Handily placed for the M40, but with an atmosphere evoking the heart of the country, this beautiful restoration of a village manor house and outlying cottages has been recently redecorated and refurbished to make the best of an already good thing. The atmosphere of Wroxton House Hotel is evocative of a cosy home from home, with original timbers are preserved throughout much of the building. The two AA Rosette-winning Restaurant 1649, with its oak beams and inglenook fireplace, offers a distinctive contemporary menu in a relaxed atmosphere. Head Chef Jack Darbyshire creates dishes which are both traditional and inventive, sourced from local ingredients. The cosy bar is very much at the heart of the hotel, and a drink on the terrace or next to the log burning stove is a real treat. The bedrooms echo this homely feel, offering beams and stone fireplaces in some, and all with comfortable, well-appointed amenities including LCD TV with 80 channels, free Wi-Fi, refreshment tray, iron and ironing board and hairdryer. A conservatory lounge welcomes on sunnier days as a pleasant place to relax with a chat or a book, and, of course, there's plenty to do outdoors. Wroxton village is a treat in itself, with mellow Cotswold honeystone cottages, thatched roofs and country lanes providing idyllic atmosphere. The hotel is midway between Stratford-upon-Avon and Oxford, and more than a dozen magnificent gardens and mansions - including Blenheim, Broughton and Upton - are within half an hour's drive. For racing fans, there's easy access to Silverstone, too.