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About Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons

Discover a fairytale manor house in which French flair meets the charms of rural England. Created by celebrated chef Raymond Blanc OBE, Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons is one of the country's most cherished manor house hotels. We received two Michelin stars in 1984, the first year of our opening, and, remarkably, have held them ever since. As our maître de maison, Raymond Blanc’s passion permeates through our hotel—from the individually-designed suites to the menus in our two Michelin-starred restaurant. Lush gardens are an abundance of colour in summer, while the honey-hued manor is warmed by open fires through winter.

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What can couples expect to see and experience when staying at Belmond Le Manoir?

The warmest welcome, as if you are entering a home from home. Exemplary service from the knowledgeable team. Surrounded by lawns, flower borders and orchards, our setting is postcard-perfect. But beyond the eye-catching displays are vegetable and herb gardens that provide the kitchen—and the acclaimed Raymond Blanc Cookery School—with ultra-fresh, organic produce. They guarantee our restaurant remains at the cutting edge of culinary excellence. There are many hidden pathways through the tranquil gardens –  at every turn, you will be greeted by striking bronze or willow sculptures. Every bedroom is evocatively named Lavande, Opium, Jade, and Vettriano, highlighting the fact that designs are inspired by Raymond Blanc’s travel and love or art and culture.

 

What advice do you have in terms of packing for Belmond Le Manoir?

There is no such thing as bad weather – just as long as you have packed well and taken a moment to check the weather forecast!  Le Manoir is certainly a house for all seasons where guests love to cozy up in front of a roaring open fire in the winter months and stroll in the beautiful gardens in the summertime. It is always a good idea to pack warm clothes in the colder months as it may rain, and the British weather is changeable! In the heart of the Cotswolds, there are plenty of walking routes nearby and villages to visit, so if you are a keen walker, you may want to bring your boots. We do provide Le Chameau wellington boots for guests. For the evening, our two-Michelin Starred restaurant is elegant. Bring an extra bag if you are planning a little shopping spree at Bicester Village, just a 20-minute drive away. Guests of Le Manoir have VIP access to their private apartment so you can enjoy complimentary valet parking, refreshments and hands-free designer shopping in complete comfort.

 

What’s the best time of year to visit Belmond Le Manoir?

Framed by sprawling vines, the 15th-century manor turned award-winning hotel sits resplendent in its rural surroundings, charting the seasons as it has done for centuries. Visit during spring as shoots emerge in our organic kitchen garden. Enjoy long summer days as our gardens are abundant in colour. In the autumn, meander among the orchard’s russet leaves. Come winter, curl up with a mulled wine around our log fire as the manor is swathed in festive reds and golds. It truly is a house for all seasons!

 

Describe a perfect day when staying at Belmond Le Manoir?

A perfect day at Le Manoir starts by waking up to catch the sight of Oxfordshire at first light. Fresh coffee brought to your room to enjoy in your own private garden terrace. It is always a magical time of the day. For those passionate food-lovers, you can join us for a day in the pioneering Raymond Blanc Cookery School creating phenomenal cuisine in a fun, relaxed setting. Try your hand at croquet on the hotel lawn in the summer. Outdoors enthusiasts will be in their element. We can arrange all manner of local pursuits, be it fishing, hawk handling or clay shooting. Of course, no visit to this area would be complete without a trip to Oxford, one of the most beautiful and famous university cities worldwide. Less than half an hour away by car, Oxford is a labyrinth of storied places and people. Return to our charming hideaway for a feast like no other. Described as “a twist of imaginative genius”, Raymond Blanc’s vision for Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons has always been one of world-class gastronomic flair and outstanding organic produce. Enjoy a nightcap before heading back to your individually-designed suite. And for those who simply wish to find a hidden corner and read their favourite book in complete comfort with the friendly team at their beck and call, that could be the perfect day!

Editor’s Notes

Why we love it…

From the elegant manor itself, beautifully styled and spilling with charm, to the picturesque gardens encircling the property and the exceptional cuisine at its Michelin-starred restaurant – Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons is a botanical and gastronomic haven. Ideal for weddings and honeymoons alike, what we love about this venue is its all-season appeal.

 

For the couple…

Who dreams of an exquisite garden wedding in England where every vignette spills with romance and beauty. Couples who adore food in every respect from the ground to the kitchen to the plate will love this property.

 

Packing tips…

Consider the time of year you’ll be visiting and pack accordingly – think feminine dresses and neutrals for the warmer months, and cosy knits and textured accessories for the cooler seasons. Cover all your bases and pack light layers and wet weather options, just in case. The grounds at Belmond Le Manoir are stunning, so remember to pack some comfortable boots or trainers to explore the gardens and the terrain beyond.