The Crazy Bear Hotel, Stadhampton, Oxfordshire
Packed with personality and colour, the Crazy Bear near Oxford is a unique hotel with an award-winning farm shop and outdoor pursuits centre.
If you like the muted tones of the Farrow & Ball paint chart, The Crazy Bear near Oxford may not be your cup of tea for a relaxing weekend. If, however, you yearn to bring out your inner diva, go for a taste of theatricality and musicality in this sleepy Oxfordshire village of Stadhampton.The Foodie Travel Guide
- Dine in the restaurant
- Go for Afternoon Tea
- Shop for local produce
- Enjoy outdoor pursuits
Experience Eccentricity in the Country
Behind the facade of a sixteenth century public house near Oxford, you’ll discover the Crazy Bear Hotel’s distinctive style. In the cosy bar at the heart of the property, you’ll still find low ceilings and traditional wooden beams but in true Crazy Bear tradition, it’s combined with eccentric extras. Step up into the English restaurant to a diva’s boudoir boldly decorated with pink leather chairs, a leopard print carpet and a ceiling lined with wine bottles. Step down into the more intimate Thai restaurant where the food is served on low round tables, and it’s more reminiscent of being in an ornate restaurant in Marrakech.
Have a Colour-Fix
Each of the sixteen bedrooms has its own unique stamp and dramatic statements abound. Think padded walls, deep sunken baths, chandeliers, ornate mirrors and zebra print carpets. The Crazy Bear is undoubtedly a hotel that likes to make a statement. Avid followers of The White Company’s calming tones and classic furniture might like to make this hotel their guilty little secret and the place to which they escape for a splash of colour.
Relax on the Terrace
Outside you’ll be greeted on arrival by a vintage red double decker bus, a terrace with rustic wooden tables, strings of lights, ornate statues, fish ponds and individual treatment huts where you can book yourself in for a traditional Thai massage. All quite a surprise in this sleepy Oxfordshire village.
Visit the Farm Shop
Venture a little further out of the hotel and you’ll see the Welsh Badger Face sheep and Gloucester Old Spot pigs grazing on their adjoining farm. Visit the excellent Crazy Bear Farm Shop just down the lane for local Oxfordshire produce and the Outdoor Pursuits centre next door.
- Raymond Blanc’s Le Manoir Aux Quatre Saisons is nearby so stay at The Crazy Bear but book yourself in for lunch or dinner at Le Manoir for a more affordable way to experience Monsieur Blanc’s amazing hotel and restaurant
- Visit the famous watercress beds at the village of Ewelme nearby or Brightwell Vineyard, Oxfordshire’s largest vineyard
OTHER PLACES TO STAY NEARBY
The Old Parsonage Hotel – located close to St Giles, this is the sister hotel of the Old Bank. It’s close to Brown’s, an iconic and buzzy Oxford restaurant that’s popular with undergraduates.
The Malmaison – a hotel which gives you the unique opportunity to spend the night in the city’s former gaol.
The Bear and Ragged Staff – a pub in the village of Cumnor with easy access to Oxford by bus or car.
The Trout at Tadpole Bridge – a riverside pub in the Oxfordshire countryside with a reputation for good food.
They tell me that unfortunately dogs are not allowed.
FIND THE CRAZY BEAR OXFORD
The Crazy Bear Stadhampton, Bear Lane, Stadhampton, Oxfordshire OX44 7UR
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