Last month we were invited to spend the night at The Marlborough Arms Hotel in one of our favourite towns; Woodstock in Oxfordshire. We visited Woodstock for the first time last year and we absolutely loved the quaint little town so we were excited to be going back!
We were very warmly welcomed upon arriving at the hotel, which has its own car park which is always handy when staying in a central location. The Marlborough Arms is a beautiful 15th Century coaching inn that overlooks the town’s historical streets.
The room we were given was The Churchill Room which was nice and spacious with a huge bedroom. It had been elegantly refurbished which was in keeping with the classic character of the building. The room has an amazing super king sized bed (not just two single beds pushed together!) and the en-suite bathroom has a large walk-in shower and separate bath. There is lots of storage space and even a stylish dressing table, plus tea and coffee making facilities (they even had Cadbury’s hot chocolate too!).
Woodstock is home to Blenheim Palace which is within walking distance of The Marlborough Arms, so that was definitely on our list of things to do during our weekend! The hotel is in the heart of Woodstock so there’s a selection of lovely pubs, cafes and restaurants nearby. We visited Blenheim Palace on the Friday afternoon and we were looking forward to exploring the garden and grounds as well as the palace, but unfortunately it was an absolutely freezing cold day!
Blenheim Palace was home to the 12th Duke of Marlborough and the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill. It houses an extensive collection of portraits, furniture, sculpture and tapestries and you can explore the palace using an audio guide to learn about over 300 years of history. We enjoyed our visit to Blenheim Palace and are definitely going to revisit again in the summer when it’s a bit warmer! There’s a lot to see in the grounds including the Water Terraces, the Duke’s Private Italian Garden, the Pleasure Gardens, the tranquil Secret Garden and the Rose Garden.
After our visit to the palace we walked into Woodstock to find a bit of lunch and ate at a lovely little cafe along the high street. We then spent the rest of the afternoon warm and cosy in one of the many pubs in Woodstock which was so nice as it was very chilly outside! We had dinner booked at The Boxing Hare gastro pub in Chipping Norton in the evening (blog post coming soon!) but there are plenty of dinner options available in Woodstock if you don’t fancy driving outside of the town.
We honestly had the best sleep in our hotel room – I haven’t sleep like that in months! I normally wake up quite early and struggle to get back to sleep but we slept right through the night until 9am which is unheard of for us. We were so cosy that we had to practically drag ourselves out of bed, but I’m so glad we did, breakfast at The Marlborough Arms was absolutely five star!
We went down to the restaurant area which was a lovely bright room and very tastefully decorated. Breakfast is included in the price of the room and offers a full range of breakfast options including full English, continental and a selection of croissants, waffles and cereals as well as tea, coffee and fruit juices. The breakfast staff were so friendly and service was smooth and quick.
We were told to help ourselves to the breakfast buffet table, offered hot drinks, and given a menu to choose from. We both picked the full English breakfast which was made perfectly – the scrambled eggs were so fluffy and the sausages and bacon were excellent quality. Nothing beats a good breakfast and this was probably one of the best breakfasts I’ve ever had. It wasn’t fussy or over the top – it was just a perfectly cooked traditional breakfast which is exactly what you want to start your day.
We had a wonderful stay at The Marlborough Arms in Woodstock and would definitely recommend staying if you’d like a break away in a charming quiet town. Special thanks goes to the staff for making us so welcome and ensuring we had a fantastic stay!