Retrospective 1980s – Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons


A chance meeting of one of the firm’s partners and a young Raymond Blanc OBE in the 1980s led to BWS being appointed on the conversion of the Michelin-starred Oxfordshire fine dining institution into one of the country’s most cherished manor house hotels.

In 1983 Blanc had purchased and refurbished Le Manoir restaurant and was awarded two Michelin stars in 1984. Parts of the manor house date to the 15th century and the project to extend was carried out with exceptional attention to detail to maintain the luxurious and historical feel of the 32-room property. The hotel and restaurant are surrounded by manicured lawns flower borders, orchards, spectacular sculptures (examples below) and vegetable and herb gardens that provide the kitchens with fresh produce.