THE FEATHERS HOTEL
PUBLISHED: 12:31 03 May 2013 | UPDATED: 16:47 18 June 2013
The Feathers Hotel Woodstock
The Feathers Hotel, a member of Pride of Britain Hotels, is an inviting country retreat that combines historic charm with a fun personality. Located in the historic market town of Woodstock, which was the birth place of Winston Churchill, the hotel is surrounded by cultural attractions. Just a two minute stroll through the beautiful village shops and guests will arrive at the magnificent Blenheim Palace.
There are 16 bedrooms and five suites available at The Feathers, which have just undergone a major refurbishment. Each room has been given its own unique style by specialist interior designers, Trevillion, who have added boutique twists such as luxurious fabrics, ornate lighting, free-standing stone basins and even a decanter full of jelly beans! The quirky bedrooms perfectly match the rest of the hotel, with its higgledy-piggledy hallways and five different staircases that add a delightfully whimsical feel. Contemporary wallpapers adorn the walls, alongside tastefully chosen art works, such as an eye-catching dressmaker mannequin. The bespoke carpet in the dining room bearing a feather motif is also testament to the hotel’s cool outlook.
Eating and drinking is at the heart of The Feathers experience. The hotel introduced the first dedicated ‘Gin Bar’ in the UK and has the largest collection of gins in the world. It currently has 174 types of gin from around the world and holds the Guinness World Record. Guests can enjoy a classic martini while connoisseurs can attend the “Gin Club” on the last Friday of every month.
Head Chef Kevin Barrett features the best of modern English cuisine in the two AA rosette restaurant, using locally sourced ingredients in dishes such as: Local wood pigeon, Jerusalem artichoke, cherry & chocolate pastilla; Kirtlington Estate venison, parsley root, sprouts, chestnut puree, cassis; and Pear and blackberry mousse with vanilla ice cream and caramelised hazelnuts. Alternatively, guests could opt for “The Gin Experience”, a carefully devised menu incorporating specifically chosen gins throughout the courses for example, in a “Gin & Tonic Jelly”. The restaurant also serves a selection of afternoon tea menus, plus a variety of traditional picnic hampers starting at £39.50. The stylish restaurant seats up to 60 guests, with room for a further 30 in the bar. Alternatively diners may prefer to dine al fresco in the beautiful, secluded outdoor Courtyard, complete with a summer house.
The Feathers is the perfect location for events. The hotel can be exclusively hired for wedding receptions for £4,000 during the week or £7,000 at the weekend. The ceremony can take place in the nearby church or town hall, which is a couple of minutes walk from the hotel.
The Feathers is also equipped for business meetings. The private master bedroom has a conference table suitable for up to eight, alternatively one end of the restaurant can host up to 20 people boardroom style. The daily delegate rate starts from £65 per person.
The Feathers Hotel has a lively history. At the turn of the century, the reception area became a Drapers shop, and was subsequently converted into a Butcher’s shop in the early 1950s. In the early 1960s the property was fully joined and turned into a hotel. Today, remnants of the building’s former life still remain visible, adding to the hotel’s character.
The Feathers, Market Street, Woodstock, Oxfordshire, OX20 1SX
Reservations on 01993 812291 or visit www.feathers.co.uk