This famous manor consists of two main buildings: a hotel with 32 rooms and suites that has a history of nearly 30 years and a restaurant which is also called the “mistress” by its owner, Raymond Blanc.
The main house is a production of the 15th century and Blanc has renovated it and added two capacious gardens to it — one filled with vegetables while another planted Japanese tea. Blanc also invited two excellent artists, Lloyd Le Blanc and Judith Holmes Drewry to add some bronze sculpture to the gardens, which make the hotel look more elegant at the first sight.
Accommodation of the hotel is considerable and intimate. Every suite is well-designed from different inspirations — from friends, families of Blanc or absolutely by himself. Thus, there are different suites with different themes so that guests can choose their favorite one, no matter it’s for a honeymoon or a family travel. You can even choose your bedding: blanket or duvet? It’s up to me as long as you inform the hotel in advance. Blanc can insure that the comfortable environment and soothing music in the suite can drive all your tiredness away.
As for the restaurant, two Michelin stars won within one year can be a great honor for this small restaurant. Not like the hotel, there are not many options when having a dinner here. Actually, there is only one choice on the chef Gary Jones’s menu: the nine-course experience, the best French cuisine. Under the help of Blanc ‘s cookbooks, every step of cooking will be precise and strict to insure the flavor of each dish.
No matter you are planning a sweet honeymoon with your love or a single trip to Oxford, it is definitely a wise choice to make Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons your destination.