At the centre of this pretty English county, lies the famed University town of Oxford. Wander the hallowed cobbled streets and historic buildings of the city, then retreat to the rolling hills and thatched cottages of the countryside. The culinary offer in this area is especially enticing. Here are some of the best places to stay during your visit to the region.
Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons
Created by none other than Raymond Blanc in 1984, Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons was awarded two Michelin stars in its first year. Each of the hotel’s 32 rooms has been independently styled, inspired by Blanc’s own travels. Lawns, orchards, a large kitchen garden and colourful flower gardens surround the 15th-century property. The hotel is situated in the village of Great Milton, just 11 miles from the centre of Oxford.
Artist Residence Oxfordshire
Once a village pub, this six roomed bijou hotel has been reimagined with on-trend interior design and contemporary art. But it retains its charming wooden beams, fireplaces, rustic flooring and some antique furniture. For an extra treat book the Farmhouse Suite with its large copper bathtub. Ales and quality pub grub cab be enjoyed in the bar, and there’s a cosy dining area – The Clubhouse serving high-quality British plates.