Looking for a fully equipped accommodation in Stratford-upon-Avon? Located in tranquil surroundings just 400 metres from the River Avon you will find the 4 star Macdonald Alveston Manor, timber framed Tudor accommodation offering fantastic facilities and amenities all at affordable prices. It is ideally located to explore Stratford-upon-Avon and its many Shakespearean attractions, only a short 5 minute stroll away, 10 minutes’ walk brings you to the delightful Anne Hathaway’s Cottage and a 20 minute drive brings you to the historic town of Warwick, the beautiful Cotswolds villages are also within easy reach. The Hotel has a luxury spa, sauna, beauty centre and swimming pool, an award winning restaurant, and is ideal for romantic weekends, business meetings, leisure breaks and special occasions.

There are 113 elegant double and twin classic bedrooms traditionally furnished and with all the modern conveniences expected of a top quality accommodation. For that extra special romantic occasion one of Executive rooms or suites which is located in the original building, many with period features overlooking the gardens are an ideal choice. Rooms are equipped with flat screen plasma TV with digital service, air conditioning, direct-dial phone, complimentary bottle water, private bathroom, hair dryer, shower/tub combination, tea/coffee maker, iron/ironing board, complimentary toiletries, wake up calls and wireless internet access (surcharge).

Dining is a tasty experience and is enjoyed in the award winning traditionally furnished Manor Restaurant which specialises in classic British cuisine with a contemporary twist, all produced from the freshest organic produce where possible, all meals are accompanied by  a fine selection of quality wines. For a more relaxed dining experience try the Blue Lounge with its oak --panelled interior with its tasty selection of snacks, morning coffee and quintessential English afternoon teas.

The hotel has a top quality Health & Wellbeing facility with fully trained staff on hand to advise and help you relax to the fullest. The facility includes an indoor swimming pool, steam and sauna room, latest fully equipped Technogym and massage and treatment rooms. The hotel is also well equipped for business meetings with 10 fully equipped meeting/ conference rooms and is ideal for functions such as weddings with banquet facilities.


Facilities
Restaurant, Indoor Swimming Pool, 24 Hour Front desk, ,  Steam Room, Health Club, Sauna, Bar/Lounge, Banquet Facilities, 24 Hour Room Service, Massage/Treatment rooms, Ballroom, Shoe Shine, Patio, Conference/Meeting Facilities, Luggage Storage, Garden, Breakfast(surcharge), Smoke Free property, Parking(surcharge), Dry Cleaning/Laundry Service , Wireless Internet Access(surcharge)

This is a fabulous selection for seeing all Stratford-upon-Avon has to offer and also the nearby Cotswold area of outstanding natural beauty.  See below some of the local areas to visit. 


Local Attractions - Places to see!



The Sheldonian Theatre
The Sheldonian is the earliest major work of the leading architect of his time Sir Christopher Wren, conceived when he was Professor of Astronomy at Oxford. Erected between 1664 and 1669 its design was meant to be like a Roman theatre and today it is used for concerts, public lectures and  for all of Oxfords University’s formal occasions. From the dome of the theatre there are superb vistas of Oxfords spires, the beautifully painted 17th century ceiling is of worthy note.


Chastleton House
Chastleton house is a fine example of a Jacobean country house constructed in gloriously unspoilt surroundings over a five year period between 1607 and 1612 as a powerful statement of wealth by a prosperous wool merchant of the time. The house remained largely unchanged for approximately 400 years until 1991 when the impoverished owners could no longer maintain it and the contents and its interiors gave in to the effects of time. With very little interference during the 21st century this is an enthralling place to visit with an atmosphere little changed by the ravages of time.


Rollright Stones
The Cotswold area is well known for having an abundance of prehistoric remains but one of the finest examples is the Rollright stones. Located on an elevated exposed ridge it is the third most important stone circle after the popular Stonehenge and Avebury and is believed by archaeologists to be around 3500 years old.  There is a plethora of superstitions and legends connected with the stone circle, which are heightened by their desolate exposed setting, one being you cannot tally the same number of stones more than once in the circle.


The World of Mechanical Music
Located in the gorgeous Cotswold town of Northleach is an irreplaceable collection of self-playing musical instruments offered to the visitor as live entertainment. The World of Mechanical Music is a very special place known for its traditional standards of British workmanship, generosity and restoration workshops serving the most astute and discerning customers and collectors from around the world. It has often been depicted as “the best gift shop in the Cotswolds”


Chavenage House
Originally built in 1383 this Tudor house as only been owned by two families. Over the many centuries there have been numerous renovations and additions. During the English Civil Wars the house was owned by the MP for Gloucestershire Col.Nathaniel Stephens who was influenced against his better interests to side for Charles I impeachment and ensuing execution. Shortly after the Kings execution, Col. Stephens died and  the story goes that his ghostly spirit was seen departing Chavenage House in a carriage steered by a headless coachman dressed in Royal garments. 

 
 
Looking to book a 4 star hotel in Oxford? Located in 30 acres of picturesque Oxfordshire countryside the Oxford Thames Four Pillars hotel overlooks the majestic River Thames and is only a short distance from the city of Oxford (10 minute drive away). The hotel offers a unique blend of architectural styles seamlessly incorporating both impressive medieval with contemporary modern and elegant additions. All you need for a memorable stay Leisure Club, Restaurant, Bar/Lounge, Fully equipped Business Centre, Swimming Pool, Luxurious Bedrooms and stunning views.

There are a variety of double room types available including standard, classic, superior and luxury, all of the 62 rooms have en-suite facilities with some rooms in the original house dating back to the 12th century with ornate windows, oak beam  and modern décor, some also have four poster beds, balconies and patios.  All of the additional rooms have been refurbished offering sophisticated style and elegance, many with wonderful views overlooking the surrounding area. All rooms have the most modern facilities and amenities including Cable TV service, Free WI-Fi, Flat Panel TV, Dial-up Internet access(surcharge),Shower/tub combination, Complimentary toiletries, In-room safe, Hair dryer, Phone, Trouser press, Climate control and garden views.

