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Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons – Oxfordshire, England

As per the maître de maison , Raymond Blanc’s passion infiltrates through the hotel Le Manior Aux Quat’Saisons. With stunning Japanese gardens and open fires throughout, it truly is a house for all seasons. Best known as the grandest and oldest house in this secluded Oxfordshire village, Le Manior Aux Quat’Saisons also has an amazing reputation for impeccable service. With 32 rooms individually designed, a 2-star Michelin restaurant and Raymond Blanc’s cookery school onsite, this hotel is a must-visit if you’re venturing outside of London for the weekend.

Things to do nearby: Raymond Blanc Cookery School

With courses available for all levels and many classes focussing on recipes that are important to Raymond Blanc, the cookery school is something you cannot miss! You’ll find out exactly what inspired Raymond to become the Michelin starred chef he is today, and who knows, after the course, you could be next!

Sir Christopher Wren – Windsor

Perched beside the river in Windsor and with striking views of Eton College, this historic 4-star hotel is the ideal location for a getaway in a quaint, romantic town. Named after Sir Christopher Wren, architect of St Paul’s Cathedral, this remarkable hotel really does inhabit a beautiful spot in Windsor. Along with their Tudor-style bedrooms overlooking the Thames, the restaurant offers an enticing menu of modern British European Cuisine, with dishes such as the Pan fried loin of venison and cumin roasted rump of lamb. As if we couldn’t in love with this hotel anymore, they also offer a typically British roast on Sundays with live jazz that plays you into the evening.

Things to do nearby: Windsor Castle

With the oldest and largest occupied castle, just a short walk around the corner from the hotel, what better way to spend an afternoon than exploring Windsor Castle? Explore the quaint town and the boundless amount of history it has to offer.

Great Fosters Hotel – Egham

Great Fosters hotel is a Grade One listed building situated among 50 acres of stunning gardens and parkland. Basking in its historic glory since 1931, the property is home to two onsite restaurants, The Tudor room and The Estate Grill, with The Tudor room offering a series of tasting menus designed by Head Chef Douglas Balish who was awarded his first Michelin star back in October 2016. The luxury hotel in surrey, has a flawless reputation for service and will leave you feeling as though you have been staying at The Royal Residence itself!

Things to do nearby: Royal Botanic, Kew Gardens

Climb to the treetops, delve into rainforests and explore glasshouses. Kew is world renowned for being the centre of plant knowledge, with incredible gardens and green houses to venture around -it’s the perfect way to spend a Saturday afternoon.

Danesfield House – Marlow

Standing on 65 acres of formal gardens with outstanding views across the River Thames, this charismatic house is beyond unique. Just a 30 minute drive from central London you’ll feel as though you could be anywhere in the world. Whether you’re enjoying their quintessentially British afternoon tea on the terrace or unwinding in the spa, it’s the perfect place to hit the road on a Friday for a relaxing weekend. Their exquisite restaurant is run by Executive Head Chef Billy Reid, who famously turns simple produce into well executed British classics, will complete your stay.

Things to do nearby: Henley Regatta

If you’re there at the right time, the famous Henley Royal Regatta is a 10 minute drive away. One of the best-know regattas in the world, the five day event has as many as 200 races, on all accessible to the public. A great day out and a wonderful opportunity to be part of the ambience whilst enjoying an array of restaurants and bars.

Bailiffscourt Hotel and Spa – Climping

With the smell of crackling log fires luring you in, this is the ultimate country escape for a winter weekend away. Baliffscourt has a unique atmosphere and captivating charisma with its medieval style grounds. The hotel which is family and dog friendly is just a short walk from West Sussex beaches making it an idyllic location for those looking to escape from City life for a weekend of long walks, fresh air and hot chocolates on the beach. The restaurant is brought to life with the medieval architecture, mullioned windows and tapestry-hung walls which make it a stunning setting to enjoy a romantic meal at sundown.

Things to do nearby:  West Sussex beach

Bognos Regis beach is a short drive from the hotel and an ideal place to nab some fresh and enjoy the beachside restaurants and pubs

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