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What We Love

  • Jetsetter 2015 Best of the Best Finalist: Best Grounds
  • The rate includes buffet breakfast
  • Dining at the two-Michelin-star restaurant is an experience not to be missed
  • Guided tours of the kitchen gardens, orchards and extensive grounds
  • The wine cellar, stocked with 1000+ bottles, plus the knowledgeable sommelier to guide you through them
  • Rooms bursting with original artwork and furniture collected on Raymond Blanc’s travels
  • A glass of pre-supper bubbly in the intimate Champagne bar

What To Know

  • Dining is expensive: The seven-course tasting menu is approximately $235 per person, excluding wine
  • Some suites won’t appeal to minimalists
  • The inner dining room is very formal; opt for the outer conservatory with garden views for a slightly lighter atmosphere
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Overview

The Review

With immaculate lawns, orchards and a two-acre kitchen garden, the grounds surrounding Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons certainly whet the appetite, and a visit to this grand 15th-century country pad is all about the food.

Helmed by top French chef Raymond Blanc, the on-site restaurant was awarded two Michelin stars soon after opening, in 1985, and has retained them ever since. Best described as modern French, dishes are inspired by the seasons, and the six-course seasonal menu is a particular highlight.

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I checked into a suite where everything from the lampshades to the four-poster bed was dazzling white. The overall effect was sensational, though I did think twice about ordering a glass of red wine, opting instead for a more stain-friendly glass of champagne, which I sipped in the suite’s private garden.

A tour of the hotel by the enthusiastic French chef himself revealed suite after inspiring suite. Particularly fabulous are Lemongrass, a one-bedroom suite with bamboo-lined walls, lime green silks and a sexy bathroom, and pretty Bluebell, a superior room perfect for Francophiles with its Toile de Jouey wallpaper.

How to Get There

Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons
Church Road
Great Milton, OX44 7PD United Kingdom

Reviews

5.0 Excellent 2405 Reviews
an experience
Reviewed 1 day ago

Stayed here to celebrate a birthday, and an anniversary.Yes very expensive, and we have had better meals in other restaurants,but the service is impeccable.Young sommelier very knowledgable. All staff very helpful, especialy Chris on reception. Stayed here many years ago, and the standard is still as good. We have eaten better at other Michelin restaurants, but the experience and theatre of Manoir is very special.

What more can I say?
Reviewed 3 days ago

Le Manoir has already had numerous fabulous reviews and from our experience well deserves its reputation. From the first moment you arrive you know you are going to have a special time. The attention to detail is staggering. We stayed for two nights in July and had a garden room. These rooms surround a quiet courtyard a short walk from the main house. The room was beautiful and the attention to detail goes as far as trying to match the plants on the terrace outside to the room theme. Each room looks and feels very personal. On both mornings we were brought tea fast thing, even early morning tea has beautiful home made biscuits as an accompaniment. The food is inspirational - each mouthful packed with individual flavours. We had the tasting menu on the first day with the wine flight and the a la carte on the second day. Both menus were excellent - beautifully balanced and served by friendly and quietly attentive staff. Never for a moment do you not feel at home or welcome here. We had gone for the escape to Oxford package and this included a tour of the kitchens. The chefs were all happy to chat and show us some of their techniques. You get the feeling that everyone at Le Manoir want people not just to enjoy but learn from the experience, I learnt how they get their poached eggs round. I tried it successfully when I got home! That alone would have made the visit worthwhile!!
One of the main highlights of our visit was the garden tour. The gardener who took us round was so enthusiastic (a trait we found with almost all the staff) and so informative - I spent most of the tour writing notes.
Special mention needs to be made of one of the members of the bar staff who was a whizz at cocktail making and she was so charming and friendly. She makes a mean marguerite as well!.
I know that Le Manoir is an expensive place to eat - but it is certainly value for money. If you can stretch and spoil yourself I know you will not be disappointed.

Another Amazing Visit
Reviewed 5 days ago

Another amazing visit as usual. We stayed overnight, had dinner and this time included a tour of the wine cellar.
Lukas the Chef Sommelier who looked after us on the wine tour was excellent.
Great food, wine, accommodation and of course staff.
The following morning at breakfast Raymond Blanc took the time to visit the dining room to chat to us which was very nice.
Be back soon!

Amazing Experience
Reviewed 1 week ago

Took my wife to Belmond Le Manoir to celebrate our 14th wedding anniversary and glad I did. From the moment we arrived it was sheer joy, from being shown to our room, Kiki, to eating the 7 course tasting menu accompanied by a wonderful bottle of Chablis, 2 actually.
We stayed 2 night and glad we did, having time to view the extensive gardens containing an amazing variety of vegetables which are used by the kitchen.
Our second evening meal was just as sumptuous as the first evening and included jacobs ladder and salt crust baked pigeon.
Will definitely return.

One off experience
Reviewed 1 week ago

One off experience for special occasions. Not cheap but very higher quality food drink hotel and service

Dining was exceptional with exciting fresh menus with herbs and veg growing on site in amazing gardens