The village of Woodstock is 10 miles north of the historic university city of Oxford. Woodstock has a small selection of hotels, some set in historic buildings. The early 18th-century Blenheim Palace, birthplace of Winston Churchill, is a five-minute drive from the town. Now home to the 11th duke of Marlborough, parts of the palace and most of the grounds are open to the public. The surrounding country estate includes a secret garden, butterfly house and maze.
Macdonald Bear Hotel Woodstock
Set in a former coaching inn, the Macdonald Bear Hotel Woodstock retains many original internal features, including oak ceiling beams and open fireplaces with log fires blazing in winter. The hotel has 54 guest rooms, some of which feature four-poster beds and antique furnishings. Golfers can play a round at the North Oxford Golf Club’s 18-hole course, established in 1907. A 15-minute drive from the Macdonald Bear Hotel Woodstock, the club welcomes visiting players.
Blenheim Guest House
Occupying a Georgian townhouse with a courtyard garden on the edge of Woodstock, the Blenheim Guest House is a few minutes’ drive from Blenheim Palace. The on-site tearooms offer continental or cooked breakfasts, light lunches and traditional English afternoon teas. Nearby restaurants serving dinner include Jaan Indian Cuisine and the Woodstock Arms, which serves an international menu. A few steps from the Blenheim Guest House, the Oxfordshire Museum features local history and contemporary arts and crafts.
Kings Arms Hotel
The Kings Arms Hotel combines modern interior decor with Georgian architecture and is located on Market Street, one of Woodstock’s busiest shopping streets. The hotel’s Atrium Restaurant offers a modern British menu featuring such dishes as spiced pigeon breast and organic Shetland salmon. Puddings include traditional English favorites such as Bramley apple and custard tart, and mulled fruit crumble with clotted cream. The bar’s wood-burning stove keeps guests warm in winter, and on Wednesdays, champagne is half price.
The Feathers Hotel
The Feathers Hotel is housed in a 17th-century townhouse and four adjoining, converted cottages in the center of Woodstock. The 16 bedrooms and five suites have chic, contemporary styling with rich fabrics and quirky artwork. The on-site restaurant serves a modern British menu, and the Courtyard offers afternoon tea, which includes homemade scones with Cornish cream and strawberry jam. Steam railway enthusiasts can drive the 30 minutes to Didcot, where the Didcot Railway Centre has an outstanding collection of vintage locomotives, many still in running order.
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