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The Slaughters Manor House
Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Lower Slaughter
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North Kingstown, Rhode Island
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“Beautiful..picturesque. Great location for seeing even more!”
Reviewed 5 July 2014 via mobile

Absolutely lovely if you're trying to capture the essence of the Cotswolds. You can cross the street to a tiny village (for a quick walk) or go into another inn of equal quality just across the very quiet street. Rooms are fabulous, baths updated and huge, dining outdoors appears just FAKE it's so tranquil. Food was delicious and plentiful.
When checking in, always ask for renovated rooms wherever you are. We saw the rooms (at request - did not stay though) dined there and sat outside in pure luxury. Just what you think heaven may be like.
Will absolutely stay here upon next pass through.

  • Stayed June 2014
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Chorley, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 July 2014

It is, by any standards, a lovely hotel in a quite exquisite setting. We stayed in Nina, a large suite over looking the front gardens. The village is picture perfect and after normal tourist hours is almost deserted, except by the residents, which makes it extremely quiet, and I say this in a good way. Stroll along the river prior to returning for your dinner and you will arrive back relaxed. That is until you actually arrive back for dinner.

A new addition has been added to the hotel for the dining room. A lovely space with lots of natural light - but with plastic windows - and cartwheel fanlights? I'm amazed that the local planning authority didn't insist on something in keeping with the rest of the house and village.

Waiting staff were very thin on the ground, one having been drafted up from Devon from Exeter for a week from another Abode linked establishment to help out. For some reason our table was one of those round event tables with metal legs everywhere. I shunted around the table to avoid them, but then was across this huge divide from my wife.

I always think that hotel management should eat in their own restaurant, and make notes. If they did they would have noticed that a rather wonderful shot glass appetiser of cucumber jelly, topped by a trout mousse then a mild horseradish cream, would have tasted wonderful down to the cucumber jelly. Then the spoon stuck as spoon too big, or glass too small, either way the cucumber jelly remainded in the glass. Solution, buy smaller spoons.

The next taster course was a lovely pea and hock ham soup presented in individual small tureens emblazoned with lions heads. Same flat teaspoon provided. You either ate the soup off its flat surface with inevitable consequences, or I used my soup spoon for the next course to enjoy the soup, then pass it to my wife to do the same. Simple solution, buy larger spoons.

I had crab tortellini which was quite delicious, but spoilt by a jus poured over that was severely over-salted. To follow I had the local beef, quite a good flavour though over-salted, my wife the gnocchi which looked beautiful with slivers and curls of bright coloured carrots and an incredibly over-salted cream foam sauce. Simple solution, use less salt.

Now to the room, very large, but could do with some better quality furniture. The TV occupies an enormous faux chest of drawers (more IKEA than 18th century) and the TV and top apparently descend into the cabinet. When TV's were 24 inches deep this may have had a purpose, now it just looks ugly.

To greet you in the room was a sherry decanter and two glasses on the mantelpiece. However, the dribble at the bottom of the decanter, looking more like someone else's dregs was a carefully measured two glasses. Somehow this turns what should be a show of generosity into a display of meanness. Solution, ditch the decanter, pour two glasses ready, and place a glass mat or doily on top. Would look both fresh and welcoming.

Beware the iron if you borrow it. A very cheap steam iron with other peoples delicate fabrics already stuck on the soleplate, that then transfer to your own. Solution, get housekeeping to check on the state of irons and clean or replace.

Two lovely round iron urns on the mantelpiece with three handles, and a square base, one side white marble, the opposite black marble. Of course on the mantelpiece one had the white side facing forward, the other the black side. Does this matter? It's just a sign that housekeeping doesn't have real attention to detail.

For hot and cold water in the bathroom you could choose either tap at random. Only after a very long wait will the hot get cold and the cold get hot. I sympathise with the management, ancient plumbing buried in a historic building must be a nightmare to solve.

