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Sunday, May 28, 2017

Macdonald Bear Hotel in Woodstock, Oxfordshire - Perfect for a Countryside Getaway

On a recent weekend in Oxfordshire, we stayed at the Bear Hotel in Woodstock. Part of Macdonald Hotels & Resorts, the Bear Hotel is a 4-star hotel that offers a slice of luxury in the heart of the countryside. The hotel has 54 individually-styled bedrooms and is set in a period building that was once a 13th-century coaching inn. The facade of the hotel with ivy crawling over the brickwork adds to the charm and character of the old building.

The ivy clad exterior of Macdonald Bear Hotel


The Room


We stayed in one of the Feature rooms - No. 33, the Sir William Chambers room. Chambers was a Scottish-Swedish architect, based in London. Some of his works include Somerset House, the ten-storey pagoda at Kew Gardens, the north front and gallery at Osterley Park, the internal decorations and some other sections in Blenheim Palace, the Chinese temple in Amesbury Hall and the internal decorations at St James's Palace. Chambers was also the architect of the Town Hall of Woodstock (built in 1766), a very nice view of which was afforded from our room.

The room had a living area with sofas, a writing desk, TV, Nespresso machines and tea making facilities. The focal point of the bedroom was a Pencil Post bed. The bed along with the wooden period furniture added to the overall charm of the room. I loved the beautiful free-standing dressing mirror in the room. It was the first thing I noticed as I walked into the bedroom. Chocolates and a bottle of wine had also been presented in our room which was a really nice touch. The only minor gripe was the location of the television in the bedroom. It was on the wrong wall. But since there was another television in the sitting area, it really did not bother us. Overall, the room and the sitting area both were spacious and well furnished. The bed was comfortable and we slept really well on both the nights.

Four poster bed in our room at the Macdonald Bear Hotel

The writing desk in the living area of our room at the Macdonald Bear Hotel

The very comfortable bed in our room at the Macdonald Bear Hotel

Orchid flower in our room at the Macdonald Bear Hotel

Magazines in our room at the Macdonald Bear Hotel

Coffee machine and writing desk in our room at the Macdonald Bear Hotel

One of the views of our room at the Macdonald Bear Hotel

Writing desk in our bedroom the Macdonald Bear Hotel

Information about William Chambers in our bedroom the Macdonald Bear Hotel

Wooden four poster bed in our room at the Macdonald Bear Hotel

Complimentary welcome tray in our room at the Macdonald Bear Hotel

Chocolates in our room at the Macdonald Bear Hotel


The bathroom was compact but clean and well ventilated. Luxurious bathrobes, slippers and toiletries from Arran Apothecary were provided.

Bathroom stocked with luxury bathrobes and toiletries at the Macdonald Bear Hotel


Style and Character


One of the key aspects of the Bear Hotel is its country house charm. As mentioned earlier, the hotel is housed in a building that was a coaching inn in the 13th century. The stone walls, open fireplaces in the public areas, exposed oak beams and collection of antique furniture and artefacts add to the alluring character of the building.

Traditional fireplace in one of the lounges at the Macdonald Bear Hotel

Artefacts and furniture at the Macdonald Bear Hotel

Bear statue at the Macdonald Bear Hotel


Dining


The restaurant at Bear Hotel is a double AA rosette award winner and serves contemporary yet classic British cuisine. While we did not eat dinner at the hotel, we did enjoy breakfast on both the mornings. It was a standard buffet spread of fresh fruit, pastries, yoghurts etc. with cooked options to order. Breakfast was wholesome and flavourful.

Breakfast buffet at the Macdonald Bear Hotel

Hearty Breakfast at the Macdonald Bear Hotel


The hotel has a lounge called the Churchill Lounge which is ideal for enjoying morning coffee or afternoon tea. Spotted sitting at one of the tables in the bar was 'Winston', the bear. He seemed quite popular with the guests especially the younger ones.

Winston the Bear at the Macdonald Bear Hotel

Winston the Bear relaxing in the bar at the Macdonald Bear Hotel


Service


The staff at the hotel was wonderful. Everyone that we dealt with, right from the check-in team to the waiting staff in the restaurant and the housekeeping staff - all were friendly and polite.


Good to Know


Located just a short walk away from Blenheim Palace and with easy access to the historic city of Oxford (around 20 minutes away) and Cotswolds AONB, the Bear Hotel is a popular choice for leisure breaks as well as business travel. In Woodstock, you have a number of independent shops as well as two museums including the Oxfordshire Museum. There is always a lot to explore in Oxfordshire and Cotswolds so you won’t be short of things to see and do. You can enquire at the reception about bus services to Oxford or use the Park and Ride services which add a little more flexibility to your travel plans.

Blenheim palace and the bridge on the grounds



Views of Oxford City from top of St Mary Church
The check-in time is 3 pm and the check-out time is 11 am.
40 complimentary parking spaces are available on the premises.
Room service is available 24 hours a day.

Booking


The hotel has 54 bedrooms and suites. The rooms are categorised into different categories - Classic, Deluxe, Family and Feature. As no two rooms are same, there is a variation in the prices. You can check the latest prices here or use the details below to make a booking.

Macdonald Bear Hotel | Park Street, Woodstock, Oxfordshire - OX20 ISZ
Phone | 0344 879 9143

Welcome board at the entrance of the Macdonald Bear Hotel


*We were hosted by The Bear Hotel during our visit to Oxfordshire. All views expressed in the article are, as always, our own.

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2 comments :

  1. This looks like my kind of place to stay! I adore the bed!!

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  2. Great review. I would definitely be interested in staying here. Just my kind of hotel.

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