What we love
Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons is renowned for offering one of Britain's finest gastronomic experiences.
Setting the scene
Nestled in the picturesque Oxfordshire village of Great Milton, this hotel is quintessentially English in its design and setting. Perfectly cropped lawns, orchards and of course the vital herb and vegetable gardens that serve the hotel so well sprawl the grounds, guaranteeing ultra-fresh, organic produce ensuring the restaurant remains at the cutting edge of it's Michelin-star excellence. Sweetly smelling lavender bushes gently scent the grounds making this hotel a treat for all senses.
32 rooms are all individually and elegantly designed, with tranquil tones and light and airy sitting areas. The rooms and suites are the epitome of luxury and really are one of a kind. Far from stuffy, Le Manoir feels inviting and homely with a delightful mix of Eastern and French influences courtesy of its pioneer, Raymond Blanc.
Food - glorious food! Dining is at the forefront of this hotel. Opened by Raymond Blanc in 1994, his desire was to create the perfect harmony between a restaurant and a luxury hotel including all the bells and whistles of comfort and service - and this he did! Blanc's garden-to-table philosophy is supported by the 90 assortments of vegetable, and 70 variations of herbs - all of which are used in each delectable dish prepared in the 2 Michelin starred restaurant.
Where else would be more perfect to take part in cookery lessons than the acclaimed Raymond Blanc Cookery School. Using all of the fresh and local produce of the gardens you can leave (reluctantly) both well fed and well armed with recipes of your own. For something a little bit different, the hotel also offers golf, fishing, horse-riding and clay pigeon shooting for guests along with beautiful tours of the surrounding areas. For something a little closer to home, why not meander through the tranquil Japanese garden at the hotel and discover the ponds (dug by monks in the 16th century) and sculptures.
The hotel welcomes children of all ages, however, as one would expect there is no kids club here. Extra beds and cots can be added to rooms, and a children's menu is also on offer in the restaurant.
The hotel is a 25 minute drive from Oxford and about an hours drive from London.
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