Oxfordshire, United Kingdom

Estelle Manor

Price per night from$671.72

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (inclusive of taxes and fees) available in the next 60 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (GBP520.83), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Es-stellar English estate

Setting

A wander from Woodstock

Estelle Manor is shaking up the Cotswolds. From the outside, this 60-acre Jacobean estate seems all Jane Eyre, but don’t let its façade fool you; inside, rooms rock bold colour profiles, giving a modern feel to this otherwise classically English estate nestled in 3,000 acres of private land. There’s little that famed hotelier and owner Sharan Pasricha hasn’t considered, laying on golf carts for guests and offering pastimes from axe-throwing to archery. Dishes at the three restaurants diverge from English pub-grub, and sprawling Roman-inspired baths grace its grounds. It may look like Eyre's Moor House, but this manor’s a whole new story.

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Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

108, including 44 suites.

Check–Out

Noon; check-in, 3pm. Both are flexible, subject to availability.

More details

Rates include an à la carte breakfast served in the Brasserie.

Also

The hotel is well-equipped for those with limited mobility; the car park, entrance and most shared spaces are all wheelchair accessible, and some of the rooms and suites in the Manor House and Walled Gardens have been adapted.

At the hotel

Leafy 60-acre estate, croquet lawn, gym with a yoga and pilates studio, private members’ club, free-to-use bikes, charged laundry service, and free WiFi throughout. In rooms: TV, sound-system, tea- and coffee-making kit, minibar, free bottled water, and Commune and George Northwood bath products.

Our favourite rooms

Book a room in the Manor House for opulent interiors and grand sash windows with vast views over the garden’s topiary – the Estelle Suite is the best of the bunch. If you’d rather something a little more secluded, the Walled Garden and Stable suites sit pretty in the estate’s grounds, and some have private courtyards. And, for those planning on staying a while (we don’t blame you), the cottages are primed for longer stints.

Poolside

Set on the South Terrace, the 25-metre heated outdoor pool is the manor’s summer locale, where striped parasols front the scarlet bar, and friendly staff serve poolside tipples till the sun sets. During the chillier months, head to one of Eynsham Baths' five adults-only pools, just note that entry isn’t free.

Spa

The Roman-inspired Eynsham Baths spa is the ace up Estelle Manor’s sleeve, with ten treatment rooms, a breathwork pool, ceremony suite, experience showers, and five thermal baths all impressively wrapped in a 3,000-square-metre, marble-adorned tepidarium hall. Masseurs are trained in traditional Indian, Tibetan and Chinese healing methods and use home-infused oils, balms and scrubs to rejuvenate and refresh. You’ll also find a domed tea lounge admiring the baths, where a lengthy list of immune-boosting brews are paired with light bites, and a members-only pool outside that’s flanked with an exclusive, alfresco bar. If you prefer something that'll get the heart pumping, head to the fitness room that's tricked out with Technogym equipment, as well as a studio for pilates, yoga and training classes. Spa access is free for members, but otherwise it'll be £95 a visit.

Packing tips

Leave the bustles and breeches to Jane Eyre and follow the manor’s more modern suit.

Also

Estelle Manor is the first overnight outpost of owner Sharan Pasricha’s famed Mayfair members-only club, Maison Estelle, which has a VIP-heavy roster.

Pet‐friendly

Dogs are welcome in the Walled Garden and Stable rooms and suites, as well as the cottages and houses, for £60 a stay. See more pet-friendly hotels in Oxfordshire.

Children

Welcome in the Walled Garden Rooms and Suites; extra beds are £50 a night (under-fives stay for free). For members only, there’s a kids’ club for three- to eight-year olds that’s primed for playing from 9am to 5pm.

Best for

Estelle Manor has something for everyone, but over-threes are especially well catered for.

Recommended rooms

The Walled Garden Rooms and Suites, welcome under-13s. But we’d suggest one of the cottages for ample playing space.

Crèche

Trained-staff at the kids’ club will be happy to take any little Smiths aged three to eight off your hands from 9am to 5pm, daily (for members only).

Activities

No one is left out here… There are mini Land Rovers that over-threes are welcome to chauffeur around the hotel’s grounds, and over-fours can head into the surrounding forest to forage for wild flowers, fruit and vegetables.

Swimming pool

Children are welcome to use the outdoor swimming pool, on the South Terrace, between 3pm and 5pm (10am till noon on Sundays).

Meals

Little Smiths can dine at the Glasshouse whenever they please, and the Brasserie will welcome them until 7.30pm. The Billiards Room is one for the adults.

Babysitting

Babysitting can be booked with 48 hours’ notice for £25 an hour (minimum three hours).

No need to pack

Things to keep them busy, Estelle’s staff will do that for you.

Also

Please note that children won’t be allowed in the private members club at any time.

