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Lap of Luxury in Oxford

By Kathryn Winter | Photography courtesy of Chancellor’s House Hotel

Guests are treated like VIPs at the luxurious Chancellor’s House in Oxford where elegance and first-class service abound.
Step into the posh lobby of Chancellor’s House Hotel and you never know who might walk by you. Various VIPs from around the country have graced the hotel’s newly opened doors. Everyone from rock bands to real housewives, politicians, British aristocracy and football fanatics have celebrated the private and sophisticated Southern-glamour-meets-big-city atmosphere.
The luxury boutique hotel boasts just 31 rooms and can be described as a miniature marble dollhouse because everything inside is so perfect and quaint. Travelers taking a tour of the South or people wanting to visit Oxford to experience culture and the culinary scene will revel in being just steps away from renowned shops and restaurants.
Oxford’s secret charm and class is home to the University of Mississippi, but what makes the town a destination in its own right is the famed literary and writer-inspired scene that includes Rowan Oak, home of author William Faulkner. Another famed Oxford attraction is the Double Decker Arts festival, hosted each spring. Guests can throw a private party on a balcony suite overlooking the corner of University and South Lamar while watching other tourists parade by. Football games, baseball games and graduation festivities bring a boost of tourism to the Oxford economy and make Chancellor’s House an exclusive destination in its own.
Grab a book or a glass of wine and relax by the fireplace while visiting with old friends, or spend the weekend tucked away with your significant other for a romantic rekindling. Several bride and grooms have chosen Chancellor’s House to relax on their wedding night in a honeymoon suite, complete with porcelain claw foot tubs that are perfect for a relaxing late-night soak.
The hotel encompasses a library, ballroom, bar and lounge, along with fine dining in the Chancellor’s Grill. The Chancellor’s Grill features wood-planked floors, reclaimed furniture pieces and eclectic artwork. The décor complements elegant cuisine where menu options include everything from escargot to veal marsala. Executive Chef Josh Stetson has spent 20-plus years on the Mississippi Gulf Coast working in fine dining establishments like Mignons, CQ, and LB’s Steakhouse.

“Our lobster bisque has been a huge success and is one of the most talked about among guests,” Stetson said. “The chicken piccata, 8-ounce filet, and trout almandine are also best-selling dishes.”
The elegant lobby lounge, featuring classic cocktails, is decorated with an antique bar and French marble fireplace. Enjoy lunch there in the afternoons or a tapas menu at night.
“We are open to the public, and we want everyone to feel welcomed and comfortable so they can enjoy upscale service and a high-end dining experience. Everyone is considered a VIP when they visit,” Stetson said.
Hotel General Manager, Weston Arntsen, has been with Chancellor’s House since its inception. “We are grateful to be able to offer a very comfortable setting, genuine service, and a location that is just steps from all the action,” Arntsen said. “We care about serving anyone who walks through these doors, regardless of who they are; everyone deserves to be pampered every once in a while.”
Chancellor’s Grill plans on hosting wine dinners, scotch dinners and changing the menu seasonally in the future, all to offer creative and unique dining experiences. Afternoon tea is served daily but requires a week-in-advance reservation. Various assorted teas, sweets and savories like cucumber sandwiches, chocolate cupcakes and scones are served.
The hotel is pet friendly and welcomes well-behaved dogs under 35 pounds for a $100 pet fee. Valet parking is available to guests in a private and secured garage during the duration of their stay. Chancellor’s House hosts one of the only concierge desks in the region, available to assist with special requests and transportation, spa services and dining recommendations.
Frequent guest John Lucas said after trying all of the other options in and around Oxford that Chancellor’s House is by far his favorite.
“This was my third time staying at the Chancellor’s House,” he said.“I come for extremely great service and the rooms are reasonably priced for all the amenities you get.”
A standard room rate for a non-football or event weekend is around $180 per night. Room amenities include Egyptian cotton linens, spa bathrobes, marble entryways, large bathrooms and personalized stationery.
In addition to overnight guests who are visiting Oxford on their own, the hotel also hosts weddings, seminars, and other special events. The grand ballroom can accommodate up to 150 people for wedding receptions and black-tie affairs. The boardroom, located just off the ballroom, is perfect for business meetings or hosting an intimate dinner party.

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