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“Quintessential English Christmas in the lap of (country)luxury”

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Lords of the Manor Hotel
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in The Slaughters
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 3 January 2014

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.

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 29 December 2013 via mobile

We stayed at this hotel for a wedding yesterday and were lucky enough to have a top floor suite. The staff are always very happy to help. Room was beautiful, comfy bed, 2 bathrooms! Lovely building. They made such an effort always handing on champagne or entrees or serving. The only downside is the price of drinks and that is the only downside for us. Would defiantly recommend this hotel.

Stayed: December 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 14 December 2013

This is going to be a comprehensive review but “it’s worth it”. We booked the Market Menu Dinner, B&B for £199 as a seasonal special offer, direct from the hotel website. If anything, our concerns were that the service would be too intrusive and over the top, we don’t really like to be waited upon, valet parking etc. We arrived at the hotel, before formal check in time, and were very impressed with the building, grounds and location, extremely peaceful and quiet. The receptionist was on the phone, but was only a few minutes, and he immediately apologised to us for not being able to welcome us without delay. We checked in and he confirmed the details we had provided by phone, evening meal times, dietary requirements etc. We were allocated the Wrigley room and he came with us to the car, to take our luggage. The interior of the hotel was also impressive, and the xmas decorations were discreet and tasteful, which was welcomed. We were extremely pleased with the room, and would definitely describe it as luxurious. Linen was high quality thread count and the towels were huge and very fluffy. The bed was very comfortable and there were numerous pillows, which were all very comfortable. This is one of the few times that I have stayed in a hotel and not had to ask for additional pillows. There were two easy chairs and a table in the room, and the view was overlooking gardens. TV was of a good size, and there was a DVD player too. There was coffee/tea making facilities in room and plentiful supplies including complementary sparkling water in room. 2 x dressing gowns provided, both large and generous in size, but no slippers. Hey ho. There are 5 steps down to the en suite which is beautiful; the bath is huge, separate walk in shower and L’occitane toiletries. There were a few minor points here: 1: Sink is very shallow which means not easiest to shave. 2: Couldn’t work the hand attachment in bath but I am very confident that if I had rung reception someone would have come up to instruct me. 3: I needed to climb in the bath to close the blind so didn’t bother, as there were net blinds underneath which shaded the window – however, during the turn down service, someone did close both the blinds, and I wish they hadn’t, as they are both slightly sun damaged. Without being too “Four in a Bed-ish” 4: Small curly hair on bathroom radiator which led me to look behind the radiator, which is very, very dirty. However, the bathroom is beautiful and the bath was very relaxing, make sure you have time to fill up, as it is a very big bath. Shower is powerful and again, very large. Our next experience was dinner in the Michelin starred restaurant. We went to the bar at 6.45pm and I chose a cocktail (£13.50) and hubby had a rum (£8.00 50cl measure). The guy at the bar was very friendly and welcoming and certainly provided the right level of service, giving us time to decide and also providing some suggestions. The bar is comfortable, log fire, large chairs etc. We were then provided with menus and a very comprehensive wine list. Also provided with 3 canapés, including cannelloni filled with foie gras which was exquisite. We decided to upgrade to the Tasting Menu for a reasonable surcharge and also asked if we could substitute the dessert for a chocolate based one, to better suit our tastes. We ordered a bottle of red wine (£29) which again, we thought was quite reasonable for this sort of establishment. We were taken to the table and instantly took a liking to the ambience of the room. It is not too formal but obviously quality, the tables were very well spaced. Room was not the warmest but was okay for us. The waiting staff were very friendly and informative, not too overbearing and again, very discreet. A difference from some of the other Michelin restaurants we have visited. The hotel and service thus far, had really exceeded our expectations and the food had a lot to deliver, and I am pleased to say, that it definitely managed that, beautiful presentation and precise flavourings. We had favourites from each course including: potato ring around the salmon, chicken wing was a TRIUMPH, Faggot of venison and red cabbage, bravo and last but not least, the white chocolate parfaits – which was the best dessert, we have ever eaten! Also, the bread was beautiful and not sour dough, thankfully which seems to be the in thing, and the salted/smoked butter was absolutely fantastic! I wasn’t sure about the pre-dessert cucumber dish, it did clear the palate but it had us divided, hubby really liked it, I would say that I didn’t dislike it. We then took coffee in the drawing room, again, another very comfortable place to relax. We really enjoyed the meal, and service throughout was excellent. The hotel is very quiet, and we experienced no issues re noise etc. We were greeted at breakfast by the same guy who had served our cocktails, and he remained as cheerful and welcoming as ever. Good quality cereals, cold meats etc and individual glass jars of yoghurt, which were very nice. Both had full breakfast, which was obviously top notch quality produce, well cooked and presented. Especially liked the small jar of brown sauce which was very tasty. Check out was as expected, we were given a print out of our purchases and asked to confirm. We were also informed about a 10% discretionary gratuity charge and asked if we were comfortable with this. We explained that we most definitely were, if it was distributed to the staff, as it was well earned. If anyone is still reading this, I would definitely recommend this hotel and would absolutely return. Cost = just short of £350 for Tasting menu dinner, drinks, B&B, gratuity. You get what you pay for, and on this occasion, we both felt as if we got more. Thank you.

