Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons

Great Milton, near Oxford

At a Glance

  • Raymond Blanc's signature hotel in the heart of Oxfordshire

  • 32 individually styled rooms and suites, surrounding by fantastic views and idyllic countryside

  • Famed 2 Michelin starred restaurant serving an array of gastronomic delights

  • Amazing in-room spa service with a range of treatments and massages

  • Family friendly with games and activities to keep all ages entertained

  • Stunning gardens with water features, a Japanese Tea Garden and orchard full of unusual fruit

  • The Raymond Blanc Cookery School is located at the hotel, making it the perfect place for any aspiring chef

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It is very difficult to predict the weather in the United Kingdom - in the summer from May to late September is generally seen as the most pleasant time to visit. Rainfall is difficult to predict - but the UK does not receive as much as many are led to believe! In the winters, temperatures do fall, but there is nothing better than finding a remote pub with a roaring fire to sit beside after a long walk in the country.

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Description

Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons is a 15th century manor house, located in the picture perfect Oxfordshire village of Great Milton near Oxford. With Raymond Blanc's amazing cuisine, the hotel is simply one of Britain's best rural gastronomic retreats.

Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons is a traditional English country Manor House located about 8 miles from Oxford. Celebrated Chef Raymond Blanc opened the hotel in 1994 wanting to establish the perfect harmony between a restaurant and a luxury hotel, offering one of  the U.K's best gastronomic experiences alongside exceptional service and comfort. Within its gardens there are some 90 varieties of vegetables and 70 different herbs, all of which are used in Blanc's 2-Michelin Starred restaurant - very much reinforcing Blanc's garden-to-table philosophy. One of the best experiences is to walk through the walled gardens in the late afternoon, which contain Japanese Tea Gardens, orchards and ponds (dug by monks in the 16th century) - past rows of sweetly smelling lavender bushes and along a croquet lawn back to the house. We can even arrange for you to attend the Raymond Blanc Gardening School where your interactive tuition will take you through the 11 delightful gardens and orchards ending with a sumptious working lunch.

Raymond Blanc's colourful character has been expressed throughout the hotel's 32 individually-named guest rooms and suites, which contain memoirs from his travels and French Heritage. Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons feels inviting and homely - and with only 32 rooms it remains small enough to look after all guests perfectly.

It goes without saying that the restaurant is the main draw of Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, and we can't quite put into words how truly amazing it is - each time you go, you are amazed that food can simply be this good. Added to that, think of cream teas, champagne before dinner and post dinner drinks in the drawing room by a roaring fire - it simply pulls on all your gastronomic heart strings time and time again.

Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons is positioned perfectly for a few days of exploring (when you aren't eating) - you are 8 miles from Oxford, with ample opportunity for a day walking around this historic academic city. Alternatively you can visit Bicester Village, famous for its 130 designer outlets and the largest of its kind in the UK. For those who want to express their inner-Raymond Blanc, Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons offer cookery courses where you can hone your culinary skills and learn the art of Raymond's gastronomic wizardry.

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Accommodation

The rooms and suites at Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons are second to none and are the epitome of luxury. Each room, from the Standard to the Blanc de Blanc has been individually designed, lending the 32-roomed property a boutique feel.

All rooms and suites feature King size or twin beds, a marble bathroom, LCD TV and sofa for relaxing on. The Deluxe Courtyard Rooms and Garden Suites have private terraces, so you can feel absorbed by the countryside surroundings.

Reviews

5

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Waking up to find a group of hoodies wandering around the gardens at Le Manoir aux Quat' Saisons was a surprise. And, to be honest, a relief that a touch of real life had infiltrated the grounds of this grossly over-the-top, bloated money-spinner that's almost entirely bereft of style.

I was here 20 years ago when you parked outside the lovely main 15th-century house and were shown to one of 11 cosy rooms upstairs. Today, the place is like a ghastly corporate golfing venue, with illuminated walkways, ugly signage, naff furniture, dire artwork (plus far too many pictures of Raymond Blanc) and themed bedrooms deliberately at odds with the surroundings.

Ours was called Opium, where we encountered a naked Thai girl spread-eagled on a velvet cloth under a vase of flowers - in Great Milton, Oxon, for goodness sake. A picture, of course.

The gardens are worth a tour and don't cost extra. Look out for the huge bronze sculpture of globe artichokes and the wildflower meadow meant to recapture memories of Blanc's French childhood - a 'shrine to untamed nature'. Perhaps that's the point; nothing much here is untamed, unfashioned or undisturbed. Fussiness rules.

