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The Manor Country House Hotel
Originally built for Osney Abbey’s bailiff in the 15th/16th century The Manor has, like most buildings of its age, undergone many alterations and renovations. That said, as you drive up the tree lined entrance, it retains that grand stately manor appeal and we felt that a touch of class awaited us just beyond the front door. Located at Weston-on-the Green in the magnificent Oxfordshire countryside, we were staying as the guests of The Manor on a Dinner, Bed and Breakfast basis.
Our immediate impression was one of timeless class and we were delighted to be offered the Chapel Suite for our stay (room 7) on the first floor. The vast room comes complete with a four poster king sized (and very comfortable) bed, tasteful fabrics and wood panelling, combining to give a rich feeling to our surroundings. All the facilities we would need for our stay were present e.g. tea and coffee making, iron and board, soft bathrobes, hairdryer and TV. The writing desk occupied a great position and looked out over the beautiful gardens (great for a spot of writing). The long and luxurious bathroom had separate bath and shower, plus views over the carefully sculpted topiary and arrow slits (covered in perspex now) so you could ward off medieval marauders should the need arise. Complimentary WiFi is a good speed but the unusual feature of the suites was a complimentary (during your stay) smart phone. As well as taking it with you to help find your way around it provides such useful features as unlimited local and international calls (see T&Cs), free internet access (we gave our data allowance a rest) and speed dial to hotel services.
Having explored the room it was time to explore the extensive gardens. There’s plenty of open spaces to stroll around and indeed give your dog a bit of a run around if he/she needs it. Indeed this is a dog friendly hotel with specific rooms in the Coach House that come complete with Dream Dog Beds, access to the 4PAWS A La Carte menu and a dog sitting service. Back to the human guests, there are plenty of nooks and crannies with seating, so that you can read your book in the fresh warm lavender perfumed breeze and pleasant surroundings. The seating on the terraces provided the perfect spot to listen to the sounds of nature and enjoy a spot of afternoon tea, whilst the pool is a place to cool off on a hot day (or perhaps after tennis) or work up an appetite for dinner. The Manor and its grounds provide an ideal backdrop for any wedding photographer to get some great shots, so we could see why its a popular wedding venue and there’s even stocks to control the most unruly of guests (bring your own over ripe tomatoes).
Showered and changed it was time to head for The Boron’s Hall for dinner. More high ceilings, portraits, wood paneling and a small balcony that hints this may have once been the chapel for the manor. Comfortable seating and soft lighting complimented the final rays from the day’s sunshine and provided us with a regal setting for dinner. I selected the soup of the day, the chicken dish, followed by treacle tart all perfectly cooked, presented and delivered by a pleasant table service. The menu options included with the dinner, bed and breakfast package are somewhat limited but an allowance will be given against the more extensive A La Carte menu if you wish.
After a restful and comfortable nights sleep it was time to fortify ourselves (before we left to explore the area) with breakfast, again in The Baron’s Hall. There was a good selection of cereal, cold meats, juices etc. whilst hot dishes were cooked to order. I decided to forgo the full english with Costwold’s Pork sausages and go with the Eggs Royal, including some lovely smoked salmon.
This part of the England is absolutely beautiful and there is so much to do. Stay a week and you’ll barely scratch the surface of what there is to see. Blenheim Palace and the picturesque village of Woodstock are, arguably, the star attractions close by. That said Cutteslowe Park, Cotswold Wildlife Park can be fun and Bicester Village will satisfy if shopping is your thing. Little further afield Oxford, with all its historic and charismatic university charm is well worth a visit, whilst the need for a high octane experience can be quenched at Silverstone. Having visited the area quite extensively before, we chose to visit the canal at Thrupp, where we took the 3 mile circular walk through the countryside and alongside the canal itself.
The Manor is a classy place to stay to explore this interesting part of England, however any guests with mobility issues should contact the hotel before booking to ensure their needs can be catered for.
more information at https://themanorweston.com/
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Published Sept 2019
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