A stay with The Feathers Hotel, Oxfordshire

I don’t know why but I have never been to Oxfordshire. I may have gone as a child on a day trip and fallen asleep in the back of the car on the way home but as an adult, I have never been. 
Gary and I had not long been back from Switzerland when we were once again packing our bags and heading to The Feathers, a beautiful hotel in a village called Woodstock. I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect and but once we arrived, I was captivated. The small village was like a walk back in time. Cobbled streets, historic buildings and cute houses lined the streets and trees were just shedding their leaves and littering the whole place in gold, orange and brown. 

After we got over the initial feeling of never wanting to leave, we found a parking spot and took our bags to Feathers. The hotel is made up of a few different buildings and sits proudly in the center of Woodstock surrounded by cute tea shops and art galleries. As soon as we entered the hotel we were welcomed by the sight of an open fire and what looked like a labyrinth of corridors and different areas of the hotel. I had a little look around before we checked in and I loved seeing big sofas and armchairs littered around the place. They looked so welcoming!

We confirmed our dinner reservation and had another little nose around the reception before we took our bags up to our room. The hotel sadly doesn’t have a lift as the building is VERY old but the stairs didn’t bother us and I’m sure when you book you can always request a room on a lower floor. 
Our room was very grand. It was traditionally furnished with a bed, lounge area, and a big bathroom equipped with a big bath and a shower. Once I saw the bath, I knew I would have to get in it instantly so with a bit of time to spare before dinner, I ran a bath and jumped in. It was so relaxing, sitting there and to be honest, if I wasn’t hungry, I probably would have stayed in there all night! 

The restaurant of the hotel is located on the ground floor by the reception. It wraps around the building like a feature and meets the bar in the middle. We were very much ready for feeding time when we went down to dinner and were greeted by the team and sat at a nice table with some menus.

We ordered the Parma ham with fried duck egg and parmesan for our starter and Gary opted for the Old spot pork belly and I ordered the flat iron steak for our mains.

When the first course arrived, we could tell that we were in for a treat. The presentation was beautiful and the food was amazing! 

The second course was even better when it arrived at our table. Gary’s Old spot pork belly looked heavenly and my steak with creamed spinach was just perfect.

After we filled our bellies, we decided to head to the bar and try out one of the cocktails. The Feathers actually specialise in Gins – they had tones of different them but we both decided to try out one of their strawberry daiquiri instead. The cocktail had the perfect mix of alcohol and they were so yummy we had two each.

Before we turned in for the night we had a little stroll around the village which looked beautiful and I even made a little friend of the mog variety.

The next day I awoke fresh and happy.  The bed we slept in was so comfortable and as Woodstock is a small place, it was dead quiet during the night too.

Breakfast was a great affair at the hotel. We felt pretty spoilt with the delicious dinner we had the night before and breakfast was a big plus. I optioned for Salmon and scrambled eggs which were so tasty and Gary (like always) ordered a full English breakfast which lasted all of 5 minutes.

If you are looking for a quiet and relaxing getaway, The Feathers is the place to go. We had such a lovely weekend away there that we didn’t want to leave. It’s a short walk awa from Blenheim Palace(birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill) and there are plenty of other things you can get up to there.

For more details of The Feathers, visit their website here: www.feathers.co.uk

DISCLAIMER: Myself and Gary were offered 1 nights accommodation and dinner for an honest review.


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