River Room Restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, evening meals and Sunday lunch in stunning surroundings with views over the River Thames. The menu includes the very best of traditional and contemporary dishes produced by the hotels team of chefs from the freshest of ingredients. Enjoy a relaxing drink in the Crusaders bar and lounge area with its high ceilings and original beams or enjoy a relaxing coffee in the coffee shop based in the restaurant. During the summer months guests can enjoy light meals and drinks in the sandstone courtyards or on the river view terrace with breath-taking vistas of the River Thames and the beautiful surrounding countryside,

The hotel’s leisure facility is first class and guests receive complimentary membership for their duration of stay enabling access to the heated swimming pool, outdoor tennis court and fully equipped gymnasium. The Jeromes Leisure Club also includes a steam room and spa bath with an array of beauty treatments including facials, massages and waxing all available at a surcharge.


Facilities
Outdoor Tennis Court, Leisure centre, Air-Conditioned Public areas, Free Parking, 24-Hour Front desk, Indoor Swimming Pool, Sauna, Beauty Services, Currency Exchange, Café or Coffee Shop, Safe-deposit box at front desk, Concierge services, Lift/Elevator, Garden, Dry cleaning/Laundry services, Business Centre, Audiovisual equipment, Secretarial Services, Luggage Storage, Picnic Area, Patio, Room Service, Wedding Service, Conference Facilities, Free Wi-fi, Smoke Free Property,

Located in beautiful Oxfordshire countryside its location is ideal for taking advantage of the many top class tourist attractions in nearby Oxford and the surrounding area.



Local Attractions - Places to see!

Blenheim Palace
Considered one of the most outstanding examples of baroque architecture in the country, Blenheim Palace proudly stands in the Oxfordshire Countryside. In recognition of his great achievement in defeating the French at the Famous Battle of Blenheim in 1704 Queen Anne gave the 1st Duke of Marlborough, John Churchill Blenheim Palace. The ancestral Home is still looked after by the same family it was originally built for and it is now home to the 11th Duke of Marlborough. Many visitors have the opportunity to enjoy the resplendent State rooms, and outstanding assortment of porcelain, paintings and tapestries


Ashmolean Museum
The combination of two age-old institutions: the original Ashmolean Museum and the University Art Collection in 1908 led to the creation of the present day museum. The older of these two institutions in this unification process, the University Art Collection was situated for many years in the Bodleian Library since renamed the Upper Reading Room. Its collection started slowly during the 1620s with a small selection of novelties and portraits displayed on the upper floor in a small room. Later a prominent collection of medals and coins were added by Archbishop Laud in 1636 and by Ralph Freke in 1657 and located in a robust room for protection. This original collection is now amalgamated into the current Ashmolean coin compilation.

 
Oxford Botanic Garden
Botanic gardens are an assortment of plants cultivated for reasons other than just for visual principles. The Oxford Botanic Gardens have arranged their huge collection of plants in many exciting, sensitive and eye-catching displays. Gardeners from around the world visit here seeking inspiration from the displays hoping to recreate the effect in a small way back at home in their own gardens. There are many new plant species on display in the beds and borders, and with the visitor in mind all clearly identified with the relevant information.


Rollright Stones
The Cotswold area is well known for having an abundance of prehistoric remains but one of the finest examples is the Rollright stones. Located on an elevated exposed ridge it is the third most important stone circle after the popular Stonehenge and Avebury and is believed by archaeologists to be around 3500 years old.  There is a plethora of superstitions and legends connected with the stone circle, which are heightened by their desolate exposed setting, one being you cannot tally the same number of stones more than once in the circle.


Chedworth Roman Villa
The Chedworth Roman Villa is a great place to visit to experience and improve your understanding of the roman way of life with the clever use of interactive attractions and a variety of events being performed. It is one of the finest examples of Romano-British villas featuring two bathhouses, latrine, several outstanding mosaics, ancient Roman under floor heating system (hypocaust), and a water shrine. The onsite museum also features artefacts found on site during archaeological excavations.

 
 
Looking to book a luxury accommodation in Oxford? Located just half a mile (15 minute walk) from the city centre yet set in 40 acres of beautiful peaceful parkland the Oxford Spires Four Pillars offers an elegant setting and quality amenities including a health club, restaurant, and bar/lounge, business centre, free car parking and affordable en-suite rooms.

The hotel offers a range of varying room types to accommodate all requirements and budgets including Standard Rooms, Connoisseur Doubles and Classic Doubles. The 170 en-suite bedrooms offer affordable options for business guests and tourists wishing to take advantage of all the attractions in the surrounding area. The rooms are well equipped with Digital TV, phone, private bathroom, shower/tub combination, complimentary toiletries, Hypo-allergenic bedding, coffee/tea making facilities, safe, iron/ironing board, sofa bed, Wireless Internet access, infant beds available, In-room massage available, many with outstanding views of the surrounding parkland.

The hotel offers the Willows Leisure Club including an indoor heated pool designed around old Roman Baths, steam room, sauna and the fully equipped modern gymnasium. The Leisure club also boast a beauty room with a comprehensive range of luxurious beauty treatments and therapies including massages, facials and body treatments.

Breakfast, lunch, evening’s meals and a Sunday carvery are enjoyed in the Deacons restaurant with its huge windows overlooking the expansive parkland. The menu provides a delightful selection of contemporary dishes produced from the freshest ingredients available by the hotel’s expert team of chefs. If you prefer a light snack or meal and a cosy relaxing drink the Deacons Bar and Lounge area is the ideal venue. The Cathedral Suite is the perfect location for a wedding or other function with capacity for 180 guests with its own air conditioned lounge and bar area, there are also a selection of smaller more intimate function rooms comfortably catering for smaller parties.


