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The Great House Hotel
Ranked #5 of 9 Hotels in Bridgend
Gloucester, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
14 hotel reviews
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“"So glad we chose this hotel"”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2014

Stayed at The Great House for 3 nights during Senior Open Golf Championship in July. We loved our room in the Coach House. Very comfortable and equipped with every facility one could want for a short stay. The home made biscuits were a particular joy!! Weather was very hot whilst we were there, but coach house accommodation was wonderfully cool - do not know if rooms in the main building were the same. The Manager was away whilst we were there and hotel appeared full, but owners and staff coped admirably - nothing was too much trouble and the young staff were polite, efficient and friendly. The hotel was actually in a more built up location than we were expecting, but there was no problem with traffic noise etc - only slight irritation was the church bells which rang on the quarter hour day and night! Breakfasts were lovely and individually cooked to order. We only ate at the hotel one evening, but meal was wonderful with excellent choice and fresh produce. If we lived locally, we would dine here often, which other locals were obviously doing. It was lovely to be able to eat outside in the large covered but open 'tent' - where we were able to admire the beautifully maintained garden. Work was ongoing whilst we were there to provide more rooms in the coach house area - this caused us no problem whatsover and it is nice to see that the business is obviously doing well enough to proceed with expansion. Very enjoyable few days and if we are ever in Porthcawl area again, would have no hesitation booking The Great House Hotel. For our taste, Porthcawl instantly forgettable - except for the golf course. We loved seeing Fred Couples and his caddie all alone eating fish and chips from a box sitting on a bench overlooking the sea and admiring a Welsh sunset!!

Room Tip: Did not see rooms in main building, but our room in coach house was comfortable and well equipped
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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greathouse, Manager at The Great House Hotel, responded to this review, 1 September 2014
Thank you for taking the time to review. We look forward to welcoming you again soon.
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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16 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2014 via mobile

Found by chance through this website after a failed booking. The first thing that hit us was the service, incredibly professional and nothing was too much trouble. We had breakfast three times and dinner twice. All were faultless and delicious. The staff have been trained to perfection and we felt like royalty at every meal. The room was comfortable and well organised although we spent little time in it.
We would definitely stay again.

Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
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greathouse, Manager at The Great House Hotel, responded to this review, 27 August 2014
Thank you so much for the excellent review. We are really grateful for people who take the time to review us, especially when it is such a good review!
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2014 via mobile

Went to a wedding here on the 22nd from start to Finnish words can't describe how amazing the manager and all the Staff made the day for Sam and Chris wedding. The food was a different level than I have experienced the meat was cooked to perfection "melted in my mouth" thank you for a different level above the rest experience at you venue!

  • Stayed August 2014
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greathouse, Manager at The Great House Hotel, responded to this review, 27 August 2014
Thank you so much for the excellent review, hope to see you again soon.
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London, United Kingdom
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46 reviews
15 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2014

My husband and I stayed here for 5 nights during the Senior Open Golf tournament. The location is very handy for Porthcawl and for other sights in the area but there is absolutely nothing else in Laleston itself. The hotel is family owned by Stephen and Norma, with help from Mo.
While the decor is a bit overdone and twee for my personal taste, the rooms in the main house are steeped in history and have character (and low ceilings!). Our room was well stocked with personal amenities, coffee/tea/water with an added plus of home baked cookies and bone china cups.
The real bonus is the food - we had 4 nights in the restaurant and couldn't decide whether to try new things or return to a dish we had already tried! Very good rack of lamb, steak, runner beans from the owner's personal allotment, grilled peach salad, fish cakes...evreything we had was simply wonderful. Breakfast is cooked to order and can't be faulted. One note: the restaurant and bar are closed on Sunday nights. We had the offer of a cold plate to be sent to our room, which we declined, but they did arrange for a bottle of wine on ice to be left for us once we had returned from our dinner elsewhere, which we enjoyed while sitting on the pleasant patio, in the quiet and all alone.

In addition to the excellent service for us and the other hotel guests, the Great House had a wedding and a birthday party while we were there - all this and they still managed to make us feel special.

I would not hesitate to stay here again if we are in this South Wales area.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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greathouse, Owner at The Great House Hotel, responded to this review, 20 August 2014
Thank you for your kind comments. We are so glad that you enjoyed your stay.
We look forward to welcoming you again soon, but may not be able to guarantee such good weather next time!
Stephen.
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Swansea, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2014

I have just returned from a one night break here with a friend, I was desperately in need of some relaxation as life has been stressful lately, we stayed in room 2 which was a twin with very comfortable beds, nice room with everything we needed, we had a sandwich for lunch which wasn't just a sandwich, it was made on focaccia bread, with side of slaw and gorgeous parsnip chips.I choose the steak sandwich which was delicious, we had a spa treatment included in the package we choose which was nice, a lovely evening meal, the food is to die for, we did experience a slight hiccup during our stay but the manager could not do enough to put things right and it definitely would not stop us returning, I would highly recommend The Great House

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  • Stayed August 2014, travelled with friends
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greathouse, Owner at The Great House Hotel, responded to this review, 20 August 2014
I am pleased that you enjoyed your stay.
Thank you for taking the time to write a review and we look forward to seeing you again soon.
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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15 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2014 via mobile

Had a long weekend mountain biking in Afan Forest and ended up staying here after our original plan didn't work out. Right from the start the service was friendly and helpful, the bedroom comfy with a full size bath and there was a garage where we could lock away our bikes. The food was absolutely incredible. The breakfast sustained us for a day out in the trails. A beautiful garden to sit out in for a drink before heading into an excellent dinner. 30 mins drive from Afan Forest Park. All in all an amazing mountain bike weekend from a luxurious base for our anniversary weekend!

Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
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greathouse, Manager at The Great House Hotel, responded to this review, 15 August 2014
Thank you for taking the time to review. We are glad we could accommodate you for your anniversary weekend and pleased you enjoyed your stay with us.
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9 reviews
8 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2014 via mobile

Me and my wife stayed for one night, hospitality food out of this world, staff really friendly, would definitely stay again, my advice is if you are near Bridgend give this Hotel and restaurant a go and maybe stay over thumbs up from me Quality.

Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
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greathouse, Manager at The Great House Hotel, responded to this review, 15 August 2014
Thank you very much for your kind words. We are pleased you enjoyed your stay and hope to welcome you again soon.
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Property: The Great House Hotel
Address: 8 High Street, Bridgend CF32 0HP, Wales
Region: United Kingdom > Wales > Southern Wales > Vale of Glamorgan > Bridgend
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites
Hotel Style:
#3 Business Hotel in Bridgend
#4 Romantic Hotel in Bridgend
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — The Great House Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 13
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Great House Hotel is a beautiful grade II* listed building originating from around 1550 and is believed to have been a gift from HRH Queen Elizabeth 1 to the Earl of Leicester who used it as a hunting lodge. Located in the pretty conservation village of Laleston, it is just 10 minutes from the seaside town of Porthcawl and 25 minutes equidistant between Cardiff and Swansea.A unique blend of historic original features contribute to The Great House's mature, dignified character - the flagstone floors, oak beams, inglenook fireplaces, mullioned windows, stone archways and dovecote in the south wall combine with modern excellent facilities, services and friendliness. Our aim is to make your stay with us relaxing and enjoyable. We want you to unwind and to feel at home here, whether you choose to read a book or dine in at Leicester's our 2 AA rosette restaurant, The Great House offers the perfect location to enjoy a memorable occasion. ... more   less 
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