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Estelle Manor membership: a guide

Seen all the pictures and reviews and keen to squeeze in a visit to Estelle Manor? I don’t blame you! As the Cotswolds’ most exciting arrival in a while, Estelle Manor is the new place to be seen. In this guide, I share all you need to know about having an Estelle Manor membership, and what to expect from your stay.

Estelle Manor in Oxfordshire is the new kid on the block when it comes to luxurious private members’ retreats – it may even be giving Soho House a run for its money. Nestled in the heart of the picturesque Oxfordshire countryside, I was particularly excited about this opening. Having been born and bred in the Cotswolds, I love the idea of a serene escape that I don’t have to travel too far to get to. In this guide, I’ll share how to go about getting an Estelle Manor membership, discuss whether or not it is worth it based on my experiences, and share tips for your application. I’ll also cover the cost of an Estelle Manor membership. So, let’s get started shall we?

What is Estelle Manor?

Set in the heart of the beautiful Oxfordshire countryside, Estelle Manor is a private members’ club and hotel. Set in a Grade-II listed landmark house on a 60-acre estate, it is surrounded by over 3,000 acres of gorgeous Cotswolds gardens. As well as being brand new, it is exquisitely decorated and offers the perfect relaxing retreat for those seeking to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Describing itself as an ‘unstuffy and fun community’, it also presents some great networking opportunities. You can relax in the privacy of an estate that doesn’t permit photography by members. It’s a country club in the Cotswolds that serves as the perfect countryside companion to private members’ club Maison Estelle in London’s Mayfair.

Estelle Manor, Oxfordshire
Photo credit: Estelle Manor

Where is Estelle Manor located?

Estelle Manor is set in the grandiose Eynsham Park in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds. It’s a short drive from the idyllic market town of Witney, and not far from Woodstock’s Blenheim Palace, the birthplace of Winston Churchill. The 60-ace estate has the perfect location for a private members’ country club, with 3,000 acres of parkland surrounding it for a truly rural escape. The city of Oxford and designer retail mecca Bicester Village are all within easy reach, making them ideal stops for the duration of your stay.

How to get to Estelle Manor

The easiest way to reach Estelle Manor is by car due to its rural location. From London, the journey will take just over 2 hours via the M40 and A40. Estelle Manor is conveniently located just a short drive from Oxford too. If you prefer to travel by train, you could arrive into Oxford train station and take a short tax ride to get there instead.

What are the rooms like?

Staying at Estelle Manor is a real joy. With a total of 108 bedrooms across the estate, the hotel is big enough for there to be plenty to do, but intimate enough for it to feel exclusive. Each bedroom has vintage furnishings juxtaposed with some lovely twentieth century pieces and warm lighting throughout. You can choose from a range of accommodation options, from cosy bedrooms to self-contained cottages. Each option has its own unique charm, combining the traditional with modern comforts. You can wake up to the gentle sounds of nature and enjoy stunning views of the surrounding landscape. Here’s the range of accommodation on offer:

Bedrooms

There is a variety of bedrooms you can choose from, based around their stylings and location. Each is elegantly furnished, and some are reserved for adults only. I recommend opting for one of the Manor House Rooms for luxurious touches. You’ll find velvet club chairs in each, as well as a plush king-size bed. The Stable rooms are exquisite, too, with sweeping views across the southern lawn. You’ll find plush velvet and rattan furnishings, along with an emperor king size bed for extra comfort.

Suites

There are a range of suits across the Manor House, Walled Garden, and Stable. You’ll find opulent character features, suites with their own private lounges, and suites with bespoke dining tables and velvet furniture. My favourite suite is the Estelle Suite with private balcony. Here, you have your own 18 square metre balcony with views across the South Terrace. Large suites, each has exquisite design, emperor king-size beds, and a seating area with silk and velvet furniture.

Cottages & Houses

If you’re planning on visiting Estelle Manor with your family or a group of friends, a private house is the perfect option. Cottages and houses here range from three to six bedrooms and are perfect for entertaining. While the larger houses are coming soon, you can still book the cottages. Gorgeous Woodland Cottage has two super king size bedrooms, each with en suite bathroom. You’ll find Scandi style interiors, wood burning fireplace, and a dining room table for hosting a delicious supper.

What are the restaurants like?

There is a great range of dining options at Estelle Manor – the lively Brasserie restaurant; The Billiards Room, a traditional Chinese restaurant; and a lovely Glasshouse restaurant. Here’s a quick summary what’s on offer at each of the restaurants:

The Brasserie

The Brasserie serves an all-day menu of seasonal favourites. There’s a Raw Bar, serving various delicacies from oysters to caviar, and a delicious choice of main courses. Feast on beef wellington, crab fettucine, and a generous range of steaks all served with bone marrow and shallots. You can enjoy your meal here in the beautiful orangerie.

The Brasserie at Estelle Manor
Photo credit: Estelle Manor

The Billiards Room

The Billiards Room serves a mouthwatering menu of traditional Chinese plates. Open Wednesday through Saturday, you can also enjoy a wonderful dim sum brunch at the weekends. Do note that The Billiards Room is for adults only. Menu highlights include the roasted Silver Hill Farm duck with pancakes, hoisin, and pineapple, and the wok-fried Dover sole with spiced Manor sauce.

The Billiards Room restaurant
Photo credit: Estelle Manor

The Glasshouse

Arguably the most impressive of Estelle Manor’s onsite restaurants, The Glasshouse is a beautiful glass restaurant surrounded by a walled garden. Here, you’ll find a lot of the heritage fruit and vegetables that are used within each of its dishes. There’s an emphasis on family-style dining, with a wonderful sharing menu that focuses on wood-fired cuisine. Menu highlights include day boat seabass with grilled citrus; Cotswolds cornfed chicken breast with chimichurri; and Cumbrian native breed sirloin with peppercorn sauce.