Facilities

Indoor Swimming Pool, Health Club, Air-Conditioned public areas, Multilingual Staff, Lift/Elevator, Banquet Facilities, Business centre, Wireless Internet Access, 24 Hour Front Desk, Beauty Services, Sauna, Luggage Storage, Conference room, Hair Salon, Restaurant, Massage-Spa Treatments, room Service, Steam Room, Picnic Area, Patio.

The Oxford Spires Four Pillars hotel is a top choice hotel in wonderful surroundings yet within close proximity of Oxford City centre and all the surrounding attractions.



Local Attractions - Places to see!


Ashmolean Museum

The combination of two age-old institutions: the original Ashmolean Museum and the University Art Collection in 1908 led to the creation of the present day museum. The older of these two institutions in this unification process, the University Art Collection was situated for many years in the Bodleian Library since renamed the Upper Reading Room. Its collection started slowly during the 1620s with a small selection of novelties and portraits displayed on the upper floor in a small room. Later a prominent collection of medals and coins were added by Archbishop Laud in 1636 and by Ralph Freke in 1657 and located in a robust room for protection. This original collection is now amalgamated into the current Ashmolean coin compilation.

 
Oxford Botanic Garden
Botanic gardens are an assortment of plants cultivated for reasons other than just for visual principles. The Oxford Botanic Gardens have arranged their huge collection of plants in many exciting, sensitive and eye-catching displays. Gardeners from around the world visit here seeking inspiration from the displays hoping to recreate the effect in a small way back at home in their own gardens. There are many new plant species on display in the beds and borders, and with the visitor in mind all clearly identified with the relevant information.


The Radcliffe Camera
The Radcliffe Camera located in South Parks Road is a sizeable rounded structure with a distinguished dome, built between 1737 and 1749 by James Gibbs with money bestowed by John Radcliffe the well-known physician (1650-1749). Originally intended to house the collection of books belonging to Radcliffe, in 1860 the Trustees of Dr Radcliffe’s will took the decision to transfer all works on sciences to buildings in the University museum. This now forms the core of what is now the world renowned Radcliffe Science Library.



The Sheldonian Theatre
The Sheldonian is the earliest major work of the leading architect of his time Sir Christopher Wren, conceived when he was Professor of Astronomy at Oxford. Erected between 1664 and 1669 its design was meant to be like a Roman theatre and today it is used for concerts, public lectures and  for all of Oxfords University’s formal occasions. From the dome of the theatre there are superb vistas of Oxfords spires, the beautifully painted 17th century ceiling is of worthy note.


Coughton Court
Since 1409 Coughton Court has been the residence of the Throckmorton family. It claims a distinctive place in the annals of English history with its infamous associations with the Gunpowder Plot of 1605. The house is situated amongst 25 acres of some of the finest gardens in England with outstanding views cross the Warwickshire countryside. There is an excellent example of a knot garden leading onto wonderful lawns, a courtyard and Tudor gatehouse with fine Elizabethen Half-timbering, typical of its time.

 

 
 
Looking to book an affordable hotel in Oxford? The Mercure Oxford Eastgate Hotel is an affordable 3 star rated accommodation located in the centre of the city close to the University Botanic Gardens and Christ Church College. This former 17th century inn has been converted into a modern hotel with contemporary décor, internet access and air conditioning and offers all the facilities expected by todays discerning guests whilst at the same time retaining many of its original features giving the hotel a warm and friendly atmosphere. Its superb location makes it an excellent base to explore Oxford and the surrounding area.

The hotel has over 60 bedrooms offering a choice for all requirements and budgets including standard doubles, singles or twin all tastefully decorated in warm soft shades and furnished in contemporary fixtures and fittings. The Executive double and twin rooms are more spacious and equipped with the same comfortable beds, and luxurious bed linen and some with views of Ruskin School and Magdalen Tower. The Ruskin Suite has been tastefully refurbished in the design of a Don’s bedroom and is very elegant and in keeping with the character of the surrounding area .A number of the rooms are suitable for family use with sofa beds which convert into a relaxing third bed and cots and baby facilities. Whatever room you choose they are fully equipped with all the modern conveniences including Satellite TV service, LCD Television, Private bathrooms, Shower/bathtub combination,  Direct-dial phone, Hypo-allergenic bedding, and Wireless Internet access (surcharge), Tea/Coffee making, Desk, Wake-up calls, Trouser press and Hairdryer.

Dining takes place in the warm and welcoming award winning AA Rosette “High Table Brasserie” serving a scrumptious tasty breakfast and contemporary European cuisine from the finest local produce. Enjoy a drink in the popular and lively “Mertons Bar” a firm favourite with the university students and locals alike.


Facilities
Air Condition public areas, Dry cleaning/Laundry service, multiple small conference rooms, Smoke free property throughout, 24 hour front desk, Restaurant, Bar, Wireless Internet access (surcharge), and Room service (24 hours)Modern Contemporary Bedrooms, Family Rooms,

A great hotel full of character and charm and in the ideal location to explore the City of Oxford and the beautiful surrounding area of the Cotswolds, favourite attractions can be found below.


Local Attractions - Places to see!

Blenheim Palace
Considered one of the most outstanding examples of baroque architecture in the country, Blenheim Palace proudly stands in the Oxfordshire Countryside. In recognition of his great achievement in defeating the French at the Famous Battle of Blenheim in 1704 Queen Anne gave the 1st Duke of Marlborough, John Churchill Blenheim Palace. The ancestral Home is still looked after by the same family it was originally built for and it is now home to the 11th Duke of Marlborough. Many visitors have the opportunity to enjoy the resplendent State rooms, and outstanding assortment of porcelain, paintings and tapestries


Oxford Botanic Garden
Botanic gardens are an assortment of plants cultivated for reasons other than just for visual principles. The Oxford Botanic Gardens have arranged their huge collection of plants in many exciting, sensitive and eye-catching displays. Gardeners from around the world visit here seeking inspiration from the displays hoping to recreate the effect in a small way back at home in their own gardens. There are many new plant species on display in the beds and borders, and with the visitor in mind all clearly identified with the relevant information.


