Macdonald Bear

Park St., Woodstock, OX20 1SZ, England

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.

PROS

  • plenty of character
  • historic house

CONS

  • creaky old floors
  • you can knock yourself silly on those old beams
  • some rooms are "haunted"

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 0844-879–9143-local | 01993-811124-international

HOTEL DETAILS

46 rooms, 8 suites
Rate Includes: Breakfast

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