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Hotel of the week: Eynsham Hall, Witney in Oxfordshire

Eynsham Hall

Today, the rich, colourful and bohemian past of Eynsham Hall has been reinterpreted and repurposed as a magnificent hotel. 2016 marks the completion of a £2.5m refurbishment, with some of the most stunning Cotswolds bedrooms you’ll find for an escape it all weekend break.

Built as a Georgian house in 1780, Eynsham Hall was demolished in 1904 and rebuilt four years later as a Jacobean country house for the Mason family. Hall rooms are individual and eclectically furnished, pairing antiques with modern British design. Bedrooms feature the classic and unmistakable patterns of William Morris. The gardens are extensive and inspiring, the welcome is warm and hearty.  

The interior styling and The Brasserie design is the work of London based Project Orange, an award winning design and architecture practice. Much of the interior design has been influenced by Eynsham’s history, combining the glitz and glamour of days gone by with a modern 21st century twist on country living from the 1900’s. 

Eynsham Hall
Nestled deep in the Oxfordshire countryside, Eynsham Hall provides a breathtaking blend of elegant period features with a twist of modern design, and offers guests a stay they will never forget

In addition to the Jacobean staircase that dominates the Main Hall, no two bedrooms are alike, but they all have a similar quirky charm – a touch of English eccentricity in designs that offsets the original features in each room. The concept of familial hospitality is at the heart of the rooms, designed to invite guests to spend time in the historic country retreat of the fabulous and glamorous Mason family.

The Hall also has a well-deserved reputation as one of the best wedding venues in Oxfordshire Cotswolds, an idyllic location for the sort of wedding that dreams are made of. With a suite of grand function rooms 34 main hall bedrooms, 101 cosy bedrooms and purpose built conference facilities in the grounds.

As well as providing the perfect wedding location, accommodation and dinner venue, Eynsham is also the ideal setting for conferences, business meetings and team building sessions. There are over 40 meeting rooms to choose from, and each one is specially tailored to suit business requirements.

Eynsham Hall bedroom
Eynsham Hall offers guests a tranquil and relaxing base

A state of the art health and fitness club is situated on the hotel grounds and is free to use for hotel guests. The club includes a fully furnished gymnasium which is stocked with state of the art Cybex equipment. There is plenty of cardio, weight and floor equipment, as well as a spinning studio, swimming pool and sauna. In addition to the gymnasium, guests are welcome to take part in a number of classes run by the club.

The new Brasserie at Eynsham is a glorious new addition to the hotel, with a collection of some of the finest seasonal British dishes. It offers a mouth-watering selection of options from perfectly seared scallops and tender rabbit, to delicious pork belly and a wine list to accompany the dishes, including the Hall’s own label. As many products as possible are sourced from local farms and suppliers, including pork from nearby Kelsmcott Farm, and cheeses and chutneys from local artisan producers.

Visitors are welcome to join Eynsham for afternoon tea, with scrumptious homemade cakes, giant scones and plenty of finger sandwiches served with your favourite loose leaf tea or freshly filtered coffee. Champagne or Hendricks Gin and Tonic afternoon tea is also available and is the perfect choice for a romantic afternoon out or weekend away.

Eynsham Hall restaurant
The new Brasserie Restaurant has just undergone a stunning new refurbishment

Eynsham is located in the historical county of Oxfordshire, set upon 3,000 acres of rolling parkland. The hotel is conveniently located for those who want to explore the nearby honey-stone villages of the Cotswolds, where visitors can find 18th century buildings, a textile museum and an emporium full of delights.

It is also situated nearby breathtaking Blenheim Palace and its incredible grounds, which are great for walks, runs, picnics and also make for some stunning photographs. Visitors can step inside the Palace for a tour, as well as dining in the restaurant. It’s also a great place for a family day out with it’s giant outdoor games, play park and butterfly house. Of course, it’s also the birthplace of Winston Churchill.

Guests can also take a trip to Bampton, which has been featured prominently in the popular TV drama series, Downton Abbey. The village is only 20 minutes from Eynsham Hall, so is an ideal place to stay for a Downton fan with tours available.

Other great places to visit while staying at Eynsham Hall include the North Leigh Roman Villa, Oxford Castle, Bicester Village, Wychwood Brewery and Cotswold Wildlife Park, as well as multiple historical museums, architectural points of interest and University colleges within Oxford city centre.

Address: North Leigh, Witney, Oxfordshire OX29 6PN