isn't too snooty, but it still manages to be impeccable - Blanc ensures that everything is as perfect as a hotel can be.
Tradition in Oxford, shopping in Bicester and walks in the Cotswolds and Chilterns are all nearby. Or just stroll to New Milton's thatched Bull Inn for a taste of local life.
Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons is located in Oxfordshire's Great Milton.
By car: 1 hour 20 mins from London and Birmingham, 25 minutes from Oxford and 3 hours from Manchester. There is free parking on-site.
By train: Haddenham & Thame Parkway station (10 minutes' drive from Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons) is 45 mins from London Marylebone. Trains also run from London Paddington to Oxford station (25 minutes from the hotel). The journey takes around 60 minutes; 1 hr from Birmingham International; 2 hr 40 from Manchester Piccadilly; 4 hr 15 from Durham; 4 hr 30 from Newcastle. 2 hours from Cardiff, changing at Reading station. thetrainline.com
Style & Character
Gastronomes and gardeners, couples and families, or anyone wanting a relaxing hotel break where everything is just so will love it here. It's not cheap, but it's not all Mercs in the car park - Blanc's philosophy is that it should be accessible to everyone for a special occasion.
Service & Facilities
The gardens are offset perfectly by artwork - look out for Max, the image of an ill-behaved toff Blanc kicked out of his restaurant. Dogs are allowed in some bedrooms and public rooms; kennels are provided.
- Two Michelin starred restaurant
- Pet friendly rooms
- Kids menu
- Free parking
- Free Wi-Fi
- Beauty treatments
- Room service
The hotel has three dog-friendly rooms, and provides chewy toys, a dog bed, bowls and sanitary bags.
Even the sugar-coated almonds in each room are colour coded - that's the level of detail you can expect here. They are all beautiful, but Botticelli has a spiral staircase leading to a bathroom with two tubs and a gorgeous mural.
Deluxe Rooms, Junior Suites, Garden Junior Suites, Studio Suites, One Bedroom Suites, Deluxe Studio Suites, Garden One Bedroom Suites
Facilities include: King or double bed, ensuite bathroom with bathtub, luxury toiletries, unique furniture, desk, TV
Food & Drink
We love that vegans and vegetarians get their own menu, and whichever menu you choose, you can match your dishes with wine flights. Every mouthful is memorable, but the risotto of wild mushrooms with perigord truffle is perfection on a plate.
Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons: Two-Michelin-starred dining, seasonal tasting menus, kitchen garden. Open for lunch Thursday-Sunday (11am-2.30pm) and daily for dinner from 6pm. 7 courses £194 per person.