As you leave, glass cabinets of Manoir mementos hang around like hungry City bankers. Don't feel you have to buy because something else comes free: a copy of the menu, complete with a list of the wines you've drunk, signed by the great man himself.

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Blanc has been here a quarter of a century and has retained his three Michelin stars throughout; quite an achievement. I have no idea if he ever boils an egg nowadays, but whoever does is doing a fine job. The food is exceptional, as long as you're happy to confront the economic downturn and dig dangerously deep in your pockets. Clearly, plenty are.

Especially depressing was the wine list. I couldn't find anything under 40 a bottle. There were two tasting menus: les classiques du Manoir aux Quat' Saisons came in at 95 per person; the menu decouverte cost 116, for which you got nine courses, plus coffee and petits fours. We restricted ourselves to the a la carte and I was pleased to note that some of his dishes from 20 years ago are still going strong, including whole pigeon baked in a salt crust pastry, with cabbage, bacon, wild mushroom, pan-fried duck liver and Madeira jus. It was sensational. So, too, was my wife's starter of roasted Oban scallops, cauliflower puree, sea kale and curry oil.

It's impossible not to doff your cap when you get to the 'Three little desserts made with Valrhona chocolate Grands Crus'. In fact, you might just find yourself signing up for one of Blanc's master classes. Which, incidentally, cost 310 a day.

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The low-lying bed had more than ten decorative pillows on it. Presumably, we were meant to find this gaudy confection sexy. You had to either laugh or cry, so I cracked a joke with the constipated Frenchman showing us our quarters. 'I wonder if we could have a few more pillows,' I said.

This threw him into a black hole out of which he may still be trying to scramble. He took out his pen and notepad and was moving towards the phone when my wife did her best to explain I was pulling his Gallic leg.

We were billeted in a new block that brings the total number of rooms to 32. How Blanc got planning permission should be the subject of a public inquiry. Slinky Opium had its own walled garden and a huge, luxurious but charmless bathroom. A decanter of sherry stood next to the tub, which turned out to be bubble bath. Frankly, we couldn't wait to breach the original house - and prostrate ourselves before the altar of Michelin madness.

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Experiences

  • A day in Oxford

    There is so much to see in wonderful Oxford - this is 'the city of dreaming spires' and your private guide will show you the highlights. Home to the oldest university in the English-speaking world, Oxford is packed with history and stunning architecture.

  • A day in the Cotswolds

    The Cotswolds are rural England at its best, and a day spent exploring the ancient, honey-coloured limestone villages of Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire, set amongst rolling sheep-dotted hills, stone-walled fields and country inns is simply magical.

  • Blenheim Palace

    A masterpiece of eighteenth century Baroque architecture, Blenheim Palace is home to the 12th Duke and Duchess of Marlborough and the birthplace of Winston Churchill.

  • Explore Shakespeare's Stratford-upon-Avon

    On the banks of the River Avon and just to the north of the Cotswolds, lies the home of the world's most famous playwright, William Shakespeare. Discover where the Bard was born and raised, and admire the beautiful Tudor architecture of the town.

  • Harry Potter's Oxford & Studio Tour

    Leave the land of Muggles behind and discover the real-life sets of Hogwarts, hidden throughout beautiful Oxford. After exploring the city, enter the magic of the Warner Bros. Harry Potter Studio for a chance to see the props and sets from the films.

  • Hidcote Manor & Gardens

    Located just outside the charming Cotswolds town of Chipping Campden, Hidcote is a stunning Arts and Crafts garden famous for its rare shrubs and trees and outstanding design features. It’s a perfect place to visit if you need gardening inspiration.

  • Highclere Castle - The real Downton Abbey

    Made famous worldwide by the television phenomenon, Downton Abbey, Highclere Castle is home to The Earl and Countess of Carnarvon.

  • Warwick Castle

    Warwick Castle is a medieval castle dating back to 1068 and originally built by William the Conqueror then developed over time, Warwick Castle now houses a collection of armoury to rival that on display at the Tower of London.

Location & directions

Great Milton, near Oxford

Located in the heart of Oxfordshire, in the charming village of Great Milton.

How to get there

The hotel is located about an hours drive from London and about 25 minutes from Oxford. The hotel has its own helicopter pad, should you choose to travel by air!

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