With Raymond Blanc's passion permeating throughout, the hotel at Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons delivers precisely the same attention to detail and pursuit of excellence in its individually-designed suites to that which goes into the exquisite menus of its two Michelin-starred restaurants. It is truly a house for every season.
What makes a stay at Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons unique?
Raymond Blanc OBE created Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons and developed it into one of the country's most cherished manor house hotels. Once guests have enjoyed a sensational Michelin-starred feast, they are encouraged to retire to one of the manor house's 32 unique hotel rooms—each one inspired by Raymond's travels.
What are the rooms and facilities on offer at Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons?
In the comfort of one's own room or suite, guests may treat themselves to an extensive range of signature treatments, massages and therapies. Belmond Le Manoir offers daily garden tours where guests are treated to a rare insight into the many unique flowers, trees, fruits and vegetables grown at the hotel; one may even pick up a few tips and secrets from the hotel's expert gardeners.
What can guests enjoy when staying in the Oxford area?
Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons grows into the idyllic countryside but remains within easy reach of the city where one will find a range of enticing activities. Refine your culinary skills with a private cookery class, tailored to your particular interests, or step back in time and anticipate an unforgettable day out in a vintage car or aboard a beautifully restored boat. Guests can embark on a journey through Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons' acclaimed wine cellars, enjoy a round of golf or an afternoon of fishing. Hawk handling and clay shooting are also available for those feeling more adventurous; with the many activities offered, the hotel's team pride themselves in helping guests organise a perfect afternoon.
Where can guests enjoy food and drink?
Raymond Blanc's vision for Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons has always remained crystal clear. With organic produce and gastronomic flair, the restaurant earned 2 Michelin-stars upon opening over 30 years ago; this was only the beginning for the long history of culinary excellence that has been nurtured and developed every year since.
The Raymond Blanc Cookery School offers guests of all levels of experience the opportunity to learn to create phenomenal cuisine in a fun, relaxed setting. From half-day introductions to residential programmes, dinner party master classes to children's courses, there's something for everyone. Raymond Blanc has many recipes that are significant to him, the courses showcase the dishes that inspired him to become the Michelin-starred chef he is today.
Raymond Blanc Gardening School is also an option where guests learn the secrets of Belmond Le Manoir's world-class gardens during the course of a day. Guests are able to take home advice, ideas and inspiration for their own vegetable plot or allotment. Interactive tuition will take guests through some of Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons' 11 enchanting gardens and orchards. Discover the tranquillity of the Japanese tea garden of Fugetsu-An, or explore the Mushroom Valley project. The Hartley Botanic glasshouse will treat guests to a delicious working lunch and be the centre haven of the day.