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Rudloe Arms
Ranked #3 of 5 Hotels in Corsham
Watford, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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“'Artists delight'”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 May 2014

Hubby and I spent two nights in this delightful place. Ambience was soothing and with a wealth of Art everywhere (all original) it kept us busy. We loved the informality, the lovely staff who were busy but always ready to help and the non-fussy approach when serving the delicious three course dinner. Breakfast was yum!! Reminded me of an old quirky pub (Tickel Arms Cambridge)
many years ago, now unfortunately turned Gastro pub. Cheers to you Marco for making an artistic stamp on yours. I hope it stays that way.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 May 2014 via mobile

We stayed at Rudloe Hall Hotel/Rudloe Arms on a Sunday night offer purchased through "Secret Escapes".
The main building looks very pretty from the outside and the setting is nice - there are lawns and woods and little nooks with outdoor games etc.
The reception area is quite dark and dingy but there are plenty of oddments to keep you amused - lots of quirky "art" on the walls. And a shrine wall to Marco Pierre White.
The receptionist was friendly enough but didn't really cover any basics - check out time, breakfast time etc. We had to ask, which was fine, just a bit odd.

Our room was not in the main house so we didn't get to see the Victorian decor or four poster beds on the website. Fair enough as we were there on a deal.
Our room was in a separate building across the car park. In an "apartment". It was not an apartment. It basically just shared an entrance hall with another room that's all.
The room was comfortable enough and it was obvious that the building had recently been re-carpeted. But otherwise it was pretty tired. Old fashioned cheap wooden furniture, and fuddy duddy old toiletries. The room had free wifi which was a bonus but no iron or ironing board, mini bar or fridge and no safe. There was a tiny little travel hair drier.
On the plus side it was spotlessly clean.
Our room was on the ground floor and had a patio door but it didn't open out onto anything.

As part of our deal we had breakfast, an evening meal and a bottle of champagne in our room included.
The bottle of "champagne" turned out to be a bottle of warm Prosecco in a screw top bottle. I didn't even know it was possible to get in a screw top but you learn something new every day! Very cheap.
I've reviewed the dinner under the Rudloe Arms restaurant entry on trip adviser.

Breakfast wasn't great.
Although I'm sure the meat was well sourced the sausages were very over seasoned and the rashers of bacon had stuck together as a slab - some soft, some burnt, none very tasty. The scrambled eggs were similarly underwhelming.
The breakfast team were clearly rushed off their feet and although they were polite enough they seemed quite harassed and stressy.

If the weather is bad there really isn't much to do at this hotel and it's a short drive away from the nearest village.
On balance I think we got what we paid for. But I wouldn't rush to return and I certainly wouldn't pay full rate based on our experience.
If you happen to need to stay in Corsham it's a serviceable option but as it stands it's not a destination hotel. It has the potential to be a lot better.

Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Leigh-on Sea, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 April 2014

We stayed here for 2 nights on Dinner, bed and breakfast basis. The staff were very friendly and we loved the quirkiness of the hotel decor, traditional mixed with contemporary. We stayed in the main building and were impressed with the sweeping driveway, the extensive and beautiful grounds and the old hall itself which is like a big manor house.

The food was superb, dinner had plenty of choice and the breakfast was really good too, and the staff had no problem with changing part of the choice to suit my partner's choice. Our dog stayed with us too, and the staff made such a fuss of him.

The views from the hotel are stunning, and Bath is just a few miles away.

Hope to return, and would definitely recommend.

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Burnham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 April 2014

Came home yesterday after a lovely weekend staying at Rudloe Hall. We stayed in room 9 which had a view to die for. The rooms in the main house are very oldie worldie and rustic which I love, but may not be to everyones taste. Bar area etc, is very querkey. The staff are lovely and nothing was to much trouble. Dinner was great and no waiting too long between courses, Breakfast is equally as good. Dinner at The Pear Tree around 6 miles away on Saturday night was also good quality, although the staff were not as on the ball as they were at Rudloe. Good bus service into Bath, the bus stop is right at the bottom of the drive of Rudloe Hall, and it saved the stress of trying to park in Bath. I would definately stay here again. Very pleasant.

