Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons
- Style Gourmet grandeur
- Setting Green Chiltern hills
Celebrated chef Raymond Blanc’s Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons is the grandest, oldest house in a small, secluded Oxfordshire village. It’s straight-up old-fashioned luxury: the service is impeccable, the food is – of course – magnificent, and the 32 rooms are each individually designed. The kitchens house an acclaimed cooking school, and the extensive, impressive walled garden is put to work providing vegetables and herbs to be served up in the Michelin-starred restaurant – there’s a tranquil Japanese garden, a large pond ringed by tumble-down historic stone walls, and sculptures throughout, too.
Need to know
- Rooms 32, including 16 suites.
- Rates Double rooms from $741.55 (£454), excluding tax at 20 per cent.
- More details Rates include full English or buffet breakfast, WiFi and a fruit plate and decanter of Madeira in your room on arrival.
- Facilities Gardens, free WiFi, concierge, in-room beauty treatments and massages. In rooms: Flatscreen TV, radio, iPod dock, WiFi.
- Check–out 11.30am; check-in is from 3pm, but flexible subject to availability.
Children All ages welcome. Extra beds (£65 a night) and cots (free) can be added to larger rooms; a children’s menu and highchairs await in the restaurant.
- Also All public areas are wheelchair accessible, and one Junior Suite (Citronelle) can be set up for wheelchair users.
In the know
- Our favourite rooms The Garden Suites, just down the path from the main house, are the largest and have their own small but serene gardens; each has unique décor inspired by Blanc’s French heritage.
- Packing tips Bring flat shoes that can handle gravel and grass for strolling the gardens and lawns, or you’ll run the risk or slipping into the pond.
- Also The acclaimed cooking school is booked up well in advance, so plan your culinary classes as soon as possible.
Food and drink at Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons
- Hotel restaurant Raymond Blanc’s two-Michelin-starred restaurant serves a deservedly celebrated menu of modern French dishes. If you’re going all-out (and while you’re here, why not?) go for the nine-course Menu Découverte; if you’ve a smaller appetite, there are five-, six- and seven-course tasting menus, too. There are only 32 tables, to match the hotel’s 32 bedrooms, so make your dining plans when you book your stay. (Non-guests can call to request reservations from three months in advance of their desired date, but guests are given priority; in a pinch, it’s always worth asking to be added to the waiting list in case of cancellations.)
- Dress code Très élégant.
- Top table Every table’s good, but the conservatory’s views of the gardens make it a top choice. Tables for two predominate; if you’re dining as a group, request the long table in the restaurant’s semi-private La Bourgogne room (for up to 12 guests).
- Last orders You can breakfast 7.30am–10am; lunch 11.45am–2.15pm; and dine 6.45pm–9.15pm.
- Room service Full meals are available during restaurant hours, and light snacks can be delivered to your room any time day or night.
- Hotel bar All the classics can be expertly mixed on request in the small, cosy bar room. Or, have drinks in the lounge while you leaf through an art book or two…
Also worth knowing
- Weddings This property is suitable for weddings. More details