The Radcliffe Camera
The Radcliffe Camera located in South Parks Road is a sizeable rounded structure with a distinguished dome, built between 1737 and 1749 by James Gibbs with money bestowed by John Radcliffe the well-known physician (1650-1749). Originally intended to house the collection of books belonging to Radcliffe, in 1860 the Trustees of Dr Radcliffe’s will took the decision to transfer all works on sciences to buildings in the University museum. This now forms the core of what is now the world renowned Radcliffe Science Library.


Chastleton House
Chastleton house is a fine example of a Jacobean country house constructed in gloriously unspoilt surroundings over a five year period between 1607 and 1612 as a powerful statement of wealth by a prosperous wool merchant of the time. The house remained largely unchanged for approximately 400 years until 1991 when the impoverished owners could no longer maintain it and the contents and its interiors gave in to the effects of time. With very little interference during the 21st century this is an enthralling place to visit with an atmosphere little changed by the ravages of time.


Rollright Stones
The Cotswold area is well known for having an abundance of prehistoric remains but one of the finest examples is the Rollright stones. Located on an elevated exposed ridge it is the third most important stone circle after the popular Stonehenge and Avebury and is believed by archaeologists to be around 3500 years old.  There is a plethora of superstitions and legends connected with the stone circle, which are heightened by their desolate exposed setting, one being you cannot tally the same number of stones more than once in the circle.

 
 
Looking to book a luxury boutique Hotel in Oxford? Located in St. Giles this beautiful boutique hotel is close to St. Johns, Somerville and Keble College’s and dates back to 1660 and exudes typical Oxford charm and style. The Old Parsonage Hotel offers 30 bedrooms, restaurant, bar, 3 terraces and a private room with an outstanding club atmosphere, the hotel is cleverly decorated in both traditional and modern styles adding to the overall ambience. It is only 5 minutes stroll from Oxford town centre and all its attractions, and less than one hour from London, it is a  sanctuary of peace and tranquillity and feels like a countryside retreat with its real fire warming the delightful lobby area.

The 30 bedrooms offer Standard double or twin and, deluxe double or twin spread over 2 floors around a delightful and peaceful lavender and herb roof garden. All rooms have marble en-suite facilities, REN toiletries and ooze quality and style with handmade VI spring beds, white cotton duvets, satellite TV,DVD player, air-conditioning, tea/coffee tray, home-made shortbread, complimentary broadband access, phone, minibar, daily housekeeping, bathrobes, hairdryer, in-room safe, clock radio, wake up calls and turndown service. One highlight of any stay at the Old Parsonage are the luxurious health and beauty in-room treatments that are available including facials, manicures and pedicures to name but a few .

Breakfast is served in the hotel’s restaurant as well as an extensive lunch, afternoon tea or evening dinner, all prepared from the very best of produce available and delivered with first class service. To accompany the superb menu is an accompanying list of selected wines to compliment your choice of menu, all at reasonable prices. During the summer months meals can be taken on the hotels renowned walled terrace, the location is a firm favourite of many of the cities academics. The bar/lounge area is the ideal place for family and friends to relax and unwind in the club like atmosphere. The hotel is also suitable for business meetings held in the Pike Room the ideal choice for a year round venue catering for up to 16 delegates.


Facilities
Free parking, Safe-deposit box at front desk, bar/Lounge, Restaurant, Dry Cleaning/Laundry Service, 24 Hour front desk Porter/Bellhop, Free Wi-fi, Conference Facilities, Breakfast available(surcharge), Babysitting/childcare, Air conditioning in public areas, Room Service, Wedding services.

A superb quality boutique hotel with all modern amenities set in a historical setting, the hotel offers guests the use of house bikes for city tours or complimentary walking tours with the hotel’s resident art connoisseur. The hotel is ideally located to use as a base for exploring all the local attractions including:


Local Attractions - Places to see!


The North Cotswold Museum
Find out all you need to know about the past of the wonderful market town of Chipping Norton at the delightful and quaint North Cotswold Museum. It offers an excellent range of interesting, varied and educational exhibits ranging between Roman and ancient pre-historic relics to the very well-liked Chipping Norton Baseball club exhibition. There is also a fine section examining Chipping Norton during the war years as well as historic farming displays.


Bourton House Garden
These magnificent modern gardens have been fashioned around the beautiful manor house, dating back to the 18th century, as well as the 16th century Grade 1 listed Tithe Barn. Lanning Roper originally planted the gardens back in the 1960s in a formal style with wide herbaceous colourful borders filled with a delightful selection of varied plants, water features with a cleverly designed  raised basket pond, hedges and knot garden all divided neatly by a series of walls. There is a lovely topiary walk with inspirational topiary all around and a delightful shade house designed especially for shade loving plants.


Chipping Campden
Sheltering in a conservation area, in peaceful beautiful countryside, you will find the quintessential old wool merchant’s town of Chipping Camden. It has much to offer including a variety of beautiful buildings providing an overabundance of architectural types and styles; it’s easy to see why it has the reputation for having the most beautiful High Street in the country. Well worth a visit is the delightful area around St James Church and straight through to Dover’s Hill. This is truly one of the most outstanding areas of the Cotswolds.


Blenheim Palace
Considered one of the most outstanding examples of baroque architecture in the country, Blenheim Palace proudly stands in the Oxfordshire Countryside. In recognition of his great achievement in defeating the French at the Famous Battle of Blenheim in 1704 Queen Anne gave the 1st Duke of Marlborough, John Churchill Blenheim Palace. The ancestral Home is still looked after by the same family it was originally built for and it is now home to the 11th Duke of Marlborough. Many visitors have the opportunity to enjoy the resplendent State rooms, and outstanding assortment of porcelain, paintings and tapestries.