Mrs Z Lewis

Room Tip: If you like Oldie Worldie and views go for main house, if you like more executive ask for the annexe...
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Malvern, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 April 2014

We visited Rudloe Hall on a LivingSocial Deal in April. The Marco Pierre White Rudloe Hall is referred to as a Country House Getaway with dinner each evening.
One evening dinner is at Rudloe Hall and the second evening is at the Pear Tree Inn. The Pear Tree Inn is some 5 / 6 miles away from Rudloe Hall and is also owned by Marco Pierre White.. The menu's at both establishments are very similar and the quality at both is much the same. The surroundings are a bit quirky and may not be to everyone's liking but it grows on you and gives you plenty to talk about.
The staff at both establishments are worthy of a mention and without exception were polite, caring, knowledgeable and helpful in every respect. From the time you check in to the time you leave they remain cheerful and seem pleased to help and to serve you.
Rudloe Hall is a relatively new acquisition for Marco and the bedrooms in the main house are a bit tired but they are clean perfectly comfortable. I guess in time they will be refurbished. There was always plenty of hot water and the shower worked well. Their housekeeping staff were obviously very good.
As we had visited using a Livingsocial voucher our menu was tailored to suit the good value of the deal. However, it was varied and certainly could not be complained about too much. It was not entirely to my liking but I never left feeling hungry. The breakfasts were a lovely surprise with lots of variety. At no time did we feel hurried between courses.
There is plenty of private parking.
All in all we had a very pleasant stay with friends who also joined as on the same deal.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with friends
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Newbury, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 April 2014

Having read the reviews on trip advisor just before we arrived, I very much thought we had made a mistake staying at Rudloe Hall. However I have to say we stayed on a Trzvelzoo deal and what good value it was. The room was huge, we stayed in the lodge in room 311 and its very spacious. It's a little dated and tired and admittedly would not want to spend top dollar on this, but very comfortable and spacious.

The staff were absolutely lovely and so genuinely friendly and accommodating. I had read that the food was cold when served, but I have to say that the food was piping hot and plenty of it (and I have a healthy appetite). The dinning room has a very relaxed atmosphere and we were looked after very well. Also a good choice of wine available.

There is also a really cute bar to relax in and you can play croquet and putting outside.

Not a place I would spend top money to stay, but a great little get away on a deal.

Room Tip: The rooms in the lodge are far bigger than the main house.
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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London, England, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 April 2014

We spent 2 nights at Rudloe "Arms" as it's now known, to celebrate our anniversary. Our last stay was when we got married in 2011 and had the "tower suite". It was excellent the first time we came, the room had jacuzzi and was clean, comfortable and service excellent. This time the place looked like it needed a good clean to be honest, everything looked a bit grubby overall. The jacuzzi was gone and the top room in the tower suite had dirty linen on the bed, which we told the reception on leaving, but we were told the bed was "out of use" and that it probably needed "freshening up". We had to ask for extra toiletries as we only got a small amount. Overall, our stay was great, because we were in a happy mood and especially enjoyed the views from the balcony. Also the bar now has lots of games, which were nice to play in the evening, but it looked like they had turned this once lovely, up market retreat into a local pub. The gardens were lovely, and we played croquet on the lawn, which was really nice. Service was ok, not excellent and breakfast was average. No croissants or pastries, normal supermarket sliced bread for toast, juices were cheap end bargain ones. Breakfast menu was average. For an expensive top priced room, it was lacking in all the extra trimmings needed for a real luxury stay, particularly as we had the most expensive room in the hotel. I must say the most annoying thing were the photos of Marco Pierre-White everywhere. Not sure it is really necessary to see MPW's torso, or pics of him absolutely everywhere? I would certainly suggest the hotel look at the overall purpose of the Tower Suite and think about investing a bit of money and imagination to make it really "wow" again, as it has all the potential of being quite an outstanding room, but as it is, it is actually not as good as it was in 2011. if you remove a jacuzzi, then you need to replace it with something equally as awesome to justify the price. Not sure we would pay the same price again to come here, even though we had a lovely break and we have happy memories, I think it's just too overpriced for what you actually get. Perhaps I would come back if the room was redone, some extras thrown in and breakfast really improved. When you pay for luxury, that's what you want. Better management would sort this issue out. Overall, an enjoyable stay, and worth our honeymoon nostalgia <3

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Property: Rudloe Arms
Address: Leafy Lane | Near Bath, Corsham SN13 0PA, England (Formerly Rudloe Hall Hotel)
Region: United Kingdom > England > Wiltshire > Corsham
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 5 Hotels in Corsham
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Rudloe Arms 4*
Number of rooms: 40
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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