My husband and I made a last minute booking to stay at Rudloe Hall during the weekend 8-10 August 2008. We were advised at the time of booking that the hotel were hosting a wedding on the Friday, and most of the rooms had already been allocated to the wedding guests. However, to our delight, one room had become available, and we were even given a discount on the price of the room, due to the late booking ( 2 days before the weekend ).
I had had a look at Rudloe’s website before making our booking, and was tempted by the beautiful, rural setting and the romantic look of the hotel, which, upon arriving, more that lived up to our expectations.
We were greeted by Penny, a delightful, personable lady who has an inimitable ability to multi-task, very often juggling many roles all at the same time, but always remaining courteous and good humoured. She made sure our every need was catered for. When I didn’t accompany my husband down to breakfast on our last day, preferring to have a bit of a lie in instead, she surprised my husband by bringing out a beautifully prepared breakfast tray for him to take up to me so as I wouldn’t miss out on the most important meal of the day! She really was very kind.
I am a keen photographer, and was delighted with the view over the gardens that could be seen from our room. The grounds are a delight to stroll around, and the gardens are very well looked after, and made for some really great photos, some of which I have attached. I can certainly see why people are keen to hold a wedding breakfast/reception at the hotel, not only because of the caring way in which the staff look after their guests, but because of the stunning setting and comfortable rooms.
Our room was not big in comparison with others, but it had an open fire ( which we shall make use of when we return nearer to Christmas ) and a roll top bath in the main room. It had a comfortable, romantic, period feel about it which immediately put you at ease. We loved it, and can’t wait to upgrade to a larger room with a four poster bed next time, which also benefits from fabulous views towards Bath.
Because we were the only guests in the hotel not attending the wedding, we ended up having the whole dining room to ourselves on our first night. Penny had set up a table for us at the end of the room, in front of the window overlooking the gardens, with candles already lit when we walked in. Fantastic! The service was excellent and the food superb.
We made a point of doing the usual touristy things over the weekend, and visited the Roman Baths, as well as Corsham Court, both of which are well worth a visit. The gardens at Corsham Court are stunning, with peacocks roaming around the grounds , completely unperturbed by us humans wandering about!
Having been busy on the Friday night, the owner, Gui, had not had a chance to introduce himself to us when we arrived, however, he and Darren ( Dep Manager ) made a point of coming up and shaking our hands on the Saturday, and giving us some pointers as to the best places to eat in Bath City Centre. Both really nice guys.
To sum up, Rudloe is a quaint, old hotel and, as such, will not have the trappings and mod cons of a five star modern hotel. If it is a romantic, old world feel of a bygone era that you are looking for ( with the odd authentic cobweb thrown in ) this is the place for you. You cannot help but feel completely chilled out from the moment you arrive, and, for us it was certainly sad to have to leave so soon. We can’t wait to go back and see Rudloe in a winter setting, and have already booked out next weekend away with them.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Perfect food and incredible, caring staff where "nothing is too much trouble" is what makes this truly unique and boutique English country house no. 1 in the area. With stunning views overlooking the World Heritage Roman city of Bath, in 15 acres of gardens, Croquet and a 9 hole practice golf course, you'll be spoiled indeed! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Rudloe Hall Corsham
- Hotel Rudloe Hall
- Rudloe Arms Corsham, Wiltshire