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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 2548 Reviews
Unbelievable (both the experience and the price)
Reviewed 5 days ago

An immaculate and wondrous place to stay. The 15th century buildings are gorgeous, the extensive grounds laid out like gardens you would visit on their own, the staff numerous, pleasant and terrifyingly efficient. Just about everything has been thought of, from the valet parking to the signed Raymond Blanc gifts to the extraordinary suites with their own courtyards and views across the vista. The only fly in the ointment is paying the bill. You will need the best part of a grand for one night's B&B (no that does not include the dinner: that will be another few hundred on top). Worth it? Up to you.

Stunning..
Reviewed 6 days ago

A superb experience from beginning to end, thanks to ‘Chef’ and team for making our wedding anniversary treat such a memorable one.

The food with accompanying wine were simply sublime.

We are already looking forward to our next visit!

Underwhelming experience!
Reviewed 1 week ago

Spent Tuesday night and had dinner, which were both rather underwhelming! Very un-glamorous experience, and the establishment seems to be living off the reputation it once had. An ashtray FULL of cigarette butts on our verandah table, bathroom TV not working, rather cheaply decorated room and lounge and restaurant, and generally quite pleased with themselves!! To round it off the whole experience is completely over priced! Certainly wouldn’t recommend or go back. There are far better restaurants and hotels at the price range!

Amazing that a establishment can deteriorate
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

So, this was my partners surprise birthday weekend Treat.
My partners expectations were high. Coming here has been on her bucket list the last 15-20 years living in London since 1990 in all matters from the food to the bedrooms and ambiance. We arrived to Raymond Blanc's countryside flagship to experience in her mind the very best possible in the UK. Not to be harsh, but in my view this is an establishment that is totally outdated, seriously tired and not looked after. It is unreasonable and silly to believe that anyone from a professional point of view would accept these very mediocre standards, on all aspects!

I believe in good faith that everyone have good intentions but sadly it takes a lot more than reputation to run a place like this, as the world moves on!

Please wake up before it's too late.

Overnight treat
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We absolutely loved our weekday overnight stay here. I can't even begin to expand on how good the staff were, there was nothing they wouldnt do and all handled with the greatest of respect and politeness.
The 7 course taster menu was exquisite, we couldn't afford the wine pairing but had some fabulous wines with the meal anyway.
Breakfast was again equally gorgeous, i really didn't want to leave.
We took a walk around the beautiful gardens and loved all the sculptures.
Loved the leaving bag of water and biscuits for our journey.
would love to come back when we can afford it, as this was a company treat -
it really is second to none