Bear Hotel (Oxfordshire)
|The Bear Hotel|
|Location||Woodstock, Oxfordshire, England|
|Management||MacDonald Hotels and Resorts|
|Number of rooms||53|
|Number of restaurants||1|
The Bear Hotel is a hotel in Woodstock, Oxfordshire, located opposite The Oxfordshire Museum, not far from Blenheim Palace. It is one of England's original 13th-century coaching inns and has stone walls, oak beams, open fireplaces and an ivy facade. The hotel has 53 bedrooms and its restaurant has 2 A.A. Rosettes and 2 RAC Dining Awards. It is run by MacDonald Hotels and Resorts. Notable guests include Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor who stayed at the hotel on many occasions in the Marlboro suite.
At least two of the bedrooms in the hotel are said to be haunted; room 16 is said to be haunted by a female ghost who turns lights on and off. Guests have reported their possessions being moved on many occasions in one of the rooms. Also, employees are said to avoid being alone in the kitchen and the cellar at night.
- "Reputedly Haunted Hotels and Inns". English Inns.co.uk. Archived from the original on 29 December 2010. Retrieved 16 December 2010.
- "Ghostly goings-on in haunted county". Oxford Mail. 31 October 2009. Retrieved 16 December 2010.
- Porter, Darwin; Prince, Danforth (2010). Frommer's England 2011. Frommer's. p. 268. ISBN 0-470-61538-9.
- Underwood, Peter (1971). A gazetteer of British ghosts:Frontiers of the unknown. Souvenir Press. p. 271.
- Official site
- Crossley, Alan; Elrington, C. R. (1990). "Woodstock: Buildings: The Bear Hotel". A History of the County of Oxford: Volume 12, Wootton Hundred (South) Including Woodstock. Victoria County History. pp. 342–360.
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