The Best Hotels in Oxfordshire

There's Oxford - which needs no introduction - the rolling meadows of the Cotswolds, the riverside patter of Chipping Norton and more dramatic country estates than you can wave a stick at. But where to rest your head after long days spent gorging on the county's quintessential, bumbling Englishness? Allow us to take care of that. Read on for our list of the county's most charming hideaways, from looming country piles to outrageously designed contemporary boltholes.

Our favourite hotels in Oxfordshire

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The Wild Rabbit

Kingham

The farm-to-table restaurant at this cluster of cottages in the Cotswolds takes centre stage here, with a menu of irresistible, locally grown grub sourced from small-batch farmers. Each of the cottages offers up quintessential English quaintness and then some. Expect time-warped beams, rattan furniture and wobbly handmade ceramics, all kept toasty by wood-burning fires.

Address

The Wild Rabbit Kingham Chipping Norton OX7 6YA

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The Porterhouse

Oxford

With a prime location in the heart of Oxford, this grown-up hotel is a strong option for city breakers. Rooms are painted in lacquers of charcoal paint and outfitted in Scandi-style furniture - there are only seven so make sure to book well in advance - while the moody charcoal-powered steakhouse on the ground floor is a local hero. Vegans will cringe and steak lovers will drool.

Address

68-69 Mill Street Oxford OX2 0AL

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The Greyhound Inn

Wantage

This elegant hotel tucked in the somnolent grassy folds of Letcombe Regis gives the somewhat unappetising phrase "pub with rooms" a glossy panache. At the pub, elevated versions of old-school classics are served on antique wooden tables dressed with vases of freshly cut flowers. Upstairs, a warren of creaky, characterful rooms speckled with retro fittings make homely cubbyholes to bed down for the evening.

Address

Main Street Letcombe Regis Wantage OX12 9JL

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Artist Residence

Witney

Not one corner of this 16th-century bohemian bolthole hasn't been considered: artfully dishevelled is putting it lightly. From whimsical four-poster beds built from higgledy-piggledy tree trunks to the reclaimed wooden door frames and time-weathered ceramic plant pots, this boutique hotel is an exercise in British eccentricity. While the country pub restaurant, The Mason Arms, was designed in collaboration with artists The Connor Brothers.

Address

Station Road South Leigh Witney OX29 6XN

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The Crown & Thistle

Abingdon

This romantic hideaway occupies the thick-set wooden shell of a Grade II-listed coaching inn right in the heart of Abingdon. Rooms are lavished in silks, underscored by dark wooden floors and speckled with Victoriana antiques. In the bar and restaurant next door, open fires crackle beside gleaming chesterfield sofas offering perfect conditions for slowly munching your way through the brunch, lunch and pizza menus.

Address

18 Bridge Street Abingdon OX14 3HS

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Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons

Great Milton

It's the grand dame of English countryside hotels, famed for its impeccable service, two Michelin-starred restaurant (it's the only British restaurant to have clung on to two stars in three decades) and phantasmagorical kitchen garden. The entire experience, from the food to the turn-down service, is the vision of Raymond Blanc. Rooms are wallpapered and dominated by attention-seeking but beautiful old furniture, though you'll likely spend most of your time pootling about the extensive grounds. You'll find us in the botanic glasshouse.

Address

Church Road Great Milton OX44 7PD

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The Crazy Bear

Stadhampton

Appearances can be deceptive. While from the outside Crazy Bear Stadhampton might look like a vine-covered cottage from time past, the interiors are outrageous in a so-bad-they're-great kind of way that feels refreshingly modern. After you've checked in at reception (which sits within a London Routemaster bus, naturally), expect to find walls quilted with gold lamé, outlandish furniture, leopard-print carpets and gleaming, standalone copper bathtubs.

Address

Bear Lane Stadhampton OX44 7UR

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Mollie’s Motel & Diner

Buckland

Americana meets British grit at this simple yet stylish motel which sits alongside a rather unglamorous service station just off the A420. It being a motel, it's easy to mistake this down-to-earth outpost from Soho House as just a roadside pit stop, but it makes for a lip-smacking affordable base from which to drive either into Oxford or the tumbling countryside surrounds.

Address

Shrivenham Road A420 Buckland SN7 8PY

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