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The Best Places For A Date in Oxford

Love is always in the air in Oxford, a city awash with the promise of amour and enchantment, which makes it the ideal place to spend the most romantic day of the year. With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, our boutique hotel in Oxford thought we’d help you plan the perfect date that’s guaranteed to get those sparks flying with your loved one, whether it’s your first date or your fiftieth.

Hopeless romantic? Explore Blenheim Palace

If you or your date are a hopeless romantic then head to Blenheim Palace to experience a palace fit for a fairy-tale during your stay at our Oxford hotel. A masterpiece of Baroque architecture, Blenheim Palace was the birthplace of Winston Churchill. The fascinating history means you won’t be short of things to talk about and afterwards you can take a romantic stroll through the extraordinary gardens, with a beautiful waterfall and hundreds of different flowers you’ll struggle to find a more dreamy place.

Hopeless romantic? Explore Blenheim Palace

Traditionalist? Indulge in a romantic meal

If you’re a traditional romantic, then wining and dining your date is a timeless classic that’s always a winner. After all, food is the way to our hearts. Oxford has a huge variety of tantalising restaurants to choose from close to our boutique hotel in Oxford, but we’d particularly recommend the world famous Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons if you’re looking to splash the cash and really impress your date. From rooftop delights to riverside romance, there’s something to suit every couple.

Traditionalist? Indulge in a romantic meal

Adventurer? Go punting!

Oxford is Britain’s answer to Venice, the capital of romance, so why not pretend you’re in a Rom-Com and take a romantic cruise down the river in a punt. Punting has been an Oxbridge tradition since the 1880s, so celebrate the city's culture in style with strawberries and champagne. Don’t forget some blankets too; it might be a bit nippy but don't worry you can warm up afterwards in our cosy Oxford hotel!

Adventurer? Go punting!

Outdoorsy? Visit the Botanical Gardens

If you just love the outdoors and are willing to brave the winter cold in the name of love, then take your date to the Botanical Gardens this Valentines Day. With thousands of different plants you can enjoy a romantic walk taking in the rainbow of colours for a vibrant and beautiful day. There are no restaurants on site so take the opportunity to take a picnic and snuggle up together amongst the greenery, again we recommend taking some blankets!

Outdoorsy? Visit the Botanical Gardens

Vanbrugh House Hotel, a boutique hotel in Oxford, is ideally located in the centre of Oxford, near to the area’s top Oxford museums, Oxford theatres and Oxford bars. To check availability, email us or call us on 01865 244 622.

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Vanbrugh House Hotel Reviews

Clare,

Melbourne, Australia

Lovely hotel in a wonderful central location. We could easily walk to most places of interest with many restaurants. We had booked a superior double, which was on the second floor and quiet as requested.

The staff were happy to help with our luggage. Standard of room excellent with a lovely bathroom and walk in shower.

Assistance pleasantly provided by helpful staff - good restaurants, parking, ice, taxis etc. Good breakfast choice included in tariff. Loved our stay and would certainly return.


Graham,

Salisbury

The experience was superb from start to finish. Lovely deluxe room with private garden. Excellent for a special treat. The hotel is in a great location and Oxford has plenty of lovely coffee shops and restaurants to keep you nourished.


Adrianne,

Hong Kong

The hotel suite is very nice and spacious. We love every detail in the room, especially the shower in the bathroom! The complimentary breakfast is also very good with nice service! Definitely will stay over again if we come back to Oxford!


Kate,

London

My husband and I came to Oxford to celebrate our wedding anniversary. From the moment we arrived at the hotel all staff were very accommodating and friendly. We were kindly given a room that required no steps (The Sir John Vanbrugh Suite) given that I am heavily pregnant. In addition, we were given a welcome drink to celebrate our anniversary as well as a lovely card- a really nice touch especially given that it was so long ago since I'd mentioned it in our booking!

Breakfast the next morning was fantastic - really fresh ingredients and friendly staff. The location of the hotel is excellent. We used the park and ride option for parking which really was very easy and much cheaper than the multi storey.

Our room looked out onto the main street but noise definitely wasn't a problem. The best part of the room was either the very comfy bed or the enormous bath! Thanks to all staff for making our stay so relaxing and enjoyable!


Luna,

Hong Kong

I recently spent one night at Oxford and since I'm not driving and I plan to take the train, I want to stay in a decent hotel at the city centre and close to train station. Vanbrugh House Hotel ticks all of the above.

Staff are super helpful and friendly, I arrived on the day with big snow and my train was cancelled so I have to get off at Didcot Parkway and take a bus. By the time I arrived, it was only 12 noon but the staff kindly check me in early. They also helped carried the luggage (together with me, of course) to go up the stairs.

The hotel was recently renovated and positioned as a boutique hotel, the size of the room is very okay as I'm travelling sole and it's very comfortable. Shower facilities are great so as the washroom amenities are very high quality. Breakfast, traditional English breakfast with unlimited cereal plus toasts was excellent. Would definitely stay here again.


Leo,

New York

Our stay at the Vanbrugh House Hotel was enjoyable. The hotel is located in the centre of Oxford, giving us the opportunity to explore Oxford right outside the front door. The staff were very helpful and courteous, and after a day of touring it was relaxing to have a glass of wine at the hotel.


Jan,

Princes Risborough

What a fabulous hotel. The staff, location and rooms are excellent. The staff couldn't do enough to help and were very welcoming. Location is perfect for the Theatre, the new Westgate shopping centre and plenty of restaurant within a very short walk.

The rooms are beautiful and very clean. Loved the fact that anything in the rooms fridge was complimentary.


Donna,

Bedford

Beautiful hotel in the centre of Oxford, great location with everything nearby, but very peaceful and quiet. The room was gorgeous, the staff very friendly and helpful. Great food and spotless rooms. Thoroughly recommended and we'll definitely be returning.


Anna,

Poland

I love luxury stays with family and this hotel is perfect. Rooms are clean, spacious and comfortable. Our kids had a very enjoyable time there. Staff are very nice and they helped us with how to organise free time for our kids. Highly recommended!


Cat,

Mount Prospect, Illinois

Nice little boutique hotel, centrally located in a quiet area. Complimentary snacks, tea, coffee in room. Comfy beds and best bonus was Mustafa from the front desk staff. He was most ready and willing to help with any request, and at all times with a very friendly and a happy personality.

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