Food and Drink

Photos Estelle Manor food and drink

Top Table

Bounce into a banquette at the Brasserie or cosy up by the Billiards Room’s ornate fireplace.

Dress Code

Any and all glamorous garments.

Hotel restaurant

There are three to pick from; the grand Brasserie is the Manor Houses’ main restaurant, where seasonal British classics (we’d strongly suggest the beef Wellington and cheddar soufflé) are served in a setting of marble tables and teal-toned-velvet banquettes. Similarly splendid is the Billiards Room, rich with regal hues and ornate fireplaces, where a dim sum-based brunch is held at the weekends and flavourful Asian fare is dished up during the evenings. Nestled within the walled gardens, the Glasshouse’s sharing menu is more laidback than the rest: wood-fired fare seasoned with herbs grown in the grounds just beyond the restaurant walls.

Hotel bar

The hotel bar, fittingly referred to as the Living Room, decants wines from its very own vintage collection, shakes cocktails behind the maroon-marbled bar and pours hand-selected spirits to a background beat of gentle jazz.

Last orders

Breakfast at the Brasserie is 7am–10am (11am at weekends); lunch, noon–5pm and dinner, 5pm–11pm. The Billiard’s weekend brunch is 11am–3pm; dinner is 6pm–11pm, Wednesday to Saturday. The Glasshouse opens from noon–11pm (closed Sunday evening and Monday).

Room service

Dishes can be delivered to your door from 7.30am until 11pm (midnight on Friday and Saturday).

Location

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Address
Estelle Manor
Eynsham Park
North Leigh
OX29 6PN
United Kingdom

Estelle Manor is set in 60 acres of private land, just outside of North Leigh in Oxfordshire.

Planes

Most international flights will land into Heathrow or Gatwick; the first is just over an hour’s drive away and the second is a further two hours. The hotel can arrange private transfers from Heathrow for £200 each way.

Trains

Direct trains run daily from London Paddington to Hanborough Station, a 10-minute drive from the hotel. Private transfers can be organised for £40 each way.

Automobiles

A set of wheels will come in handy if you’re planning on exploring Oxfordshire’s surrounding countryside; there are plenty of rental booths at the airport and once you’re on the road, it’s a straightforward journey up the M40.

Other

If you’d rather arrive in style, Estelle Manor has a helipad on site.

Worth getting out of bed for

Once you’ve tired of lazing in the spacious spa and sipping martinis poolside, Estelle Manor’s extensive grounds await exploring (you needn’t travel far for adventurous afternoons). Spend some time mastering axe-throwing and archery with in-house experts, head deep into the forest for shooting sessions with one of the hotel’s air rifles, or visit birds of prey with an introduction to falconry, run by the estate’s very own expert. There are also guided walks and bike rides that’ll take you beyond the grounds and around neighbouring villages. If you’re heading into Oxford, be sure to spend some time punting along the River Cherwell (punts are available to rent from Magdalen Bridge Boathouse). And, don’t forget, Blenheim Palace is practically on your doorstep in Woodstock.

Local restaurants

Options are limited around the hotel, but if you find yourself in Oxford (a 30-minute drive away) stop by family-run Cherwell Boathouse for classic English cuisine served right on the river. On the High Street, Quod serves seasonal fine-dining dishes and afternoon tea in its idyllic courtyard. You’ll also find the Mason Arms at the Artist Residence Oxfordshire just 10 minutes down the road.

Reviews

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Rebecca Cope

Anonymous review

By Rebecca Cope, Tot-in-tow traveller

In 2024, describing something as ‘so Saltburn’ is shorthand for ‘English country manor with sprawling grounds’. Somewhere a bit posh, with a sprinkle of eccentricity. Estelle Manor, an erudite, but wickedly fun Oxfordshire manse, is so Saltburn

On arrival at the gates in the village of Eynsham we (that’s Mrs Smith, Grandma Smith and toddler Smith) were greeted by two uniformed staff members, who cheerfully took our names and opened the gates. ‘Welcome to Jurassic Park’ is something that I always want to utter during these sorts of moments, but I refrained. The hotel itself is visible at the top of the long gravel driveway, where a multitude of staff wait to greet you by name (that’s the reason for the gatemen, I realised), take your luggage and valet park your car. 

Now, I love my slightly battered mum-mobile – a 2019 Fiesta in racing red – but I must confess to feeling a little embarrassed in the company it was keeping, sitting alongside parked-up Porsches, Range Rovers and Teslas. Not that pro staff batted an eyelid, thankfully. We soon discreetly ascertained that other guests included a group of American girls, a Spanish-speaking businessman travelling solo, a young couple hoisting Neptune shopping bags and a family with a newborn and a grandma in tow, so we weren’t that unusual in terms of clientele. There was one celeb-spot: newlyweds, publisher Jefferson Hack and model Anna Cleveland, who were canoodling over breakfast. 

