July 23, 2019
Feldon Valley – the perfect Cotswold base from which to explore this spectacular area of heritage
Our weekend escape to Feldon Valley set in the beautiful Cotswolds countryside was a truly unforgettable getaway. We chose to drive down from London, which was actually a very quick and pleasant drive taking in the scenery of Cotswolds on our travel. On arrival walking in to The Lodge you really do get blown away by the scenery with the Main Lodge having the backdrop of an amazing 71 par 18 hole golf course.
As we walked inside the main Lodge we were greeted at reception by Lydia Ernst the hotels front of house manager, who really went above and beyond with her warm welcome. The main lodge has a beautiful lounge area with a fireplace, which also extends into the patio with more views of the luscious golf course and a coffee bar, serving a range of drinks. Once we checked in we were taken to our room, which was set behind the main lodge, where there are four individual lodges, all connected to the main lodge by a raised boardwalk, just walking to our lodge felt like you were already exploring Cotswolds as the walk is set through woodlands providing a very unique setting.
Our Lodge ‘The Golf View Room’, was surprisingly spacious and featured its own kitchen, open plan dining and living room leading on to a large furnished balcony, the views from the balcony again showcasing the pristine golf course. The bedroom with its own private balcony and Kingsize bed flowed into the bathroom. The highlight of the lodge was the Kingsize bed and if you are looking for a good night’s sleep you can’t go far wrong, it really is that good!
Once we got settled in we wanted to take in the sights, after all you are in Cotswolds, staff at reception really provided a good idea of the surroundings and activities on offer and there really is so much to choose from ,depending on your mood. If you’re up for a round of golf you have the beautifully designed 18 hole golf course, a bit of shopping, Bicester village is just a short drive away, want to explore this area of heritage and natural beauty more you have Cotswold Wildlife park, North Cotswold Brewery, Toddenham Manor Farm and many more.
We had such a good time exploring and lucky for us the weather held up, we decided to head back to the hotel and get ready for dinner at The Kitchen, which is the onsite restaurant at Feldon Valley, providing a house menu during the day to enjoy at the bar and a restaurant menu for the dinner service. Before we headed for dinner, we decided to start the night with a few drinks sitting on the patio taking in the views of the golf course and beyond, as the sun set providing been more breathtaking views. The hotels front of house manager Lydia was around still and really took the time to ensure we were having an amazing experience.
Taking a very short walk from the main lodge to the Kitchen we were greeted by Olly Cooper the restaurant manager, who led us to our seats, once seated Olly took his time to explain the menu to us and provide some recommendations of dishes and accompanying wine. We really enjoyed listening to Olly explain each dish and the local produce used in creating each dish, we loved the personal touch and understanding the passion the kitchen has in using local ingredients to make delicious seasonal dishes.
For my starter I went with the Salcombe Crab, Kohlrabi, fennel puree and apple puree and my partner had the Tartare of Lanes End Farm Beef, Pickled mushrooms with mushroom ketchup. The presentation of both dishes was picture perfect, really highlighting the fine dining experience, but it was not all about looks as both dishes tasted amazing, full of flavour and perfectly seasoned.
For my main course I went with the Cornish Plaice, Potato terrine, crab sauce and spring cabbage and my partner tried the Paddock Farm Tamworth Pork Belly and Head, Onion, cavlo nero and Gherkin, we went with both dishes on the recommendation of Olly and we were not disappointed, the local produce really stood out here and we made sure both plates we clean by the end of our meals.
As our evening came to an end and to end our magical day on a high, we decided to have some dessert before we headed back to our lodge, I had the Raspberry Tart, meringue with a raspberry sorbet and my partner had the Lower Brailes Honey Parfait ‘sandwich’, pear and honeycomb. Even when it came to dessert so much attention is given to the presentation of each dish providing a refreshing and sweet treat to end this most special evening. We walked back to our lodge through the woodlands with the night lights on, really providing a fairy tale experience.
In the morning waking up after having such a good sleep we sat in the balcony overlooking the golf course on a beautiful morning, enjoying a coffee it’s a sight I won’t forget. We went to get ready and head back to The Kitchen for breakfast, it was a pleasant surprise to see Olly Cooper the restaurant manager there early for the breakfast service. For breakfast there is a buffet style option for the continental breakfast and selection of hot dishes including a full English breakfast, hot dishes are made to order and again you can really see the use of local produce in all the dishes.
We had an amazing time and I really would recommend staying and eating at Feldon Valley. If you are planning to visit The Cotswolds whatever you decide to do on your trip Feldon Valley is in an amazing location to experience everything The Cotswolds has to offer.
A: Sutton Ln, Lower Brailes, Banbury OX15 5BB
T: 01608 685633
W: Feldon Valley
Written by Remisa Asilanaj for Luxuria Lifestyle International