We booked this hotel as a couple to get away from the kids for the weekend and enjoy a spa break. However the hotel was full of children, in saying that they were all very well behaved and we had wished we had taken ours along with us. There are not many hotels that I have stayed in which are top class and accomodate children so warmly without taking away the upmarket atmosphere.
Our room was Smogen. A few steps away from the main building and in a converted barn. It was beautifully decorated and we could not fault it in any way (apart from our neighbors in the adjoing half who were not at all considerate and continued to have noisy conversations and slam the door outside our room).
We were welcomed with a beautiful array of fresh fruits and chilled champagne.
Unfortunately during our stay there was a problem with the boiler and we didn't have any hot water on the first morning, so I got a lukewarm one and my partner had a swift cold one! However the General Manager was quick to remedy the problem and we returned that day to find another chilled bottle of champage and note of apology - he also automatically deducted a sum of money off our bill.
The reception staff were very professional and made it possible for us to view some of the family accommodation (for when we return with the kids).
Gumstall - the food was ok, it didn't blow us away on our first evening. I had duck (a bit dry) in a very very sweet sauce. I think the more pub grub on the menu (fish & chips) rather than the gastropub food was better.
The Conservatory - breakfast was served here and it was all very lovely. A good selection.
In the evening it was delightful, we took drinks beforehand then enjoyed a most wonderful meal. The waiter was so helpful and friendly and actually new what he was talking about. The wine was wonderful - we couldn't fault it. Book beforehand - it was full!
We then went to the one of the lounges with a roaring fire and had coffee. It really is a lovely set-up, very warm and relaxing, especially as it rained all weekend!
The Spa - the girls on reception need to improve. The first day I didn't get slippers, which is strange as the changing rooms are downstairs, you have to walk through a seating area (where you can also eat/drink) up wooden stairs to the beauty rooms. I had an aromotherapy massage which was amazing, but I was covered in oils which I had to walk through the corridors, down the stairs....a bit slippery...
The second day we didn't even get anything given to us. I had to ask for a robe, towel and slippers! Not at all professional.
Indoor pool lovely and outdoor pool for the summer months in charming setting.
Overall this hotel is well run and welcoming. We really enjoyed our stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Cotswolds are lovely! Tumbling hills, lavender horizons, wildlife, walks and waterparks - they're all on offer, and what's more, they're all on the doorstep of Calcot and Calcot Spa. With an indoor pool, secluded (lavender-lined) courtyard, hot tub and log fire, gymnasium and multiple treatment rooms stocked with the best therapists and the best products, Calcot is renowned as one of the most luxurious spa hotels in the Cotswolds. 35 bedrooms and they're all beautiful - we guarantee that bit. We've suites in all shapes and sizes and two-floored (separate bedroomed) cottages - ideal for families. All within a 220-acre meadowland that has lots to do (or not - that's up to you). Tennis courts, climbing frames, outdoor pool, running routes, cycle tracks, a disc golf course and a woodland gymnasium! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Calcot Manor Hotel Calcot
- Calcot Manor Cotswolds