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Codebreakers, Colleges & Croquet

$9,950
Duration
6 days
Max People
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Min Age
18+*
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Description

Six days and five nights in and around the Oxford Colleges, Blenheim Palace and Bletchley Park.

Begin this adventure beside the Paddington Bear Bench and Statue at London’s Paddington Station. Enjoy tours of historic Oxford University and the city; Bletchley Park, the top-secret site of the World War II Enigma Codebreakers; and Blenheim Palace, the birthplace of Winston Churchill. Stay in the 15th Century splendour of the 5 Star Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, with door-to-door transport by Range Rover and wrap all this up with a fun Awards Ceremony.

Play croquet at two Oxford University Colleges, Blenheim Palace, Bletchley Park, & Le Manoir aux Quat’Saison. Revel in the magic of Evensong at Christ Church Cathedral, an evening of Shakespeare in the Park, a punting picnic on the River Cherwell, the sublime cuisine of world-renowned chef Raymond Blanc OBE, (holder of 2 Michelin stars for almost 40 years) and play on his croquet lawn!

Invite your travel companions, choose your dates (Jul 8-13, 2024 / Aug 12-17, 2024) or set your own start date, and we arrange your trip. Offered May - September 2024. Limited 6-8 guests only. *Minimum age is generally 18, but we can certainly make exceptions for family parties. Please enquire at info@jiminywicket.org

$9,950 per person includes all meals, rooms, activities, admissions, gratuities & taxes. 100% of proceeds support our croquet programs with Special Olympics.


About Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons: Nestled in the picturesque Oxfordshire countryside, Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons has been the touchstone of haute cuisine for over three decades, yet its prestige is not limited to the dining room. This 15th century former manor champions what their maître du manoir, Raymond Blanc OBE, would call l’art de vivre. “The good does not interest us,” he says, “only the sublime.”

His passion permeates this unique hotel, from the individually designed suites to the restaurant’s seven- course tasting menus. Just a year after he created this in 1984, it was awarded two Michelin stars. Today, it is Britain’s only country house hotel to have held this badge of honour for over 30 years.

Here you’ll find stately English heritage and stylish “French fancy”. The honey-hued Cotswold stone manor and its 16th century ponds are framed by Provençal lavender and sprawling vines. The maître du jardin will show you around and might even challenge you to a game of croquet. There is an abundance of colour in the summer, and cozy open fires throughout winter.

The restaurant is a crown jewel. The kitchens have trained 28 Michelin-starred chefs including Ollie Dabbous, Michael Caines and Marco Pierre White. Executive chef Gary Jones orchestrates a seasonal, modern French menu. Dishes are honed with a light touch and utmost respect for ingredients. All produce is local, much of it coming from their two-acre kitchen garden. It boasts over 90 varieties of vegetables, 70 herbs, a mushroom valley and heritage orchards. For the perfect accompaniment, the wine cellar stocks a stunning choice of carefully selected labels, many from small producers.

Bon appetit!

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Highlights
  • Dinner at Le Manoir aux Quat'Saison - A two-star Michelin Restaurant
  • Blenheim Palace Tour
  • Bletchley Park Croquet Match
  • Punting picnic on River Cherwell
  • Roaring 20's Croquet Match

Tour Plan

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Day 1 Arrival Day

10:00 - Meet at the Paddington Bear statue, London Paddington Station - Platform 1

12:00 - Lunch in Oxford at Brasserie Blanc (a Raymond Blanc restaurant)

14:00 - Match 1 with Pimm's Cup on the lawn of Le Manoir aux Quat'Saison (whites please)

16:30 - Settle into rooms and enjoy a stroll in the grounds

18:00 - Cocktails and dinner in their Michelin Two-Star restaurant (jacket and tie) followed by a fun, brief illustrated history of this 700yr-old game of croquet

Day 2 Blenheim Palace

08:00 - Breakfast at Le Maison aux Quat’Saisons

09:30 - Depart for Blenheim Palace tour, the ancestral home of Winston Churchill

12:00 - Luncheon nearby then learn the 7 Skills to Play Like a Champion and Match 2 (whites please)

17:30 - Cocktails and dinner at the quaint, picturesque Michelin Star Nut Tree Inn

20:00 - Return to Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons

Day 3 Oxford

08:00 - Breakfast at Le Maison aux Quat’Saisons

09:30 - Depart for Croquet Match 3 at Trinity College Oxford (whites please)

12:00 - Luncheon riverside at The Folly (birthplace of Alice in Wonderland)

14:00 - Croquet Match 4 at Merton College croquet lawn

17:00 - Evensong at Christ Church Cathedral

18:00 - Cocktails and dinner at the Quod restaurant

Day 4 Bletchley Park

08:00 - Breakfast

09:30 - Depart for Bletchley Park tour with Match 4 on their Lawn (whites please)

12:00 - Luncheon nearby then National Computing Museum tour

15:30 - Depart for Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons

18:00 - Cocktails and dinner at Le Manoir

Day 5 Punting and the Ashmolean Library/shopping

08:00 - Breakfast

09:30 - Match 5 at Le Maison aux Quat’Saison (Roaring ’20s attire: striped blazers & bow ties, flapper dresses & fascinators)

12:00 - Punting picnic on River Cherwell followed by free time: Ashmolean Library, shopping etc.

17:30 - Cocktails and dinner at the Cherwell Boathouse

19:00 - Shakespeare in the Park

Day 6 Final Matches, Awards Ceremony and Farewells

08:00 - Breakfast

10:00 - Match 6 at Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons (whites please)

12:00 - Lunch with Awards Ceremony for best player, best team, best dressed, best shot, and of course, the best croquet joke!

13:30 - Farewells and depart Le Manoir aux Quat’Saison

13:31 - Dream of your next croquet trip with Jiminy Wicket!

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These trips are curated by James Creasey, Founder & CEO of Jiminy Wicket, (USCA GC Eights National Champion, 2022 and USCA GC Mid-Western Regional Champion, 2022).Trip details are subject to change. Substitutions will be equivalent or better. To secure your place on this tour, a 25% non-refundable deposit is due upon reservation. There is a 20% surcharge for single occupancy. Balance due 60 days prior to start date. PFC Hoop Maker mallets and all croquet equipment will be provided. No prior experience necessary.

Price is all-inclusive of rooms, meals, house wines, gratuities, activities, admissions, taxes, etc.

For more information, contact info@jiminywicket.org

Castles & Croquet, Codebreakers, Colleges & Croquet, Mansions & Mallets, Whisky & Wickets, Wine & Wickets, and Jiminy Wicket are service marks and/or trademarks of Jiminy Wicket LLC. Copyright © 2023, Jiminy Wicket LLC

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