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5 Days Stage 1 Cooking Holidays in UK

  • Belmond, Church road, Great Milton, Oxford, OX44 7PD, UK

Luxury Cookery Holidays in Oxford, UK

Refine your culinary skills with a private cookery class, tailored to your needs and interests. Impress your nearest and dearest as you prepare, cook and serve dinner in The Raymond Blanc cookery school. In addition to the hands-on learning experience, students benefit from a luxurious break in the enchanting surroundings of the hotel. Enjoy a delicious informal lunch in the school and the chance to make new, like-minded friends.

Highlights

  • Cooking classes
  • Luxury daily dining
  • Small groups sessions
  • Morning and afternoon tea
  • Professional chef instruction
  • 5 nights accommodation
  • Welcome amenities
  • 4 days with instruction
  • English
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Surrounded by lawns, flower borders and orchards, the luxury hotel enjoys an idyllic, typically English setting. But beyond the eye-catching displays are vegetable and herb gardens that provide the kitchen, and the acclaimed Raymond Blanc cookery school with ultra-fresh, organic produce, ensuring the Michelin-star restaurant remains at the cutting edge of culinary excellence. There are several options when staying at the hotel.

Superior rooms

The rooms are evocatively named, each space offers supreme comfort and elegance. Inspired by Raymond Blanc's travels, each superior room is a delight for the senses.

Bluebell: wall-to-ceiling toile de jouy wallpaper is matched with the soft bed linens. Window seats overlook the front courtyard, imprinting a sense of classic France on this pretty room.

Emily: located in the oldest part of the house and dating back to the 15th century, this room is rich in character. Light streams through the twin windows opening onto the courtyard.

Mimosa: yellow blossom and delicate foliage are enhanced by hand-crafted, Aubergine glass tables. A shimmering "lemone silk" chase Erwin fabric covers the centerpiece bed.

Orchid: clean, understated elegance of the orchid is reflected in the contemporary beauty of the room. Also featured are textured grass-paper walls and charming fabrics.

Passion flower: with a private terrace leading to the main hotel gardens, passion flower offers traditional style with a contemporary twist. Bold stripes, an indulgent queen-size bed and dark-wood antique furniture contrast with the pale marble of the bathroom.

Deluxe rooms

Found in the main house and garden courtyard, these rooms are each beautifully and imaginatively furnished. Magnificent features make the deluxe rooms stand out from the crowd. Expect a Botticelli mural, twin Victorian baths, hand-painted wallpaper or a room of serene hyacinth blue.

Amethyst: offering views of the inner courtyard, this pretty, contemporary room is decorated in shades of lilac. You'll find gorgeous fabrics, a closet painted with a bird scene, and mirrored bedside tables. By contrast, the bathroom evokes drama with dark marble dcor.

Botticelli: a glorious spiral staircase links the bedroom and bathroom. In the bedroom you'll find gold-trimmed furniture. Upstairs, the bathroom features two freestanding Victorian tubs and hand-painted ocean murals.

Cameo: cameo is all about the views. From the bathroom, you can lie in the freestanding bath and gaze out across the tranquil hotel gardens and to the Oxfordshire countryside.

Hollyhock: once the master bedroom of the Cromwell family, this room is resplendent with gorgeous, hand-painted wallpaper. Green and cream dcor is punctuated by antique furniture, while a large bay window overlooks the front courtyard.

Hyacinth: this airy room features a large bay window overlooking the main courtyard. Behind the drapes you'll discover a hand-painted Victorian bath. Among the amenities you will be able to find in this splendorous property are a spa and the impressive gardens of Belmond le Manoir aux Quat'saisons.

Deluxe courtyard rooms

Luxurious courtyard terraces provide extra space to unwind in. Deluxe courtyard rooms are havens of fantasy, created using the most indulgent materials.

Crystal: a light, contemporary room. Mirrors, bright scatter cushions and modern art on the walls create a sense of vibrancy. By contrast, the darker hues of the marble bathroom are rich and refined.

