We celebrated our mutual 75 years on earth at the manoir two days ago. First visit in ten years and first staying overnight. Everything was perfect - though since going corporate there's a little too much hassle in advance - in corporate-speak - about adding to the experience with spa, flight lessons etc. Much like many visitors I imagine, not stinking rich, this was a rare visit for us and such extras needed, let alone wanted....Raymond Blanc's reputation the only thing that mattered for us: forget Belmond. We were upgraded to a room at the top, Cameo, huge bed, lovely bathroom with good shower and free-standing bath, delicious etceteras. Staff very friendly, talked like real people not automatons doing their duty and are obviously treated well - no zero hours here - they are even allowed a night of 'whole guest experience' after one year's work. Given the bad pay of many hotel staff elsewhere we felt this justified some of the - high -expense - as does the employment of so many. Gardeners equally eager and friendly when we explored the fabulous gardens in bright sun next day and asked a lot of questions. Ethos here again so good and so welcome. (Possibly too many rather kitsch sculptures but that's a matter of taste.)
As for the food; oh boy. I rated my previous meal here ten years ago as the best I ever had and this lived up to it. Lovely balance in our decouverte menu - this normal gobbler ate very slowly, savouring every bite and every subtle mix of tastes. Breakfast which I hardly thought I'd manage was another gastronomic experience. Pomegranate juice sharp and welcome. Veggie breakfast like no other veggie breakfast ever encountered, beautifully presented.
Only one quibble; make music possible to turn off in room while on in bathroom, so music-loving wife can enjoy bath without annoying sleeping and non-music loving husband...
Don't think we'll afford to come again soon - 85 maybe if we're still up to it. In this case I could wish it was sooner. Bring it on...
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Created by celebrated chef Raymond Blanc OBE, Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons is renowned for offering one of Britain's finest gastronomic experiences. Situated in the picturesque Oxfordshire village of Great Milton, it is also one of the country's most intimate and original hotels, with 32 individually designed guest rooms and suites. The hotel received two Michelin stars in 1984, the first year of its opening, and, remarkably, has held them ever since. Surrounded by lawns, flower borders and orchards, the luxury hotel enjoys an idyllic, typically English setting. But beyond the eye-catching displays are vegetable and herb gardens that provide the kitchen-and the acclaimed Raymond Blanc Cookery School-with ultra-fresh, organic produce, ensuring the Michelin-star restaurant remains at the cutting edge of culinary excellence. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Le Manoir Aux Quat`Saisons By Orient-Express Hotel Great Milton
- Manoir Aux Quatre Saisons
- Le Manoir Aux Quatre Saisons
- Manoir Quatre Saisons
- Le Manoir Quatre Saisons
- Manor Quatre Saisons
- Belmond Le Manoir Aux Quat'Saisons Oxfordshire/Great Milton, UK