The reception is decorated in what has become that quintessential modern country-house style, with beautiful sofas in marbled-pattern upholstery (possibly by Beata Heauman?) and an open fireplace with copies of the pedigree broadsheets (Financial Times, The New York Times and The Times) on top of a low coffee table, alongside the requisite design and country-living tomes. Various ephemera – marble lamps and vases – are dotted around, but with precision, you feel. 

After check-in, we’re escorted to our Walled Garden Room, via the members-only club (owner Sharan Pasricha has founded the likes of London’s Maison Estelle and has brought some of this exclusivity to Oxford’s wilds), the Muse boutique and the Den, an unsupervised kids’ club for eight year-olds up. When you book a room in a walled garden, you anticipate a cottagecore feel; however, like everything at Estelle Manor, our hideaway is far bigger than imagined, and there are multiple Walled Garden Rooms. In fact, it’s like a whole other wing of the main hotel.  

We had a humongous king-size bed, two scarlet armchairs with a dodecagon-shaped marquetry table between them, plus a matching pouffe (a concealed floor plug below got a big thumbs up from us). A beautiful green-and-red-tiled fireplace with faux wooden flames is a focal point; mid-century furniture, such as a wardrobe and mirror, features bobbin legs and brass-ring handles; and there’s artfully foxed glass (actually a pet peeve of mine – how does one take a selfie? – but stylish nonetheless). Most impressive of all is a huge armoire which opens out to reveal all manner of treasures: Ruinart champagne, Chips de Madrid truffle crisps, fizzy strawberries, homemade biscuits – and a few surprises, like Mantle skincare for Estelle Manor moisturisers and collagen masks by Magic Stripes. A fridge, Opal coffee machine and kettle, plus teas and coffee pods, are of course all present and accounted for. 

Inside the bathroom we receive an education on the bougie toiletries du jour, from George Northwood-branded shampoos, conditioners, hairdryer, straighteners and curlers, to Commune shower gel, hand wash and hand cream in a fabulous lemongrass, grapefruit and lavender scent (sold at Harrods FYI, RRP £55 a pot). Bathrobes and slippers are Frette and toddler Smith’s toiletries are Dadaumpa. Every single thing has been thought of, from a shaving kit to dental floss, ‘intimacy kit’ to cotton buds. There’s still more to discover in the minibar, including refrigerated eye masks, combs, earplugs and hair ties. It’s standard practice today for bathrooms to be all white marble with gold fixtures, but here ours is in a refreshingly pink tile with a shower lined in three colours of marble. 

Having snooped in the room for long enough, we decided to brave the bar with a toddler. The sight of candlesticks balanced atop art books on the tables made us a little worried, but we needn’t have fretted – everyone seemed to be charmed by her presence and she behaved remarkably well. The barman dutifully fetched a high-chair and she played peekaboo with him while we drank our champagne and looked out on a lone sunset swimmer in the 27-degree outdoor pool. Then we headed to the Brasserie for dinner, which is child-friendly until 7.30pm, and has that moody lighting that requires some to get out their iPhone torch. Toddler Smith was delighted with her child-appropriate supper of plaice and chips, though we confiscated the wedge of lemon and tartare sauce to avoid tears – both hers and ours. Grandma Smith enjoyed a beautifully cooked and seasoned rump of lamb, served with whipped potatoes and a haggis jus, while I devoured my truffle risotto, a choice our waiter complimented me on. Ever the interiors-bore, I spent a lot of time admiring the Gien crockery. With the toddler nearly asleep in her high-chair, we retired to bed, where turndown had just been completed – isn’t it marvellous to see your pyjamas folded neatly and the day’s mess cleared up? 

After a restful night’s sleep (well, as restful as it can be with three in a bed and a little one kicking you in the ribs) we went down to breakfast in the Orangery, which was dog friendly – a guest’s chocolate labradoodle was better behaved than my toddler. The small pastry buffet included exquisite rhubarb-and-custard twists and fresh fruit with yoghurt, and we chose a few hot dishes. Breakfast is included in your stay bar the ‘Eggs Estelle’ topped with caviar and lobster (fair enough). The Mexican omelette felt like a healthy option, with salsa, guacamole and a sprinkling of Manchego cheese, while the scrambled eggs on toast were sunshine yellow. 

We headed out for a day of retail therapy at Bicester Village, a 25-minute drive away, and arrived back encumbered by a few too many bags. For dinner, we decided to venture outside the hotel, choosing the Harcourt Arms in Stanton Harcourt, which recently reopened – we can heartily recommend duck-liver pâté and pumpkin gnocchi. Blenheim Palace is also nearby, not to mention Oxford itself and its punting, colleges and cobbled streets to explore. 

When it came to checking out, we were sad to leave this more feelgood version of Saltburn behind – but we were thankful there were no Murder on the Dancefloor moments, from toddler Smith at least… 

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