Nestled in the pretty Oxfordshire town of Great Milton, Le Manoir Aux Quat’Saisons is the brainchild of celebrated chef, Raymond Blanc OBE. As one would expect, dining is the focus here and the property has tenaciously held on to two Michelin stars since opening in 1984. With a world-class reputation, diners come from far and wide and have the added benefit of being able to stay if they wish, with 32 rooms and suites to choose from.
At first glance the property, originally occupied by monks in the 16th century, is a traditional English manor, but its stiff upper lip is juxtaposed with an Asian fusion style. Beyond the manicured lawns, lavender pathways, and Cotswold architecture one finds a Japanese tea garden blending Taoist, Buddhist, and Shinto traditions, and to cater for Raymond’s more exotic recipes, the vegetable garden boasts ingredients indigenous to Southeast Asia.
With an ego akin to Cambodia’s King Jayavarman VII when he insisted that his face appear on all sides of Bayon Temple, Raymond Blanc has installed a bronze scarecrow in his image to watch over his organic garden. The team of gardeners works hard to supply 100% organic, fresh produce to the restaurant aided by the cloche tunnels producing edible flowers from an abundance of courgettes, a silver birch-lined valley producing a wealth of mushrooms and the orchard containing over 800 apple and pear trees. No hotel is complete without an element of relaxation and at Le Manoir Aux Quat’Saisons, guests can enjoy signature spa treatments in the comfort of their room.
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THINGS TO DO AT THE HOTEL:
Raymond Blanc Cookery School – from half day introductions to residential programmes
Attend the gardening school and learn the secrets of the hotel’s 11 gardens
Explore Raymond Blanc’s wine cellars with a glass of champagne in hand
Enjoy a signature spa treatment in the comfort of your own room
Find sanctuary in the Japanese Tea Garden across the wooden bridge
Join award-winning photographer, Paul Wilkinson, for a private photography session around the grounds
THINGS TO DO NEARBY:
Explore Oxford’s dreaming spires, museums, shops, and restaurants
Go punting on the River Cherwell
Explore the Great British outdoors in a vintage car or beautifully restored boat
Try your hand at a number of English country pursuits such as fly fishing, clay shooting and hawk handling
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