Cotswold Wildlife Park & Gardens
This is one of the most outstanding Wildlife attractions in England and undoubtedly one of Oxfordshire’s top tourist attractions. There is an excellent assortment of animals, gardens and beautiful designed parkland that will appeal to visitors of all ages. Visitors walking through the strikingly designed walled gardens have the opportunity to view many beautifully coloured tropical birds. There are many rare and endangered species exhibited in the assortment of enclosures including in the Madagascar enclosure, firm favorites like meerkats, penguins and free-roaming lemurs.

 
 

Looking to book an affordable accommodation in Oxford? Ideally located on the High Street in the historical centre of Oxford is The Old Bank Hotel offering comfortable, contemporary and chic accommodation. Formerly a flagship Barclays bank this impressive Georgian building was converted and refurbished by a business entrepreneur into a quality hotel in the 1990’s and as built itself an enviable reputation since as one of the top hotels in Oxford. The hotel offers unparalleled levels of service, spacious accommodation, free parking and superb location being close to Magdalen Bridge, Botanic gardens, Merton, Oriel and All Souls College, Oxford train station is a short 15minute walk away.

The hotels offer 42 spacious air conditioned rooms decorated to the highest standards with marble bathrooms embellished with works of art, bath and shower, complimentary toiletries ,bathrobes, stunning views of the legendary towers and spires of Radcliffe Camera, Bodelian Library and All Souls College. The rooms have retained many period features but benefit from air conditioning, quality fixtures and fittings and Satellite TV Service, Phone, Complimentary Newspapers water and home-made biscuits, Iron/Ironing Board, In-room safe, Free Wi-fi, Climate control. Some of the rooms can easily accommodate an extra bed and for families that require additional space interconnecting rooms are available.

Breakfast is served in the popular and modern Bistro Quod with its bar and heated terrace where diners can partake in a morning coffee or later in the day an excellent 2 course lunch and cocktail. The restaurant offers a creative and varied menu consisting of Modern British cuisine and Mediterranean favourites and as a vibrant atmosphere which is enhanced with a live jazz session every Sunday, it also has some of the finest views overlooking Radcliffe Square. The hotel is a superb choice for meetings and special occasions; there are contemporary lavish fully equipped conference facilities which can be easily transformed into stunning function rooms with private dining.


Facilities
Restaurant, Bar/Lounge, Laundry Facilities, 24-hour front desk, Free Wi-fi, Baby sitting or childcare, Room Service, Lift/Elevator, Express Check-in/Check-out, Meeting/Conference Room, Free Parking, Shoe shine, Luggage storage, Rooftop terrace, Library, Quality Accommodation.

For that special occasion the Old Bank Hotel is hard to better for its location, style, elegance and affordability. It is well placed to explore all that the historical city of Oxford has to offer and the surrounding area.


Local Attractions - Places to see!

Oxford Botanic Garden

Botanic gardens are an assortment of plants cultivated for reasons other than just for visual principles. The Oxford Botanic Gardens have arranged their huge collection of plants in many exciting, sensitive and eye-catching displays. Gardeners from around the world visit here seeking inspiration from the displays hoping to recreate the effect in a small way back at home in their own gardens. There are many new plant species on display in the beds and borders, and with the visitor in mind all clearly identified with the relevant information.


The Radcliffe Camera
The Radcliffe Camera located in South Parks Road is a sizeable rounded structure with a distinguished dome, built between 1737 and 1749 by James Gibbs with money bestowed by John Radcliffe the well-known physician (1650-1749). Originally intended to house the collection of books belonging to Radcliffe, in 1860 the Trustees of Dr Radcliffe’s will took the decision to transfer all works on sciences to buildings in the University museum. This now forms the core of what is now the world renowned Radcliffe Science Library.


The Sheldonian Theatre
The Sheldonian is the earliest major work of the leading architect of his time Sir Christopher Wren, conceived when he was Professor of Astronomy at Oxford. Erected between 1664 and 1669 its design was meant to be like a Roman theatre and today it is used for concerts, public lectures and  for all of Oxfords University’s formal occasions. From the dome of the theatre there are superb vistas of Oxfords spires, the beautifully painted 17th century ceiling is of worthy note.


Chavenage House

Originally built in 1383 this Tudor house as only been owned by two families. Over the many centuries there have been numerous renovations and additions. During the English Civil Wars the house was owned by the MP for Gloucestershire Col.Nathaniel Stephens who was influenced against his better interests to side for Charles I impeachment and ensuing execution. Shortly after the Kings execution, Col. Stephens died and  the story goes that his ghostly spirit was seen departing Chavenage House in a carriage steered by a headless coachman dressed in Royal garments. 


Broadway
One of the most Beautiful Cotswold villages surely as to be Broadway, it is only 2 hours from central London and is the gateway to the Cotswolds. There is a delightful mixture of picturesque buff coloured stone cottages, period houses and a wide tree lined High Street that has been enticing tourists for many years. Shopping facilities at Broadway are a delight with an abundance of Gift shops, Designer Jewellery, the finest quality Antique Furnishings, and paintings. There are a variety of shops to meet everybody’s needs and budgets, a real gem of a place to visit.

