The Double Red Duke

Clanfield Oxfordshire, United Kingdom Book from Book from £100 per night

Convivial dining and colourful rooms combine at this brand-new boutique inn located at the gateway to the Cotswolds
For those of us poised to restart lunching with our families, drinking with our friends and weekend-breaking with our loved ones, the grand opening of The Double Red Duke couldn’t be better timed. Housed in a 16th-century inn set among quaint English countryside, this newly renovated retreat is bringing socialising back with a bang.

The pioneers are local couple Sam and Georgie Pearman (who also run The Swan in nearby Ascott-under-Wychwood). She’s queen of funky interiors, he’s king of innovative menus, so expect plush rooms and amazing food. Downstairs, they’ve created a warren of living and dining spaces, including a fire-warmed snug, a bright garden room with climbing jasmine, a private feasting room, and a chef’s table where food is cooked on an open fire at the centre of it all. Outside, it continues, with a terrace for alfresco dining and a garden with a sweeping lawn ringing the property. Some of the 19 bedrooms open onto the garden for extra tranquility. In all rooms, you can expect jazzy wallpapers and locally-sourced antiques.

Come here to escape cooped-up city life; the Duke’s location in a sweet Oxfordshire village makes it ideal for weekend breaks. The Cotswolds are on your doorstep, as are a host of outdoorsy activities and family-friendly days out. This is country living meets urban style, and we can’t wait to join the fun.
Covid-19 update: some services and facilities may be changed as a result of Coronavirus measures.

Highs

  • The assortment of living and dining spaces creates a buzzy and friendly atmosphere – this would be a great place for private parties or get-togethers
  • The Garden Room, with its herringbone brick floor, open fireplace, glass roof and flowering jasmine looks particularly inviting
  • Gorgeous bedrooms decorated with vivid wallpapers and market finds
  • Surrounded by beautiful countryside and pretty Cotswold villages
  • Ideal for weekend escapes; London is two hours away by car

Lows

  • Due to the sociable vibe, we suspect ground-floor rooms could suffer from a touch of noise pollution drifting over from the dining areas
  • Be aware that hot breakfast items cost extra
  • Although it’s ideal for weekend breaks, getting here by public transport isn’t easy as there’s no train station nearby

Best time to go

All year round. Spring and summer are idyllic as the surrounding countryside blooms and the sun shines, but the hotel's roaring log fires and lively atmosphere will certainly keep visitors happy during the colder months, too.

Our top tips

Calling all Downton Abbey fans! The village of Bampton, just down the road, is a regular filming location for the show, doubling as the fictional village of Downton. Pop over for a wander around its quaint, honey-coloured houses.

Great for...

Family
Foodie
Great Outdoors
Romantic
  • Boutique Inn
  • 19
  • Restaurant open daily
  • All ages welcome
  • Closed: 13 Apr 2021 - 16 May 2021
  • Pool
  • Spa Treatments
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Bicycles Available
Room: Room 3

Rooms

The 19 bedrooms come in four categories: Cosy, Medium, Large and Family. Each is individually designed, with British pieces, hand-picked interiors and antiques sourced from local dealers. Patterned wallpapers behind the beds add character, as do colourful tiles and shabby-chic furniture pieces. Some rooms also have added luxuries like in-room bathtubs and private garden access.

All rooms have kingsize or emperor beds and stylish ensuite bathrooms with 100 Acres toiletries. Cafetieres, Roberts radios, retro telephones and TVs come as standard. Extra beds or cots can be added to the larger rooms.

Features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Bathrobes
  • Central heating
  • Coffee / tea making
  • Fireplace
  • Hairdryer
  • Phone
  • Radio
  • Safe box
  • Satellite TV
  • Toiletries
  • WiFi

Eating

Food is at the heart of The Double Red Duke. Days start with trendy breakfasts, with continental items like granola, bircher muesli, pastries and sourdough included. Brunch-style hot dishes are on offer for an extra cost; the open omelettes sound particularly delicious, with fillings such as nduja or smoked haddock.

Dinner menus change with the season, but generally dishes centre around grilled meat cooked on an open fire, accompanied by vegetables and a range of sides and small plates. There’s a separate menu for Sunday lunch, as well as an indulgent feasting menu for parties.

Your choice of spaces to dine is vast: on bar stools at the curved chef’s table, on smart red banquettes in the dining room, outside on the terrace, in the cosy snug. Maybe try a different spot for each meal!

Features include:

  • Bar
  • Children's meals
  • Coffee / tea making
  • Restaurant
  • Room service
Eating:
Activity:

Activities

  • Chill-out with a massage in the shepherd’s hut out in the garden
  • Visit Burford (15 mins) and wander down its hilly high street packed with boutiques, pubs and local produce shops. Burford Garden Company, on the outskirts of town, is also a great place for shopping and lunching
  • Other chocolate-box Cotswold towns worth exploring include Bourton-on-the-Water, Stow-on-the-Wold, Moreton-in-Marsh and Cirencester
  • Enjoy a riverside walk along the upper Thames: we love the stretch from Buscot (a wild swimming spot) to Kelmscott, where William Morris lived (his manor house is due to re-open to visitors)
  • Soak up the views from Uffington White Horse (30 mins), a Bronze-Age hill figure that can be seen from miles away
  • Visit Bibury (30 mins) to fish at its Trout Farm and see the famous 17th-century houses of Arlington Row, which regularly feature in films
  • Cotswold Water Park (40 mins) is great for watersports, including sailing, kayaking, windsurfing, and water-skiing; there are also lovely walking trails around the lakes.

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Cooking classes
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Historical sites
  • Horse riding
  • Plantlife / flora
  • Sailing
  • Shooting
  • Shopping / markets
  • Tennis
  • Yoga

Kids

Families are very welcome. There are special Family Rooms, and the restaurant has a dedicated kids’ menu. There isn’t a huge amount for kids on site – it’s more geared up for eating and drinking – but there’s plenty of family fun in the area, including wildlife parks, manor houses and watersports.

Best for:

All ages

Family friendly accommodation:

The three Family Rooms sleep two adults and two children (plus a baby). The Large Rooms can also fit an extra bed or cot on request.

Baby equipment:

  • Baby cots
  • High chairs

Remember  baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking

Children's meals:

  • Kids menu available

Kids Activities on site:

  • Board games

Kids Activities nearby:

  • Cotswold Wildlife Park (10 mins)
  • Cotswold Water Park - for sailing, kayaking, windsurfing, waterskiing, beach (40 mins)
  • Cotswold Motoring Museum and Toy Collection (30 mins)
  • Birdland (30 mins)
  • Blenheim Palace - buggy tours, giant hedge maze, miniature train, butterfly house (30 mins)

Kid Friendly: Room 3

Location

The Double Red Duke is in the small village of Clanfield, in Oxfordshire. It's near the Cotswold town of Burford.

By Air
London Heathrow is your best bet if arriving from overseas; Bristol and Birmingham also receive international flights.

By Car
It's easiest to arrive by car, and there's parking on site. It's within 1.5 hours' drive from Southampton, Birmingham or Bristol; around two hours from London. If you need to hire a car see our car hire recommendations.

By Train
The nearest big stations are Swindon or Oxford, both around a 25-minute taxi ride away.

Detailed directions will be sent to you when you book through i-escape.

Airports:

  • Oxford International Airport 28.0 km OXF
  • London Heathrow 100.0 km LHR

Other:

  • Beach 0.0 km
  • Shops 3.2 km
  • Restaurant 0.8 km

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