Le Manoir aux Quat' Saisons: Luxury Hotel and Two Michelin Star Restaurant

Le Manoir aux Quat' Saisons is the luxury hotel and Michelin star restaurant collaboration run jointly by Raymond Blanc and the Orient Express company currently running the trains of the same name. The hotel offers a luxury country retreat in the Oxfordshire village of Great Milton and so offers the ideal way to plan of romantic weekend or simply get away from it all for a while, yet the hotel is still within striking distance of the major cities of London, Oxford and Birmingham.

Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons The building itself is a beautiful country house conversion set in an array of themed gardens, over 90 vegetables and 70 herbs are grown in the grounds, which are used seasonally in the restaurant.

The grounds also contain an exquisite Japanese tea garden and house designed by Robert Ketchell.

While the gardens and building are magnificent, a stay at Le Manoir Quat’ Saisons is all about the food and the rooms. The hotel boasts a total of 32 individually designed rooms and suites, the problem for guests is not finding a room that you will like but deciding which one. Will it be Orchid room with its grass paper textured walls and oriental feel or perhaps the all white Blanc de Blanc suite which comes complete with its own private garden.

Many people of course come to the hotel not for its accommodation but to sample the two Michelin star cooking put together by Raymond Blanc and his team. The restaurant is open to residents and non-residents alike although, non-residents may have to book several months in advance to obtain a table. Another good reason to book a room. Food in the restaurant is based upon a modern twist on classical French cooking, with many of the ingredients coming from the hotels own kitchen garden.

Rates start from £480 per room per night and go up to £1,250 for the best suites, based on two sharing and includes breakfast, fresh fruit and Madeira wine on arrival. If looking for a real break, then it is worth considering one of the many packages on offer which including combined dinning and accommodation as well as other enhanced features such as roses, Champagne and afternoon tea.

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