In the heart of the region, a few miles
away from Bourton on the Water and countless other picturesque villages it
benefits of a quiet surrounding that could not be more idyllic. For those who
are interested in history, the last battle of the English civil war was fought
not far away from here, and there is even a place that will make all
shopaholics go nuts: Bicester village. But, back to Lower Slaughter Manor. At
the moment, this small property is part of a little group of very fine hotels
that goes by the name of Von Essen Hotels. What they aim to do is give you a
memorable and relaxin time and one has to say that that is pretty much what you
From the moment you drive up to this manor with a thousand year long history you somehow feel that this is a special place: The gardens are in perfect condition, the reception hall of the manor doesn't really give you the feeling of being in a hotel, the service here is perfect, and delivers anything you want immediately and with great courtesy. After a long week of work, spending a few days here, even if it's just a night, can be incredibly relaxing.
The rooms are spacious and very stylish,
all individually designed with warm, comforting touches. They are luxurious,
but not ostentatious as everything is of the highest quality and combines the
house's history with modern touches. If you feel you want to sit by a warming
chimney in the winter, or outside in summer, don't worry. They have it all here
and even if there's no spa, you will hardly miss it as there is a whole lot
The restaurant for instance is set in a beautiful, and grand room and serves pretty serious food. A loin of local venison comes perfectly cooked and full of flavour, just as a pig's head terrine with pickles. This is technically impeccable, fairly classical and more than tasty food that is . As in the rest of the hotel, the service is very good, and does not disappoint. The only slightly annoying part is the wine list, which is on the more expensive and uninspired side. Apart form curiosities such as 1973 La Tache for well under £500, you will find little of interest or being somewhat affordable.
If you come here, just enjoy yourself quietly. Go for a few walks, discover the villages around it and just relax in the hotel with a good book, a glass of Champagne and whatever else you can possibly want. It will be a phenomenal stay, one that will give you new strength when you return to a hectic job, or not.