We'd decided to take just one night away in October because we wanted to visit Lacock: the Stanton Manor came up as an option and we definitely did the right thing in selecting it. It's an ancient manor house, converted and extended into a very comfortable hotel. Our room was only a basic double, but it was very spacious, with a 6' 6" bed and the bathroom - with corner bath and shower - very smart (the whole place was 'done up' just recently and very tastefully, too, maintaining the period atmosphere, but with all the usual modern comforts, including abundant and very hot water).
The food is excellent. We found a new chef had only just started, but he obviously knows what he's doing; for dinner, we had duck and venison, both of the highest quality and beautifully cooked. And try the pannacotta for pudding - incredibly rich, but to die for! The breakfast was also extremely good: full English with decent quality bacon and the whole thing as unfatty and unoily as it's possible for this occasional self-indulgence to be.
Service is first class: a lovely girl on the desk took our soaking coats away from us and returned them, dried out, the next day, and every member of the staff was pleasant, friendly and efficient.
We'd recommend the Stanton Manor for short stops on a journey East or West (it's just off the M4 - just a bit too close, really, if you had all the windows open, but the grounds are so lovely that we forgave it!). It's also a splendid base for exploring Bath, the Cotswolds (to the North), Avebury, Marlborough etc. It does accommodate conferences, too - there was one on while we were there. but they didn't bother us.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This beautiful hotel is conveniently situated minutes from junction 17 of the M4, set in the Cotswolds and a short drive to Chippenham, Bath and Bristol. The house has a rich history and is listed in the Domesday Book. Some rooms have luxury king-size four-poster beds, while others are suitable for families. All rooms are en-suite. The Gallery Restaurant has an AA Rosette and serves traditional British cuisine, overlooking the stunning grounds. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Stanton Manor Chippenham
- Hotel Stanton Manor
- Stanton Manor Hotel Chippenham, Wiltshire