When Raymond Blanc OBE arrived in England over 30 years ago, he fell in love with Oxfordshire. Today, still enamoured, he invites you to find out why.
NESTLED AMONG THE rolling Cotswold hills, our 15th-century manor transports you to a bygone era while the delights of Oxford and London remain within easy reach. The surrounding 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 will lend you the keys.
Today, far from the rumbling traffic, this Oxfordshire enclave is all undulating hills and chocolate-box villages. It’s quintessential rural England; a place of fetes and bulletin boards, bell ringers and local sports teams. Try your hand at croquet on the hotel lawn in summer. When the weather cools, head to the nearby thatch-roofed Bull Inn and curl up to the cosy fire with a real ale and good conversation.
Outdoors enthusiasts will be in their element. We can arrange all manner of local pursuits, be it fishing, hawk handling or clay shooting. Take a spin on one of the hotel’s electric bikes or tee off at the Oxfordshire Golf Course. Spanning around 130 acres, the nearby Harcourt Arboretum is home to wildflower meadows and some of the UK’s oldest redwoods. Blenheim Palace is just 30 minutes away as well.
Of course, no visit to this area would be complete without a trip to Oxford, one of the most beautiful and famous university cities worldwide. Less than half an hour away by car, Oxford is a labyrinth of storied places and people. Here you’ll find the University of Oxford Botanic Garden, the world’s oldest of its kind (and Raymond’s favourite place to visit). It houses over 8,000 plant species. Enjoy drama and comedy at the Oxford Playhouse, a musical at New Theatre Oxford or try Creation Theatre for Shakespeare and other classics.
For the best of British, Belmond Le Manoir is also the perfect base location for an adventure further afield. Head to Wimbledon, Royal Henley Regatta, Garsington Opera, Royal Ascot or Blenheim Palace before retreating back for our indulgent welcome home.
We always knew that Raymond was a master in the kitchen, but he has also perfected the recipe for your dream getaway.Explore Oxfordshire with Belmond
Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons
Great Milton, Oxford, OX44 7PD
Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons is within easy reach. You’ll find us...
- a 10-minute walk from the village of Great Milton
- a 30-minute drive from central Oxford
- a 45-minute drive from Heathrow International Airport (LHR)
- a 1.5 hour drive from central London