Bear Hotel (Oxfordshire)

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The Bear Hotel
The Bear Hotel in Woodstock.jpg
Bear Hotel (Oxfordshire) is located in Oxfordshire
Bear Hotel (Oxfordshire)
Location in Oxfordshire
General information
LocationWoodstock, Oxfordshire, England
Coordinates51°50′50″N 1°21′20″W / 51.84722°N 1.35556°W / 51.84722; -1.35556
Opening13th century
ManagementMacDonald Hotels and Resorts
Other information
Number of rooms53
Number of restaurants1

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.[1] 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.[2][3]

Local Legend[edit]

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.[1][2] Guests have reported their possessions being moved on many occasions in one of the rooms.[4] Also, employees are said to avoid being alone in the kitchen and the cellar at night.


  1. ^ a b "Reputedly Haunted Hotels and Inns". English Archived from the original on 29 December 2010. Retrieved 16 December 2010.
  2. ^ a b "Ghostly goings-on in haunted county". Oxford Mail. 31 October 2009. Retrieved 16 December 2010.
  3. ^ Porter, Darwin; Prince, Danforth (2010). Frommer's England 2011. Frommer's. p. 268. ISBN 0-470-61538-9.
  4. ^ Underwood, Peter (1971). A gazetteer of British ghosts:Frontiers of the unknown. Souvenir Press. p. 271.

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