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“Snap Decision” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Hatton Court Hotel
Barnstaple, United Kingdom
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169 reviews
26 hotel reviews
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“Snap Decision”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 March 2014 via mobile

We have visited Hatton Court previously and had not planned to return just yet, but after they had a two night DBB offer, the decision became easier. The staff were up to the high standards as expected, fine level of service in all areas. our room was very clean, comfortable and quiet. The views as ever were great from the room also. Dinner was excellent, and the choices of wine available.
If we had one minor issue it would be with the state of repair of the drive, it urgently requires some attention.
It would be foolish not to return, lovely hotel in a ideal location. Thanks to all at Hatton Court.

Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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  • Sleep Quality
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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Coventry, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 March 2014

Booked this last minute for the B&B, Evening Meal Package. The room was very clean, comfortable bed and piping hot water, we had a lovely three course meal and a the same again for breakfast.....loved the fact I could have my favourite Bagel & Smoked Salmon. Staff were very friendly and would definitely come back again.

We were blessed with beautiful sunshine and enjoyed a afternoon walk around Painswick and finished off the day at The Rococo Gardens with Tea & Scones.

A lovely break away to recharge our batteries.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Gloucester, United Kingdom
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29 reviews
11 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 March 2014

We took advantage of a special offer for dinner B&B on a Saturday night. Excellent value for a lovely evening meal and lots of choice for breakfast. We had a really spacious room. The staff are all very friendly and efficient.
The hotel is in a lovely position looking over the Severn Valley and on a clear day you can see the Welsh Mountains.
Have to say I have been coming to this hotel since I was a child!! It was known as the Tara in those days. We do live locally and have often eaten in the restaurant and attended weddings of friends and various other events so we did know what to expect.
Look out for the late deals offered by the hotel itself.

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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Radlett, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 March 2014

This was our second stay at Hatton Court as we enjoyed it so much the first time. We found the staff highly trained, efficient and very attentive. Excellent value for money as we took advantage of the promotions. Will certainly visit again later in the year. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Wetherby, United Kingdom
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36 reviews
13 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 March 2014 via mobile

I have just returned from my second stay at Hatton Court and once again had an enjoyable stay.
We stayed in room 38 which is a lovely room with plenty of space. The bathroom is quite large with a corner bath which was badly marked but clean.
Breakfast was delightful with plenty of choice and excellent service.

I was again a bit disappointed that special requests seem to be ignored. I asked that we had no more than one flight of stairs as my husband and I both have arthritis but we had very steep stairs up to the annexe and then another flight of stairs after. This means that after breakfast I did not feel able to go back to the room to get ready to go out and after going to the room at night, I did not feel able to leave it again. As I had said why I was requesting fewer stairs and had booked well in advance, I do think that they could have done more to accommodate our requirements.
However, I do think this is a very nice hotel.











Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Huntingdon, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 March 2014

I booked this hotel for one night at the last minute as part of a business trip and managed to get an excellent rate for B&B, nearly £20 cheaper than a nearby national budget hotel. I was made very welcome on arrival, used the restaurant and bar and enjoyed all the food and drink I was offered. The standard room (37) was a very pleasant surprise: larger than expected, comfortably furnished and very clean with a more extensive than usual range of facilities including a mini bar, complimentary mineral water, tea, real coffee, a carton of milk in the fridge (when did I last see that) and free wifi. The staff were very polite and helpful and overall, I had a very comfortable overnight stay at a good price. I will definitely be returning at the next opportunity.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Solihull, United Kingdom
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281 reviews
60 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 February 2014

