The Cartwright Hotel

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Why We Love It

  • This converted coaching inn is between Banbury and Oxford
  • The Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, with its rolling landscape and chocolate-box villages, is 20 minutes' drive away
  • There's a cosy bar with a flagstone floor and a wood-burning stove

Enjoyed This
(223 Member Ratings)
"The staff were excellent, the location was stunning and the overall value was good"
Oct 11, 2018
London, United Kingdom

Map & Directions

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

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 the hotel


  • 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


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.

Please note: Some amenities and services may not be available in all rooms or may incur an additional charge. All prices stated have been verified at the time of publication and may vary at the discretion of the hotel.

Enjoyed This
(223 Member Ratings)
Ratings & reviews reflect verified member feedback for Oxfordshire Hotels LTD (t/a The Cartwright Hotel) over the past 15 months.
4.6 Ambiance
4.5 Location
4.3 Rooms
4.8 Quality of Service
4.8 Value for the Money
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Enjoyed Most
The staff were excellent, the location was stunning and the overall value was good
Philip Oct 11, 2018 London, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The food at both dinner and breakfast was good - tasty, prepared to order and nicely presented.
Other Comments
We had an upgraded room but it was disappointing. A larger room, yes, but devoid of furniture other than a bed and a small desk-style chair. The room itself appeared tired and, similar to the furniture, was devoid of décor.
Christopher Oct 11, 2018 Oakville, ON, Canada
Enjoyed Most
Friendly atmosphere
Pat Oct 11, 2018 Leek, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The staff from the highest to the lowest are helpful, can’t do enough to make your stay comfortable
Barbara Oct 10, 2018 Burnham-on-Sea, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Very welcoming, staff so friendly and efficient.
Other Comments
Dinner was first class and so was breakfast.
Keith Oct 11, 2018 Corsham, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
staff/service and food very good great standard
Neal Oct 06, 2018 Cwmbran, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Friendly helpful staff and excellent food, the breakfast was superb.
Other Comments
Our room was on the small size but had everything we needed including good central heating.
Michael Oct 04, 2018 Melton Mowbray, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Good food - we had dinner as well as cooked breakfasts (great bacon!) Pleased also to see fresh fruit salad provided at breakfast. Friendly, helpful staff. Spacious, comfortable bedroom and bathroom with character - sloping floors! - have marked neutral only because some would consider it a little tired: Not an issue for us.
Liz Sep 30, 2018 Mold, United Kingdom
Other Comments
Will certainly return to The Cartright Hotel.
Jean Oct 06, 2018 London, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Graeme Sep 30, 2018 Ashford, United Kingdom

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