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Macdonald Bear Hotel

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Why We Love It

  • A pretty village setting, minutes from Blenheim Palace & less than 10 miles from Oxford
  • Housed in a former 13th century coaching inn, bursting with historic charm
  • Elegant interiors with period furnishings
  • A 2 AA-Rosette restaurant serving seasonal British cuisine

Map & Directions

London Heathrow is just under an hour’s drive from the hotel, or you can take the Oxford bus to Gloucester Green, the S3 to Woodstock (get off at the Marlborough Arms, a 2-minute walk from the hotel) -- this journey will take around 2 hours. The closest train station is Hanborough, an 8-minute drive away. If you’re driving, there are 40 complimentary parking spaces available.

Rooms & Rates

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Overview

Housed in a former 13th century coaching inn covered with ivy, this 4-star country-style hotel in Oxfordshire has plenty of traditional English charm and history -- Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton are said to have stayed here.

It’s in the picturesque town of Woodstock, 20 minutes’ drive from the historic spires and colleges of Oxford. Next door is the Oxfordshire Museum, and the hotel is only 13 minutes’ walk from the 18th-century Blenheim Palace, the grand residence of the dukes of Marlborough, surrounded by parkland and close to the banks of the River Glyme.

Blenheim may be the area’s major attraction, but the hotel’s 2 AA-Rosette restaurant is a definite draw for guests. With an open fireplace and large bay windows, it offers a British menu that uses local and seasonal ingredients, and a long list of wines. Look for dishes such as pan-roasted Gressingham duck with sweetcorn fritters and salsa, or squid ink risotto with tiger prawns and salsify. The Churchill Lounge is slightly more casual, serving coffees and exotic teas, as well as salads, sandwiches and burgers to go with the views of the market square outside.

The 54 individually and traditionally styled rooms have Freeview TVs as well as free WiFi. Some rooms have features such as exposed wood beams, 4-poster or canopy beds -- many have Nespresso machines. Spacious Feature Rooms and Suites are adorned with antiques and there are also Family Rooms and Accessible Rooms, the latter with views over the courtyard. 

Amenities

General

  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Pet-friendly

Services

  • 24-hour front desk
  • 24-hour room service
  • Concierge service
  • Express check-in / checkout
  • Laundry / dry cleaning

Room amenities

  • Coffee / tea-making facilities
  • Iron and ironing board

Internet

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi in guest rooms
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi in public areas

Bathroom

  • Bathrobes
  • Hair-dryer
  • Slippers

Parking

  • Parking (fees apply)

Please note: Some amenities may not be available in all rooms and some amenities or services incur an additional charge and are subject to change. Please check with the hotel directly.

Policies

Check-in: Standard Time is 3pm.

Checkout: Standard Time is 11am.

Pets: Pets allowed

Cancellation: Cancellation policy & booking conditions vary by 'rate plan'. These will be displayed on the payment page after you have searched for your dates and selected a rate.

Additional details: Pets allowed Check-in time starts at 3pm Check-out time is 11am

National Rating
This establishment has received its official star rating from VisitEngland, the National Tourist Board for England.

Know Before You Go

  • Up to 2 children 5 years old and younger stay free when occupying the parent or guardian's room, using existing bedding.
  • The property has connecting/adjoining rooms, which are subject to availability and can be requested by contacting the property using the number on the booking confirmation.
  • Guests can arrange to bring pets by contacting the property directly, using the contact information on the booking confirmation (surcharges apply and can be found in the Fees section).

Fees

The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at time of service, check-in, or check-out.

  • Fee for full breakfast: GBP 18.00 for adults and GBP 12.50 for children (approximately)
  • Self parking fee: GBP 10.00 per day
  • Pet fee: GBP 15.00 per pet, per night

The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.

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Customer service available Monday - Friday 9am - 6pm GMT + 8.

Rates may vary by date, are subject to availability and are not guaranteed until your purchase is complete.

The room rates listed are for double occupancy per room unless otherwise stated and exclude tax recovery charges and service fees.

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