5.0
Excellent 2521 Reviews
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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 2521 Reviews
OMG
Reviewed 2 days ago

Simply sensational, an experience not to be forgotten.

From the grand setting as you pull in the drive, the moment you arrive to the time you sadly leave this place is out of this world.

We took my wife’s parents for joint 70th Birthday gifts. They said it was the best place they had ever eaten or stayed and it is hard to argue with that or write much more (but I’ll try).

There are so many lovely touches, like never giving your name or signing for anything until you leave. The hotel and grounds are beautiful, the staff attentive and interesting to chat with and the food was incredible.

The icing on the cake for me was the head gardeners name in the menu and looking around the hotel garden the next day seeing all the herbs and vegetables you ate the night before.

His place is definitely £££, but almost all of it was worth every penny (except maybe £10 for a pot of tea ;) ).

Go on treat yourself or someone else.

2nd time and perfect
Reviewed 2 days ago

We said we would always return and we did in December. Some quality time before the madness of Christmas arrived.

Last time we didn’t get chance to view the gardens as we came for dinner, we came for lunch this time and had a nice walk around the garden before we ate.

Due to the time of the year the gardens were not at its best, but you can see how wonderful they would be once everything had grown back during the spring and summer months.

Lunch was exceptional, we decided to go with the wine pairings, which was a good choice as you get to try wines that you wouldn’t necessarily choose yourself.

Overall we had a lovely time and will return.

Simply the best. When you've dined here, you've arrived!
Reviewed 3 days ago

We have wanted to eat here for quite a long time, and our wedding anniversary gave us the perfect reason to finally try it. We also decided to stay in one of their garden suites for the evening, since in doing so both the evening meal and breakfast is included in the overall package. This seems to make it easier to justify since Le Manoir has the reputation of being the most expensive restaurant in the UK!

We found all the staff to be pleasant and helpful without being any way intrusive. As far as the food itself goes without going into the detail of it (we had the 7 course tasting menu) but suffice to say it was the best we've ever eaten. Breakfast the next morning was the best full english breakfast I've ever eaten as well. I made the staff aware of this before I left the restaurant.

Leaving after 1 night at some £1,500 lighter one might ask if this can be justified. Certainly it would not be the kind of thing you would do every week, but if like us you value quality over quantity and want to experience the very pinnacle of what can be achieved with food, then we believe it can be, and this is it! For a very special occasion this is the best dining and hotel experience we've ever had. Thanks Le Manoir!

Worth Every Farthing
Reviewed 1 week ago

Since I first learned of this French style country manor in the heart of the English countryside in the eighties, I have wanted to ante up the considerable sums necessary to enjoy its amenities. I spent four nights and days in residence in January. It as the kind of experience I had envisioned and then some. First, the staff: all were warm and welcoming. I have found that “five star” establishments can be stiff, pretentious and off putting. From the front desk to the steward who laid the fire in my room in the evening, the staff was approachable, prompt and wanting to please. The meals were all you could expect from a Michelin star restaurant. A meal in the lounge was less formal but none the less tasty and well presented. Coffee in the morning came promptly and hot, with little croissants and pastries.
The suite was quite large, light filled and comfortable, with a sitting area in a separate room. Mullioned windows added to the country atmosphere. The grounds were lovely even in the winter. They would be exquisite in the warmer months.
My fervent hope is that I can visit the manor again.

Exudes quality and very welcoming
Reviewed 1 week ago

Had a fantastic lunch here. From arrival to departure, the staff were welcoming and friendly - everything aimed at an enjoyable visit. Was very impressed by how there was never any sense of being rushed. We were there for about 3 hours.
The food was absolutely delicious - had the 5 course menu. Each course explained by the waiter, though he spoke quite quickly at times and we lost some bits in his french accent !! He was very happy to repeat or explain.
Highly recommend as a fantastic treat, as it was for me.