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Macdonald Bear Hotel

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Why We Love This Hotel

  • 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


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. 

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  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • 100% smoke-free


  • 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
  • Safe


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


  • Bathrobes
  • Hair-dryer
  • Slippers


  • Parking (fees apply)


Check-in: Standard Time is 3pm.

Checkout: Standard Time is 11am.

Children and additional guests: No rollaway/extra beds available. No cribs (infant beds) available

Pets: Pets allowed. Service animals are exempt from fees/restrictions

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:

Know Before You Go

  • 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).


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
  • Service animals are exempt from fees

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 Mon-Fri, 8am-6pm

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.

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