I stayed here a couple of nights ago and I was very impressed with it.
I wasn't impressed by the fact that I initially drove past it and into a field, but that was my fault for not paying attention and relying on my sat nav too closely....
The hotel is an old country house and is laid out as such and it's rather quaint, lovely atmosphere and (my room) was beautifully done.
The entrance isn't obvious so I wondered into the bar, where the very friendly chef took me over to the reception (when you park up and walk round, it's the door on your left - Probably needs to be made more prominent).
I was put in room 10 which was really nice - LCD TV, huge bed, lovely bathroom, nice windows, warm and quiet.
I ate in the bar (I never eat in hotel restaraunts) and I had the mussells, burger and some sausages - all of which were excellent. The burger was one of the best I've eaten (and I've eaten a lot). I chatted with the chef (from earlier) and he told me that their meat is all local and the burgers were hand made - he was passionate about his food which, in my opinion, is a really good sign.
The staff were all friendly and very helpful - when I paid the bar bill, I got chatting to the barman who was also chatty.
Breakfast was fresh and really nice - the fried breakfast (that I didn't have any of) looked recently cooked (unlike some places) and the staff (same from the bar from the previous night) were still friendly and chatty.
I can't find fault with the hotel at all and it's one of the nicest I've stayed at in a while.
I'd go back if it wasn't so far from where I live or usually work!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Gatton Manor is a 18 bedroom hotel and golf club, set in 200 acres of tranquil woodlands, gardens, rivers and lakes, which form a championship length 18 hole golf course. The house dates back to 1728 and was the original Dowager's House of the Abinger Estate. Standards are high - we are AA 3* rated and our customers frequently comment on the first class food and friendly service. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Gatton Manor Dorking, Surrey
- Gatton Manor Hotel Dorking