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Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons

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Oxfordshire Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons
From £595
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5 Paws
Four Paws
Bed Provided
Garden
Bowl Provided
Treats / Food
Setting: Countryside village
Paws: Maximum 1 dog per room

With gastronomy at its heart, and a restaurant that has held two Michelin stars for over 30 years, this magnificent country house hotel is the brain child of world renowned chef, Raymond Blanc. Sumptuous and elegant, Le Manoir is one stay you will not forget. Your every whim will be catered for by the quietly attentive staff, and every room is exquisitely, uniquely and meticulously themed around Raymond Blanc’s lifetime influences. From the moment you arrive you will never want to leave, and we’re delighted that fido can also enjoy the picture-perfect setting and wonderful aromas filling the dog-friendly grounds.

 

 
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Facilities

At Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons

Spectacular gardens complete with mushroom valley, orchards and peaceful water garden and the odd duckling wandering past, Le Manoir also offers in-room spa treatments, a babysitting service, croquet and boules. Dog-friendly rooms include an LCD TV, CD and DVD player, iPod dock, WiFi and writing desk to jot down your thoughts, with inspiration all around.

Pawfect slumbers

There are three magnificent dog-friendly rooms on offer.

Deluxe Room, Rouge et Noir – immerse yourself in the hotel’s most dramatic room, filled with rich crimsons, black tones, oriental influences and gold accents. At 22m² with courtyard views and marble bathrooms, you will feel like you’ve been transported to the orient.

Garden Junior Suite, Sandalwood – its name sake fragrance welcomes you to this spice-inspired suite. Its contemporary design, blended with classic furnishings and intricate carvings, make way for a beautiful white marble bathroom. At 36m², Sandalwood comes with a private terrace your pooch can enjoy.

Studio Suite, Citronnelle – at 46m², with a large sitting area and marble bathroom, complete with separate bath and shower, the suite is bright, breezy and uplifting. Its ground floor location, and private terrace, make it perfect for taking your pup out.

Fido will be delighted to find a dog bed, bowl and treats awaiting him on arrival.

Should your dog welcome his own sleep quarters, the hotel also offers two kennels in the grounds, which can be reserved for use when you stay in any hotel room.

Human and hound abound

Bring your walking shoes or borrow a pair of Le Chameau boots to explore the beautiful hotel gardens with your pup and begin your culinary adventure.

The extra bits

A range of outdoor pursuits can be arranged by the hotel including riding and shooting. Garden tours are also available on weekdays.

The Raymond Blanc cookery school is on site, with a variety of courses and private tutoring on offer.

Children are welcome, with cots and extra beds available for an additional cost. A children’s menu is on offer, as well as a specially-tailored cookery course.

Essentials

  • 3 dog-friendly rooms; 32 in total
  • Check-in 3pm
  • Check-out 11.30am
  • Rates from £595
  • English breakfast included
  • Additional £20 per stay for a dog
  • Two Michelin star restaurant

Food and Drink

Hotel restaurant

An integral part of any visit, the two Michelin star restaurant offers a superb experience for even the most fastidious of foodies out there. Welcoming throughout, the staff are there to make your dining experience one you will cherish. Raymond Blanc’s dishes utilise the hotel gardens’ 90 types of vegetables and 70 herb varieties, and aim to bring an imaginative twist using only the best and freshest ingredients. Complemented by a choice of over 600 wines from around the world, including an excellent selection of French provenance, you will be relieved your room is but a short roll away.

Hotel bar

Settle in to the luxurious and cosy bar and tantalise your taste buds with one of the wide selection of spirits and drinks on offer.

At your service

A meal with fido? Your do can’t join you in the restaurant or bar, but room service is available 24 hours a day, with full meals on offer during restaurant opening times.

 

  • Breakfast: 7:30am to 10:00am
  • Lunch: 11:45am to 2:15pm
  • Dinner: 6:30pm to 9:30pm
  • Dress code: this is a special occasion, so make a night of it in elegant attire

Where We Are

LOCAL AREA

Nestled in the quaint village of Great Milton, the hotel enjoys a quintessentially British countryside setting for you to explore with your pooch. Surrounded by rolling hills, there are many walking options nearby.

Historic, university town Oxford is a mere 10 miles away, and well worth a visit. Punting may be best viewed, rather than enjoyed, with fido, otherwise a refreshing dip for all may result! Just north-west of the city centre, Port Meadow is a great, expansive spot for fido to run around. There are sometimes cows and horses grazing on some of the meadows so take an extendable lead so you can prevent your pup having any close encounters. They will love exploring here! You’ll definitely want those Dubarrys with you – the meadows are a flood plain, so can get fairly muddy – your pooch may need a bath on his return! Local gastropubs The Trout or The Perch, at opposite ends of the meadow, are both dog-friendly and perfect for a light lunch or a lazy Sunday roast.

Half an hours drive away is Woodstock, a charming market town, with some excellent dog-friendly pubs and at the heart of it, Blenheim Palace, where dogs are welcomed in the surrounding parkland.

For other dog-friendly venues in the area, check out our ‘Also in the Neighbourhood’ recommendations below.

LOCATION AND CONTACT

Address: Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, Church Road, Great Milton, Oxford, OX44 7PD

Hit the road

With valet parking on offer, traveling by car is a good option and will enable you to explore a little further afield if you’re lucky enough to be visiting for a few days. With the journey time from the capital from 1 hour and 10 minutes, the hotel is a short drive from Junction 7 on the M40, down the A329 towards Wallingford, before making a right hand turn into Church Lane.

All aboard

The closest train station is Haddenham & Thame Parkway, a 10 minute drive from the hotel. Alternatively, Oxford station is a 25 minute drive away.

