As a family who tend to book chain hotels I have to say that our weekend stay at the Lambsquay House was a refreshing change. We stay in UK hotels about 10 weekends a year, usually the main chains where you know exactly what you are going to get; which is risk free, but they all tend to be the same bland format. From the moment we arrived nothing seemed to be too much trouble. The owners, Mike and Lesley made us all feel very welcome without being too attentive, like some family run hotels.
The hotel is on the edge of the town very near to a lot of the Forrest’s attractions. Whilst our stay was for a nearby event we would certainly recommend it for anyone looking for a base to explore the forest. The front of the hotel is clearly very old and has many of the original features with a large ornamental pond and flower beds which probably looks great in the summer, but was understandably a bit colourless on a wet April day!
On this occasion we were travelling with one of our daughters. Our family room was large enough for all of us, with an en-suite with a large bath and very good shower (not an electric one). The room was very clean and decorated, with pine furniture and curtains that fit very well with a period building.
Unlike the chain hotel rooms ours had 6 power points! Really useful when all of the phones need to be charged whilst the TV is on and my daughter is straightening her hair. We found the beds comfortable and, when our daughter mentioned to Mike that she liked her foam pillow at home one seemed to arrive miraculously in our room. I guess that the decor is not what we are used to in the usual chains, and if you are looking for a Hilton style of room then you may be disappointed (or pleasantly surprised as we were).
On the food, the breakfast was freshly cooked, piping hot and on very warm plates. The menu offers a large choice from the usual full English to the fresh porridge with honey. Our daughter is a very picky eater so we tend to eat out for dinner, but Lesley (in the kitchen) managed to bespoke some things on their menu so she could have what she liked, whilst we chose from the extensive main menu. I guess that this is the way they differentiate their offer from the chains by being flexible.
Overall, our experience was really great and it’s difficult to find fault. We would certainly book again if we are in the area or maybe just to explore the forest.
- Also Known As:
- The Lambsquay House Hotel Forest Of Dean, Gloucestershire - Coleford