Explore Oxfordshire’s historic haunts
From the ancient redwoods that cast a majestic shadow over the wildflower meadows of Harcourt Arboretum, to the Baroque brilliance of Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire is bursting with atmospheric attractions. Revel in the area’s rich history with a detour to White Horse Hill, which has a well-preserved Iron Age fort at its summit, and spend an afternoon discovering how Oxford got its romantic nickname – the ‘city of dreaming spires’ – with a visit to the architecturally stunning university, Bodleian Library and Radcliffe Camera. As the day draws to a close, the historic village of Great Milton and its 15th-century manor house turned hotel Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons offers a tranquil place to relax and recharge.
The old-school surroundings are home to chef-owner Raymond Blanc’s two Michelin-star restaurant and, if you are feeling inspired to create your own culinary masterpieces when you return home, there’s the on-site cookery academy that makes great use of Le Manoir’s produce-packed kitchen garden and botanical glasshouses.