Top Tips on Accessing the Best Rates

Getting the best rates at Bignell Park couldn’t be any easier. Here are our top tips to help you make a saving on your stay:

Book direct

Looking for a hotel via travel search engines will bring up a variety of hotels but not necessarily the best rates available. When you book your stay direct on our website, you’ll be able to easily view rooms, search for vacancies and make a booking up to 365 days in advance – giving you the lowest tariff before anyone else. Plus, there are lots of exclusive special offers and rates that you can only access through our site, so we’d always recommend booking direct.

Be quick and be in the know

Confirm your booking as early as you can because the best value rooms get taken up quickly! And make sure you sign up to our monthly newsletter, which includes exclusive offers on special room rates, ‘Wine and Dine’ discounts and even 10% off dining at the Oaks restaurant. We update our offers every month so it’s definitely worth subscribing and checking your inbox for upcoming deals.

Check in on our offers page

Keep an eye on our offers page to view new discounts on everything from room and restaurant rates to special beauty packages at our in-house beauty salon, Hart.

Get social!

Don’t follow us on Twitter and Facebook? You’re missing out on a host of competitions, news and updates on our room rates, renowned restaurant, wedding packages and meeting spaces! Follow our social media accounts today so that you never miss our best rates.

Stay over on Sunday

It’s more likely that you’ll get the best room rate on a Sunday night so why not stay over at the end of the weekend and awake refreshed on Monday morning in a gorgeous four poster room? You can also take advantage of our ‘Sunday Night Club’ offer, which includes dinner, overnight accommodation and breakfast for just £95 for single occupancy and £125 for double occupancy.

Give us a ring

Remember you can always give us a call on 01869 326550 to talk about your specific room requirements and find the best deal. We’re happy to create a tailor-made package that ticks all your boxes!

Your indispensable guide to local attractions

2016-07-14-Bignell-blog-AttractionsChoose Bignell Park Hotel and experience some of the best summer activities that the area has to offer right on your doorstep. Here are just a handful of some of the best local attractions:

Blenheim Palace

Explore the architecture and renowned gardens at Blenheim Palace in the summer sunshine. A World Heritage Site, this stunning baroque building is over 300 years old and the landscaped parkland is lush with greenery. Catch the miniature train to see the Pleasure Gardens and experience the beauty of the exotic butterflies at Butterfly House.

Bicester Shopping Village

Grab some bargains at the Bicester shopping outlet where you’ll find designer outfits at high street prices. The outdoor shopping area is brimming with a variety of British brands, eateries and cafes to keep you busy for an entire day. Why not make a visit to find a pair of dream Jimmy Choos or an elegant Gucci handbag?

Bodleian Library

A fan of Harry Potter? Visit Oxford’s Bodleian library where the movies were filmed! One of the oldest libraries in Europe, this 11 storey building contains 3.5 million items and is a reader’s paradise.  This summer there’ll be an exhibition on the best of Shakespeare’s plays.

Woodstock Open Air Pool and steam train ride

Take a dip in the outdoor pool to cool off when the sunshine strikes. Perfect for kids, this family-friendly lido includes a toddler’s paddling pool and grassed picnic area. Or for those kids who prefer a spot of travel opt for a steam train ride at the Buckinghamshire Railway Centre and have a picnic on the lawn.

Return to Bignell Park for a spot of afternoon tea at The Oaks Restaurant to re-fuel on freshly made scones, cakes, sandwiches and an assortment of hot drinks. Then finish off the day by putting your feet up in our two acre landscaped garden and outdoor patio area.



Why book direct?

Booking a stay at Bignell Park Hotel? Why not book direct using our secure online reservation system and benefit from an array of discounts, seasonal extras and full-on flexibility?

If you book direct you’ll get access to all of our rooms (including those that aren’t listed on other booking sites) as well as the very best rates that simply can’t be found elsewhere. Full payment is required only when you check out so you won’t need to pay a penny upon booking (unless specified in the booking process). Plus, if you want to modify or cancel your booking you’re free to do so for no additional cost as long as you contact us 48 hours before your stay. And because you’ll be able to contact the hotel team directly you’ll get a swift response from someone in charge.

Booking direct also guarantees you of the best rates and includes useful extras, such as free late check out (a very generous 12pm) and 10% off dining at the Oaks restaurant*.

Check availability on all of our rooms here and book your stay today! Pictures of our rooms and suites are updated regularly so you’ll be able to get a glimpse of everything we have to offer and more!

 *Offers are available at the hotel’s discretion and run for specific periods throughout the year. To ensure you hear about these offers when they become available, please sign up to our mailing list > click here.