Kiki: kiki features contemporary furniture and subtle splashes of color set against a neutral backdrop. An open, wood-burning fireplace is a stunning centerpiece. The large marble bathroom adds drama and elegance.

Mon plaisir: silhouettes of seductive female forms adorn the walls of this sensual room. An open, wood-burning fireplace in front of the bed casts soothing light. The soft tones of the marble bathroom complement the bedroom's subtle hues.

Rouge et noir: arguably Belmond le Manoir's most dramatic room, expect an uncompromising palette of deep reds and jet black. Dark wooden floorboards and oriental-style thrones set the tone. A rich crimson throw adorns the bed. Black bedside furniture, trimmed with gold, completes the theme.

Snow queen: a magical haven, perfecting for an enchanting holiday. Walls are festooned with rich, purple silk overprinted with silver snowflakes. A four-poster bed and mirrored furniture are completed by a white marble bathroom.

Sandalwood: fragrant sandalwood sets the theme for this spicy toned room. Crisp, modern designs are blended with classic furniture and eye-catching carvings along with an indulgent, white marble bathroom.

Junior suites

Found throughout the main house and the garden courtyard, junior suites are brimming with individual style. These beautiful suites offer a range of styles to take every fancy. Whether fresh and vibrant or traditional and rustic, each one is sure to charm.

Vettriano: inspired by the artwork of Scottish artist jack Vettriano, this sleek room features two original pieces of his work. Deep red walls, venetian masks and seductive bodices create an alluring, dramatic atmosphere. Shades of Aubergine and chocolate complement the stunning dark marble bathroom.

Eugenie: provincial France meets contemporary rustic in this open-plan room. A plush sofa, open beams and a wood-burning stove create a comfortable retreat. Textured floor slates and fine marble complete the bathroom.

Hydrangea: antique furniture and a petite balcony evoke 19th century grandeur. Stunning views of the lavender path and surrounding countryside are sure to inspire. The deliciously romantic bathroom is equipped with a double Jacuzzi bath.

Manon: a cozy yet stylish space featuring eye-catching beams and a provincial french theme. The suite offers a wood-burning stove and a bathroom with marble bath and shower.

Citronnelle: opening onto its own private terrace, this suite is bright, fresh and vibrant. It's ground floor location makes the room easily adaptable for disabled guests.

The dovecote: set over two levels, this romantic suite is housed in an original 15th-century dovecote. The lower floor features a contemporary bathroom with freestanding Victorian-style bath. Upstairs, the bedroom is furnished with a lavish bed and a led-enhanced headboard.

Suites

Each sumptuous suite is a modern, indulgent space. The two contemporary suites offer contrasting atmospheres but equal levels of luxury.

Anais: emerging through a double entrance, take a seat in front of the fire and admire the modern art adorning the walls. The bedroom includes 20's-style mirrored furnishings and a hand-painted closet. Display cases are filled with fine venetian glass ornaments.

Arabesque: dark glass Italian furniture, elegant objets d'art and subtle lighting give this spacious suite a contemporary edge. The foyer boasts a stunning modular bookcase. Pick something to read and relax in the decadent sitting area.

Garden suites

Inspired by Raymond Blanc's French heritage, each garden suite exudes provenal charm. Three ground-floor suites, located in the garden courtyard, take their inspiration from France and Raymond's travels.

L'orangerie: this sophisticated suite evokes the elegance of a chteau, with limed oak and heated stone floor. Enchanting citrus scents the tangerine and terra cotta decorated rooms. There is a separate sitting room and a stunning marble bathroom. The suite is entered through a private garden and open terrace.

Provence: a charming, rustic theme distinguishes this spacious suite. A delightful sitting area has exposed beams, a dramatic floor-to-ceiling window and an open, wood-burning fireplace. The bedroom, finished in aubergine, offers a large walk-in wardrobe. Guests can relax on their own secluded terrace.