Having previously enjoyed an excellent stay at Hatton Court, we recommended it for a visit with our friends and in many respects it lived up to expectations but there are a couple of negatives to note from our latest venture. We received a good value invitation to return to the hotel and took advantage of the opportunity to enjoy a two night stay to include breakfast on both days, a three course dinner on one night and an afternoon cream tea. In addition we were surprised to receive a complimentary bottle of wine per couple in the restaurant. Since we had decided to take our dogs, we were advised that we would be allocated rooms in the main part of the hotel rather than the very nice rooms we occupied in the annexe on our previous visit. On arrival you can't fail to be impressed with the building although, as others have mentioned, the driveway could do with a bit of pot-hole repairing! Reception friendly and efficient and an overall ambience of quality hotel are first impressions. We were allocated rooms 3 and 5 - both on the first floor and both decent size. We had room 5 and although we fully accept that it is a room where dogs are accommodated, we felt that a bit of TLC is long overdue for this room. There are large cracks in the wall, evidence of damp, flaking paint and most disappointing of all, the worst shower I have ever experienced in a hotel - even more surprising as I note that other guests have also commented on this and nothing has been done to correct the issue. There was either little or no pressure and it was absolutely impossible use as it spurted either boiling hot or ice cold water at regular intervals. On a positive note, the room was clean and what looked like a rickety old bed turned out to be pretty comfortable resulting in a near perfect nights' sleep. Our cream tea was pretty good - nice sandwiches, scones, cake and (miniscule) slither of lemon tart which must have been cut with a surgeon's scalpel! Drinks in the bar are reasonably priced and although there was a wedding party in attendance, the service was courteous and efficient - which is more than can be said about breakfast in the restaurant next morning! There was an obvious staff shortage problem and even more apparent that there was absolutely no leadership in evidence. By way of balance it must be said that the evening dinner service was entirely the opposite and created an excellent image of a well run, high quality restaurant as indeed did the following day breakfast service. The first breakfast experience saw many people complaining about having to wait to be seated, waiting for orders to be taken, receiving the wrong order and waiting for tea and coffee. There was no urgency about any of the staff members and an almost belligerent attitude to the problem. Had this been our only experience of the restaurant, we would not have returned but thanks to the professionalism of the restaurant manager and her team on the other occasions, we would wholeheartedly recommend it for atmosphere, service, food quality and value for money. The bar staff are also worthy of mention - cheerful, courteous and on-the-ball. Overall we really enjoyed our stay and at an inclusive price of £145 per couple for the entire deal, it was exceptional value for money.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Simon H, General Manager at Hatton Court Hotel, responded to this review, 26 February 2014
Dear Andyccpc, Thank you for returning to stay with us. I am sorry that your rooms were not to your previous standard. We have suffered from the ailments recently, the wet weather and our old building did not agree in certain areas, we are however correcting these issues. The weak water supply is also being addressed now that there are suitable working conditions. I am sorry to read that Sunday breakfast was not as smooth as normal, we do have a breakfast manager on daily, unfortunately a Sunday morning is challenge for every hotel, as a majority of guests choose to have a well earned lie in, and come for breakfast later. I do hope we will see you again in the future.
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Property: Hatton Court Hotel
Address: Upton Hill, Upton St Leonards, Gloucester GL4 8DE, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Cotswolds > Gloucester > Upton St Leonards
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Upton St Leonards
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Hatton Court Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 45
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
‘Contemporary country house with the Cotswolds warmest welcome’ Set high on an escarpment overlooking the Severn Vale this 45 bedroom country house hotel lies between the Cathedral City of Gloucester and Regency Cheltenham. Hatton Court provides the right balance between traditional hotel service and all the benefits you would expect from a contemporary hotel. The Tara Restaurant is renowned locally. It is an ideal place from which to explore the Cotswolds. Hatton Court is a reassuring size; not large and impersonal, nor too small. As a former splendid Cotswold home the feeling is of being eminently comfortable as opposed to grand. Nothing is hurried. The reception is very much a lounge, with leather sofas, magazines and an open fireplace for those chillier days. Next door the bar is more a place to relax, take tea, read and talk than to rush. The care taken to prepare the food, combined with a smiling service, is complemented by the thought that has gone into creating the Tara Restaurant. Fully refurbished in late 2009 the natural colours and soft lighting make a relaxing environment for friends and relations to enjoy each other’s company. Private dining facilities are available in the equally well appointed Cotswold Room. The peace of the surrounding countryside and comfortable bedrooms, some with whirlpool baths, make for a good night’s sleep ready for another day exploring the Cotswolds. ... more   less 
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