When Raymond Blanc OBE arrived in England more than 30 years ago, he fell in love with Oxfordshire. Nestled among the rolling Cotswold hills, our 15th-century manor transports you to a bygone era. Yet the delights of Oxford and London remain within easy reach. From your perch at Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, A Belmond Hotel, the surroundings are your playground.
The postcard-perfect village of Great Milton can be traced back as far as 1086. The Domesday Book recorded the area as having two water mills, hence the name. Next door, the 11th-century parish church of St Mary the Virgin was built shortly after the Norman conquest. Care to take a look inside? We’ll lend you the keys.
When the weather cools, head to the nearby thatch-roofed Bull Inn. Curl up to the cosy fire with a real ale and good conversation. The quintessentially British spot is straight out of a classic novel with its charming, rustic features.
Spanning around 130 acres, the nearby Harcourt Arboretum is home to wildflower meadows and some of the UK’s oldest redwoods. Be awed by this tranquil British woodland, with its bluebell wood and witch hazel glade.
Just 30 minutes from Le Manoir is opulent Blenheim Palace. This monumental baroque country house, birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill, has been home to the Dukes of Marlborough since the early 18th century. The estate boasts staterooms, exhibitions, and formal gardens and parklands. Look out for the beautiful painted ceilings of the Great Hall and Saloon, and the permanent Churchill exhibition in the Old Stables.
Of all the things to do in Oxfordshire, no visit to this area would be complete without a trip to Oxford. The city is home to one of the most beautiful and famous universities in the world. Enjoy drama and comedy at the Oxford Playhouse or a musical at New Theatre Oxford. Or, try Creation Theatre for Shakespeare and other classics.
Journey to nearby Bicester Village for a first-class spending spree. This charming outlet village offers some of the very best designer names in Britain. With 1,300 boutiques from some of the world’s most exclusive brands, shoppers will be spoilt for choice.
For the best of British, Le Manoir is also the perfect base for an adventure further afield. Head to Wimbledon, Royal Henley Regatta, Garsington Opera or Royal Ascot before retreating back for our indulgent welcome home.
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