Up to 60% off retail price from some of the best designers. Paul Smith, Ralph Lauren, Versace, MaxMara, Burberry, Dunhill, Calvin Klein, Karen Millen, Nicole Farhi and Zegna sell their end of season lines here. There are more than 120 top-name boutiques, as well as several restaurants and cafes. Bicester Village makes a useful stopping off point if you are heading past junction 9 of the M40. Guests at the hotel can redeem their VIP passes, available from reception, which entitle the holder to extra discounts.
Typical car journey is 50 minutes.
The Heart of the Shires
About 20 retailers in converted farm buildings two miles norths of nearby Weedon. Gallery, cookware, pottery, quilts, shoes, tea rooms and gift shops make up an eclectic and somewhat charming mix, representing an enjoyable diversion for hotel guests and the keen shopper.
Telephone: +441327 349249.
Royal Leamington Spa
Leamington Spa is 30 minutes away and has a high concentration of smaller, high quality, independent retailers. Take in lunch and see the impressive Pump Room, which has been refurbished and now houses the library and art gallery.
Milton Keynes is excellent for major stores such as John Lewis and House of Fraser. It has one of the largest undercover shopping centres in the UK.
Factory Shoe Outlets
Northampton has a tradition of shoemaking going back to Cromwellian times. Two of the most famous shoemakers are Church's and Crockett & Jones, both of whom operate factory shoe outlets in Northampton. It is cheaper and fun to buy Goodyear welted shoes where they are made. Shoes that normally retail at £220 to £300 are on sale at £100 or less.
Typical journey time by car is 40 minutes.
Haddonstone Show Gardens
Haddonstone are makers of classic garden ornaments and classical stonework and ironwork in the walled gardens of the manor. Pieces can be ordered at the show garden. The gardens are on different levels, with shrub roses, clematis and climbers.
Typical journey time by car is 45 minutes.