Oxfordshire, United Kingdom

Belmond Le Manoir aux quat'Saisons

Rates per night from$732.84

Price information

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Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (GBP554.17), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.


Gourmet grandeur


Green Chiltern hills


Raymond Blanc’s Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons is a luxurious food-focused country escape, with faultless service, acres of glorious gardens and 32 spacious and tasteful rooms. The star attraction is the food, of course: both in the restaurant and in the extremely popular cookery school, which runs day and residential courses designed to improve the skills of budding Blancs…

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Photos Belmond Le Manoir aux quat'Saisons facilities

Need to know


Thirty-two, including 16 suites.


11.30am; check-in is from 3pm, but flexible subject to availability.


Double rooms from $732.84 (£554), 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.


The acclaimed cooking school is booked up well in advance, so plan your culinary classes as soon as possible.

At the hotel

Gardens, free WiFi, concierge, in-room beauty treatments and massages. In rooms: Flatscreen TV, radio, iPod dock, WiFi.

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 decor 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.


All public areas are wheelchair accessible, and one Junior Suite (Citronelle) can be set up for wheelchair users.


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.


Actively welcomed. Cots are free, extra beds: £45 (not available in deluxe or standard rooms). There is a special menu, and a day’s cooking course for children (£225), La Petite Ecole de Cuisine. Babysitting and nanny services available.

Best for

Babies and up – children of all ages are welcome.

Recommended rooms

The ground-floor rooms in the main part of this child-friendly hotel have private courtyard gardens. All rooms (except Superior and Deluxe) are large enough for at least one extra bed or cot (£45 a night extra, plus meals).


There's a croquet lawn, and a huge garden to run around in. During school holidays, children aged eight and up are let loose in the kitchen at La Petite Ecole, where they can learn to make the perfect soufflé and take part in a chocolate tasting on a one-day children's cookery course (£225). You can re-join them after a day to yourselves for a celebratory tea party, when your clever little chefs will be presented with course certificates.


Children are welcome in the restaurant at all times, and there's a dedicated kid's menu. Baby food and milk can be heated up for you, and purées prepared on request.


Costly but worthwhile, babysitting can be organised for £50 for the first three hours, and £10 for any additional hour; you'll need to put in a request when you make your hotel booking.

No need to pack

Cots and high chairs are both provided, plus a Maman et Bébé set of mild toiletries. A small fridge is available on request to use in rooms.


You'll find a toy box full of games prefectly suited to the age of the child already in your room when you arrive.

Food and Drink

Photos Belmond Le Manoir aux quat'Saisons food and drink

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).

Dress Code

Très élégant.

Hotel restaurant

Raymond Blanc’s two-Michelin-starred restaurant headed up by headed up by executive chef Gary Jones serves a deservedly celebrated menu of modern French dishes. If you’re going all-out (and while you’re here, why not?), there are five- 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.)

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…

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.


Photos Belmond Le Manoir aux quat'Saisons location
Belmond Le Manoir aux quat'Saisons
Church Road, Great Milton
OX44 7PD
United Kingdom


London Heathrow Airport is 36 miles (about a 45-minute drive) from the hotel, and has services to and from destinations worldwide. If you’re arriving by private plane, you can land at Oxford Airport, about 16 miles from Le Manoir.


The closest station is Haddenham & Thame Parkway, a 45-minute train journey from London Marylebone. A taxi ride to the hotel will take about 15 minutes.


If you’re here for more than a day or two, you’ll appreciate having a car so you can get out and explore the scenic surroundings. From the M25, pick up the M40. The drive from London will take an hour and 10 minutes. There’s free valet parking on-site.

Worth getting out of bed for

This part of Oxfordshire has rolling hills aplenty: hikers and bikers will be in heaven (there are a few bikes handily parked right outside the hotel’s front door, in case you didn’t bring your own). There are also plenty of opportunities for other outdoor pursuits nearby, too; the hotel can arrange golf, fishing, riding and shooting. Visit Blenheim Palace, for tours of the state rooms and private apartments of the Duke and Duchess of Marlborough and their family, then explore the gardens and park, and visit an exhibition on Winston Churchill, who was born there in 1847 and is buried nearby.

Local restaurants

If all the food at Le Manoir isn’t enough, visit Michelin-starred pub The Sir Charles Napier in the Chilterns. Book ahead to secure a table at Sojo’s, Oxford’s family-friendly top spot for authentic Chinese cuisine. Rossini at Leatherne Bottel in Goring (+44 (0)1491 872667) serves fantastic food on the river.


Local bars

Freud’s is in a converted church and has live music at weekends. Stop by the Bull Inn in Charlbury for a pint; if in Oxford, head to Turf Tavern, a trad pub on a cobbled backstreet, for mulled wine on a winter evening, or Perch by the river.


Photos Belmond Le Manoir aux quat'Saisons reviews
Tracey Boyd

Anonymous review

By Tracey Boyd, Womenswear wonder

Once we’d hit the open (sort of) road after a slow crawl westwards on the A40, we got so carried away we completely missed the turn-off for Great Milton at junction seven. Luckily, as we looked about us in the hotel car park a little while later, looking faintly ruffled and wondering where Raymond Blanc's legendary retreat Le Manoir aux quat'Saisons could be, an extremely helpful man appeared, greeted us and took the car keys. We achieved instant calm as we stepped through an opening in a hedge and heard the expensive whirring of a helicopter coming in to land. We had arrived.

