Forget the touristic streets of Oxford- I’ve got some wonderful alternatives for you to explore while you’re in the city, and they’re all picture perfect! I find Autumn is my favourite time to explore this region of England because the leaves go all red and you can walk around in flowy clothes as crisp leaves brush past your feet. It’s not Autumn yet at the time I’m writing this but you can be sure Arax and I will be back here!
1. DAYTIME: Great Milton.
This is such a serene and picturesque part of Oxford, and not far from Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons (my favourite hotel in England and one I would recommend to all of you!). The homes here are charming and seem to hark back to a fairytale era long ago. Skipping down those cobbled steps as the wind sings through the trees, you would not think you’re in 21st century England at all, but some kind of lost little paradise.
2. AFTERNOON: The Head of the River.
That’s not a location: it’s a 4* hotel with a pub (a combination I’ve actually never seen until the day I dined there :)) Located south of Oxford city centre, lunch comes with a pretty view of the river. I was so happy when I discovered they serve free range meat here! The steaks and burgers are nice, and they also serve vegetarian food and take into account allergies and intolerances. I’ll be writing a full review on it soon!
3. EVENING AND NIGHT: Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons.
I know I’ve mentioned this already, but I love this hotel-restaurant, which was opened by Raymond Blanc. It absolutely deserves its 5 stars. Not only is the hotel wonderful (service is impeccable), but the  Michelin-starred restaurant is superb, and they also have gorgeous gardens, a cookery school, and lovely events. It’s like my home away from home. I’m working on an article on the food here, and it should be up on the blog soon :))