Woughton House – MGallery by Sofitel launched in June 2017, following an extensive refurbishment.
Located in the village of Woughton-On-Green, one of the few remaining medieval villages around which Milton Keynes was built, Woughton House is surrounded by acres of stunning parkland, lakes and orchards of the Ouzel Valley Park in the Buckinghamshire countryside.
The property offers guests an indulgent experience in a tranquil setting, unique to Milton Keynes.
MGallery By Sofitel hotels are a collection of boutique hotels, each with its own unique heritage to discover. Woughton-On-Green is situated within five minutes’ drive of Milton Keynes and the city’s main historic sites, cultural venues and shopping centre’s.
Designed by Orchard Interiors, the boutique property has 50 bedrooms, including five Junior Suites, with classic and contemporary vibrant interiors combined with nature-themed designer wallpapers, as well as opulent and comfortable furnishings. To celebrate the country setting and history of Woughton-On-Green, all the Junior Suites have been named after local figures or historical landmarks and stories, such as the Turpin Suite, which is named after the infamous Highwayman Dick Turpin who frequented the village and who’s ghost is often seen in the area. The Blount Suite is named after Oswald Blount, who owned the house from 1938 and was ADC to King George V. All bathrooms will feature White Company amenities, along with Penhaligon Quercus toiletries in the Junior Suites.
The original Woughton House stables, a separate building adjacent to the hotel, have been beautifully converted into a range of Gallery rooms, across two floors, with original features. The cosy Gallery rooms offer a homely and intimate cocoon, consisting of five rooms including two Junior Suites, perfect for hosting larger parties.
The property boasts a restaurant bar and lounge area, including Seasons restaurant, which seats 50 guests and serves indulgent British cuisine with a selection of seasonal and locally produced dishes, accompanied by hand-picked wines from the hotel’s wine cellar.
Originally introduced by the Duchess of Bedford in the mid-19th Century, Woughton House – MGallery By Sofitel also serves Afternoon Tea throughout the week, with a selection of freshly made sandwiches, scones baked to a traditional recipe as well as cakes and sweet treats all created by the talented kitchen team, including homemade jams and chutneys.
In the summer guests can dine on the outdoor terrace in the sunshine, overlooking the idyllic countryside views, or relax on deckchairs on the green. In the bar and lounge, live piano nights also takes place every fortnight on Wednesdays. Bicycles are available for guests during their stay to explore the surrounding parkland, river and canal, and picnic hampers are available on request.
Aiden McAuley, SVP Operations LUXE Europe at Accorhotels, said: “Woughton House – MGallery By Sofitel is steeped in history and has a unique story for guests to discover. It was originally built as a country manor in the 19th Century. The hotel is an unexpected gem in the heart of the Buckinghamshire countryside, surrounded by stunning parkland and lakes, whilst still within close proximity of Milton Keynes, making it the perfect destination for a country escape.”
Woughton House is the perfect setting for an idyllic countryside wedding, with capacity for up to 200 guests. The hotel is ideally located between London and Birmingham and only 30 minutes by train from London Euston.
A short drive from Woughton House is Bletchley Park – the main site for British code breaking during WWII. MGallery by Sofitel properties offer guests ‘Memorable Moments’, which are designed to create experiences that allow guests to learn more about the heritage of a destination in a unique way. Bletchley Park has become a heritage site and museum of computing. Guests can enjoy a ‘Memorable Bletchley Park Experience’; including a chauffeured car to Bletchley Park and private tour to learn about the building’s history, code breaking and computer coding. After the visit, guests will be taken back to the hotel to enjoy a gourmet dinner and wine at Seasons restaurant, with a mysterious coded menu.
Rates start from £100 per room per night.