The Cartwright Hotel

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Why We Love It

  • This converted coaching inn is between Banbury and Oxford
  • The property is a short drive from the M40 and Banbury railway station
  • The Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, with its rolling landscape and chocolate-box villages, is 20 minutes' drive away
  • The cosy bar has a flagstone floor and a wood-burning stove

Enjoyed This
(31 Member Ratings)
"Food was excellent."
Mar 29, 2018
Derby, United Kingdom

Map & Directions

Junction 10 of the M40 is a 10-minute drive away, and Banbury railway station is a 15-minute drive. Parking is free.

Rooms & Rates

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The Cartwright Hotel is a former coaching inn dating from the 16th century. It is near the Oxfordshire/Northamptonshire border between Banbury and Oxford in the quintessentially English village of Aynho, known affectionately as The Apricot Village due to the abundance of fruit trees. Legend has it that villagers in the cottages used to give apricots to the local lords of the manor as rent.

Broughton Castle -- a grand, moated manor house with ornamental gardens -- is around 15 minutes' drive away, or you can visit the Cotswolds countryside, Silverstone Circuit or Bicester Village designer shopping outlet, which are all within 20 minutes' drive.

Bletchley Park, the British Motor Museum and Waddesdon Manor -- a 19th-century manor built in the Neo-Renaissance style of a French château -- are all within 35 minutes' drive.

The hotel boasts an oak-beamed real-ale bar with a flagstone floor and a wood-burning stove, and dishes served in the candlelit restaurant are made from locally sourced seasonal ingredients. Bedrooms are individually designed and have Wi-Fi.



  • Bar
  • Newspaper / magazines
  • Restaurant
  • No pets allowed
  • Extra beds (fees apply)
  • 100% smoke-free


  • 24-hour security
  • Laundry / dry cleaning
  • Room service (limited hours)
  • Safe in reception
  • Baby-sitting service (fees apply)

Room amenities

  • Central heating
  • Coffee / tea-making facilities
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Sitting area
  • Flatscreen TV


  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout


  • Bathtub or shower


  • Complimentary parking
  • Off-street parking


  • Accessible bathroom in some rooms
  • Accessible meeting room
  • Accessible parking
  • Accessible path of travel
  • Accessible restaurant
  • Wheelchair accessible

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.


Check-in: Standard Time is 2pm.

Minimum age required to check in: 18.

Checkout: Standard Time is 11am.

Children and additional guests: No extra bed available.

Pets: No 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.

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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.

Enjoyed This
(31 Member Ratings)
Ratings & reviews reflect verified member feedback for Oxfordshire Hotels LTD (t/a The Cartwright Hotel) over the past 15 months.
4.5 Ambiance
4.3 Location
4.4 Rooms
4.7 Quality of Service
4.7 Value for the Money
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Enjoyed Most
Food was excellent.
Other Comments
Friendly and helpful staff.
Michael Mar 29, 2018 Derby, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Doing crossword in front of the fire
Other Comments
Very attentive staff, cheerful welcome.
Ruth Mar 26, 2018 Birmingham, United Kingdom
Other Comments
Great staff
michael Feb 28, 2018 Normanton, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Well run,very professional general manager.. good breakfast and bar food . Great location and would visit again.
ELIZABETH ANN Feb 25, 2018 Nelson, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Excellent room.
Other Comments
The staff were spot on, nothing to much trouble. Good food but may be a bit pricey.
allan Mar 12, 2018 Spilsby, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Area and nice warm atmosphere
Marta Mar 12, 2018 Birmingham, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
We loved our room, number 9, which was very spacious, beautifully decorated and spotlessly clean.
Other Comments
When walking from the car park on arrival, in the dark, & carrying our luggage, I stumbled on very rough cobblestones near the entrance door to the hotel. My foot was actually quite painful all weekend. I like cobbles around old buildings, but felt there should have been a warning notice or better lighting to alert me. I am mentioning this for the benefit of future residents.
Frank Feb 14, 2018 Kimbolton, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The staff were so helpful and friendly. The food was excellent.
trish Jan 27, 2018 Sandhurst, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
welcoming staff had evening dinner in hotel excellent breakfast was excellent choice at breakfast was fantastic
Christine Feb 07, 2018 Corby, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
I can’t single out a certain thing, the whole experience was amazing!
Other Comments
The room, food, staff, ambiance, cleanliness all amazing! Thank you.
Carol Feb 13, 2018 Camberley, United Kingdom

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