Hawkwell House Hotel by Compass Hospitality

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Why We Love It

  • A good-value, 19th-century country-house hotel in the Cotswolds, near Oxford 
  • It's two miles from Oxford city centre, near to attractions such as Cotswolds Wildlife Park
  • Spacious, family- and wheelchair-friendly rooms and suites with free Wi-Fi; some rooms have 4-poster beds
  • The hotel has an on-site restaurant and bar, and includes free parking and a full English breakfast

Enjoyed This
(11 Member Ratings)
"Room and bathroom"
Jan 07, 2018
Coventry, United Kingdom


Map & Directions

Driving from London, follow the M40 northwest towards Oxford. It takes roughly an hour and costs £10-£14 in petrol. Parking is free at the hotel. You can also reach the hotel in 58 minutes by train from London Paddington Station. Once in Oxford, take a bus (Oxford Bus Company or Stagecoach UK) to Iffley and then walk 5 minutes to the hotel - the journey costs £31-£33 and takes approximately an hour and 15 minutes. A bus from Marylebone Station to Oxford takes an extra 15 minutes and costs £12-£17.

Rooms & Rates

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Hawkwell House Hotel is a good-value, refined country-house hotel built in the early 19th century. Once the home of famous polar explorer Francis Howard Bickerton, it is in a peaceful location in the Cotswolds, near Oxford and attractions such as Blenheim Palace and Cotswolds Wildlife Park.

Oxford city centre is a 6-minute drive or a 20-minute bus ride from the quaint village of Iffley, a 4-minute walk from the hotel. The hotel is also a pleasant 39-minute walk from the city, along the scenic River Iffley. The 12th-century St Mary’s Church -- one of the UK's finest examples of Romanesque architecture -- is within a 1-minute walk of the hotel. As well as its famous "dreaming spires", Oxford's attractions include the Ashmolean Museum's collection of art and archaeology, and the Mediaeval Bodleian Library. Other area attractions include Blenheim Palace, the birthplace of Winston Churchill, which is a 19-minute drive from the hotel (or a 53-minute bus ride), and Cotswold Wildlife Park, which is within a half-hour’s drive of the hotel.

Each of the hotel's 77 comfortable rooms and suites has a flat-screen TV with Freeview, free Wi-Fi, tea- and coffee-making facilities, and complimentary hot chocolate and biscuits. The newly refurbished rooms in the separate building ‘Elm House’ also come with SKY channels. Upgraded and family rooms include extra sitting and sleeping areas, with larger suites including 4-poster beds or whirlpool tubs, iPod docks and laptop safes. There are three wheelchair-adapted rooms, and a further 15 boutique, contemporary rooms in the nearby Elm House, which can be hired separately for large groups. A complimentary full English breakfast is included with the price.

The hotel's relaxed Iffley Blue restaurant has skylights and stripped wooden floors. There's also a bar, a terrace, a lounge, a conservatory, and meeting, banqueting and event spaces.



  • Bar
  • Newspaper / magazines
  • Restaurant
  • Pet-friendly
  • 100% smoke-free


  • 24-hour front desk
  • 24-hour room service
  • Beauty treatments / massages (fees apply)
  • Express check-in / checkout
  • Laundry / dry cleaning
  • Safe in reception

Room amenities

  • Central heating
  • Coffee / tea-making facilities
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Jacuzzi in some rooms
  • Safe
  • Sitting area
  • Flatscreen TV
  • iPod/iPhone docking station


  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout


  • Bathrobes
  • Hair-dryer
  • Luxury toiletries
  • Bathtub (in some rooms)


  • Complimentary parking


  • Accessible bathroom in some rooms
  • Accessible meeting room
  • Accessible parking
  • Accessible path of travel
  • Accessible restaurant
  • Facilities for guests with special needs
  • Roll-in shower
  • 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 3pm.

Minimum age required to check in: 18.

Checkout: Standard Time is 11am.

Children and additional guests: Children under 2 stay free of charge, on request, when sharing parents’ room and using existing bedding. Infant cot/crib available, free of charge. upon request and subject to availability.
Extra beds are not available for older children and adults.

Pets: Small pets are allowed on request and in some rooms and will be charged at £20 per night. Supplements are not included automatically in the total price and will be charged directly by the hotel.

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 24 hours

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Enjoyed This
(11 Member Ratings)
Ratings & reviews reflect verified member feedback for Hawkwell House Hotel over the past 15 months.
3.7 Ambiance
4.5 Location
3.9 Rooms
4.5 Quality of Service
4.0 Value for the Money
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Enjoyed Most
Room and bathroom
Other Comments
We found the mattress too hot and uncomfortable. Did not get sparkling wine with cream tea. Location was great for getting into Oxford on the bus and our accommodation was lovely. Sadly no veggie sausages available for vegetarian breakfast on the menu.
Rachel Jan 07, 2018 Coventry, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Other Comments
Nice walk in to Oxford on towpath. No need to take our car into the v busy city centre. We were made v comfortable.
Anne Dec 10, 2017 Herne Bay, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The hospitality and friendliness of the staff. The food was excellent and reasonably priced. The room was very well presented and the bed was very comfortable. Altogether a very enjoyable experience.
Ursula Nov 28, 2017 Ferndown, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The location was good with a lovely walk along the Thames into Oxford, bus also convenient for return in the evening.
Jane Nov 21, 2017 Braunton, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Very comfortable and quiet room. Extremley good breakfast.
Other Comments
Dined in the restaurant first evening. Rather expensive. Ate out on the second night. Staff throughout were very helpful. Particular mention for Julia was a delight.
Stephen Oct 11, 2017 ColchesterTiptree, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Lovely setting within easy reach of Oxford. Very friendly, helpful staff
Allison Aug 18, 2017 Thatcham, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Very welcoming staff.
Lynne Aug 15, 2017 Staines-upon-ThamesStaines, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Staff were polite and food was well cooked. Very handy for Oxford city centre. Buses easily accessible and frequent so saved on driving and looking for parking.
Other Comments
Very basic scruffy room. No upgrade as suggested. Patio door lock jammed shut so no air or open window overnight. We mended it ourselves. Phone call at 12.15 am saying our disabled bathroom alarm was triggered. They had the wrong room !! Breakfast a fiasco. Took 45 minutes. They did refund this but time wasted enjoying our weekend. Too busy and understaffed.
Wendy Jul 26, 2017 Stowmarket, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Friendly staff
Other Comments
Hotel was comfortable but in my opinion it is not 4* as the rooms don't have air conditioning and the outside was not as well kept as it could have been.
Christopher Jun 20, 2017 ALDERSHOT, United Kingdom

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