Hawkwell House Hotel by Compass Hospitality

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Why We Love This Hotel

  • 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
"Comfortable room, nice toiletries, 2 bottles of water - staff helpful"
Sep 11, 2018 - Nottingham, United Kingdom
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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


Check-in: Standard Time is 3pm.
Minimum age required to check in: 18.

Checkout: Standard Time is 11am.

Children and additional guests: Crib/Pack 'n Play available upon request, free of charge, for children 2 and under.
Extra bedding not available for older children and adults.

Extra child aged 12 and under allowed in Family Room only, free of charge. Meals not included.

Pets: Pets are allowed on request and will be charged at £20 per pet per day.

Small pets allowed only.

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 Mon-Sun, 9am-9pm ET

Winner: People's Choice Stevie Awards for Favorite Customer Service

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
(8 Member Ratings)
Ratings & reviews reflect verified member feedback for Hawkwell House Hotel over the past 15 months.
3.6 Ambiance
4.3 Location
3.7 Rooms
4.0 Quality of Service
3.9 Value for the Money
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Other Comments
staff particularly in the restaurant ( serving cream tea) were kind and helpful
Janet Nov 20, 2018 London, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Comfortable room, nice toiletries, 2 bottles of water - staff helpful
Other Comments
Cleaning could be better
Barry Sep 11, 2018 Nottingham, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Very comfortable bed. Lovely room.
Nina Sep 03, 2018 Saint Leonards-on-sea, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The room looked lovely despite the broken blind and no hot water in the shower and it was a bright airy place.
Other Comments
Service was appalling, problems with the room and took 30mins for them to sort the cream tea as they don’t know how there own system works. We had to leave in the end without it. Also they served instant coffee despite there being a full coffee machine behind the bar that we never saw used! Slow and ineffective as a staff. Queues for 40 mins just to check out!
Hayley Jul 16, 2018 Sleaford, United Kingdom
Other Comments
Pleasant stay in a nice location convenient for Oxford . Our room hadn't been made up when we entered it but we were given a complimentary cream tea as an a apology
Beverly Jul 04, 2018 Scunthorpe, United Kingdom
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Other Comments
Lovely setting but first morning breakfast was chaotic nobody knew what was going no menu presented had to ask and ask other 2mornings someone stepped in and explained what was what. The bedroom don't know if it was an upgrade we needed a fridge for my husband s medication was in the attic the heat generated by the heat wave was unbearable
Anna-Nel Jun 30, 2018 Bridgend, United Kingdom

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