Why so chic?
Why travel experts chose this hotel
Decadence in the countryside
Within an 80-acre estate
Only when you book with Chic
Room upgrade (subject to availability)
Early check in / late check out (subject to availability)
Crazy Bear Stadhampton is the original of the group and has been delighting guests since 1993. Just 10 miles from Oxford, this decadent adult hideaway is surrounded by lush gardens in an 80-acre estate of working farmland.
There's the choice of an English and a Thai restaurant at Crazy Bear Stadhampton, while breakfast options include the Full English, kippers and roasted tomatoes, and Continental.
Welsh badger face lamb and Gloucestershire old spot pork are raised on the estate, butchered at the on-site shop and delivered daily to the kitchens, and the same goes for free-range eggs. And products are smoked in-house using oak.
At the heart of the hotel is the 16th-century pub, sympathetically restored with the addition of quirky extras, and open daily.
During the summer months, all menus are available outside on the terrace.
23 bedrooms – individually and lavishly designed – make up this opulent property, including a cottage housing up to 10 guests. Expect gold, silver, crushed velvet, marble, and freestanding, in-room bathtubs.
Available to hotel guests and non-residents, a variation of traditional Thai massage is offered, using a massage bed, rather than the floor, and heated aromatherapy oils.
Meeting rooms can be hired for private dinner parties, celebrations, and cocktail parties. If you're having a gathering for 20 people or more activities can be organised including clay pigeon shooting, falconry, archery, and duck herding.
The bar has more than 30 bottles of champagne on the menu, and they're all half price on Wednesdays; the farm shop has an award-winning deli, butchery, and smokehouse, and was the first in the world to be awarded TSG status (Traditional Specialities Guaranteed).
How to get there
FROM M40 NORTHBOUND
Exit J7, left onto A329. Straight through Little Milton into Stadhampton, over the mini-roundabout, left at the petrol station, second left into Newells Lane, then second left into the hotel car park, or straight on to The Farm Shop.
FROM M40 SOUTHBOUND
Exit J8A, at the roundabout take the third exit onto A418 signposted Thame, take the first right signposted Milton Common, turn right at the T-Junction onto the A329, continue through Little Milton as above.
From the ring road take the Cowley exit onto B480 signposted Watlington, continue for about six miles into Stadhampton, as the road bends sharply to the left, just before the petrol station, turn right onto the A329, second left into Newells Lane, then second left into the hotel car park, or straight on to The Farm Shop
Grid reference: OS 183 grid: 704 510
Landing location: behind the red bus
London Heathrow – 45 minutes by car (65 kilometres.)