Last month we spent the weekend in the quaint little market town of Woodstock in Oxfordshire. We were invited to stay at The Feathers Hotel which is a 17th century town house which has been turned into a charming boutique hotel.
Woodstock is located about 20 minutes north of Oxford city centre and on the edge of The Cotswolds, so it’s the perfect place to stay if you’d like a weekend away with plenty of pretty villages nearby. The historic town of Woodstock is also home to Blenheim Palace which is a short walk down the road from The Feathers hotel.
The hotel is very old and full of character – I loved the narrow wonky staircases and character features. There are just 21 rooms at The Feathers so it’s quite a small hotel, but our room was anything but small! We stayed in the beautifully decorated Feature Suite with lounge which comes with a comfortable king sized bed, an en suite with walk-in shower as well as a bath tub, plus a separate WC room.
Upon opening the door to the suite there is a large dining area plus a lounge which leads into the bedroom. Each of the rooms at The Feathers have their own unique charm and every bedroom includes complimentary wifi, flat screen TVs, a tea/coffee tray, crisp cotton sheets and luxurious toiletries. The suite was meticulously clean and had clearly been very thoroughly cleaned.
The Feathers are also very dog friendly and they even have dedicated dog friendly rooms and ‘pawfect escape’ packages! These include a doggy bag of goodies, a walking booklet full of local routes, a three course meal for the dog, and a dog bed in the room.
The staff are also very accommodating, helpful and efficient and I highly rate their service. The receptionists, waiters and bar staff were all very welcoming and friendly and were able to offer us advice about parking and the local area. It’s worth noting that there is no dedicated parking, but there is plenty of free on street parking nearby.
We spent the Saturday strolling around Woodstock and enjoying the sunshine. There are a few pubs and cute little shops in the town and we did a little pub crawl to try them all out! There’s also rows of very pretty houses up the high street leading to Blenheim Palace which were covered in gorgeous purple wisteria when we were there!
We were also treated to dinner at The Feathers Hotel in their restaurant which offers lunch, afternoon tea, an dinner. Our evening meal was truly excellent. After we sat down we were offered cocktails and a wine list (they hold an AA Notable Wine List Award) and I let our wonderful waiter pick a sweet and fruity cocktail for me which was made with Peaky Blinder gin.
We shared a baked camembert to start with which was studded with garlic and rosemary with toasted ciabatta. I love camembert and it’s always my go-to starter and this did not disappoint! Then we both had steak as main course and which was cooked to perfection and very tasty. This was served with fries, a tomato, and a parmesan and rocket side salad.
As well as the restaurant they also have a gin bar stocked with a variety of over 400 gins from around the world! In fact, they were first into the Guinness Book of World Records™ for offering the greatest selection of gins on the planet. So if you like gin then this is the place to go!
Luckily for me.. I do love gin and thoroughly enjoyed admiring all the different pretty bottles and sampling a few. The helpful bar staff will happily talk you through the different gins and help you make a selection that’s tailored to your preference. Or if you fancy reading through them all then there’s a 72 page gin list! There’s also a pretty little courtyard area outside which would be lovely to sit out in if it was sunny.
After a wonderful nights sleep we enjoyed breakfast downstairs in the restaurant. Breakfast was also very good and had a nice choice of continental buffet and cooked breakfast options available. The continental buffet included plenty of fresh fruit, pastries, granola, nuts, and cereals.
You can also order from the cooked breakfast menu, so I opted for a traditional full English breakfast with sausage, bacon, hash browns, baked beans and scrambled eggs! The breakfast service was equally as good as at dinner the previous evening and staff were attentive and offered us hot drinks and toast once we were seated. Breakfast at The Feathers hotel was the perfect start to the day!
I cannot recommend the Feathers Hotel enough for couples seeking style and peace in a beautiful town. Woodstock is a gorgeous place to just sit back, relax and enjoy the time away.