Opium: this atmospheric suite is decorated with oriental touches. Inside, enjoy wood paneling, scarlet fabrics, a low-level bed and an original Ming stone carving. Outside you'll find a private walled garden and oriental-style water feature.

Blanc de blanc

Pure luxury, the myriad shades of white offer an unforgettable haven of tranquility. Blanc de blanc is a serene, inviting space. You'll find layers of white and natural textures, including ceramics and porcelain. Located on the ground floor, the magnificent eco-friendly suite has access to a private terrace. It comprises a spacious sitting room, bedroom and walk-through dressing area. The elegant bathroom is designed in Carrara marble with a double shower. At night you'll be enveloped in bliss as the light dances across the textures of this stunning suite.

The gardens

The impressive gardens of Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons add another dimension to your culinary adventure.

Cloche tunnels: at Belmond le Manoir, hundreds of courgettes are grown in cloche tunnels for their flowers. The variety grown is Milano di Nero, which produces abundant, large blooms. Just as well, as the kitchen can use up to 200 flowers a day throughout the summer. Here you'll also find eggplants, peppers and watercress.

English water garden: fed by natural springs, the gardens were originally dug by the monks who occupied the site in the 16th century. Now visitors can enjoy strolling round verdant ponds and water features, home to a variety of plants and fauna.

Fugetsu-an tea house: cross the oak bridge and find sanctuary at the Japanese tea garden. It perfectly blends Taoist, Buddhist and Shinto traditions. Stepping stone paths lead to a water basin where guests can clean their hands in ritual ablution.

Herb garden: the hotel's vast patchwork of herbs is particularly strong on micro-herbs. These are harvested still young and tender to obtain optimum flavor. Both the familiar and the exotic can be seen in the outside beds and greenhouses.

Mushroom valley: find delicious edible fungi, including shiitake, maitake and parasol, in an earthy ravine. The valley is also lined with silver birch and oak. Mushrooms are cultivated in a laboratory. It requires much time and patience to produce enough to satisfy the restaurant's menu.

Orchard: for the last 20 years, Raymond has aimed to create orchards full of unusual British species of fruit. This project is now in full swing, with some 800 apple and pear trees being planted in 2011. There is also a fruit hedge containing varieties of sloes and plums. The garden uses traditional British methods to maintain sustainability.

Vegetable garden: the 100% organic garden is certified by the soil association. It supplies 90 types of fresh salads and vegetables to the restaurant during the late spring, summer and autumn. These include vegetable indigenous to south-east Asia to achieve Raymond's distinct, exotic flavors. Two acres are overseen by a bronze scarecrow, modelled on Raymond blanc himself.

Take part in an unparalleled, comprehensive cooking experience over four days at the Raymond Blanc Cookery School.

  • Arrive Sunday, depart Friday
  • Course takes place from Monday to Thursday
  • Class starts at 09:00
  • Class finishes at 16:30
  • Meet for dinner at 19:00 and dine at 19:30

Tackle a different challenge each day and spend your evenings in the luxury of the hotel.

  • Day 1 - Soups, salads and preparations
  • Day 2 - Fish and shellfish
  • Day 3 - Meat and poultry
  • Day 4 - Desserts

This retreat will take place in the picturesque Oxfordshire village of Great Milton, UK.

Activities
  • Cooking classes
  • Massage
  • Spa
General
  • Restaurant
  • This package includes daily breakfast at the hotel, lunch in the cookery school and dinner in the restaurant.
  • 4 days tuition
  • 5 nights accommodation at Le Manoir
  • Daily breakfast
  • Dinner in the restaurant each night
  • Informal lunch in the cookery school each day
  • Morning and afternoon tea
  • Spa treatments are not included in the price.

Arrival by airplane

The nearest airport to this location is London Heathrow Airport (LHR).

