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“Poppy's kingdom”
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Uplands House
Ranked #1 of 37 Banbury B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Montreal, Canada
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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“Poppy's kingdom”
Reviewed January 22, 2012

We really have enjoyed three marvellous days of deep relaxation, warm hospitality, delicious dinners, all in the best ever English life style we have known.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with friends
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed January 1, 2012

Had a wonderful stay in late December. Welcomed warmly by Poppy with afternoon tea and cake to discuss dinner plans. Given the option to eat alone or with Poppy and Graham which we chose to do. Lovely company over a fabulous dinner and then tea/drinks in the lounge in front over the roaring log fire.
Huge room and bathroom with high quality furnishings, absolute luxury.
Superb locally souced breakfast with the best eggs I have ever tasted from the farm next door.
Fabulous host with a wealth of information regarding the local area.
We would highly reccommend.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
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Harwich, United Kingdom
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Reviewed November 2, 2011

This is the most perfect B & B, we were so lucky to find it. The hospitality was wonderful, Lady Poppy Cooksey greeted us warmly as we turned into their drive and invited us to tea and homemade cake. The house is amazing, full of beautiful antique furniture. We stayed in the luxurious Four Poster Room, which had an enormous en suite, both rooms containing everything one could possibly wish for. From our bedroom window we were able to look out on the beautiful gardens and beyond to an idyllic herd of grazing cattle. Poppy and Graham take great pride and pleasure in their garden and growing their own fruit and vegetables. We have to thank Graham for our delicious full English breakfasts. The choice was amazing starting freshly squeezed orange juice, organic yoghurt with honey topped with their home grown strawberries and raspberries followed by any combination of all the usual breakfast fare, plenty of toast which you could spread with Poppy's delicious homemade marmalades and jams, tea and coffee. Two or four course suppers are available on request and on our final night we were treated to a real feast starting with crab in a Gruyère sauce, rack of lamb from Prince Charles's Highgrove estate, vegetables from the garden and dauphinoise potatoes followed by fresh fruit pavlova. It was a wonderful evening as we were also celebrating Graham and Poppy's tenth year as World Veteran Fencing Champions!! We enjoyed the company of our fellow guests who were from Australia. Poppy and Graham were the most kind, generous and considerate hosts who made our stay in the Cotswolds very enjoyable.

Room Tip: All the rooms were very nice but the four poster room was a real treat!
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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Sioux Falls, South Dakota
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Reviewed October 10, 2011

We found this enchanting English home by searching B & B's in the Cotswolds. This was the
perfect place for our journey into the English countryside! It made our tour of London seem
like a fading memory. Lady Poppy Cooksey has the true 'gift of hospitality' in the English
sense and welcomed us warmly into her charming home with afternoon tea & cake. Our
evening meal was gourmet as was our hearty English breakfast. Her organic garden supplied
us with healthy and delicious fruits & vegetables to enjoy. We felt spoiled but so rested. The
other guests staying were also very enjoyable and entertaining. It was an experience that we
will never forget and one that remain foremost in our vacation memories.Nancy & Wm M.

Room Tip: The 4 Poster Room is very large with a beautiful view of the countryside & animals in the adja...
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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Iowa
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Reviewed October 7, 2011

We LOVED our stay here. It was exactly as the web site advertised.. Of our 2 week vacation in Europe this was one of the highpoints. I would rate it as an 11 on a 1-10 scale. We didn't want to leave. The room was wonderful ( Chinese room) , the food was delicious and the company ( the fellow travelers were delightful. If you have any qualms about staying here ...get over it. You will love this place.

Room Tip: We stayed in the Chinese room to save a little money and it was great.
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada
1 review
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Reviewed October 4, 2011

Wow, what a wonderful gem in the middle of the Cotswolds! Uplands House, outside of Banbury operated by Graham and Poppy Cooksey, is the most fantastic B & B we have ever stayed in! From the moment you enter the beautiful grounds and then draw yourself away from that into this most magnificient old manor house, you are quenched with the friendliness and pure generous hospitality of its hosts.

We found this gem purely by accident, with an Internet search, before leaving for the UK and were not disappointed. We stayed in a beautiful 4-poster bed suite which is nothing short of luxurious and indulgent! Then we were entertained by our host Poppy with afternoon teas, drinks before dinner, drinks with dinner, drinks after dinner, and the most delightful and delicious meals you can imagine coming from a B & B - absolutely 5 star!

Not only does our host, cook, clean, plan meals, and run a business, she also does many of the flowers, herbs, and gardens galore which will be found on the grounds! If you do not find yourself spoiled and relaxed by the time you have spent 1 night or 20 nights here, there is something wrong with you and your expectations. We had a couple of nights with Poppy & Graham and now feel part of their family, along with they ours.

Poppy has an amazing knowledge of her area & its history and what a wonderful position of the House in the region to visit the highlights of the Cotswolds. The birthplace of Shakespeare, Warwick Castle, Moreton-on-Marsh, Oxford, and the list goes on. You could actually spend a 2-week vacation in this area alone there is so much to see and partake in. With a car and a map you will be able to venture anywhere in the region easily from Uplands House.

We definitely plan on visiting again and are very happy to call both Poppy and Graham our friends! The kindness, humour, interest and considerate attention shown to us as guests was first class and sincere. Thank you "My Lady" for making our visit to your home and the Cotswalds so outstanding - love you lots and we look forward to seeing you both again soon!

Brian H.
(Nanaimo, BC, Canada)

Room Tip: For us the 4-Poster bed is a must with the large bathroom and soaker tub, though we like to indulge...
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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed October 1, 2011

Poppy is gracious hostess and we thoroughly enjoyed her company and delicious dinner. We found great peace strolling in the fragrant garden and were made most welcome on arrival. Will definitely return!

Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Property: Uplands House
Address: Upton, Banbury OX15 6HJ, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Oxfordshire > Banbury
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Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 37 B&Bs / Inns in Banbury
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — Uplands House 5*
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Enjoy an enthusiastic welcome, beautifully furnished comfortable rooms, tasty organic produce from our garden, great cooking, lovely wines, log fires, delightful views over the park, and every comfort in relaxing and peaceful surroundings.Visit Stratford-on Avon, Warwick Castle, Blenheim Palace, and other delights of the Cotswolds. ... more   less 
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