Let me begin by saying that I am a business traveler and stay at 4 and 5 star hotels around the world for half the year from the States to the Maldives and most places in between.
I booked this hotel for our wedding anniversary as I was interested to see the extensive refurbishment that this property has gone through in the last couple of years. We only live a couple of miles away! We booked the Beaufort Fine dining package which includes dinner for two in the fine dining restaurant and a full Cotswold breakfast the next morning.
On arrival we were met at the car by staff who carried our bags into the hotel and parked the car for us. Our things were spirited up to our room and placed/ hung I the wardrobes.
To prevent repetition, I will say now that without exception every member of staff we met were outstandingly polite, friendly and superb at their jobs. The hotel has a real and genuine "upstairs downstairs" feel to it, even down to the way the staff greet each other on passing. You get the feeling that
they too, enjoy this role play and love their work.
We upgraded to the Istabraq suite which was stunning. Every little detail had been thought of. Tea and coffee in room were of a luxury standard I.e cafetiere and real milk. The toiletries were abundant and luxurious and the bed was heavenly. Fresh fruit on arrival and on return from a walk in the grounds, a bottle of champagne.
If you want to walk, the hotel has a boot room stocked with dubarry leather wellies, hunter boots, jackets and even socks. All sizes (I am a 13!) which you can borrow. A footpath will take you across fields to the racecourse or to a lovely pub called the Royal Oak in Prestbury.
The spa was delightful although a little small but plenty of treatment rooms.
Dinner was sublime. The Sommelier (Tobias), very knowledgeable and friendly and the sous chef (Peter) came out for a nice chat with us.
When we got back to our room the bed had been turned down and sprinkled with rose petals as a concession to our anniversary but none of which I had specifically requested. Again, just really lovely touches which go down so well. Stunning nights sleep followed by a beautiful cooked breakfast. Checked out at 1200 but used the facilities until 1430, freee of charge.
Every conceivable effort has been made with this hotel to make it truly 5+ stars. The staff have been trained incredibly well but more importantly seem to have been selected on their intelligence and great personalities from a variety of countries which makes it so interesting to talk with them.
As a base to visit the Cotswolds it is superb and is ideally suited if you enjoy horse racing due to it being walk-able with no hassle of parking.
We had a truly memorable time in a lovely hotel. Thank you everyone.
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