Top 5 Beauty Tips

From lashes and cleansers to facials and manicures, here are our top 5 beauty tips on how to look and feel like a million bucks:

Tame your brows

Shape your eyebrows for an instant facelift. Just a few plucks will balance out your features and frame your eyes perfectly. If you fall foul to over-plucking use a brow pencil to fill in any patches.

Care for your skin

Drink lots of water to keep your skin looking fresh, take short showers to help retain moisture and always cleanse at the end of the day to prevent redness, clogged pores and spots. Follow up with a rich moisturiser suitable for your skin type to protect and soften. Treat yourself as often as you can to a Booster Facial to add radiance and shine to your skin – it ups blood circulation and improves skin tone.

Curl your eyelashes

Open up your eyes by gently curling your eyelashes – you’ll look more alert, younger and fresher with the aid of a simple eyelash curler.


Your mood has an effect on your appearance so take care of your mind and body by eating well, exercising regularly and making space for leisure time. Hot stone massage is perfect for alleviating stress, relieving pain and promoting relaxation.

Get a manicure

Perfectly glossed nails are always on trend and an expert manicure will ensure your cuticles and nail bed are up to par at all times. Go short, round and dark for practicality or opt for long, tapered nails for ultimate glamour.


Contact Lin at to learn more about the beauty treatments offered at Hart Beauty Salon, or add your own beauty tip to our Facebook page for a chance to win a 20 minute relaxation treatment! Good luck!


Top 5 things to do in Bicester

Planning a trip to Bicester? Here are five fantastic shopping and sightseeing hotspots that you might like to visit:

Bicester Village

Home to over a hundred stores, Bicester Village is a fantastic Outlet shopping area set in the beautiful Oxfordshire countryside. You’ll find high street favourites and boutiques as well as designer brands like Alexander McQueen, Dior, Gucci and Jimmy Choo in the outdoor outlet; perfect for shoppers looking for luxury fashion at a discounted price. There are also plenty of cafés and restaurants that make the ideal pit stop for a coffee, a quick bite or a fancy dinner, like Villandry Grand Café, Stone Ground Donuts and Pret a Manger.

 Blenheim Palace

Visit Blenheim Palace to add a touch of history, culture and opulence to your sightseeing trip in Oxfordshire. Built in the 1700s, the Baroque Style building was the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill and is now the home of the Duke of Marlborough. Take a tour of the inside of the palace to view stunning architecture, tapestries and furniture and then head outside to experience the grandeur of the landscaped gardens. You can take a buggy tour of the parkland or follow a suggested walking track towards the picturesque waterfall called the Grand Cascades. See the Pleasure Gardens with a short trip on the miniature train, wander through the Marlborough Hedge Maze or marvel at the dozens of exotic butterflies found in the Butterfly House.

The Pitt Rivers Museum

Home to one of the world’s finest collections of anthropology and archaeology from around the world, the Pitt Rivers Museum is just across the street from Bicester Village. There are new exhibitions held all year round as well as talks, workshops and special events. Plus there are lots of free family friendly activities too, such as family trails and half-term events that are held over the school holidays.

Tour the city of Oxford

Famous for its world-renowned university, the city of Oxford is lovely place to visit for the weekend and is just 10 miles south of Bicester. Boasting beautiful architecture, a selection of ancient colleges and museums, there’s plenty to see from the Ashmolean Museum and Christ Church College to the Bodleian Library. Why not book a river cruise down the Thames or hire a punt, pedallo or rowing boat for the afternoon to experience the very best that the water has to offer?

Minster Lovell Hall

Situated in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds, you’ll find the ruins of Minster Lovell Hall. The 15th century Manor House is set beside the River Windrush and is a wonderful sightseeing spot that makes the perfect place to picnic with the kids. The children can play on the ruins, walk through the trails and stroll down the river bank.

Introducing our New Website

Let us introduce our super-convenient new website! Designed to make it quicker and easier to arrange your stay at Bignell Park, our mobile-friendly booking system features the best rates on our rooms and suites, news of our latest offers and info on our tailor-made packages.

Browse and book a room, view our seasonal discounts and find tips on the top attractions in the local area from shopping at Bicester Village to sightseeing at Blenheim Palace in one handy place. Better yet, you can make bookings on your phone or tablet even when you’re on the go, giving you the ultimate flexibility and freedom to plan your stay in seconds.

Check out the menu at The Oak’s Restaurant, explore galleries of our facilities and enquire about organising conferences and celebrations at our charming hotel too.

To mark the launch of our new website, we are offering a special launch rate! Book a one-night stay for two people in an executive double room (breakfast included) for just £99. This offer only applies to bookings between 1st February and 3rd April 2016. Book now using the promotional code WEBBB.

