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A True Hotel.
“Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons “
Nestled in the heart of the Oxfordshire countryside there is a jewel hotel, Le Manoir Aux Quat’Saisons with its Two Michellin star restaurant. It is remarkable that it is the only country house hotel in Great Britain to achieve and maintain two Michelin star status for 25 years. Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons is a fulfillment of a personal vision for proprietor and chef Raymond Blanc. The latter is a major force in the British culinary landscape, and a proponent of the organic movement for over 20 years.
The Lavender Path
Le Manoir has the first organic wild mushroom garden in the UK with 15-18 edible species. What is more, in 2006, after years of experimentation and multiple visits to Southeast Asia, Blanc added a Malaysian Garden with herbs and spices. During the summer, an explosion of wild lavender, poppies, cornflowers and buttercups bloom along the edge of Le Manoir’s apple orchard.
32 individually-designed hotel rooms—each one drawing inspiration from Raymond’s travels. Bellow few or the room types that draw our attention.
The Botticelli Room:
Decorated in traditional style, has perhaps the most exquisite and unusual bathroom in this or any other country house hotel. A spiral staircase leads guests up to the bathroom where two Victorian claw foot bathtubs sit side by side, surrounded by hand-painted murals depicting cherubs and the ocean.
Contains a gorgeous wall canvas of lemon trees.
The Hollyhock Room:
The master bedroom of the Cromwell family who owned the Great Milton Manor House, as Le Manoir was known. This room contains a 17th-century queen sized four-poster bed, hand painted wallpaper, and some say, the ghost of Lady Cromwell for a bit of intrigue.
Limed oak and a heated stone floor evokes the elegance of a château. A private garden entrance, separate sitting room and marble bathroom add to the elegance.
However, as gorgeous as the accommodation is, guests come here to dine on cuisine that has been described as “a twist of imaginative genius”. Since opening in 1984, Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons has become a food mecca for those with discerning palates the world over. During that time, the restaurant received the highest honors of any restaurant and country house in the UK, and is hailed as one of the best in Europe. As Raymond Blanc puts it, “The good does not interest us. The sublime does.” He also adds, “The garden is an integral part of Le Manoir’s culinary and aesthetic experience. It supplies the restaurant with its daily needs for eight months of the year. Finally, it provides a sensual pleasure for our guests.”
To share his lifelong passion for food, in 1991 Blanc opened the Raymond Blanc Cookery School alongside his gourmet restaurant. Hence, it became the only place in the world where students have the opportunity to learn culinary technique in the kitchens of a two Michelin Star restaurant. L’Ecole de Cuisine has courses ranging from “Learn to Cook in One Day” classes to four-day intensive programs. Therefore anyone can find courses covering everything from how to filet a fish to artisan bread baking. Furthermore, there is also La Petite Ecole for children between the ages 7 to 16 to learn about food. Particularly cources concerning seasonality, free range and organic foods, sustainable farming and nutrition.
Finally, Le Manoir can hold a Civil Wedding Ceremony. From intimate weddings for up to eight guests in the suites to parties of up to 50 in La Belle Epoque. Le Manoir can cater specifically to wedding day dreams. Additionally, the secluded garden will be the perfect backdrop for the wedding photographs.
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