For more tips on travelling with your dog, including transport options, read our essential guide on travelling with dogs. For more handy tips, check out Dog Digest.

Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons

Rigby's Review - Guest starred by Marcel le Corgi

Le manor like no other

Just a few miles south-east of Oxford, set within beautiful countryside, lies the picturesque village of Great Milton. As we made our way through the gorgeous surrounds, windows open on a warm Autumn day, Marcel – securely strapped on the back seat of the car – awoke from his nap, clearly impatient to arrive at our destination. For we have been talking about our visit with such excitement, especially Marcel’s Michelin star trained chef of a Papa. Driving through the village, admiring the attractive old houses and thatched cottages on the High Street, we felt as if time had stopped and we were transported to a world away from home.

As we approached the end of the village the stunning and much awaited manor house, now Le Manoir, came into view. One of Britain’s finest destinations, created by a French virtuose, Le Manoir for Le Corgi? How fitting Marcel thinks, as his snout peeps at the window to see us enter the grand front courtyard. We park, already in awe, and are welcomed outside by a smiling receptionist, with Marcel immediately getting a fuss, making him feel “bienvenus”.

With helping hands to carry our bags, and our pup keeping a close eye on his mobile pantry, our carriage was driven to the parking at the back of the property. Making our way to one of the property’s beautifully choreographed annexes, where a number of ground-floor rooms welcome four-legged guests, we admire the calming trees and perfectly appointed green alleys, where not even a leaf is out of place. Upon entering a corridor a delicious citrusy scent captivates our nostrils – and turning around the corner an enchanting display of plants adorns the walls and ceiling.

Our home for the night is the sumptuous Studio Suite Citronelle, the French for lemongrass. As soon as we enter Marcel makes his way to the lovely dog bed already installed for him, thrilled to find an antler chew nestled on it, and checks the food and water bowls with enthusiasm. A member of staff gives us a tour of the facilities and within five minutes of us asking for one a fridge is brought in to keep le chien’s raw food cool.

We explore the individually-designed suite, with its gorgeous private terrace and luxurious interiors, complete with a plethora of thoughtful touches. From its fresh and vibrant décor, to the silk lined sowing kit, delicious chocolates, fresh fruits, water and port, the biography of Raymond Blanc on the bed, and personalised welcome letter (with information on the weather during our stay and suggested activities), you can’t help but feel wanted. With each bedroom drawing inspiration from one of le chef’s travels, with imaginative decors in a range of styles to please every fancy, you are spoilt for choice here, but we have to say we adored the uplifting feel of Citronelle.

Meanwhile, Marcel got his bearings after a thorough inspection of his new abode, and our delight had only just begun. In the bathroom, lovely olive oil toiletries for us to take home and not only do we see a bath but also a romantic rain shower, with fluffy bathrobes to snuggle up in.

Intrigued by the information in the letter we headed outside to explore the grounds. After having a peak at the fragrant orchards, Marcel lead the way to the dreamy gardens, where twelve gardeners work to reconnect Great Britain with its soil. The colourful trail is composed of nearly 90 types of vegetable and 70 aromatic herbs, a romantic setting in which Marcel felt right at home, enthusiastically pulling to discover the next alley. We roamed around the greenhouses, fields and displays, after much deliberation pronouncing the Japanese inspired tea garden our favourite, with its vibrant colours brought on by Autumn. After a briefly considering a game of croquet or boules, our suite proved just too tempting so we sauntered back through our pristine surrounds.

With Marcel ensconced in his new kingdom, all cosy and happy, we made our way to the main building, dating from the 15th Century. Renowned as one of Britain’s finest gastronomic experiences, the restaurant was awarded two Michelin stars over 30 years ago and has held them ever since. After amuse-bouches and a glass of bubbly in the lounge, we were accompanied to our table. With our minds set on the traditional Menu Découverte, an invitation to a culinary journey in the British countryside, we ordered the matching selection of traditional glasses. From smoked confit of sea trout to agnolotti of butternut squash, spiced monkfish, roasted loin of venison, pear Almondine, and Manjari chocolate crumble, we enjoyed le most wonderful dinner, modern French cuisine marrying organic produce. Magnifique!

After relieving Marcel of his guard duties and partaking of a long soak in the bath, all three of us retired, slumbering deeply in our splendid surrounds.

Opting for another touch of indulgence before making our way back to London, breakfast was brought to us our suite, a little while after the thoughtful coffee delivered to us as our chosen wake up call. As we settled down to enjoy, a snout appeared under the table, brushing his Papa’s leg to remind him just who the chief taster is at house le corgi.

All too soon it was time to head home but not before we were handed a lovely kit for the road and Marcel caught the eye of the young chefs attending Le Manoir’s cookery school. A dozen fusses later we checked out and took a last tour in the gorgeous village before getting back on the road.

From the delightful gardens to the historical buildings, the home-grown, stunning food to the warmest welcome for four and two paws, staying and dining at Le Manoir is a luxurious experience that will stay with all of us forever.

By Marcel le Corgi and his maman

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5 Paws Barry, March 12, 2017.

Our stay at Le Manoir together with our dog was most enjoyable. The staff made us all really welcome and the facilities provided for our dog were excellent. We shall certainly be visiting again.

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5 Paws Simon, February 14, 2018.

What can I say, simply one of the best hotel experiences you can have in the UK. Not just a place for fabulous food, but also a wonderful hotel with fantastic staff who make you feel as though nothing is too much trouble. We’ll be back!

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5 Paws John, February 16, 2018.

Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisins is a truly special place. Beautiful rooms and suits, an outstanding restaurant and service of the very highest standard. The welcome for both you and your hound is warm and personal. It is a great place to just take a short relaxing break or for a special celebration.

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