The Thames Valley Hotels

Macdonald Bear

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  • Plenty of character
  • Historic house


  • Creaky old floors
  • You can knock yourself silly on those old beams
  • Some rooms are "haunted"

Published 08/18/2015

Fodor's Review

Tudoresque wood paneling, beamed ceilings, wattle-and-daub walls, and blazing fireplaces help define this as an archetypal English coaching inn. The guest rooms, overlooking either a quiet courtyard or the town square, have plenty of carved oak; some have four-poster or canopied beds. Legend has it that the Bear is where Richard Burton finally popped the question to Elizabeth Taylor. A spookier legend holds it to be one of the most haunted hotels in the U.K. One story concerns the ghost of a little boy, who allegedly loves to play hide-and-seek with guests.

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Park St., Woodstock, OX20 1SZ, England

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0844-879–9143-local; 01993-811124-international

Hotel Details:

  • 46 rooms, 8 suites
  • Rate includes: Breakfast

Published 08/18/2015

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