The Marlborough Suite, on the second floor of Hope House. The large airy oak-beamed rooms are furnished with gilt and mirror pieces. Decorated in a restful palette of green silks and gilt furnishings, this suite is the perfect place to unwind after a busy day's sightseeing. Entrance hall, large sitting room with mini-bar, master bedroom, twin bedded second room and large bathroom. Located on the ground floor of Hope House, the restaurant features the original stone fireplace; its bay window which overlooks the pretty market town of Woodstock.
Accommodation is offered with a traditional locally-sourced organic Full English and Continental breakfast served in the Vanbrugh restaurant. Within 500 metres of Hope House there are fourteen eateries, ranging from gastro pubs to lively brasseries and two AA Rosette restaurants. Kitchen facilities mean that guests who take over the whole house – which would accommodate 16 - can bring their own chef.
One further two bedroom and one bedroom suites available. Details available on request.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest Amenities||100 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Heathrow 70 km, Nearest railway: Charlbury 5 km|
|Family friendly||Suitable for children over 5|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, Air conditioning, TV, Video player, CD player, Telephone, Fax machine, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (1)|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Further details indoors|
• Exceptionally large living space (70-82 sq m)
• Master bedroom with King-size bed
• Second bedroom with zip-link twin/king beds
• Large Lounge
• Air conditioning throughout
• Secondary glazing
• Contemporary but sympathetic interior designed rooms
• Italian Beltrami bed linen
• Hand-made Mulberry Tree silk duvets and pillows
• Remote lighting on dimmers
• High speed wireless internet access
• Sony SKY TV, Surround sound system and Blu-Ray player
• In wall iPod docs
• Heated marbled floors throughout bathrooms
• Luxurious selection of toiletries and bath salts
• Victorian roll top steel baths
• Monsoon shower
• LCD bathroom TV
• Sensibly priced fully stocked bar
• Full range of teas, coffees, biscuits, etc.
The finest materials have been used throughout – Beltrami Italian linen, Mulberry tree silk hand-made duvets and pillows, under-floor heated Italian marble floored bathrooms and state-of-the-art in-room entertainment: LCD TV, Sony TV surround system, Blu-ray player, wall-mounted iPod docks, high speed wireless internet access and remote control lighting. Each suite has a work desk and a fully stocked bar, as well as a complementary personal car park space. All the suites have air-conditioning.
|Further details outdoors|
Hope House was built circa 1708 for maltster Miles Parker, a local councillor and mayor of Woodstock from 1711-1715, who as Receiver General of Taxes in Oxfordshire, collected the taxes to pay for Blenheim Palace.
Constructed at the same time as Blenheim Palace, Hope House is one of two grand houses in Woodstock (the other being The Bishop’s House, Rectory Lane) designed in Vanbrughian style with baroque architecture and it is easy to understand why it has been described as a sister property to the Vanbrugh-designed Blenheim Palace. Historians debate whether it was indeed designed by Vanbrugh himself, as similarities abound: the railings to the front of Hope House and the stone in which they are set are exactly identical to the railings within the grounds at Blenheim palace around the pond and the stone used for construction is from the same source as the palace stone.
The flat roof to the property is constructed with 18mm lead, a very rare example of an original lead roof, with generations of the Money family’s footprints carved into the lead, as well as several footprints of the Churchill family.
The bay windows to the front of the house feature etchings in the glass with the names of Money’s ancestors and dates of their marriage at St. Mary Magdalene Church Woodstock. Other etchings done by Money ancestors can be seen on windows in rooms throughout the house, including three in the Blenheim suite.
Situated on the corner of Oxford Street and Hensington Road, Woodstock, the group of buildings owned by the influential Money family were collectively known as ‘Money Corner’ and appear as such in early maps of Woodstock.
The family brewed local ales at the Malt House during the 1700s and at one point they also owned the Six Bells Public House next door (now the Real Wood Furniture Company).
During the mid 1800s the Money family was at the height of its glory; the family owned and operated several of the glove making factories in Woodstock, and Elizabeth Money exhibited deer and sheepskin gloves at The Great Exhibition in London in 1851. The family’s glove business blossomed during the 19th century and they were awarded a Royal Warrant to supply Queen Victoria with leather boots, saddles and gloves. The original lead warrant, together with gloves and glove making tools can be viewed in a display at the Oxfordshire Museum in Park Street, Woodstock, a couple of hundred metres from Hope House.
The estate today comprises Hope House, whose fascia is in Oxford Street and along the corner of Hensington Road, the Malt House (1 Hensington Road), cottages 3, 5 and 7 Hensington Road which were the old workers cottages and number 9 which was originally the barn where the horse and the steam engine tractor were kept, now converted into a separate house, along with the delightful original Cotswold stone walled gardens. Julia Money sold most of Union Street in the 1980s, where the managers of the glove making business originally lived, to raise money to maintain the estate.
Oxford, The City of Dreaming Spires, is famous the world over for its University and place in history. For over 800 years, it has been a home to royalty and scholars.
With its mix of ancient and modern, there is plenty to do, whether it’s visiting one of the many historic buildings, colleges, museums or enjoying a day along the river.
The Ashmolean Museum, established in 1683, is the oldest museum in the UK and one of the oldest in the world. It houses collections of art and antiquities, which are of national and international importance. They range from the civilisations of ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome to Renaissance Europe and the 20th Century. There is also an extensive Far Eastern collection
Visit Bodleian Library, the medieval divinity school, the oldest teaching and examination room of the university, a masterpiece of English Gothic architecture.
Punting is also an enjoyable and popular way to spend a summer’s day in Oxford. Cherwell Boathouse has over 70 hand built punts plus rowing boats.
The Oxfordshire Cotswolds Market Town of Woodstock is a pretty place about 10 miles north of Oxford on the A44 to Broadway and Evesham. It boasts many charming streets, inns, and tea shops. Woodstock is most famous for the close proximity to the ancestral home of the Churchill family, Blenheim Palace. Thomas Chaucer (thought to be the brother of Geoffrey Chaucer) and famous for being Speaker of the House of Commons, resided here for some years, whilst in later centuries Woodstock was noted for its glove making.
The ancient market town of Woodstock is situated on the edge of the Cotswolds, an hour’s drive from London and just under an hour from Stratford-upon-Avon, birthplace to William Shakespeare. There is much to do in Woodstock; from visiting Blenheim Palace, the historic birthplace of Winston Churchill and home to the current Duke of Marlborough, The Oxfordshire Museum, or simply strolling around the historic streets; visit the stocks in Market square, or go shopping in the myriad individual shops and sit in the courtyard restaurants whilst whiling the hours away. It is the perfect base from where to visit Oxford.
2010 will see major celebrations in Woodstock: of 900 years since the founding of the Royal Park of Woodstock. A calendar of existing and new events will run throughout the year tied into this theme, with a glorious street party for residents and visitors in the middle of the year.