Treat your mother to an unforgettable experience

Mar 02 2018

February 2018: Mothers are well known for looking after everyone else, so it’s sometimes difficult to think about how to thank them for all they do.  When it comes to Mother’s Day this year, it is the perfect excuse to introduce her to the finer things in life.

Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons in Oxfordshire is, without doubt, one of the most ‘must visit’ places in the UK.  Known for its second to none welcoming atmosphere, luxurious surroundings, and quiet elegance,   It is the perfect place to celebrate and spend time with the most important people in our lives.

Making memories

Raymond Blanc’s team at Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons has a selection of truly memorable experiences that will ensure you find the perfect gift for your mother. Spending a day in the Raymond Blanc Cookery School, an afternoon at The Raymond Blanc Gardening School, an indulgent lunch in the Two Michelin Star Restaurant or enjoying one of the exclusive events taking place at Belmond Le Manoir this spring.

Competitive cooking

It’s difficult to beat mum’s cooking, but why not try? Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons has a selection of seasonal cookery courses in the Raymond Blanc Cookery School. Favourite courses available include Maman Blanc (Raymond’s mothers’ recipes), Creative Canapes and the Spring Dinner Party. The newest to be introduced include learning to make a Seasonal hamper, Stylish Soups, the Secrets of Eggs and Taste and Textures from Afar.  A half day course starts from £185, and a full day from £365.


Garden Tips

Launched last year, the Raymond Blanc Gardening School is a real treat for those with a passion for horticulture. The UK’s only hotel gardening school, head gardener Anne- Marie Owens and her team share their invaluable tips and host a selection of themed courses. Dates have recently been added for spring and summer and would be a fantastic treat for Mum.  How to grow your own summer vegetables: 31st May/ 14th June/ 27th July/ 15th August/ 26th September and the Micro herb course: 30th May / 13th June/ 26th July/ 14th August/ 25th September/ 3rd October 2018.  Prices for the Raymond Blanc Garden School start from £185 for a half day course.


Make it a date

There are many exclusive events each season, for example on the 10 April, award-winning milliner Katherine Elizabeth will host The Art of Hat Making at Belmond Le Manoir.  Ladies can learn to create their own headpiece under her expert guidance, using the very best fabrics; making the perfect showstopper for Ascot, Henley Regatta or a street party celebrating this year’s Royal wedding!  The event includes tea and coffee on arrival, materials, and guidance to create a couture headpiece, a Champagne Laurent-Perrier reception with canapés and a delicious lunch with accompanying wines, coffee and petits fours. Priced at £195 per person.


Long lunches

On arrival at Belmond Le Manoir, the lavender scented footpath paves the way for a spectacular culinary adventure. The menus have been described as “a twist of imaginative genius” and the seasonal offering will not disappoint.  Before or after lunch, guests are invited to stroll around the gardens at leisure or simply sit by one of the open fires in the lounge.  Prices start from £95pp for a five-course tasting menu for lunch.


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