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The Harcourt Arms, Witney, Oxfordshire
Set within the charming village of Stanton Harcourt, where an old manor house is still owned by the family who built it in the 18th century and a curious circle of seemingly ancient stones attracts keen historians, the Harcourt Arms is a fabulous hotel. It serves fantastic food with a bubbly team of staff, and rooms are seriously cosy with carpets and plush headboards. The hotel is just a 20-minute drive from Oxford, making it an ideal escape for anyone seeking solitude with access to the city, and there are ample local walks for active travellers. Just 20 minutes to the north, you've got access to the lovely Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Cogges Manor Farm in Witney is an excellent day trip for families visiting Oxfordshire.
The city of Oxford is only a 20-minute drive away; visit the castle, botanical gardens or enjoy the shopping and restaurants.
By car: around 1 hour 30 minutes from Bristol, 2 hours from London and 3 hours from Manchester. Free parking available.
By train: there are direct trains to Oxford from London Paddington, Birmingham and Manchester. The hotel is a 20-minute drive. thetrainline.com
Style & Character
The Harcourt Arms is a versatile property, great for couples, families and business travellers. The roaring fire right by the entrance is the perfect place to warm up after a long walk.
Service & Facilities
We arrived on a Tuesday so were offered an early check-in at midday. The Harcourt Arms love dogs and offer a bowl, treats and poo bags in the room, and plenty of biscuits at the bar.
- Board games
- Free parking
- Free Wi-Fi
The Blenheim Suite has the most spectacular copper bathtub for long soaks in the bedroom. A full size bottle of bubble bath was provided.
Cosy, Deluxe, Family, Blenheim Suite
Facilities include: ensuite bathroom with toiletries, Nespresso machine, free bottled water, flat-screen TV, free Wi-Fi
Food & Drink
The General Manager's negroni with a twist is the perfect way to start off your evening, and there's non-alcoholic sparkling wine for the drivers. We had a perfectly-cooked steak with a delectably creamy bearnaise sauce - a hearty feast!
The Harcourt Arms: 2 AA Rosettes. Pub classics, seasonal ingredients. Open Mon-Sat for lunch and dinner, Sun for lunch only.