The brochure and website show a beautiful country manor house but this only forms a very small part of Highgate House.
This place primarily a conference venue with a very unsympathetic set of 70's buildings forming the majority of the venue.
I was lucky enough to have one of the manor house bedrooms which was very pretty, decorated in a very traditional 'Laura Ashley' style. The bed was extremely comfortable and every modern amenity provided (including plasma TV, White Company toiletries etc). Housekeeping was another matter however. The room had a really musty smell which someone had tried to mask with a very strong plug-in air freshener, the scent of which was so strong I almost had an asthma attack, cobwebs were numerous, hundreds of cigarette butts were left uncleared on the small ledge/balcony outside the window, and the safety inspection on the hairdryer was over a year out of date.
The majority of the bedrooms are in 70's annexes and I assume are not as plush as those in the house. The location of the swimming pool (near the bar) is very odd.
As a cenference venue, Highgate House is very good and appears to cater effortlessly for 15 or more parties. Food and service are excellent.
Overall, a bit of a mixed review - great for a conference but I wouldn't spend my own money here or visit for pleasure.
- Free Wifi
- Free Parking