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Review: Oxfordshire’s golf hotel (Includes interview and first-hand account)

The Oxfordshire Hotel is a relatively new facility, and it overlooks then established Oxford gold course. Oxfordshire is a county in South East England, home to the city of Oxford and its university. The English county has an area of 2,605 square kilometers (or 1,006 square miles.) It boasts some of the most beautiful countryside that England has to offer.

A view of the edge of the golf course and the splendid countryside  as seen from within the hotel.

A view of the edge of the golf course and the splendid countryside, as seen from within the hotel.

The hotel is located in Thame, which is a market town and civil parish located 9 miles out from Oxford city center. Thame is a very old settlement. It was founded in the Anglo-Saxon era and was in the former kingdom of Wessex.

The logo for The Oxfordshire Hotel  located by the hotel entrance.

The logo for The Oxfordshire Hotel, located by the hotel entrance.

The hotel itself was built a couple of years ago, and is it slowly gaining attention.

The front of the hotel  with the union flag fluttering alongside golf related flags.

The front of the hotel, with the union flag fluttering alongside golf related flags.

The main attraction is its golf course. The hotel is located in the heart of the Chiltern Hills (often simply the “Chilterns“.) The Chiltern Hills form a chalk escarpment in South East England. A large portion of the hills was designated officially as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in 1965.

The hotel has 50 bedrooms, and offers spa facilities (with services like massages, some of which are orientated towards sport injuries, which is handy given the association with the gold course).

The bedrooms are of a good size, with comfortable beds.

File photo: A typical hotel bedroom at The Oxfordshire  equipped with tea and coffee making faciliti...

File photo: A typical hotel bedroom at The Oxfordshire, equipped with tea and coffee making facilities; a flat screen television; bath and shower.

In each room is mineral water, branded with the Blenheim Palace logo. Blenheim Palace is a monumental country house situated nearby. The mansion was the birthplace and ancestral home of Sir Winston Churchill.

Mineral water  from  Blenheim Palace. Blenheim Palace was built between 1705 and circa 1722. Blenhei...

Mineral water “from” Blenheim Palace. Blenheim Palace was built between 1705 and circa 1722. Blenheim Palace was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987.

The golf course is registered by the U.S. PGA and it is of championship standard. A couple of golfers I spoke with said the course is well-regarded as “one of the most exciting courses in the country.”

A view of the championship golf course  with golfers in the distance.

A view of the championship golf course, with golfers in the distance.

The golf course was designed by Rees Jones, who was behind the U.S. Open courses of Torrey Pines and Bethpage. The course follows a links design, with four lakes and 135 bunkers.

Long shot of some golfers struggling to make the vital put.

Long shot of some golfers struggling to make the vital put.

The a number of major tournaments have been played at the club. These include the Benson & Hedges International, Andersen Consulting World Championship and Ladies English Open.

A golf cart sits waiting early in the morning  ready for the first golfers to arrive.

A golf cart sits waiting early in the morning, ready for the first golfers to arrive.

Throughout the hotel, especially close to the bar area, are various sporting memorabilia. The photograph below shows a cabinet of golfing related items.

The history of golf captured in a cabinet in Oxford.

The history of golf captured in a cabinet in Oxford.

Nearby there are trophies and further cabinets of golfing treasures.

Golfing treasures of yesteryear on display.

Golfing treasures of yesteryear on display.

The are some impressive fixtures, such as this large chandelier that hangs over the hotel reception.

An impressive glass chandelier.

An impressive glass chandelier.

The hotel is nicely decorated, in a modern style. The corridors are well-lit and the hotel feels ‘safe’.

A walkway at The Oxfordshire Hotel  with decorative plants.

A walkway at The Oxfordshire Hotel, with decorative plants.

The hotel has a bard and restaurant, both selling food. The bar leads out onto a balcony.

The hotel bar balcony  at The Oxfordshire Hotel.

The hotel bar balcony, at The Oxfordshire Hotel.

The dining room is compact, and a little formal.

Dining room at The Oxfordshire Hotel.

Dining room at The Oxfordshire Hotel.

However, it offers a delightful view of the golf course.

The dining room of the hotel  overlooking the golf course.

The dining room of the hotel, overlooking the golf course.

The hotel offers and comfortable stay in a good location. The only downside is the food. The menu is not overly inspiring and the vegetarian “options” (two relatively similar pasta base dishes) underwhelming.

Aside from the food issue, if you are a keen golfer, it’s a place to opt for, and if you like the countryside, the views are breathtaking.

Red colored grass interweaves with the green  leading up to two trees  in the grounds of The Oxfords...

Red colored grass interweaves with the green, leading up to two trees, in the grounds of The Oxfordshire Hotel.

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Dr. Tim Sandle is Digital Journal's Editor-at-Large for science news. Tim specializes in science, technology, environmental, and health journalism. He is additionally a practising microbiologist; and an author. He is also interested in history, politics and current affairs.

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