Why not follow us on social media and be one of the first to access competitions, special offers and news about the Bignell Park Hotel? You’ll find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Google+.


Five reasons to have a Winter Wedding

Winter weddings can be wonderfully enchanting. Here are our top five reasons for tying the knot in winter if you need a little encouragement to set the date:

Seasonal charm

A crisp winter morning and a blanket of fresh snow make the perfect bewitching backdrop for a magical wedding. The frosty chill outside wonderfully complements the warmth of the party indoors, creating a memorable atmosphere for the guests and the bride and groom. Here at Bignell Park you can even hold the reception outdoors by opting for a heated marquee! Traditional winter locations for weddings and ceremonies are especially attractive because they feature warming fire places, extensive gardens and historic buildings.

Wintery decorations

You’ll have plenty of seasonal decorations on hand to deck out your wedding venue, from mistletoe and golden angels to silvery baubles and elegant, metallic stars. Better yet, many venues will already be decked out with boughs of holly and a Christmas tree if you’re tying the knot close to Christmas Day, which means lots of free decorations and less leg work. You can even opt for a festive menu and offer guests seasonal drinks like mulled wine.

The perfect way to bring in the New Year

It couldn’t get any more romantic than getting married on New Year’s Eve! You’ll start the New Year with a bang and the entire world will be celebrating with you. Plus your guests will automatically get the next day off, which means you can continue with the party well into the early hours of the morning.

Be different

Why not be that bit different and opt for a wintery wedding over a summer one? Most brides tend to favour summer weddings but there’s something to be said for going against the grain and opting for the unexpected. Better yet, you’ll be able to make your money go that bit further because fewer couples tie the knot over the winter months; there’ll be better availability in terms of your venue choice as well as a cheaper caterers, florists and bands to select from. Moreover you’ll likely be able to secure a weekend booking, which makes it much easier for guests to attend your nuptials.

Hot honeymoon

Once you’ve walked down the aisle and finished up with the celebrations there’ll be the small matter of the honeymoon to attend to! Choosing a winter wedding means that you’ll probably be able to jet off somewhere sunny, like the Maldives, at a reduced rate because you’ve avoided the summer school holiday season. So why not top off the perfect white wedding at home with a sun-filled honeymoon abroad? You’ll get the best of both worlds!

How to host the perfect Christmas party

If you’ve ever planned a Christmas party before you’ll know it takes more than mince pies, mistletoe and mulled wine to create the perfect Noël celebration. Here are some useful tips on how to get into the holiday spirit and plan a party full of festive cheer for your friends, family and colleagues this Christmas:

Curate the perfect guest list

Are you organising a close-knit Christmas party with your nearest and dearest, a professional work event or a full out celebration incorporating your entire friends list? Whatever you choose make sure you draw up a list of everyone you want to invite so you can stay on top of numbers and find a venue and budget that fits. Bignell Park caters for private dining as well as larger parties, which can include music, dancing and a festive menu at your request.

Send out your invitations early

Give your guests plenty of advance notice by sending your invites as early as possible. Traditional paper invites are a seasonal classic but you can also send out emails or video messages for an extra touch of personalised sparkle this Christmas.

Choose a theme and create a personalised playlist

The party atmosphere will depend on the time of day that you hold your event. Daytime get-togethers tend to be brighter, breezier and shorter where as evening affairs can last well into the early hours of the morning. Choose a theme that fits in with the time of day and the type of people on your guest list – classic Christmas decor, tableware and napkins are ideal for family events with children but bolder options that don’t fit the traditional mould can be perfect for an event with friends, like a murder mystery theme or fancy dress. Spend time creating a playlist that guests can dance to or allow the expert Christmas party planners at Bignell Park to do it for you; you get all the glory with none of the leg work!

Cater for every taste

Traditional Christmas lunch is a must at any Xmas party and Bignell Park offers a show-stopping yuletide menu featuring turkey and all the trimmings, fillet of beef, venison and cod loin alongside decadent desserts like crème caramel, chocolate tart and Christmas pudding. However, remember to include an option for vegetarians, vegans and other guests with special diets. Caterers will always make adjustments to the menu to ensure everyone has something delicious to feast on. Choose a buffet for larger groups or opt for a sit-down meal for smaller get-togethers with crackers and party poppers. If you’re hosting the party at home make sure everyone gets a drink and something to nibble on as soon as they arrive.

Organise transportation

The finishing touch is to organise everyone’s transportation home. Remember it can be challenging to get taxis during Christmas week so a little pre-booking will ensure all your guests get home safely.