Belmont Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, a haven where gastronomy, gardens, and culture come alive

ByAndrea Thompson

April 5, 2024

Although we have reviewed this hotel before, Le Manoir has etched itself into the hearts of countless guests over the years.

This 15-century manor house in the picturesque village of Great Milton was originally built by William Radmylde and has been extended and rebuilt over time.  It’s grounds, orchard, fishponds, and dovecote have been maintained meticulously.  The house being quintessentially English with cosy fireplaces, antique furnishings, and floral accents.

In 1984 French Chef, Raymond Blanc transported Le Manoir into a culinary haven.  With his vision for gastronomy, gardens, produce and culture converging.  It quickly gained worldwide acclaim for its elegant rooms and exception cuisine and as testament to this they hold 2 Michelin stars together with a Michelin Green star that was awarded in 2020 for its pioneering efforts in sustainable garden gastronomy. Over the years, 34 Michelin-starred chefs have trained here, including culinary luminaries like Heston Blumenthal, Marco Pierre White, and Michael Caines.

In 2018, luxury group LVMH acquired Belmond, further elevating its prestige and this year marks its 40th anniversary and they have been holding special events and culinary experience to highlight their commitment to excellence.

In 1991 the Raymond Blanc Cookery School was opened.  Harvesting from garden to table all fresh ingredients they used has led to the opening of the Gardening School, a haven for those with green fingers.

The rooms still exude timeless charm each one elegantly appointed combing classic design with modern comforts, luxurious bedding, and picturesque views of the gardens.  Being committed to sustainability and minimizing waste, they have a zero-landfill policy, and all amenities are 100% recycled.  The guests are even encouraged to take the non-reusable toiletries home.

As to the future, a £36m investment program to add more guest accommodations, a new spa and bistro whilst remaining a beacon of luxury hospitality.