Situated in the Cotswold market town of Woodstock – home to historic Blenheim Palace, birth place of Sir Winston Churchill – The Feathers hotel offers luxurious, individualised accommodation.

Originally five buildings, including a sanatorium and a public library, it became one hotel in the 1960s and reopened in 2010 following an extensive, £1 million refurbishment. This history shows itself in the winding staircases and corridors.

We stayed in an ultra-chic, boutique-style suite packed with antique furniture, sumptuous upholstery and fabrics, partnered with a luxury, designer bathroom and must-have technology in the shape of flat screen TVs Wi-Fi connection and iPod docking station.

A warm welcome from the reception staff set the standards for the high level of unobtrusive but helpful and informative attention throughout our stay.

We took pre-dinner drinks in the gin bar, the UK’s first such dedicated bar. My choice was a difficult one, with such a variety, but I was helped by a menu that provided details on the specific qualities of each brand, and best combinations.

Dinner in the award-winning restaurant met all our expectations. Using local, seasonal products, cooked to perfection, the two AA rosettes are clearly deserved. The three courses were complemented by amuse bouche, and we rounded off our evening with coffee and home-made petit fours.

Sleep came easily following this, helped by the comfortable king-size bed. Breakfast next morning was individually prepared, partnered by a buffet selection of fruits, cereals and fresh juices. All too soon our stay at The Feathers was over, and we left feeling refreshed and relaxed.


The Feathers

Market Street, Woodstock, Oxfordshire OX20 1SX

Tel: 01993 812 291

Double room from £169 B&B

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best for

  • Romantic breaks
  •  Great food
  •  Gin aficionados

could do better

  •  Hard to fault

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