 

 
 
Looking to book a luxury hotel in Oxford? Located in the very heart of Oxford, and only a short stroll from the picturesque riverside, it is also very close to many of its top attractions such as the Ashmolean Museum, Sheldonian Theatre, Covered Market and Exeter College. The Macdonald Randolph Hotel is a luxurious hotel offering an award winning 2 AA Rosette restaurant and bar, luxury spa and elegant bedrooms. The hotel is famous for the flawless service it provides to its guests in beautiful sumptuous and elegant surroundings. The 151 delightful bedrooms have en-suite facilities and provide unparalleled style, comfort, period features, high ceilings  and modern facilities including Refrigerator, Tea/Coffee Maker, Hypo-allergenic bedding, Hair Dryer, Air conditioning, Direct-dial phone, Complimentary Bottled water, Minibar, Designer toiletries, Satellite TV Service, Flat screen TV, Wake up calls, Iron/Ironing board and complimentary newspapers and WI-fi access. Adjoining rooms are available for family breaks and for that extra touch of luxury choose either a deluxe suite or Four Poster rooms.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner takes place in the award winning restaurant which provides a creative and imaginative menu of fine cuisine produced from the finest ingredients available. To complement the meals the hotel has an impressive collection of quality wines from around the world, something to suit all tastes and budgets. The renowned “Randolph Afternoon Tea” is provided in the historic setting of the hotels Drawing Room with a delightful and unforgettable selection of homemade sandwiches, scones and cakes. The hotel has the perfect location to relax in after a hard days sightseeing with the famous “Morse Bar” or its luxury spa located in the hotels cellar. The Spa area is a peaceful haven with different stylish treatment and massage areas including bio and rock saunas, mini gym and hydrotherapy Jacuzzi and aroma steam rooms. Available treatments include body scrubs, facials, body massages, manicures, pedicures and aromatherapy to name but a few of the more popular ones.

This hotel offers a tasteful mix of period luxury with all the modern amenities expected of a five star hotel offering commercial and business services with a selection of conference and banqueting suites with capacity for 300 guests or delegates.


Facilities

Disabled facilities, Wedding Licence, Wi-Fi available, Restaurant, Lounge, Bar, Sauna, Gymnasium, Satellite TV, Jacuzzi, Satellite TV, Meeting/Banqueting Facilities, Car Parking on site(Fees apply), Non Smoking Throughout, 24 Hour Reception, Safety Deposit Box, Concierge, Currency Exchange, Wake UP Calls, Valet/Laundry Service, Private Dining Services, Porter, Coffee/Tea making facilities, Hairdryers, Iron/Ironing Board, Telephone in rooms, Luxury Spa.

A beautiful 5 star accommodation in the very heart of Oxford and in a central location to explore the nearby attractions.  Take a look at our section below for a few things to do in the surrounding area.  


Local Attractions - Places to see!


Ashmolean Museum

The combination of two age-old institutions: the original Ashmolean Museum and the University Art Collection in 1908 led to the creation of the present day museum. The older of these two institutions in this unification process, the University Art Collection was situated for many years in the Bodleian Library since renamed the Upper Reading Room. Its collection started slowly during the 1620s with a small selection of novelties and portraits displayed on the upper floor in a small room. Later a prominent collection of medals and coins were added by Archbishop Laud in 1636 and by Ralph Freke in 1657 and located in a robust room for protection. This original collection is now amalgamated into the current Ashmolean coin compilation.


The Radcliffe Camera
The Radcliffe Camera located in South Parks Road is a sizeable rounded structure with a distinguished dome, built between 1737 and 1749 by James Gibbs with money bestowed by John Radcliffe the well-known physician (1650-1749). Originally intended to house the collection of books belonging to Radcliffe, in 1860 the Trustees of Dr Radcliffe’s will took the decision to transfer all works on sciences to buildings in the University museum. This now forms the core of what is now the world renowned Radcliffe Science Library.


The Sheldonian Theatre

The Sheldonian is the earliest major work of the leading architect of his time Sir Christopher Wren, conceived when he was Professor of Astronomy at Oxford. Erected between 1664 and 1669 its design was meant to be like a Roman theatre and today it is used for concerts, public lectures and  for all of Oxfords University’s formal occasions. From the dome of the theatre there are superb vistas of Oxfords spires, the beautifully painted 17th century ceiling is of worthy note.


Broadway

One of the most Beautiful Cotswold villages surely as to be Broadway, it is only 2 hours from central London and is the gateway to the Cotswolds. There is a delightful mixture of picturesque buff coloured stone cottages, period houses and a wide tree lined High Street that has been enticing tourists for many years. Shopping facilities at Broadway are a delight with an abundance of Gift shops, Designer Jewellery, the finest quality Antique Furnishings, and paintings. There are a variety of shops to meet everybody’s needs and budgets, a real gem of a place to visit.


Bibury

Located in the Gloucestershire, Bibury is situated on the River Coln only 9 miles from Burford one of the many market towns of the Cotswolds. William Morris once expressed his opinion that Bibury was ‘the most beautiful village in the Cotswold’s’. One of the most popular tourist attractions of the village is Arlington Row a group of very early cottages dating back to the 16th century with their steeply pitched roofs overlooking a water meadow and the river. The village centre is huddled around the important Saxon church of St. Mary’s which houses many replicas of Saxon remains; the originals are currently exhibited in the British Museum.


 
 
Looking to book a quality hotel in Oxford? The Linton Lodge was formerly a row of Edwardian houses which have been modernised and converted into a quality hotel whilst at the same time retaining many of the period features. The hotel is located in a tranquil residential area just a few minutes’ walk away from the hustle and bustle and amenities of the city centre, it benefits from free parking, 24 hour room service, several function rooms suitable for Private Dining, Parties, Weddings and business conferences, large garden of one and a half acres with croquet lawn and 9 hole putting green.

There are 70 well-appointed and individually designed bedrooms suitable for all requirements and budgets including Doubles. Twins and Singles with the following facilities and amenities, Satellite TV, Complimentary toiletries, Hairdryer, Tea and coffee making facilities, Iron & Ironing board, Safety Deposit box, Telephone, Wake up calls, Free Internet Access and 24 hour room service. Meals are taken in the Linton’s Restaurant serving a selection of menus including à la Carte and table d'hôte, the well-stocked bar provides light meals and snacks in a more relaxed and casual atmosphere.


