The Crown Inn

Woodstock, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom Book from Book from £200 per night

Inspired design and a relaxed vibe at this beautiful Cotswolds pub-with-rooms

If Woodstock is one of England's prettiest small towns, The Crown is hands-down the most beautiful place to stay there. Rescued from old-boozer mediocrity by owners Julian and Justine in 2014, its 9 boxy bedrooms were knocked into a spacious 5; the downstairs completely reconfigured to be light and airy. And then the real work began. Julian masterminded the overall transformation to top-end boutique pub while Justine, an interior designer, created the utterly unique decor. It says it all that recent guests have commissioned her to do their homes.

Each bedroom has a bold colour scheme and an inspired mix of styles that blend together brilliantly: retro sofas, antique drawers, modern art and vintage lighting. Succulents sit in tiny planters, ferns are suspended in copper pots, and bamboo towers up from wicker baskets. You'll covet everything you see - the attention to detail throughout is incredible. And then there's Woodstock itself; charming honey-hued Georgian buildings draped in ivy and wisteria, alongside independent delis and boutiques. Blenheim Palace is 5 minutes' walk away and you're just 15km from Oxford for easy day trips on the bus.

Information provided by The Crown Inn on 02/12/2020.

Opening times and food-serving times may be slightly restricted e.g. Monday - Wednesday 9am - 10pm, Thursday - Saturday 9am - 11pm, Sunday 9am - 9pm.


  • Just 5 stunning, spacious bedrooms; perfect for a romantic break
  • Top-quality everything: loose-leaf tea and freshly ground coffee; Apple TVs and Bose docks; Green & Spring toiletries, dream beds and super-cool lighting
  • Excellent staff: friendly and attentive
  • The beautiful, light-filled dining conservatory with its mosaic-tiled floor and plant-lined windowsills, plus a cosy pub area with real fires
  • Hearty gastro fare plus delicious breakfasts in the pretty courtyard


  • No twin rooms
  • No in-room fridges, though fresh milk and a carafe of iced water are left outside your door every morning
  • No private parking but there's a free long-stay car park a short walk away

Best time to go

Any time of year. Spring and autumn would be our top choices for clement weather, flowers or turning leaves, and fewer tourists. Often dusted with snow, the Cotswolds are an idyllic option for a winter getaway, and The Crown's rooms a beautiful place to hole up on a chilly day. Rooms can get hot in high summer, though fans are provided and there's a sweet alfresco courtyard.

Our top tips

A 15-minute drive away, the atmospherically crumbling ruins of Minster Lovell Hall are perfect for picnics, and you can go wild swimming in the nearby River Windrush.

Great for...

  • Pub with rooms
  • 5 rooms
  • Restaurant and bar (open daily)
  • All ages welcome
  • Open all year
  • Pool
  • Spa Treatments
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym


The Crown's 5 rooms are a serious cut above the norm; more boutique hotel than pub-with-rooms. The bed was the comfiest we have ever slept in and the pillows were like clouds. We had masses of space in the bedroom, living area and bathroom, and a wall of windows peeking onto the cobbled pavement.

But it was the little details that really impressed, making the rooms homely to hang out in, but seriously stylish, too. Succulents in hanging gold pots; fishing lanterns and Anglepoise lighting; retro sofas in front of Apple TVs. Soft throws, bold modern art, antique drawers, homemade cookies, handmade soap - basically an Instagrammer's dream.

Each room is unique, bold with colour. Room 3, where we stayed, was our favourite - a mix of greys and blues, livened by a burnt-orange throw, abstract art and sepia photographs on one wall. We also loved characterful Room 5, set in the eaves with a deep roll-top bath.

Gleaming bathrooms have claw-foot tubs or rain showers with retro hexagonal tiling, plus Green & Spring toiletries and the softest towels and robes. And do forget your toothbrush; there are disposable bamboo versions here, plus nostalgic old-fashioned toothpaste.

Features include:

  • Apple TV
  • Bathrobes
  • Bose sound system
  • Central heating
  • Fan
  • Hairdryer
  • Radio
  • Safe box
  • Toiletries
  • WiFi


You can dine in a beautiful light-filled conservatory, where green plants trail from macrame hanging baskets, or in the pub itself, a buzzy space with on-trend grey decor, exposed stone walls and crackling fires.

We kicked off with herby foccacia and dipping oils, then had a couple of shared plates: a chorizo and chilli pizzetta from the wood-fired oven, and a delicious pear and fennel salad, flavoured with caraway. Our mains (a braised rib of beef with watercress and horseradish, and a rump of lamb with chargrilled vegetables) unfortunately lacked a depth of flavour, but it was a new chef's first night so hopefully a one-off. A lemon posset for dessert was everything we'd hoped: creamy, sweet, moreish.

Breakfast the next day was a real delight - we piled our plates high with berries, homemade granola, thick yoghurt and flaky pastries, and sat in the sunny courtyard with perfectly balanced flat whites and the daily papers. Avocado and poached eggs on sourdough were a fitting follow-up.