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 10 December 2013

My mother, brother, and I stayed here for two nights, and thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of this former rectory. The common areas are very inviting, and even though they were quite busy, the service was very good. We all slept great, but the rooms we had, while very nice, weren't particularly remarkable. Bathrooms were spacious and nicely updated. Breakfast was a complete delight, and the afternoon tea was everything you'd expect, but tastier in front of a fire. We only dined at the restaurant one evening, and while it was a top-notch meal, I felt like for a Michelin star restaurant the food should have been more memorable. I'm embarrassed that while my entree' was good, I don't even remember what it was! The desserts were superb, though; I highly recommend the blackberry souffle' and the chocolate with mango ice cream and pistachios. Anyway, we would definitely come back if the chance arose.

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 9 December 2013

My partner and I chose this hotel for our Civil Partnership ceremony in March 2013.
Given the nature of the event, we were understandably a bit nervous about how we would be treated.
In the end, we shouldn't have worried.
Everyone, from the excellent general manager downwards were welcoming and charming right from our initial contact to the day itself.
In fact, we couldn't have been happier with the way things turned out.
The hotel seems to strike exactly the right balance between formality and informality. Nothing was too much trouble.
The staff, ambience, atmosphere, decor, service and especially the food were without fault.
This was a one-off event for us and it could not have been happier or more memorable - thanks largely to this brilliant hotel. We will certainly return.

Stayed: March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 4 December 2013

From the Manager's handwritten note of welcome on arrival, to the crackling log fires in the main reception rooms this is indeed a special place to stay. Quiet attention from the staff, a comfortable room with a huge luxurious bed and then to top it all, a delicious dinner with superb wines in the evening. Indeed a treat and all of this in the heart of the glorious countryside of Upper Slaughter. What more could anyone want? It was a perfect break. There were newspapers to read in front of the fire as tea was served in the afternoon, along with lavender flavoured short bread! Maps were provided for a countryside walk after an excellent breakfast and all the staff were so helpful. I certainly hope to be able to return again one day. Soon.

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  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 28 November 2013

We recently decided on a midweek break in the Cotswolds and thought we would return to an old favourite 'The Lords of the Manor' at Upper Slaughter. We had a deluxe Cotswold room that was a reasonable size, well furnished and an extremely comfortable super kingsize bed. The staff were extremely friendly and came out to greet us on arrival and took our bags. We always enjoyed the food and were delighted that standards were maintained, if not better. The evening meal after canopies in the bar was one of the best we have ever experienced with attentive staff who always explained each course when served , a nice touch. Breakfast next morning was excellent with a very good choice and served instead of a buffet. I would highly recommend a visit. Midweek is always lower price than weekends when they prefer a two night stay. A good base to explore the Cotswolds.

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Address: Upper Slaughter, The Slaughters GL54 2JD, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Cotswolds > The Slaughters
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Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in The Slaughters
Price Range: £121 - £290 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Lords of the Manor Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 28
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