The Best Hotels to Book Near Blenheim Palace

The Feathers was built in the 17th century, making it older than Blenheim Palace itself
The Feathers was built in the 17th century, making it older than Blenheim Palace itself | Courtesy of The Feathers Hotel / Booking.com
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Elegant and historic, Blenheim Palace near Oxford will take your breath away. As the family home of Winston Churchill, it’s one of the most recognisable country houses in the United Kingdom. Our selection of the best hotels nearby – all bookable on Culture Trip – are mostly in or near the town of Woodstock, and within walking distance. Ranging from centuries-old coaching inns to classic country pubs, Churchill might even have visited himself.

1. Macdonald Bear Hotel

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The ivy-clad exterior of the Bear
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Perched in a picturesque spot where the River Glyme pools into a lake, this lovely hotel is set in a 13th-century coaching inn, and its rooms, with exposed wooden beams, four-poster beds and fireplaces, wear their heritage beautifully. Spectacular Blenheim Palace is a 10-minute walk away, and the hotel restaurant serves exquisite British cuisine – the john dory is delicious.

2. The Woodstock Arms

Hotel, Pubs with Rooms

A classic British pub, the Woodstock Arms features cosy, comfortable guest rooms that display their 18th-century heritage with lovely wooden beams and retro light fittings. Matching the quality of the rooms is the food, with a menu of classic British pub dishes such as lamb shank and steak and ale pie. Blenheim Palace is just 10 minutes’ walk away.

3. The Feathers Hotel

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The Feathers Hotel
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In a 17th-century townhouse in the Oxfordshire town of Woodstock, the Feathers has an air of classic luxury, with huge wooden sleigh beds, heavy curtains and, in the suites, plush living areas. The restaurant serves artfully presented British cuisine – the Sunday roasts are particularly recommended – and Blenheim Palace is a short walk away. For a wider view of local history, the Oxfordshire Museum is nearby, too.

5. Churchill Court

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Churchill Court
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Those with an eye for style will like this hotel, where colourful furniture and comfy sofas combine to create a stay that is both relaxed and aesthetically pleasing. Family suites feature kitchenettes, so you can cook if you prefer, while all rooms feature smart TVs. At Winston’s Café, classic canteen fare, such as jacket potatoes, baguettes and cake, is on offer.

6. The Evenlode

Hotel, Pubs with Rooms

The Evenlode
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This charming stone pub dates to the 1930s, and is beloved for its homely atmosphere and excellent food and drink – try the slow-cooked shorthorn beef and Guinness stew. Its location is perfect for exploring Oxfordshire and the Cotswolds, with rich history at Blenheim Palace and lovely hiking at Beacon Hill nearby. After a day’s exploration, the pub’s quiet, traditional rooms, with big, comfy beds and coffee machines, make a soothing sanctuary.

7. The Duke of Marlborough

Hotel, Pubs with Rooms

The Duke of Marlborough
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A historic pub fit for nobility in the quaint market town of Woodstock, the Duke of Marlborough is picture-postcard rural England, with stone floors and a fireplace, wooden beams and leather sofas. Guest rooms have a cosier, but still traditional style, with plush carpets, atmospheric lighting and dark wood furniture. The menu is highly regarded, with street food including pulled lamb tacos and Korean barbecue chicken being the highlights.

You’re in the neighbourhood, so why not stay in Oxford at a cosy bed and breakfast or one of the fabulous hotels in the city centre, bookable now with Culture Trip. While you’re there, be sure to check out the top things to see and do nearby.

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