Facilities
Restaurant, Room Service, Safety Deposit Box, Lift/Elevator, 24 Hour front desk, Safe-deposit box at front desk, Coffee makers in rooms, No Smoking throughout, Disabled Facilities, Lounge, Porters, Wedding Services, Banquet/Meeting Facilities, Internet Access, Multilingual Staff, Copy Service, Smoke Detectors, City Centre Location, Free Parking, Bar, Guest Laundromat, Wake up calls, data port available.

The Best Western Lodge is ideally located to take advantage of all the attractions in Oxford, Close to the beautiful River Cherwell and only one hour by train from London and half hour by car from Warwick and Stratford with all their attractions. The nearby Cotswold is on the hotels doorstep so if its sightseeing you want then this hotel would make an excellent base to start from.  See our section below for some things to do and see whilst in Oxford. 


Local Attractions - Places to see!

Chipping Campden
Sheltering in a conservation area, in peaceful beautiful countryside, you will find the quintessential old wool merchant’s town of Chipping Camden. It has much to offer including a variety of beautiful buildings providing an overabundance of architectural types and styles; it’s easy to see why it has the reputation for having the most beautiful High Street in the country. Well worth a visit is the delightful area around St James Church and straight through to Dover’s Hill. This is truly one of the most outstanding areas of the Cotswolds.


Blenheim Palace
Considered one of the most outstanding examples of baroque architecture in the country, Blenheim Palace proudly stands in the Oxfordshire Countryside. In recognition of his great achievement in defeating the French at the Famous Battle of Blenheim in 1704 Queen Anne gave the 1st Duke of Marlborough, John Churchill Blenheim Palace. The ancestral Home is still looked after by the same family it was originally built for and it is now home to the 11th Duke of Marlborough. Many visitors have the opportunity to enjoy the resplendent State rooms, and outstanding assortment of porcelain, paintings and tapestries.


The Radcliffe Camera
The Radcliffe Camera located in South Parks Road is a sizeable rounded structure with a distinguished dome, built between 1737 and 1749 by James Gibbs with money bestowed by John Radcliffe the well-known physician (1650-1749). Originally intended to house the collection of books belonging to Radcliffe, in 1860 the Trustees of Dr Radcliffe’s will took the decision to transfer all works on sciences to buildings in the University museum. This now forms the core of what is now the world renowned Radcliffe Science Library.


The Sheldonian Theatre
The Sheldonian is the earliest major work of the leading architect of his time Sir Christopher Wren, conceived when he was Professor of Astronomy at Oxford. Erected between 1664 and 1669 its design was meant to be like a Roman theatre and today it is used for concerts, public lectures and  for all of Oxfords University’s formal occasions. From the dome of the theatre there are superb vistas of Oxfords spires, the beautifully painted 17th century ceiling is of worthy note.


Chastleton House
Chastleton house is a fine example of a Jacobean country house constructed in gloriously unspoilt surroundings over a five year period between 1607 and 1612 as a powerful statement of wealth by a prosperous wool merchant of the time. The house remained largely unchanged for approximately 400 years until 1991 when the impoverished owners could no longer maintain it and the contents and its interiors gave in to the effects of time. With very little interference during the 21st century this is an enthralling place to visit with an atmosphere little changed by the ravages of time.

 
 
Looking to book a quality hotel in Oxford? Located in a peaceful and idyllic setting the Hawkwell House Hotel is only 400 metres from a beautiful old Norman church in the village of Iffley and on the banks of the River Thames. This outstanding accommodation is set in 3 acres of manicured gardens and just a pleasant walk along the river to the city centre.

The recently renovated rooms are decorated and furnished to a very high standard and offer numerous facilities to suit all budgets and requirements. Room types available include Single, Double and twin as well as more specialist rooms such as Honeymoon suite, Four Poster Beds and family rooms. Depending on room type, facilities include Blackout curtains, complimentary bottled waters, wake up calls, private bathrooms, complimentary eco-friendly toiletries, satellite TV service, direct-dial phone, Free Wi-Fi, King size beds, in-room Jacuzzi, solid oak four poster bed, power showers.

Dining at the hotel is taken in the Arezzo Restaurant with the head chef producing delicious contemporary British cuisine from the freshest local produce available, so popular is the restaurant its best to book in advance to avoid disappointment. The terrace lounge and bar overlooking the gardens is a great place to retreat to for drinks and relaxation with friends and family.


Facilities                                                                      
Restaurant, Complimentary newspapers in lobby, Bar/Lounge, Multiple meeting rooms, Dry Cleaning services, Room Service, Free Car Parking, 24 Hour front desk, Banquet facilities, Ballroom(s), Lift/Elevator, Wedding services, Airport transportation(Surcharge), Free Breakfast, Smoke free Property, Free Wi-fi, TV in lobby, audio visual equipment.

The Hawkwell House Hotel is ideally located to explore all the historic buildings of nearby Oxford with wonderful views of the River Thames and the surrounding area. The Cotswolds area of outstanding natural beauty is just a short drive away, there are many major attractions nearby, of which you can find some below.


Cotswold Motoring Museum
If you find the history of motoring fascinating then you will really enjoy a day out at the Cotswold Motoring Museum, here you will find fabulous exhibitions of some of the world’s most esteemed models. There’s something new and surprising at every turn from the latest exhibitions of glamour cars to the home of the famous superhero car ‘Brum’. There’s plenty to occupy all the family with loads of activities, games and quizzes, a great family day out.


Chipping Campden
Sheltering in a conservation area, in peaceful beautiful countryside, you will find the quintessential old wool merchant’s town of Chipping Camden. It has much to offer including a variety of beautiful buildings providing an overabundance of architectural types and styles; it’s easy to see why it has the reputation for having the most beautiful High Street in the country. Well worth a visit is the delightful area around St James Church and straight through to Dover’s Hill. This is truly one of the most outstanding areas of the Cotswolds.


