If you are looking for a luxury getaway in the country for the 3 days of Christmas – the Lords of the Manor is the perfect venue. There was a mix of couples, family groups and at least one single person – with when we stayed no small children.
There were also 7 dogs staying ( 2 of which were ours!) and although they allow the dogs in the lounges ( not restaurant) we didn’t even notice the other dogs until we met them and their owners out and about having a walk. Most of the dog owners didn’t take their dogs to the lounges and the one we encountered was so quiet you didn’t notice he was there. This is an area perfect for (dog) walkers – not only plenty of public pathways but the roads were so quiet we spend most of the time walking on the country roads and through the cute villages in the area.
It is also such a wonderful experience that a luxury hotel understands that dog owners have themselves beautiful homes and that it is not necessary to put the guests with dogs in the shabby rooms. The dogs were treated as real hotel guests - a friendly handwritten welcome note, dog bowls, dog rugs, and so many treats and presents they were totally spoilt.
Our room was beautifully decorated and had a real bedroom feel to it which made staying for Christmas more a feeling of staying at someone’s country home rather than an impersonal hotel . The bathroom was lovely and warm with fluffy towels and bath gowns and the most powerful shower you could wish for.
The food was perfect. Small but not tiny portions – by the end of all the courses you were full!! Tasty artisan bread rolls. The Christmas lunch is worth a mention – a traditional Christmas lunch done to perfection. We had Christmas lunch at another Michelin starred restaurant last year and were slightly disappointed that they had made it too sophisticated – I know it sounds funny but this lunch looked like a tastier version of what you would have at home ( with the bread sauce and cranberry sauce) and even though there was Christmas pudding afterwards it wasn’t too heavy! - tip for next year though leave the bread and cranberry sauce on the table so guests can pop on some more without the waiter seeing .
The wine list we found slightly young . This may be just a difference in taste between The Netherlands and England. We were also slightly disappointed with the open wines. The bottles we ordered were very very good but it would have been nice to have matching wines with each course. The only wines open were the lighter young vintage wines which weren’t too our taste. The bottles of wine were very good en reasonably priced for this quality of hotel/restaurant.
Some slight niggles – the Christmas eve dinner could have been slightly later than 7 o’clock, the path could have been kept lit until after Midnight mass and it would have been nice to have some Christmas decorations in the room – we would have been prepared to pay a supplement to have a small Christmas tree in our room but I only mention this because it would have been 100% perfect with these small things instead of the 99,9% ;)
Thank you so much Lords of the Manor hotel staff and managers for all the gifts, smiles and hospitality. You all made us feel very at home.
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- Lords Of The Manor Hotel Cotswolds, England - The Slaughters