Photo credit: Estelle Manor

The Living Room

Serving more casual fare, the Living Room is focused around a fully-stocked bar and a large selection of drinks. Whether you’re in search of a perfectly crafted Negroni or a vintage wine, you’ll find it here. Open seven days a week, you can also find casual bites to eat. There’s a tasty range of bar snacks on offer, like spicy fried chicken sandwiches, chopped salads, and beef burgers.

The Living Room, Estelle Manor
Photo credit: Estelle Manor

Which facilities can you find at Estelle Manor?

You’re absolutely spoilt for choice when it comes to facilities and things to do with your Estelle Manor membership. As well as four restaurants, there’s a 3,000 square metre Roman-inspired bath house, a gym, and padel courts. Here’s a breakdown of some of the best facilities:

  • The South Terrace – feeling more like the Côte d’Azur than the Cotswolds, the South Terrace is French Riviera inspired space with sprawling views across the acres of garden. There’s a 25 metre outdoor swimming pool and relaxing sunbeds with parasols and a bar.
  • The Clubhouse – here, you’ll find a 250 square metre gym and class studio which hosts 37 classes a week. There’s a handy workspace for catching up on business, a kids’ club called The Nook, and spaces for quiet and creativity. The Muse is an onsite shop, and there is a hair salon coming soon.
  • Eynsham Baths – read on to learn more about the Roman-inspired 3,000 square metre spa featuring a large bathing hall, five swimming pools, a lounge, ten treatment rooms, thermal cabins, and a bar.
Photo credit: Estelle Manor

Spa and Wellness

Rather excitingly, Estelle Manor has just opened its wellness centre and spa, including the 3,000 square metre Eynsham Baths, padel courts, and a Clubhouse, featuring a state-of-the-art gym and class studio:

  • Eynsham Baths: a 3,000 square metre Roman-inspired spa with neoclassical architecture inspired by the Roman villa ruins found near to the estate. There’s a tepidarium bathing hall, five thermal pools, a lounge, and treatment rooms, including suites for couples, and thermal cabins. On arrival, you’re given an Eynsham Baths poncho and flip-flops. Spa access is totally free for Estelle Manor members, and £95 per person for hotel guests and Estelle Manor members’ guests. As an added bonus when it comes to relaxation, it’s also child-free.
  • Padel courts: the fastest growing racquet sport in the world has arrived at Estelle Manor. Stop by to test your reflexes and challenge your friends.
  • The Clubhouse Gym: originally a racquets court and gymnasium, the Clubhouse Gym is now the members’ hub of the manor, including a 250 square metre state-of-the-art gym with cardio, strength, and training equipment. There’s also a class studio that offers 37 classes a week, from yoga and pilates to core to kettlebells.

Do you need an Estelle Manor membership to visit?

Yes, Estelle Manor is a private members’ country club, and you therefore need a membership to visit. You initially start with an enquiry process in order to be sent an application form. The membership enquiry form is straightforward and quick to complete. As well as some simple personal details to complete, you will need to include the details of a proposer in order to receive the application form. Provided you can share the details of a proposer, you’ll receive the application form within 24 hours.

How difficult is it to get an Estelle Manor membership?

Gaining an Estelle Manor membership is relatively simple, especially when compared to longer processes like Soho House. Probably the most difficult part of the application is finding a proposer if you don’t currently know anyone that has an Estelle Manor membership. That said, it is worth looking on Facebook to see if you can find anyone who may be willing to help you with your application. Do note that no reason is given to any candidate if their application is unsuccessful.

How long is the waiting list for an Estelle Manor membership?

As the hottest hotel on the block right now, there is an epic waiting list as you might imagine. As it stands, I think you could be waiting around 6 months for Estelle Manor membership as everyone rushes for a first look. This is likely to subside over the coming months, so be patient.

How much does an Estelle Manor membership cost?

An Estelle Manor membership costs £3,600 per year. There is also a joining fee of £500. They also offer an Under 33 membership, which costs £1,750 per year plus a £250 joining fee.

Estelle Manor membership FAQs

Can you bring guests to Estelle Manor?

Absolutely – with an Estelle Manor membership, you can bring three guests at any time. If you’d like to bring a larger group with you for dinner, you can also request to do so. This may be permitted based on availability, and you will need to share the names of your guests in advance. Members are asked to take full responsibility for their guests at all times, and guests will need to be registered. Do note that the Eynsham Baths are for members and hotel guests only. Members need to buy day passes for their guests. The Clubhouse workspace, gym, and class studio are also for members only.

Can you bring pets to Estelle Manor?

You may only bring dogs with you to Estelle Manor. Dogs are allowed in bedrooms (except the Manor House bedrooms), the South Terrace, The Glasshouse, and around the grounds. Dogs must be supervised at all times, and kept on a lead. If you’re bringing your dog to stay overnight, do note you need to register your furry friend beforehand and pay an additional room fee of £60 per stay. Your dog will receive a dog bed, duvet, floor mats, bowls, and a poop scoop set.

Can you bring children to Estelle Manor?

Absolutely – families are very welcome at Estelle Manor. Children must be supervised at all times, unless they are in The Nook. They may use the South Terrace swimming pool from 3pm to 5pm Monday to Saturday, and on Sundays from 10am to midday. There are specific slots for children to visit each of the restaurants, also. It is important to note that children are not permitted in the Eynsham Baths, the gym, or coworking space.


I hope my guide helps to answer the questions you may have about Estelle Manor membership, or even planning a visit. If you have any other questions, leave them in the comments and I’ll try my best to answer them for you.

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