Church Road, Great Milton, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX44 7PD
Church Road, Great Milton, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX44 7PD
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.
Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons also has a Wedding Venue and Restaurant:
Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons is part of the following Inspirations:
"If there is one British restaurant that typifies the hotel dining room as a gourmet destination in its own right, it has to be Belmond Le Manoir au Quat’ Saisons near Oxford. Founded by Raymond Blanc OBE in 1984, “Le Manoir” is a legend that lives up to expectations. Arriving guests walk through a series of beautifully-tended very English gardens and are then heartily welcomed into the old stone manor house.
Staff at Le Manoir set the tone brilliantly: friendly but not intrusive, very aware that they are fronting a premiere product, but with none of the airs of misplaced snobbery that blighted so many top British restaurants in the post WWII era. When my wife and I took our table for the (reasonably-priced) tasting-menu lunch, we were asked if we wanted the wines “introduced”. I didn’t understand the question at first as it’s become an all-pervasive part of the tasting menu schtick in Britain that the sommelier tells you all about each wine before you get to drink it. At the Manoir however, it’s understood that couples and families may not want their conversations interrupted. A nice touch.
The food – novella but not preposterous – was of course excellent and the dining room – a relative modern conservatory-style extension - was full. Afterwards we had a look at the kitchens where a well-attended cookery class was being held. Then it was on to the bedrooms. One of the attractive touches at the Manoir is that no two rooms are remotely similar. Some are to be found in the old house, many are in converted outhouses and quite a few in a new accommodation block that does a very good job of pretending to be an extension of the old outhouses. There’s even one suite in a converted 15th century circular dovecote with exposed beams in the bedroom and a high, conical ceiling.
We saw four-poster beds with floral prints, rooms full of Art Deco mirrored furniture and a carved Indian bed that looked on to a large fish tank. You really do need to scroll through the rooms online beforehand but whichever one you get, there’s no chance of disappointment."
"The best-known hotel cookery school in Britain has been running at Le Manoir since 1991. The Raymond Blanc Cookery School offers the rare opportunity to learn and practice in the kitchens of a two Michelin-starred restaurant. Under the guidance of head tutor Mark Peregrine - who was working in the kitchen with M Blanc when he won his first Michelin star nearly 30 years ago - students are given plenty of hands-on opportunities to develop their skills on courses such as Kitchen Secrets, Sauces for Courses, Wine & Dine, and Artisanal Bread Making. Some courses are for those with a lot of experience under their culinary belt, but there is also a Learn to Cook in One Day for beginners, a Garden to Plate course (using the 90 vegetables and 70 herbs in Le Manoir’s garden), and Blanc Vite, which Raymond Blanc developed to teach students how to create fast, simple, and delicious dinner parties. Courses don’t have to be residential, but after spending a day in this foodie heaven you’re unlikely to want to go home. From £185 (half day) £365 (full day)"
"Despite Monsieur Blanc’s seriously impressive chef pedigree, his restaurant’s cookery lessons led by head tutor Mark Peregrine are known for being a lot of fun whilst at the same time making sure you know your al dente from your au gratin. Courses run over one day, two days or four days and there are even ones for the children (well, got to start them early). Book the wine and dine package for a real one-off treat."
"Meeting in-laws for the first time is always daunting and mother-in-laws are particularly intimidating, so start off on the right foot by getting together on neutral ground, preferably somewhere with fantastic food, so there’s a distraction if they don’t find your jokes/job/manners/face (delete as appropriate) as good as you’d hoped. Lunch at Le Manoir Aux Quat’Saisons, celeb chef Raymond Blanc’s gorgeous two-Michelin star escape in Oxfordshire, is spot on. It’s suitably special (and pricey), but Monsieur Blanc has made sure that it’s not stuffy, so you’ll be able to get to know each other without worrying about which fork to use or what half the menu means. What’s more, the garden, with its lavender beds, vast veggie plot with labels for all the produce and croquet lawn, makes a great place to stroll around together/escape from interrogation post-lunch."
"Most hotels acquire history as the years go by, but Oxfordshire’s Manoir has actually made history by turning a 15th-century Chiltern manor house into one of England’s top restaurants. In 1984 the self-taught chef, Raymond Blanc opened the Manoir. Ever since it has held two Michelin stars and five AA Rosettes, a unique achievement for a hotel restaurant."
"Set in quintessentially English gardens it’s individually designed rooms and suites range from contemporary to classical. Some have their own private terrace gardens and there’s even a suite that features a stunning bathroom with a Botticelli mural and twin bathtubs for decadent bathing. Candlelit dining in the intimate setting of the award winning restaurant is a romantic experience to savour."
Information on Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons hotel , Church Road , Great Milton , Oxford
|No. of bedrooms:||
Types of room: 10 Twin/Double, 9 Double, 13 Suite
|Room rates guide:||
Single from: £595.00
Double/Twin from: £595.00
Suites from: £740.00
Room with Breakfast
Credit Cards Accepted: Amex, Diners, Mastercard, Maestro/Switch, Visa
When Closed: Open all year
Child Friendly: Children of all ages welcome
Dog Friendly: Dogs Permitted (3 Dog friendly Rooms, Kennels available outside)
Eco Friendly: AA Eco Hotel of the Year 2013, Member of the Sustainable Restaurant Association and 3 Star SRA rated, Member of the considerate Hotelier Association, certificate of Excellent 'Green Hotel of the Year' 2011, Footprint Awards: Raymond Blanc receives a special achievement award.
Smoking Permitted: No
Wheelchair Access: Yes
Accreditation: Michelin 2 Stars, AA 5 Rosettes, Good Food Guide 8/10
CD player, colour TV, telephone, Air conditioning in some rooms, Flowers, daily newspaper, Fresh fruit, Madeira wine, Luxury toiletries
27 acres of gardens & grounds, Japanese water garden, herb, vegetable, and Heritage garden, In-room beauty treatments, Award-winning restaurant, Civil ceremony licence, Wedding receptions, 1 meeting room, Conference facilities, For up to 50 delegates, Cookery school, private dining
|Outdoor activities on site:||
Golf (4 miles)
|Local directions:||From the M40 exit junction 7 sign posted Thame & Wallingford. Turn left at the junction onto the A329 and continue for 2 miles. Turn right at the sign for Le Manoir which is located 200 yards down on the right.|
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Nearest railway stn:
Oxford (8 miles) (20 mins)
London Heathrow (30 miles) (50 mins)
Haddenham & Thame (8 miles) (20 mins)
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