Estelle Manor, formerly known as Eynsham Hall, is a neo-Jacobean pile near Witney in the increasingly cool Cotswolds, just nine miles from Oxford. It’s the rural sibling of Mayfair’s swanky private members’ club, Maison Estelle, and offers its own exclusive club within the Grade II listed Manor house hotel.
Having opened its decadent doors in summer 2023, the hotel has the kind of interior you’d expect of a boujee bolthole that’s rumoured to count numerous A-listers among its regulars, and where an annual membership will set you back a fresh four grand (and that’s assuming you’ve managed to successfully navigate the referral process and wangle your way up the waitlist!).
Luxury is exuded through hand painted wallpaper, whimsical artwork and bespoke chandeliers. Not to mention the 25-metre riviera-vibed outdoor pool on the hotel’s charming South Terrace.
And the hotel’s already scoring perfect 10s from journalists who clamoured to be among the first across its much-hyped threshold. Guest reviews are generally in agreement, applauding the ‘stunning decor’ and the ‘beautiful, and thankfully warm, outdoor pool’. While other acknowledge service teething problems and that some of the bedrooms are a ‘tad on the cosy side’, so choose wisely luxury lovers.
Luxury lovers, outdoor pool fans, romantics, families, dog friendly, Padel tennis players, wine lovers, anyone looking for a near city rural break (Oxford).
Eynsham Baths has been designed around a pillared tepidarium bathing hall – a warm space where guests can relax and socialise Roman style. The wellness space includes five pools, ten treatment rooms and several thermal rooms and cabins, all housed in a wooded area to the west of the Manor house’s 60-acre estate.
Architects’ drawings depict a large, pillared pool, and allude to the boujee Baths offering a generous social spa space.
Treatments promise to focus on holistic wellness therapies and ancient healing practices, with therapists incorporating a variety of techniques to deliver tailored treatments and therapies to guests. We’re excited to learn that the spa’s been recruiting practitioners who are expert in everything from shiatsu and reflexology to Thai massage and trigger point therapy. The emphasis promises to be on personalised wellness experiences and Spa Butlers will also be on hand to assist guests in their wellness journeys through the Baths.
Eynsham Baths spa is due to open in March 2023 and we can’t wait to check it out and dive in!
Watch this space! We can’t wait to find out what the super knowledgeable and experienced Wellness Manager who’s come fresh from launching Heckfield Place’s beautiful Bothy spa has in store for Eynsham Baths spa.
There are 108 rooms which were all refurbished ahead of Estelle Manor’s opening in summer 2023. Rooms range from cosy traditionally styled rooms to larger suites. Accommodation in the main house offer more in the way of traditional charm but the more modern accommodation in the newer wing offers a lower price point.
At the time of writing rooms are from £500 per room per night and we’re expecting this to increase once the spa’s open.
wining & dining
Estelle Manor has a good room-to-restaurant ratio too, with four decadent dining spaces catering to the needs of guests staying in its 108 bedrooms.
The Billiards Room serves up an Asian-inspired menu with dim sum shining bright on designer Italian plates.
The Brasserie serves an all-day menu of seasonal favourites, from local cheese soufflé to roasted cauliflower and beef wellington.
The Glasshouse, next to the hotel’s Walled Garden, has a more family friendly vibe with home-grown veg-rich sharing platters and favourites from the wood-fired oven.
Guests can also enjoy lighter bites in the Living Room with bar snacks and cocktails served from the pink marble topped bar.
And there’s talk of a Japanese restaurant opening to members in the not-too-distant future.
Cocktails are an art form and arrive adorned with herbs and flora from the hotel’s own kitchen garden. And the wine list is even longer than the Club’s membership wait list, with over 5,000 bottles rumoured to be ambiently stashed in the manor’s basement cave.
why so spavellous?
Estelle Manor also has two Padel tennis courts, which is twice as many as there currently are in the whole of our Brighton city base! And this sport is seriously addictive (for those of you who haven’t been bored by enthusiastic friends extolling its many virtues, it’s a kind of easy-to-pick-up fusion of tennis and squash). Guests can also use the outdoor pool – as can children at restricted times – and other on-site activities include archery and cycling and axe throwing.
Eynsham Baths looks set to deliver something a little different, combining luxury wellness with a new Roman style spa space
The spa is likely to be very popular so you’ll probably need to book early to avoid disappointment, and maybe start saving now…