The Duke appears to be a country pub which has added some hotel rooms at the back - and it looks a little like a 60s motel from the carpark (not quite the Bates Motel but its not very nice). We checked into our room and thought it dark, dinghy and dull. The light above the table did not work, one of the bulbs in the 3 bulb centre had gone and neither bedside light worked. Reception were very prompt to fix the bedside lights and the room brightened a little. The room and the bathroom were nice enough though the bed felt VERY hard.
We went, with the friends we were travelling with, for dinner. And we were blown away! A huge menu, lots of choice, and the quality was superb.
We got back to the room and the good food and drink had the remarkable effect of making the whole room seem brighter.
The hard bed turned out to be fine and we had a great sleep. And during the outstanding breakfast the next morning the manager (owner?) said "so sorry about the bedside lights. When I went to check them when you were at dinner the whole room seemed dark so I put brighter bulbs in the ceiling too,,,,,sorry about the light above the table, that seems to be a bigger problem than a duff bulb"
So not a great start - but a really great finish
We definitely recommend
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Duke of Marlborough is a 13 bedroomed historic coaching inn situated just outside the well known town of Woodstock and a stone's throw from Blenheim Palace, the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill. The hotel features a bar, restaurant and large function room serving a wide selection of traditional English food with many ingredients locally-sourced. Complimentary Wi-Fi is available in public areas and free parking is available for all guests. Recently refurbished the bedrooms at the Duke of Marlborough are well appointed and spacious, situated over two floors overlooking the grounds of the hotel. Located just 2 miles from Woodstock, the Duke offers easy access to the historic city of Oxford, which is just a 25-minute drive away. Blenheim Palace is only a 5-minute journey by car. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Duke Of Marlborough Hotel Woodstock