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Learn from the best at Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons

Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons is one of England’s finest getaways, located just an hour’s drive from London in the breathtakingly picturesque village of Great Milton in Oxfordshire. The hotel and restaurant represent dreams made reality for celebrated chef Raymond Blanc O.B.E., who in 1984 created Le Manoir to offer what is considered one of the most luxurious experiences in Britain.

The kitchen sports two Michelin stars, each of the 32 bedrooms has been individually designed, and the hotel offers elegance, comfort and sophistication in a country setting that will not fail to charm and delight all who visit.

In addition to impeccable and attentive service in the restaurant and hotel, Le Manoir’s passionate staff offer all manner of experiences to make your stay unique. Those with a passion for food will relish the chance to develop their culinary skills at the Raymond Blanc Cookery School, which also offers courses designed especially for children. There are also a series of exclusive and unique events throughout the year.

Find out more at Le Manoir’s website »



Soak up the atmosphere of a bygone era

Travel with Belmond today is an authentic recreation and a joyful celebration of the style and decadent sophistication of the Golden Age of travel.

Steeped in history, the British Pullman carriages were once the Bournemouth Belle, the Brighton Belle and the legendary Golden Arrow, whisking passengers to the majestic ocean-going liners of the 1920s and 1930s. Today, lovingly restored to their former glory, the Pullman carriages cocoon guests in opulent art deco luxury.

Indulge in the pure social extravagance of ‘The Dinner’ aboard this historic train, followed by an overnight stay at The Ritz in the heart of London. The journey begins as dusk falls, when the British Pullman travels out of London and into the gentle splendour of England’s home counties. Liveried stewards serve a sumptuous ‘tasting’ menu prepared by expert chefs from the finest ingredients, all complemented by the sommelier's choice of fine wines.

Once the British Pullman slowly glides guests back to reality at London Victoria, guests can return to the Ritz, overlooking some of London’s prettiest Royal parks, for an overnight stay in five-star comfort.

Find out more about ‘The Dinner’ & The Ritz »



Experience the ultimate in historic romance

If the glory of the Golden Age of travel appeals to you, combine the luxury of the British Pullman or the Northern Belle with the magnificence of a mighty steam locomotive and see more of England in style.

Steam-hauled day excursions begin with a relaxed brunch on the outward journey, and the day’s sights and experiences are beautifully rounded off with delicious food, wine and champagne. Immerse yourself in the historical city and glorious destination of Bath, famous for the Roman Baths and Pump Room, museums and antique shops.

Visit the home of the 11th Duke of Marlborough and birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill with its striking Great Hall, State rooms and 55 metre Long Library with magnificent marble sculptures and varied gardens, water terraces, butterfly house and arboretum.

Or venture south to Portsmouth for a mostly outdoors experience, delving into centuries of British maritime history with a visit to the Historic dockyards and board HMS Victory, now a proud memorial to Vice Admiral Horatio Nelson.

Find out more about Belmond's other delightful steam-hauled day excursions »



Solve the Brighton Murder Mystery on the British Pullman

A must for admirers of 19th century Indo-Saracenic architecture, or those who simply adore a good mystery. This murder mystery excursion transports you to 1933, with an atmosphere laced with intrigue as you anticipate your visit to Brighton and the jewel in Brighton's crown - the Royal Pavilion.

The Indian styled exterior and exotic Chinese themed interiors of the Royal Pavilion await to be unveiled. Now it's the scene of a horrible murder and it's up to you to solve this heinous crime!

During the journey you will meet all the suspicious characters embroiled in a dastardly plot. In Brighton, your guided tour of the Royal Pavilion gives you the opportunity to exercise your mind on what you think you have discovered so far. All secrets are revealed during a four-course lunch served on the return journey.



Escape for the weekend

Belmond weekend journeys are especially designed to refresh body and soul when time is the ultimate luxury. Leave the everyday behind and discover the spectacular Cornish coastline on a trip that includes the Eden Project and Lost Gardens of Heligan. Or visit the delightful seaside town of Padstow, which includes a visit to the family home of an ancient Cornish clan and lunch at Rick Stein's celebrated Seafood restaurant.

If your travels take you north, then consider exploring Inverness - once a fiercely contested fortress and now the capital of the Highland Region, which today lies quietly on the banks of the beautiful River Ness.

And of course, nothing is more beautiful or rejuvenating than a short break to the Lake District in the summertime. Enjoy the glorious profusion of vibrant colour within one of Britain's finest national parks; the craggy fells and tranquil lakes alive with natural beauty.