Blenheim Palace
Considered one of the most outstanding examples of baroque architecture in the country, Blenheim Palace proudly stands in the Oxfordshire Countryside. In recognition of his great achievement in defeating the French at the Famous Battle of Blenheim in 1704 Queen Anne gave the 1st Duke of Marlborough, John Churchill Blenheim Palace. The ancestral Home is still looked after by the same family it was originally built for and it is now home to the 11th Duke of Marlborough. Many visitors have the opportunity to enjoy the resplendent State rooms, and outstanding assortment of porcelain, paintings and tapestries.


Ashmolean Museum
The combination of two age-old institutions: the original Ashmolean Museum and the University Art Collection in 1908 led to the creation of the present day museum. The older of these two institutions in this unification process, the University Art Collection was situated for many years in the Bodleian Library since renamed the Upper Reading Room. Its collection started slowly during the 1620s with a small selection of novelties and portraits displayed on the upper floor in a small room. Later a prominent collection of medals and coins were added by Archbishop Laud in 1636 and by Ralph Freke in 1657 and located in a robust room for protection. This original collection is now amalgamated into the current Ashmolean coin compilation.


Oxford Botanic Garden
Botanic gardens are an assortment of plants cultivated for reasons other than just for visual principles. The Oxford Botanic Gardens have arranged their huge collection of plants in many exciting, sensitive and eye-catching displays. Gardeners from around the world visit here seeking inspiration from the displays hoping to recreate the effect in a small way back at home in their own gardens. There are many new plant species on display in the beds and borders, and with the visitor in mind all clearly identified with the relevant information.


 
 
Looking to book a hotel in Oxford? The Holiday Inn Express Oxford is a conveniently located hotel within a hours drive of London Heathrow Airport and only 15 minutes away from the historic centre of Oxford. It is also located next to the Kassam Stadium and within a short walk of the popular “Ozone Leisure Park’s gym and swimming pool, selection of restaurants and multiplex cinema.

There are a good selection of room types including Twin, Double and twin and double with disability access, adjoining rooms available, all rooms are contemporary in design and brightly decorated and well lit with a number of features including power showers, wi-fi and satellite TV, coffee/tea maker, iron/ironing board, desk, private bathroom, hair dryer, direct-dial phone, sofa bed, wireless internet with surcharge and in-room safe.

A complimentary buffet Breakfast is available daily with hot and cold options with scrambled eggs and sausage being a firm favourite with guests in the hotel breakfast room  which as a seating capacity for one hundred guests. There is also a relaxing lobby area where guests can enjoy a selection of drinks and watch the excellent TV sports presentations or take advantage of the hotel’s discounted access rates to the nearby “Ozone Leisure Park”. There are a number of quality take-away restaurants nearby who deliver food to guests to enjoy in the bar/lounge area.


Facilities
Bar, Non-smoking rooms, Elevator/Lift, 24 – Hour front desk, Safety deposit box, Banquet/Meeting Facilities, Express check-in/ check-out, Wireless Internet Access(Surcharge), Photocopying/Fax, Facilities for disabled guests, Air conditioned public areas, Free Parking, Business Services, Discount rates for Leisure centre, Currency exchange, Event Catering, Multilingual Staff, Luggage Storage.

The hotel is superbly placed to explore Oxford and the nearby Cotswold area of outstanding beauty, some of which can be found below.


Local Attractions - Places to see!

Blenheim Palace
Considered one of the most outstanding examples of baroque architecture in the country, Blenheim Palace proudly stands in the Oxfordshire Countryside. In recognition of his great achievement in defeating the French at the Famous Battle of Blenheim in 1704 Queen Anne gave the 1st Duke of Marlborough, John Churchill Blenheim Palace. The ancestral Home is still looked after by the same family it was originally built for and it is now home to the 11th Duke of Marlborough. Many visitors have the opportunity to enjoy the resplendent State rooms, and outstanding assortment of porcelain, paintings and tapestries.


Cotswold Wildlife Park & Gardens
This is one of the most outstanding Wildlife attractions in England and undoubtedly one of Oxfordshire’s top tourist attractions. There is an excellent assortment of animals, gardens and beautiful designed parkland that will appeal to visitors of all ages. Visitors walking through the strikingly designed walled gardens have the opportunity to view many beautifully coloured tropical birds. There are many rare and endangered species exhibited in the assortment of enclosures including in the Madagascar enclosure, firm favorites like meerkats, penguins and free-roaming lemurs.


Ashmolean Museum
The combination of two age-old institutions: the original Ashmolean Museum and the University Art Collection in 1908 led to the creation of the present day museum. The older of these two institutions in this unification process, the University Art Collection was situated for many years in the Bodleian Library since renamed the Upper Reading Room. Its collection started slowly during the 1620s with a small selection of novelties and portraits displayed on the upper floor in a small room. Later a prominent collection of medals and coins were added by Archbishop Laud in 1636 and by Ralph Freke in 1657 and located in a robust room for protection. This original collection is now amalgamated into the current Ashmolean coin compilation.


Oxford Botanic Garden
Botanic gardens are an assortment of plants cultivated for reasons other than just for visual principles. The Oxford Botanic Gardens have arranged their huge collection of plants in many exciting, sensitive and eye-catching displays. Gardeners from around the world visit here seeking inspiration from the displays hoping to recreate the effect in a small way back at home in their own gardens. There are many new plant species on display in the beds and borders, and with the visitor in mind all clearly identified with the relevant information.


The Sheldonian Theatre
The Sheldonian is the earliest major work of the leading architect of his time Sir Christopher Wren, conceived when he was Professor of Astronomy at Oxford. Erected between 1664 and 1669 its design was meant to be like a Roman theatre and today it is used for concerts, public lectures and  for all of Oxfords University’s formal occasions. From the dome of the theatre there are superb vistas of Oxfords spires, the beautifully painted 17th century ceiling is of worthy note.