This is my first ever online review and I am pleased it is going to be a positive one.
My husband and I booked Woodland Manor for exclusive use for our wedding at the beginning of May and I am pleased to say that I dont think we could have picked a more perfect location. At the time of booking we had reservations on the decor and also had read some negative reviews but had faith in Carly (the manager at the time) when she told us that various rennovations would take place over the year. The risk definitely paid off!
Throughout the planning process all the staff we dealt with were supportive and helpful, each time we visited sonething had been done further to improve the decor. Vimal, who took over from Carly was also thorough and supportive in the planning stages and went out of his way to accomodate every small request we made.
We arrived on the day to the hotel looking clean and beautiful, the grounds nicely maintained with freshly cut lawns and the staff on hand for whatever we needed. Everything went perfectly, the food was briliant (I had been a but worried that they would struggle to produce the previous high quality when serving seventy) and every guest commented on how good it was. We also had lots of comments on general attentiveness of the staff (one guest took some ice from the ice bucket for her wine and without being asked one waiter noticed and bought her a pint of ice cubes). I would love to personally thank the staff I can remember here but it would be unfair to those who I cant as everyone was friendly and helpful.
It truly was the best day of our lives and I think that was largely down to the setting we were in which enabled everyone to relax and enjoy themselves whilst still keeping the formality of a traditional english wedding with none of the stuffiness.
There is still some work to be done on the decor but I think that the hotel does very well at keeping the decor clean and sympathetic to the style of the building. At the end of the day if you want fresh and modern dont stay in a grade 2 listed building! In my view I would rate it as a 5 star based on not only the service but the size and ammenities of the rooms. We also slept in room 4 Bunyan Suite and had no problem with the plumbing.
Thank you once again to all the staff at Woodland Manor for being a part of the happiest day of our lives!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Country manor house situated in 3 acres of gardens, 2 miles north of Bedford town centre & train station. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Woodlands Manor Bedford
- Woodlands Manor Hotel Bedford
- Woodland Manor Hotel Clapham, Bedfordshire