With this in mind, the team at Belmond Le Manoir has created a two night stay that offers the ultimate gastronomic indulgence coupled with suggestions of places to explore. Guests will dine each night at Belmond Le Manoir's exquisite restaurant and have the rare opportunity to glimpse behind the scenes of a two Michelin starred restaurant's kitchen.
For those who simply want to spend a few days away from everyday life, Belmond Le Manoir is surrounded by gardens, including the two-acre vegetable and herb garden, which provides the kitchen and the acclaimed Raymond Blanc Cookery School with ultra-fresh, organic produce. If the sun makes an appearance, there are outdoor games including boules and croquet. For those with small children joining them, there are bicycles to use, as well as a toy box for the bedroom with puzzles, books, games and a Nintendo Wii.
Just a short drive away is historical Oxford with its famous colleges, chocolate-box villages and rolling hills of the Cotswolds to enjoy. One of Raymond's favourite places to visit is the University of Oxford Botanic Garden. It is the grande dame of gardens, as well as being one of the oldest scientific landscapes in the world.
Raymond Blanc fell in love with Oxfordshire when he arrived in England over 30 years ago and he shares his favourite places with guests during their visit to Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons, the two Michelin star restaurant and hotel.
For those visiting in spring, the Oxford Literature Festival (from 25 March to 2 April 2017) is a wonderful event to make time for. This year, Hilary Mantel is among a world-class line-up of speakers and the festival also welcomes novelists, Vikram Seth, Alexander McCall Smith and William Boyd.
There is also an extensive programme for children, including the popular Harry Potter Show, The Magical World of Harry Potter, and appearances by illustrator Nick Sharratt, explorer Justin Miles and detective fiction writer, Robin Stevens.
In the summer, Garsington Opera (from 1 June – 30 July 2017) hosts daily performances in a setting of extraordinary natural beauty. Just 10 minutes drive from Belmond Le Manoir, visitors will find Wormsley Park, former home of the Getty family, where performances take place in the Spectacular Opera Pavilion, which sits within the rolling landscape of the Chiltern Hills.
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