Calcot Manor is very impressive and there is not much to complain about at all. This last visit was my second and I have to say though that I enjoyed it far more in the Summer two years ago when the sun shone. This is because the hotel is geared towards the outdoors.
By this I mean 1) There are lovely grounds with a 3+km trim trail 2) You can hire bikes to explore the local area 3) There is the most magnificent outdoor hot tub and relaxation area 4) There is a nice beer garden outside the hotel's very own gastro-pub 5) They have an outdoor pool and children's playground. Many of these can't be enjoyed if it is cold, raining or outside of the Summer season.
As well as these positives potential guests should be warned that most of the rooms (if not all) are in buildings separate to the main house. This isn't a bad thing but the fact that you have to go outside to go to the restaurants and spa (not a short dash) may not be for everyone.
Our room was in a row of cottage that backed on to the main tetbury road. The room itself (up some stairs) was lovely but the real stand out was the bathroom. It was huge, very well decorated and had an excellent shower. My only gripe is that these cottages back onto the main Tetbury road and there was a noise from cars and lorries that was pretty loud through the night.
One of the best things about the hotel is the spa. The staff are friendly and very professional, the range of products on sale (aromatherapy associates) are excellent, the relaxation area is spacious and the swimming area is beautifully done. As mentioned above the hot tub delivers the X factor to the spa.
The main restaurant has a great atmosphere and once again lends itself to the summer very well. The food was a bit inconsistent on this trip with my choices (sweetbreads and fillet steak on the bone) only average. However, the person I was entertaining had quail and then the duck which tasted beautiful.
In terms of value the spa package I was on was good value as the price (£350 per night) included money towards a spa treatment and dinner. There is no doubt however that Calcot Manor would not be within the average person's budget.
- 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