Belmond le Manoir review – my big birthday celebration round two!

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As I mentioned before, this year is a big birthday for me and Mr Bigg had very kindly booked a surprise weekend at the end of September (which is when my birthday falls). 

But life happened in the form of unexpected health issues which prompted a really big surgery on Sept 19 and an 8 weeks recovery afterwards.  So in the end, we did that surprise weekend at the beginning of December.

I would think that Belmond Le Manoir is quite splendid at any time of the year. In our case, we had the Christmas spirit all around, which was lovely.

Belmond Le Manoir: why Mr Big chose it for my birthday

And the surprise was: Belmond Le Manoir, formerly known as Le Manoir Aux Quatre Saisons.  Raymond Blanc’s hotel is known mostly for its two Michelin star restaurant and knowing me well (I am French so of course I love food), he chose very very well.

The food was superb throughout, the choice of produce was perfect and totally seasonal.  Every thing you ate was so good and so French!

I loved the emphasis on fresh fruits of the season: we had fresh pineapples, grapes, clementines and passion fruits.  Cooked breakfast was delicious too: Mr Big had the kippers which were fantastic

In the afternoon, you could order the most delicious, sumptuous, silky rich proper hot chocolate and it came with a perfect lemon drizzle cake!

The celebratory diner was fabulous. Classic ingredients cooked to perfection, again with a true French style.  We didn’t go for the 7 courses taster menu and chose à la carte: I had the langoustines to start followed by the duck.  Mr Bigg had the salmon to start followed by beef.  We were both very very happy with our choice.

Also, they are totally child friendly. Mademoiselle was able to go to the kitchen to choose her menu and she loved it!

Our room at Belmond Le Manoir

I am a very lucky girl because not only did Mr Big book Belmond Le Manoir but he also picked one of the best rooms in the hotel. It’s not always that one has a big birthday he said! 

Anyway, here we are at Le Manoir in the Orangerie bedroom.   It must be absolutely lovely in the summer. In the winter, I did find it a bit cold in atmosphere to start with but got used to the space very quickly!

Mademoiselle is a budding blogger and YouTuber so the room tour below comes courtesy of her! It will give you a good idea of the inside of the room.

Belmond le Manoir: in summary

What we liked

What could be improved

  • The food of course: the diner, the breakfast, the fantastic hot chocolate….
  • Really big room with enough space for the three of us
  • Massive and very comfortable four poster bed: 4 of us could have easily slept in there
  • Beautiful marble bathroom
  • TV falling from the roof of the bed, TV in the lounge, TV in the bathroom: the three of us could have chosen a different program each and be happy!
  • Very close to the hotel, short walk (most rooms are spread out in the grounds so nice to be as close as possible especially in winter)
  • Lots of storage space
  • Outdoor area which must be lovely in warmer days
  • Nice heating in the winter!
  • Professional and very warm staff.  The fact that about half of them were French was also an advantage for me!
  • Very expensive: a burger was £40 in the lounges for instance.  Therefore it’s really a place to go for a very very special occasion.
  • Room decor varies a lot so do ask lots of questions to figure out which style will be the one you prefer.
  • It is mostly a restaurant with lovely rooms attached. It wouldn’t be our choice for a country weekend with activities, relaxing by the lounges etc (as the lounges are basically the waiting area for restaurant guests)

Our conclusion when we left was that it’s definitely a place to go to for a celebratory meal.  A full weekend is probably too much and too expensive.  But yes, the food is outstanding!

Belmond Le Manoir, Great Milton


  • 32 rooms


  • Double room from £660

For families

  • Cot & highchair available
  • The gastronomic restaurant offers a menu for children


  • Cookery school
  • In room beauty treatments and massages




  1. Encore une belle review et c’est très charmant d’entendre Mademoiselle faire le “room tour” ! well done, elle est bien partie pour une grande carrière de YouTubeuse je suis sûre ! 🙂 Je suis ravie de découvrir cet endroit (qui me fait rêver aussi depuis longtemps) sur ton blog, vous avez dû passer un formidable moment. bises

    • Merci beaucoup Argone. Oui je crois que la relève est assurée avec Mademoiselle. Le Manoir te plairait surement. Je pense qu’au printemps, le jardin doit être vraiment magnifique. Quand à la cuisine, c’est tellement agréable de revenir à la vraie cuisine classique de grande classe. A bientôt.

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