Exposed beams, four poster beds, elegant antique furniture and… ghosts! The 900-year-old Bear hotel in Woodstock has got character by the bucketful and some say you may well come across its two resident spooks if you are very good. Owners Macdonald Hotels have sensitively decorated this 13th century coaching inn so that it has retained all of its historic charm but is still pleasingly luxurious. The bar area, with its huge roaring fire, traditional wooden tables and chairs and cozy carpet is the epitome of how every American imagines an English pub to be like and it’s a wonder anyone ever leaves to explore the surrounding pretty village of Woodstock. But they must – if only to meander up to nearby glorious stately home Blenheim Palace, Churchill’s birthplace and a fabulous day out.
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"The Macdonald Bear is a kindly, ancient hotel. As a coaching inn on the road between Stratford and Oxford it dates back to the thirteenth century and has its own share of stone spiral staircases, open fires and ghosties, as well as the Churchill family at the end of the street (Sir Winston was born half a mile away at Blenheim Palace).
But one of the nicest touches you’ll find here is an oversized teddy bear called Winston and his paramour Clemmie. Named after the British prime minister and his wife, Winston and Clemmie can be booked to join you at your table if you are dining alone or – horrors – your date stands you up.
Over the years the bears of Woodstock have done stalwart service, particularly on Valentine’s Night. Occasionally they have been caught on CCTV being spirited away to a guest’s bedroom but they always make it back down again for breakfast.
For sheer eccentric British humour – as well as a compassionate gesture towards those who dine alone in hotels – the Bear at Woodstock with all its half timbers and tartan carpets deserves a round of applause."
Information on Bear Hotel , Park Street , Woodstock
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Types of room: Classic, Executive, Family, Feature, Suites
Credit Cards Accepted: Mastercard, Maestro/Switch, Visa
When Closed: Open all year
Child Friendly: Children of all ages welcome
Dog Friendly: Dogs Permitted (£10 pn chagre applies)
Romantic Details: Picturesque village location, historic country-house charm
Smoking Permitted: No
Wheelchair Access: Yes
Accreditation: AA 4 Star, AA 2 Rosettes
Freeview TV, Wi-Fi internet access (charge may apply), Hairdryer, work desk, Iron & board, Tea & coffee making facilities, 24hr room service
Award-winning restaurant, Wedding receptions, 6 function rooms, Conference/meeting facilities, For up to 45 guests/delegates, Wi-Fi internet access throughout the hotel (charge may apply), Complimentary car parking
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Golf courses, Go-karting in Oxford, Numerous shops, museums, Blenheim Palace
|Local directions:||Please see our website for map and directions.|
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Nearest railway stn:
London Heathrow (50 miles)
Oxford (9.3 miles)
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