The true origins of Woodstock, Oxfordshire, are lost to history. A mile from the town, Winston Churchill's birthplace, Blenheim Palace, dates to 1715. The palace and Woodstock’s proximity to Oxford eight miles north make this a bustling tourist town. Several English Heritage grade II-listed hotels, including an ultra-luxurious suites-only townhouse, a 13th-century coaching inn, a white-fronted Georgian establishment, and a yellow stone bed-and-breakfast offer friendly accommodations.
Macdonald Bear Hotel
Dating to the 1200s, Woodstock's Macdonald Bear Hotel once provided escape for Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton in its Marlborough Suite. Hardwood floors, sloping ceilings, fireplaces and antique furniture contribute to the atmosphere. Standard room amenities include seating areas, Wi-Fi (a fee applies), robes and mineral water. Upgraded accommodations add original stone walls, armchairs, canopy or four-poster beds, and CD players. Kids receive bubble-bath and activities packs. Dogs are welcome for a fee. Limited free parking is available. The on-site restaurant offers fine dining and contemporary seasonal British cuisine.
Woodstock's English Heritage grade II-listed Hope House is an 18th-century stone townhouse with three luxury two-room suites. All have Italian bed linens and handmade silk duvets and pillows. Bathrooms have Victorian tubs, designer toiletries and heated marble floors. Contemporary amenities include recessed lighting, satellite televisions in the baths, Wi-Fi, Blu-ray players and iPod docks. Guests have reserved parking. Served on bone china in the breakfast room overlooking Woodstock's main street, breakfast features organic ingredients. Freshly squeezed juices, free-range eggs and Cumberland pork sausage are highlights. Less than a minute away, the Hampers Food & Wine Company Café serves fresh deli breakfasts, lunches and snacks.
King's Arms Hotel
In the heart of Woodstock and just over a mile from Blenheim Palace, The Kings Arms Hotel has 15 comfortable Wi-Fi-equipped guest accommodations. Welcoming children 11 and older, rooms have contemporary decor, flat-screen televisions and luxury toiletries. Rates include full English breakfast. The Atrium Restaurant, with gilt mirrors and log-burning stoves, also serves lunch, dinner and tea. The AA rosette-winning blend of classic and contemporary British cuisine focuses on seasonal, local produce. The wood-floored bar offers extensive wine and whiskey selections to accompany fresh sandwiches.
Townhouse Bed and Breakfast
A breakfast with homemade jams and marmalade, served in a garden-view conservatory, is one of the Townhouse Bed and Breakfast's charms. This four-star AA guest house, just behind the Woodstock Town Hall, is a listed building with on-site parking. Its three floors hold six guest rooms, each with a television and DVD player, power shower and designer toiletries. Hotel staff arranges car rentals and taxis, and provides packed lunches for days out. Breakfast includes fresh croissants to accompany homemade preserves, yogurt with fresh fruit, cereals, and full English and vegetarian hot options.
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