Features include:

  • Bar
  • Coffee / tea making
  • Restaurant
  • Restaurants nearby
Eating: Copyright?
Activity: Blenheim Palace


  • Explore Woodstock: a handsome Cotswolds market town with Georgian architecture, gorgeous delis, antique shops and independent clothing and gift boutiques
  • Unesco-listed Blenheim Palace is on your doorstep: the birthplace of Winston Churchill, it has gilded state halls, impressive artworks and 2,000 acres of 'Capability' Brown landscaped parkland
  • The quaint church in neighbouring Bladon is home to Churchill's grave
  • Downton Abbey fans can day trip to Highclere Castle and the pretty village of Bampton, the fictional settings for the TV show
  • You're also close to Charlbury and Burford, 2 quintessential Cotswolds towns packed with old-world charm; a little farther are the tiny idyllic 'Slaughter' hamlets
  • Spend a day in Oxford. We love the quirky Ashmolean Museum (Egyptian mummies, Islamic art and rare porcelain) and visiting the magnificent colleges: Christ Church was where Einstein and Lewis Carroll were educated, and was used as a setting for the Harry Potter films


Families are welcome at The Crown Inn and the restaurant makes dining with children easy - there's a kids' menu, and as soon as families sit down they are brought a plate of foccacia, hummus and crudities, plus a box of Lego and some crayons.

Best for:

Babies (0-1 years), Children (4-12 years)

Family friendly accommodation:

Rooms 2 and 5 can fit a baby cot; Rooms 1 and 3 can fit a baby cot or rollaway bed; Room 4 has a sofabed for 1 child and space for a rollaway bed.


  • Airport: 1.5 hours' drive (London Heathrow)
  • Shop: Across the road
  • Hospital: 10 minutes' drive
Kid Friendly:


The Crown Inn is set right in the middle of Woodstock (an Oxfordshire market town), 14km from Oxford in central England.

By Air:
London Heathrow (82km) is your best bet if arriving from overseas, or you can fly into Birmingham (106km). There is a small airfield outside Oxford (10km away) which receives a few domestic/short-haul flights - or private flights if you're feeling flush. Click on the links below for a list of airlines serving these airports.

By Car:
Parking in the centre of town is sparse but there's a long-stay car park 5 minutes' walk from The Crown. The approximate driving time from London is 1.5 hours, likewise from Birmingham or Bristol. See our car rental recommendations.

By Train:
The nearest train station is Hanborough (10km), which is connected to London Paddington by hourly direct trains (journey time 1 hour 15). You can pick up a taxi at the station.

Detailed directions will be sent to you when you book through

More on getting to the UK and getting around


  • London Heathrow 82.0 km LHR
  • Birmingham 106.0 km BHX


  • Beach 150.0 km
  • Shops 0.1 km
  • Restaurant 0.1 km

Our guests' ratings...

Based on 6 independent reviews from i-escape guests


We loved The Crown. We travelled with our two year old and it was so family-friendly and cosy. Welcoming, smiley staff, roaring fire at breakfast, great kids menu, wood-fired pizzas. Our room was huge and very comfortable, the cot was all set up for us on arrival. 5/5 on all counts - a perfect, cosy escape from London.

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Friendly multinational team, that looked after us well. Room was a delight, well equipped and stylish. Only instant coffee though, however, upon request they gave us one of the many cafetieres they had behind the bar and a small tub of ground coffee; puzzling that they don't offer this as standard given the high standards of everything else.


We particularly liked the decor of the room and the bathroom was beautiful with lots of space. Staff were incredibly accommodating and friendly. It would have been useful to have a coffee machine in the room and perhaps a variety of teabags. Food was delicious in the restaurant. It was a limited menu so hopefully post pandemic more desserts rather than baked goods could be an option.


We really liked the Crown, the room was beautiful and we had a lovely meal in the restaurant. We were a bit disappointed that they couldn’t give us breakfast before we left (about 8am) - but they did give us some take away coffee for free and took money off the bill for us to compensate which was nice of them.


Booking procedure straightforward. Staff very helpful and attentive. Room excellent, comfortable bed, great shower, all other facilities very good - loved Cowshed products. Both dinner and breakfast very good. Good range of individual shops in village and very close to Blenheim Palace, interesting to visit and beautiful grounds to walk in.


Although our early check in request was not actioned, they did provide us with a free coffee while we waited. Once we got in, the room was lovely - really generous and well designed with a lovely snug to watch TV. The bed was awesome - massive and very comfy. We decided to have dinner in the restaurant. My meal was okay but my partner couldn't eat much of hers as it was really salty. She ordered a crumble for pudding because she was still hungry but they came back to tell us they'd left the crumble out of the fridge so it wasn't any good. When we ordered cheese instead they brought us an enormous plate, which was nice of them. Overall we enjoyed our stay - the location right next to Blenheim Palace is great and we'll certainly return now that we have our annual pass! (which they give you for free when you exit your visit).


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