Find out more about these and other lavish weekend breaks from Belmond. »



England - Bath

Bath is a splendid feast for the senses and one of England’s oldest and most beautiful cities. Its hot springs — the only ones of its kind in Britain — were an attraction when the Romans still occupied the land, building a temple to the goddess Minerva which remains standing to this day, attracting visitors from all over the world eager to walk in the footsteps of the Romans on ancient stone pavements, and admire the beautifully preserved ruins.

Just 100 miles west of London, Bath is as much a destination for history lovers as the health conscious who bathe in the warm, mineral-rich waters at Thermae Bath Spa or abandon themselves to pampering self-indulgence at one of the many superb day spas and luxurious spa hotels in Bath and the surrounding area. The city is home to Bath Abbey, the last of the great medieval churches in England, and to several beautifully preserved examples of Georgian architecture.

One of the great attractions is Pulteney Bridge which spans the River Avon and is one of only four bridges in the world with shops across the full span on both sides. Which brings us to Bath’s other great draw — its dizzying array of shops selling everything from the finest art works and antiques to the latest in designer fashion, exquisite jewellery, fine foods, and more. The city is home to many independent and boutique stores, guaranteeing the prospect of finding that utterly unique special something.



England - Cotswolds

If you plan to spend some time touring England, there’s no better place to set up camp than the Cotswolds, one of the most unspoiled and quintessentially English regions sometimes called ‘The Heart of England’. The region has Stratford, Oxford and Bath on its doorstep, making it ideal as a base for touring. But be warned, you might find it entirely too pleasing to the soul and senses to decide to leave.

The area is famed for its picturesque honey-colour limestone villages in a beautiful rural setting, and is particularly inviting during the spring and summer months, as the region’s many open gardens start to burst into stunning displays of vibrant natural beauty, while in the autumn, the arboreta at Batsford and Westonbirt provide a breathtaking way to welcome the change of season. Those wanting to leave the urban landscape behind can stay at one of the many farms in the area, the produce of which are sold at the bustling farmers’ markets that attract visitors from miles around.

Its numerous quirky attractions that appeal to all ages makes the Cotswolds ideal for families. From arts and crafts to wildlife, museums and historic houses, it’s a delightful way to spend some quality time with the kids without having to sacrifice the ‘adult’ comforts offered by spas, designer and artisan shops and Michelin starred restaurants. You’ll also find the biggest concentration of antique shops outside London, the ultimate in organic shops in Daylesford, frequented by aristocrats and other high profile clientele, and Prince Charles’ new Highgrove shop in Tetbury.



England - Bray

If you have some time to explore England, venture beyond London’s bright lights and strike out towards Bray in Berkshire. This delightful 16th Century waterside village is a stunning gem tucked away in the English countryside, standing on the banks of the River Thames a mere 45 minutes from London. Home to two triple Michelin-starred restaurants, Bray is a must-visit for any travelling gourmet.

Heston Blumenthal’s restaurant The Fat Duck opened in 1995 and gained its three Michelin stars in 2004. The very next year, it was proclaimed The Best Restaurant in the world by the "50 Best" Academy of over 600 international food critics, journalists and chefs. The restaurant is noted for its unique approach to gastronomy, and offers both an A La Carte and Tasting menu at lunch and dinner. The dining experience is always intimate and relaxed; there is no dress code, and given the restaurant’s bijou nature, the maximum number in a party is six. It is closed on Sunday evening and all day Monday. The Fat Duck accepts reservations as far as two calendar months in advance. Check availability at The Fat Duck.

Alain and Michel Roux’s Waterside Inn makes the perfect location for a romantic getaway, offering a range of eight contemporary bedrooms on the first floor of the inn, each individually styled and furnished. There are also newer additions in the form of a spacious one-bedroom apartment and two luxurious suites for longer stays at Ryepeck, a separate cottage by the river.

Those attracted by the restaurant’s three Michelin stars will not be disappointed. The cooking is proudly French, and the menu changes four times a year to bring patrons the best of seasonal products. Depending on the time of year, your menu might include Cornish crab, Scottish lobster, scallops, salmon and beef, or heavenly desserts making the most of English summer fruits. The Waterside Inn is open for lunch and dinner from Wednesday to Sunday, February through December, with additional dining on Tuesdays from April through August. Check availability at The Waterside Inn.



 

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