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20 Jul 2017

Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons welcomes a host of exciting autumnal events for 2017

Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons has just unveiled an exciting schedule of autumn activities and events.

1 Jul 2017

Jack Savoretti and The Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra to perform at Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons at this year's Raymond Blanc Festival of Music

This autumn, Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons will host the much anticipated Raymond Blanc Festival of Music.

5 Jun 2017

8 May 2017

Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons launches the first ever school within a hotel property dedicated to horticulture

July 2017 heralds the launch of The Raymond Blanc Gardening School at Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons – the first of its kind in the UK.

13 Feb 2017

Belmond's Latest News - February Newsletter

Belmond shares a monthly round-up of news and special launches, inspiring travel to some of the world's most enriching destinations.

26 Jan 2017

The Ultimate Gastronomic Staycation at Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons

Raymond Blanc fell in love with Oxfordshire when he arrived in England over 30 years ago and he shares his favourite places with guests during their visit to Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons, the two Michelin star restaurant and hotel.

12 Jan 2017

Make it a date to remember at Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons

The manor house hotel captures key moments in 2017 with a new seasonal calendar of events

Overview: Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons

Step Inside
Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons is the creation of Michelin-starred chef and author Raymond Blanc OBE, and is the vivid manifestation of his life's work. At its heart, Belmond Le Manoir is a rare gastronomic experience, which is enhanced by the opportunity to stay in one of the manor house's 32 individually-designed hotel rooms and suites – each also a representation of Raymond Blanc's taste and passion for collecting – and to while away some hours in the 10 hectares of beautifully-landscaped organic gardens.

Cookery school and entertainment
The Michelin-starred restaurant, rooms and gardens may be the star attractions, but with a well-established private dining room, the acclaimed Raymond Blanc Cookery School, annual Raymond Blanc Festival of Music, and a programme of gently enlightening talks from visiting designers, gardeners, florists, wine experts or sports personalities, Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons is definitely more than the sum of its parts.

Awards
It was named ‘Best UK Hotel’ for the third year in a row at the prestigious Times and Sunday Times Travel Awards 2015; and recognised as one of the ‘Top 20 Hotels in the UK’ at the Condé Nast Traveller Readers’ Travel Awards 2015.

Location
The manor is situated in the picturesque Oxfordshire village of Great Milton, surrounded by the gently undulating green hills of the Cotswold escarpment, about eight miles south-east of Oxford, 35 miles from Heathrow Airport and 50 miles from London. The ancient village was recorded in the Domesday Book (a survey of England completed in 1086) and Great Milton Manor itself was primarily built in the 16th century, although parts of it date from the late 15th century and other areas were added later. It sits close to the village's Norman church, and is constructed in a deep-honey Cotswold stone, with irregular parapeted gables and mullioned windows.

Raymond Blanc's Vision
Raymond Blanc, chef-patron of the Oxford restaurant Les Quat' Saisons from 1977, was not looking for a manor house when he stumbled across Great Milton Manor in 1980. As he says, “My dream was for a tiny place which I could have called 'home sweet home', with a little patch of grass, a few vegetables growing and a couple of guest bedrooms for my friends. But life is not like that; one doesn't control one's destiny. When I first saw this beautiful big house I completely fell in love with it and I knew that it would suit my cuisine so well. I chose this house precisely because it is a house. It is not a grand castle, which dictates to you how to behave. There are no ancestors looking down at you in a disapproving manner, there is no head waiter who looks like a Prime Minister...”

Restoration and development
The first guests were welcomed in 1984 and, as business grew, Raymond Blanc sought out specialists who could sympathetically develop the manor without destroying its character. Symm & Company, an old-established Oxfordshire firm, was appointed to add a conservatory, extend the kitchen and transform the dovecote and stables into more bedrooms. Work was also undertaken to restore and re-landscape the gardens, again with local specialist help.

The manor today
Today, framed by lavender walks, magnolia grandiflora and a dark burgundy chocolate vine, Great Milton Manor is a shining example of a piece of English architectural heritage that has been lovingly and charmingly given a new lease of life, by a Frenchman with an eye for perfection.

Facts

Raymond Blanc’s idyllic Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons is a haven of culinary excellence offering individually designed bedrooms and award-winning gardens.

Its two-Michelin starred restaurant, renowned as one of Britain's finest gastronomic experiences, will delight your clients with fresh ingredients gathered from the two-acre kitchen garden. Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons has its own cooking school, where your clients will learn not only the secrets of producing the finest food, but the reasons behind those secrets.

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