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Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons

Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons, Oxford

At a Glance

    Pros

  • one of the top Michelin-starred restaurants in Britain
  • attentive service
  • decor is plush, but not stuffy
  • perfect for romance, but also accommodates kids
  • famous on-site cooking school

    Cons

  • every room is different, so if you have specific requirements, let them know when booking
  • tough on the wallet and waistline

Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons Review

One of the original gastronomy-focused hotels, Le Manoir was opened in 1984 by chef Raymond Blanc, whose culinary talents have earned the hotel's restaurant two Michelin stars—which it has held for an incredible 29 years and running. The idyllic, 30-acre retreat includes a veggie garden growing over 90 types of produce; a dedicated mushroom plot cultivating 20 types; and an herb bed with 70 varieties. A cooking school opened on site in 1991, and now cranks out a steady supply of professional chefs; cooking classes and Chef for a Day experiences are also popular with guests. While the impeccable dining experience is a big draw for many, the hotel—part of the Orient-Express collection and a Relais & Chateaux member–stands on its own, foodie or not. The 32 accommodations are separated into seven categories and spread out between the main house and garden courtyards. All have free Wi-Fi, tech necessities, and posh amenities, but the style and layout of each room and suite is vastly different; one may have an all-toile decor, another an Asian-inspired feel with bamboo wood and a scented steam room, and another a private terrace and marble bath. It's so hard to pick a favorite, you'll just have to come back.

    Contact Information

  • Address: Church Road, Great Milton, Oxford, OX44 7PD
  • Phone: 44/(01844) 278 881
  • Website:
  • Location: Oxford

    Hotel Details

  • 32 rooms.
  • Rate includes breakfast.
Updated: 07-22-2013

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