Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons

Great Milton, Oxfordshire

A man for all seasons, Raymond Blanc has created something beautiful at this 15th-century manor house where he has held two Michelin stars since 1984. More

Good Hotel Guide Review

A man for all seasons, Raymond Blanc has created something beautiful at this 15th-century manor house where he has held two Michelin stars since 1984. ‘From the minute you draw up at the honey-stone building with its prolific lavender, everything is perfect,’ says a Guide insider. Bedrooms, some with private garden, draw inspiration from Blanc’s travels (around the world and through life). Vettriano has deep red walls, Venetian masks; Snow Queen a four-poster and purple silk wallpaper printed with snowflakes. ‘This is a wonderful hotel,’ writes a reader whose ‘enormous room with a giant bath and bathroom’ had a real log fire. The gardens, with wild-flower meadow, mushroom valley, orchard and organic potager, supply a wealth of fresh heritage produce for the set menus. ‘There were some outstanding items: artichoke hearts in tiny dice with truffles; a soupe au pistou that shows how simple ingredients can be elevated to an extraordinary level; delicious apple and Calvados sorbet.’ ‘If you’re lucky enough to be there when Blanc is around, you’re in for a treat – he stops and speaks at length to his guests.’ Expensive but worth it.

Hotel details

Address

Church Road
Great Milton
Oxfordshire
OX44 7PD
England

Telephone

01844 278881

Bedrooms

32. 22 in garden buildings, some on ground floor, 1 suitable for disabled.

Open

all year, restaurant closed for lunch Mon–Wed.

Facilities

2 lounges, champagne bar, restaurant (vegetarian/vegan menus), private dining room, in-room TV (Sky, BT, Freeview), cookery school, civil wedding licence, 27-acre grounds, EV charging, public rooms wheelchair accessible, adapted toilet.

Background music

in some public areas.

Children

all ages welcomed, extra bed £65.

Dogs

allowed in some bedrooms (£20 a night) and public rooms.

Credit cards

Amex, MC, Visa.

Prices

B&B doubles from £590. Set menus lunch £155, dinner £194, child £25.