Distances

  • London - 1 hour
  • Oxford - 30 minutes
  • London Heathrow airport, 32 miles
For information about the booking conditions, please send Belmond an inquiry.

Testimonials

  • Review by a traveler from Birmingham, UK

    "If you have not got Le Manoir on your bucket list you need to put it on. It is one of those experiences that you just have to do. We went because my wife booked me a cooking course there for my birthday and so for a Christmas present I booked us in for dinner and staying overnight. Cheap it is not and realistically you are looking at a four figure sum for dinner, drinks, room, and breakfast, but it is so worth it. The service is superb, nothing is too much trouble from the moment you arrive to moment you leave. I had booked us a standard room on the basis of how expensive it was, but because my wife could not get into the room immediately we arrived, it was Mothers Day, whilst I was on the cooking course they upgraded us to a suite which was fantastic. "

    "That room wanted for nothing and included its own terrace and outside seating next to an ornamental fountain. To eat we had the seven course tasting menu in the restaurant which was fun as you end up having dishes that you would not normally order. As with all taster menus it is all about flavor and presentation which for all dishes we had was outstanding. The flavors were sublime, the poached egg with asparagus was probably the highlight. On the package we booked we could have had the five course tasting or the a-la-carte, you choose. The following morning we had an excellent breakfast. I had the "usual" cooked breakfast with the Raymond Blanc twist which was very good; my wife had the cooked vegetarian breakfast which was a novel take on the traditional cooked breakfast."

    "The only word of caution I would flag, which categorically would not stop me going again, is the drinks are eye watering in price. We had a pretty standard bottle of white wine which was 60 GBP and much towards the cheaper end of the wine list, two double gin and tonics were 19 GBP, a glass of decent red wine with my duck course as 25 GBP. But to be far, my wife did not like the sommelier's recommendation for the wine when she tasted it and they changed it for another wine at no cost. The sommelier was also very helpful and talked us through the options on the wine list. I do know a little about wine but its entertainment in its own right to get them explaining the background to particular wines."

    "Overall a brilliant cooking course, fabulous meal, great room, and breakfast the following day. We ended the stay with a walk round the famous gardens which should not be missed. We will aim to go once a year from now on but probably in the summer when you can sit outside and there is more growing in the gardens."

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  • Review by A traveler from Zurich
    9 out of 10

    "We loved the food, everything prepared in perfection. Impeccable service crew. Nice dining rooms. The suites are divine, very generous and spacious. Huge living room, luxurious king size bed, huge bath rooms with private steam bath. Gardens and orchards reflect the passion of the chef patron as well."

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  • Review by A traveler from UK
    9 out of 10

    "We had an amazing and unforgettable 2-night stay over new year. We can't wait to come back in the summer to try out the cooking school. If you are looking for a relaxing break in a beautiful setting with outstanding service and world class food then this is the place for you."

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  • Review by traveler from UK

    "This is first class; worth it for a special occasion; a good half day out if you do lunch. Walk the gardens and admire the scenery. Hotel Le Manoir is a bit expensive but you can stay at a local hotel or Bed and Breakfast if on a budget."

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  • Review by traveler from UK

    "I was lucky enough to stay here for two nights, and eat at the restaurant both nights. It was truly, truly amazing from start to finish. The staff were attentive but not patronizing. The room was beautiful. The food was delicious. I loved every single minute of it. I savored every single minute of my stay at Le Manoir."

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  • Review by Frank and Imelda from UK

    "We eventually ticked a long anticipated box of visiting Le Manoir aux Quat'saisons last week. It was certainly worth the wait. It would be hard to enjoy a better experience of dining or accommodation in such an idyllic property. Now, we contemplate which is going to be the next event we can celebrate in this great location."

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  • Review by Veronica from UK

    "I am widely travelled and consider staying and eating at Le Manoir to be an exceptional experience. I have stayed, lunched and dined many times. Wonderful ambiance, superb food, professional and friendly staff. It's expensive but good value for money. I can't wait to revisit!"

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