We were incredibly fortunate to find the Pollen B&B the second (of 6) times we came to Woodstock for the Blenheim Triathlon and have returned every year since (and anyone thinking that I might be a serial Trip Advisor sycophant ought to look at my review of the 1st place we stayed .......we didn't go back and after what I wrote they probably wouldn't have us!). Now we wouldn't think of staying anywhere else but Pollen. - If a Four Seasons Hotel opened in the town and offered us a free stay we would still pay to stay at Pollen. - I don't think I could provide a higher recommendation. I love it, my wife loves it, and my two sons love it.
I should probably point-out that anyone whose idea of lodging heaven is a uniform, standardised hotel room that insulates you from whatever country you might be passing through might not appreciate the full value Pollen. Pollen is unique, quirky and full of character. - The rooms are not entirely square, which is typical of English buildings of that era, so not all the doors close perfectly and there are dips and bulges in some of the floors and walls. It is decorated in an eclectic style that mixes the pictures and ornaments (presumably?) collected by the manager, Martha, and the owner, from their time in the far East and elsewhere.
Finally (and perhaps I should have started with this point?!) Martha is the most thoughtful and accommodating hostess - nothing is too much trouble and she will do her very best to cater to your every need, including cooking the most sumptuous breakfast. As someone who would have tested the patience of a saint with all my unreasonable requests for triathlon breakfasts over the years I am, I think, well qualified to provide such a reference: I asked for honey, but pouring honey, not the set variety and I was even provided with a fresh honeycomb option that had to be bought specially from the local shop!
Martha is conscientious and dedicated and will ensure your stay in Pollen is an enjoyable one and with the charming, picturesque village of Woodstock (literally) on your doorstep and the wonders of Blenheim Palace a few minutes walk away anyone who visits will thoroughly enjoy their trip to the Oxfordshire countryside.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Pollen B & B has an excellent reputation for high quality, traditional hospitality right in the heart of historic Woodstock, Oxfordshire and situated 9 miles from the centre of Oxford - a private listed home, protected by 23 sprinklers, it retains its listed character and preserves its 18th century charm but with modern en-suite baths, special windows, and conveniences. We respect all guests who enjoy antiques. ... more less