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Check in for a Colourful Night at Oxford’s Crazy Bear Hotel

by | Apr 15, 2015

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.

Vintage red bus at The Crazy Bear Hotel

The Reception Desk at The Crazy Bear Hotel near Oxford

If you like the muted tones of the Farrow & Ball paint chart, The Crazy Bear hotel 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.

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Experience Eccentricity in the Oxfordshire Countryside

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.

Bedroom at The Crazy Bear Hotel

A glamorous bedroom at The Crazy Bear hotel

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 Crazy Bear 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

Dog Policy Mr Hendricks says, “They tell me that unfortunately dogs are not allowed.”


How to Find The Crazy Bear Oxford

The Crazy Bear hotel Bear Lane, Stadhampton, Oxfordshire OX44 7UR

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Afternoon Tea in the Diamond Jubilee Salon

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Sally is the founder and editor of The Foodie Travel Guide. She travels around the UK and beyond in search of the best foodie days out, tasting experiences and delicious places to stay. She loves a glass of English sparkling wine, afternoon tea with friends and escaping London for gastronomic adventures. 

The Crazy Bear Hotel Oxford

  • Dine in the restaurant
  • Go for Afternoon Tea
  • Shop for local produce
  • Enjoy outdoor pursuits

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