Have I finished? Just afternoon tea to mention. We sat outside on a glorious day, having told reception that we were sitting out amongst the others taking tea and would she send someone to take our order. 52 minutes later scones arrived (yes this precise time is precise), the sandwiches having been forgotten. Full afternoon tea apparently means different things to different people.

Now to the good stuff. The hotel is relaxing. Afternoon tea when it arrived was lovely, and to be sat outside in the sunshine was a treat. The bedroom, despite its cheap wardrobe and TV pod (white melamine is not a good look) was clean and comfortable and we slept well, with not a hint of noise from outside.

Home-made breads at dinner were superb, and the food could have been great, but was spoilt only by the application of far too much salt. If in doubt use less and let the customer add more.

Finally get more staff. People go to a luxury hotel for the service as much as anything else, and having to wait interminably for everything in not acceptable at these prices.

If the management happen to reply to this email please note that I did raise all of these issues at the time. Staff did express regrets, but not enough to reduce the bill.

Would we go again? We'd like to think that we could, but at these prices I would expect more service, better quality in the room, and less salt.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Worcester, United Kingdom
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44 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 June 2014

We went to the Cotswolds for our anniversary weekend this year and decided to stay at the Lower Slaugther Inn which was great, but for our annivearsary meal we went across the road to the Lower Slaughter Manor Hotel (2 minute walk).
We decided to go for the 8 course taster menu with the accompanying wine flight. The whole experience was fantastic. The attentiveness of the staff was excellent from the moment we arrived. The waiting staff were great and the sommellier had a fantastic knowledge of the wines and was passionate about them all. The food was exquisite. Every course was perfectly cooked, wonderfully tasting, timed to perfection and the whole menu was beutifully balanced. The Fish Course (Turbot) and the Main Course (Beef) were particularly good.
Probably the best meal I have ever had.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Brisbane, Australia
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124 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 June 2014

We stayed at the Lower Slaughter Manor house for 2 nights over Easter and thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The building, grounds and suite we stayed in were beautiful. On arrival our room was upgraded to a gorgeous suite which availed us stunning views over the grounds. We decided to eat at the manor's restaurant both nights which was a culinary delight. The staff were also very helpful and knowledgeable about the area and their food and wine recommendations.

The manor house is a brilliant base if you would enjoy walking. We went for a picturesque 3.5 hour walk to a nearby pub and back which for both of us was memorable. As it was Easter we were spoilt with lots of Easter delights in our room. We highly recommend the Manor house and would definitely return.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Romford, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 June 2014

This was one of the best if not the best hotel we have ever had the pleasure to stay at. From the moment we walked in the receptionist was very helpful we had afternoon tea which was real tea not tea bags it was very nice. We had the taster meal in the evening was superb meal all staff were excellent. We had lunch the next afternoon three course meal was superb. Breakfast in the morning was lovely they know how to poach an egg here. All in all a wonderful stay at a wonderful hotel the gardens were superb well kept lovely flowers. The hotel is a credit to all staff who work there we will return next year and stay longer.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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General M, General Manager at The Slaughters Manor House, responded to this review, 24 June 2014
Dear thrombo1,

Thank you for reviewing your recent stay with us - we are delighted to read that you had such a memorable experience!

We look forward to seeing you again next year, if not sooner!

Kind regards

Abbi & the LSM team
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Guildford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 June 2014

We have stayed at the Lower Slaughter Manor a number of times, including our first weekend away together 5 years ago.

It is a lovely, welcoming hotel, which despite some of the grandeur feels homely (see the walking boots lined up by the front door for guests to borrow, and brandy in the room to have a nightcap).

Yes there are some quirks, but there tend to be in old British buildings. We always stay in the Charlotte room as a reminder of our first trip together, and we love it there. It has its own entrance corridor, a huge bedroom suite with two comfy chairs at the end of the bed to read the paper and have a coffee in the morning, the comfiest bed I have ever slept in, and huge bathroom with double sized shower.

The food is always great: breakfast is a continental buffet (with cooked elements prepared to order rather than left standing), and in the evening the meal is brilliant (certainly comparable to our favoured London restaurants).