The Manoir is the biggest and oldest house in a very small, very quiet village in Oxfordshire, and sits regally among beautiful lawns, walled 17th-century and Japanese ponds, and its own extensive herb and organic vegetable gardens, which are heavily featured on the menu (this makes you want to sprawl as you stroll, and eat everything in sight). If the weather had been kinder, we could have played English croquet or French boules, or gone on a picnic made with food fresh from Raymond Blanc’s kitchen. As it was, we were content to take it all in, doing our utmost to imagine this was the beginning of a beautiful love affair rather than a one-night fling.

Blanc’s mission (accomplished) is to deliver the absolute best in cuisine and service in a friendly atmosphere – he certainly chose the right raw materials in Le Manoir. The old country hotel’s character is something like a cross between Diana Rigg in an episode of The Avengers, and Margaret Rutherford as a 1950s Miss Marple (both in black and white). You feel caught in a lovely time-warp, with nothing on your mind but fine dining. This, as anyone who has been there will happily tell you, is the whole point; the hotel and its staff are there to create a backdrop for the food, to cocoon you, relax you and accommodate you in gastronomic heaven.

By the time we’d been shown round this boutique hotel, our bags had arrived at our room. Called Rouge et Noir, it was quite unexpected and nothing at all like the rest of the hotel: it’s an oriental extravaganza, in opium-den style (though not to be confused with the Opium Suite, which is just as sexy). The enormous bed and deeply comfortable cushions soon had us sunk into a much needed sleep. We woke with a start – the room is a bit of a surprise when you don’t know where you are – and raced to the lounge just in time for a cream tea. If this sounds like gluttony, you obviously haven’t been to Le Manoir: it has to be done.

After a second wander round the gardens as the afternoon turned to evening, it was time for a steaming hot bath and a glass of fine Madeira from the bedside decanter. Then, on with our fine clothes (it seems only right to make an effort to look beautiful when everything around you is such perfection), and to the intimate champagne bar, where we had a glass or two as we pored over the menu and the wine list. The cocktails looked delicious, but we were getting wiser as to pacing ourselves.

We weren’t the only ones to have dressed up, we noticed. Many people go to the Manoir for a (very) special occasion; for everyone else, being there is worth celebrating in itself. Our fellow guests included a dashing couple in their seventies, an Iranian family with their two children, having a wonderful time, and a mysterious young trio wearing, between them, cowboy boots, a miniskirt and pinstripes.

Earlier on we had looked over the different dining rooms and chosen the conservatory for its clean simplicity and views over the gardens; the inner dining room felt a little formal for us. We sat down among the fresh flowers and white table linen, thrilled that the anticipation was at an end. But first, the wine: the breadth and variety of the list is amazing (some of the prices are, too). Our sommelier was pretty strict-looking, but she was extremely helpful with suggestions.

When the gourmet goods arrived, every single taste was perfectly fantastic, and the two half bottles we had chosen were ideal with the menu. Just to give an idea, a sample menu gourmand at Le Manoir would include ballotine of foie gras with soused cherries and spiced duck; quail egg, spinach, Parmesan and truffle raviolis; roasted best end of new-season Somerset lamb and pan-fried sweetbreads on a sweet garlic purée; hot chocolate fondant, pistachio ice-cream and Amaretto sauce.

It was late when we headed slowly to the drawing room, to sit by the open fire for a few rounds of Scrabble (not too hotly contested) before bed. In the morning, breakfast came exactly as ordered: hot, fresh and very tasty, served in the room’s own private fairy-grotto garden.

As we left Le Manoir behind, feeling like a king and queen, we realised that even though there’s plenty to see nearby; we hadn’t once strayed from the hotel and grounds. The simple reason for this is that Le Manoir demands your full attention in order that you properly savour the full gastronomic impact. A trip there is heaven, but not the stuff of whim: save up for a month, and don’t eat for a week before you go. We can’t all arrive by helicopter, but we can all leave on cloud nine.

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith hotel or villa, we’ll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in Belmond Le Manoir aux quat'Saisons’s Guestbook below.

We loved

The staff managed to be attentive without being intrusive, which is a clever thing. The food was easily as good as you would expect. We had the Vettriano room, so it was a bit of a campfest.

Don’t expect

Night life.


Stayed on 9 Aug 2018

We loved

The hotel is exceptional. Service, food, site and accommodations all rank higher than their ratings which are already impeccable.

Don’t expect

Don't expect to be disappointed.


Stayed on 8 Jun 2018

We loved

The picturesque, comfortable, and characterful manor house, the lovely setting and immaculate gardens and grounds, and of course the exceptional food – all of which were made even more special by the attentive, friendly, yet discrete service. Le Manoir is a place to escape to, a wonderful countryside retreat – the perfect antidote to the stresses and concerns of everyday life!

Don’t expect

The glitz and glamour of a top-end city centre hotel.


Stayed on 1 May 2018

We loved

Everything: the staff, room, grounds and food are all amazing. How a hotel should be run.

Don’t expect



Stayed on 27 Sep 2017

We loved

The amazingly friendly staff, the laid back atmosphere, the attention to detail and the most fabulous food ever eaten!


Stayed on 21 Apr 2017