Best Westerns in Europe and UK are very different from their US counterparts. They are idiosyncratic, individual, and have lots of character. This one is in a 1900s manor-house with huge grounds that you can walk in and explore, and with a world-class restaurant for dinner (priced accordingly though, watch out; The Old Chesil Rectory in Winchester is a better deal if you can get in).
Breakfast is Best-Western mediocre and overpriced (it's £10 or £15 for the buffet depending on who is on duty) but better than a Marriott buffet :-) and the rooms are plain but perfectly serviceable, but the quiet, the mature trees and the pond, the wildlife areas, the country estate and its house, and the cheerful staff all make up for it.
I was visiting IBM Hursely from Canada, and it's about a 20 minute drive depending on how lost you get. You'll for sure want a car if you stay here, and you'll need to cope with driving in English country lanes, narrow and winding and full of delights.
No, there was no air conditioning; most UK hotels are like that, and there was a desk fan in the room and the window opens.
I'd definitely stay here again if I'm back in the area.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- BEST WESTERN Chilworth Manor Hotel lies just 4 miles from Southampton, amongst 12 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds. Right next door to a conservation area, this wonderful retreat is worlds away, but not far away, from the city centre. An Edwardian Manor house, the hotel is an ideal place to get away from it all and is particularly peaceful for romantic breaks! Though close to Southampton city centre and port, and the transport links that take you there, we think you'll find more than enough to keep you occupied here at the hotel. Why not work out in our state-of-the-art leisure facilities, or treat yourself to some quality time in our spa?****FREE WIFI ***** FREE CAR PARKING ***** FREE USE OF HEALTH CLUB***** ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Best Western Chilworth Manor Hotel Southampton
- Chilworth Manor Southampton
- Chilworth Manor Hotel Southampton