The staff are always helpful, and will even contact you ahead of your stay to see whether you want anything particular arranged for your arrival (i.e. champagne/wine on ice in the room, flowers etc).

For those who like the Cotswolds, the location is pretty prefect. It is a very short walk to Upper Slaughter and the nearby mill-cafe, across the road is a nice pub/hotel (which I believe is owned by the same people) which is great on a summer's evening, and is about 15-20minute walk from Bourton-on-Water along a stream and across a couple of fields (it is well signposted).

The only downside is that it is not cheap, but we have quite often been able to find good board and meal offers that make it far more reasonable. I would not say that it is the best place for a family (no pool etc) but for a couples weekend it is pretty much perfect.

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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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General M, General Manager at The Slaughters Manor House, responded to this review, 24 June 2014
Dear jimjam1235,

Thank you for reviewing your stay with us. It is lovely to read that you keep returning to the Manor and enjoy your visits each time!

You might like to keep an eye on our website for some fantastic offers we have on our weekend flash sales!

We look forward to welcoming you back in the future,

Kind regards

Abbi & the LSM team
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Market Harborough, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 June 2014

We booked Sunday lunch here as it was a half way meeting point for friends. If you like a traditional lunch, then maybe this is not the place. We ordered a bottle of wine while we were looking at the menu and the waiter seemed to think his role in life was to top up our glasses after each sip to encourage us to finish the bottle before the starters arrived!

3 courses for £30 sounds good value. Starter of cauliflower soup was delicious and the salmon was tasty. The beef and lamb (loin) was beautifully presented with veg as more of a garnish than a portion but tasty nevertheless. In fact the roast potatoes took up more room than the meat. My friend specifically asked if the mint sauce was freshly made - and if it wasn't he would opt for the beef. However, the lamb arrived with the statement that the chef said the mint sauce wasn't fresh! This is astonishing considering there is a herb garden growing fresh mint - lazy chef or what? The service was haphazard, waiting for sauces, and gravy. (excellent horseradish) A second bottle of wine wasn't served with the meal, we had empty glasses! In fact the wine should have been decanted as there was a lot of sediment left in the glasses. Desserts were pretty but the pastry on my chocolate tart looked like cardboard and needed a pickaxe to break it.

The restaurant was empty - there was a private party of about 12 in an alcove and another couple, that was it. We asked to have our coffee in the garden but it was afternoon tea time and they weren't sure they could accommodate us, so we had it at the back of the hotel, which was very pleasant in the garden (had to move a bench ourselves as there were only 2 chairs round the table). The tea wasn't hot either. This is a beautifully located hotel and should be heaving with customers on a Sunday, so something is obviously lacking, I think with a bit of care, better service and better management this could be very much improved.

We parked our car across the road at the sister hotel by mistake, but on reflection it might have been better to eat here as it was very busy and had much more atmosphere! One more thing I think £5.50 is outrageous for a cup of mint tea!

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with friends
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General M, General Manager at The Slaughters Manor House, responded to this review, 24 June 2014
Dear ydrewnicki,

Thank you for taking the time to review your Sunday lunch with us and please accept my apologies that you did not enjoy your afternoon with us. It is a shame that you did not mention your feelings when you settled the bill as we would have loved to have addressed your concerns at the time.

Having spoken to the waiter and restaurant manager on duty at the time, they are both very sorry that you feel their service was haphazard. I have spoken to the waiter regarding the mint sauce and he had not understood that you would not have the lamb if the mint sauce was not fresh. Since your feedback, the chef has started making both the mint sauce and the horseradish from scratch.

We do hope you choose to give us a second chance in the future, but if not, I can highly recommend lunch at the Slaughters Country Inn!

Kind regards

Abbi & the LSM team
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Property: The Slaughters Manor House
Address: Copsehill Road, Lower Slaughter GL54 2HP, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Cotswolds > Lower Slaughter
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Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites
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Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Lower Slaughter
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Hotel Class:4 star — The Slaughters Manor House 4*
Number of rooms: 19
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