Most of the (small) wedding party stayed for two nights (Friday and Saturday), with the wedding taking place a few miles away at Tylney Hall.
Check in / reception generally across the weekend seemed understaffed, with frequent waiting necessary. My room was great: well laid out and adequately spacious, with everything I could wish for. I was glad that it was also on the quiet side of the hotel.
Breakfast was wonderful: a huge spread, catering to all tastes. We ordered dinner in the bar on Friday evening and were warned that there could be a delay due to food preparation for the prom in the function room, which irritated us slightly (surely paying guests should not be penalised?), however the wait wasn't too bad. The bar staff were great: incredibly hard working / over worked but still very friendly.
The gym was decent, as was the very large pool.
There were events hosted in the function room both nights that we stayed and I would not have been pleased if my room was near this area: the music was very loud and went on pretty late (can't recall if it was midnight or 1am). So it might be worth mentioning this on booking. Also, some of my party had problems with their room bookings. However, mine was fine so I can't really comment.
Generally a very comfortable and enjoyable stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The four-star Basingstoke Country Hotel is surrounded by mature woodland and provides a serene, relaxing setting for any holiday or special occasion. Just off the M3 yet surrounded by thatched cottage villages, it has 100 air-conditioned bedrooms, including 12 premium rooms and 9 deluxe room. It is an ideal base for exploring the cathedral cities of Winchester, Salisbury and Chichester and the unspoilt beauty and wild ponies of the New Forest. With attractive landscaped courtyards, Health & Leisure Club with indoor swimming pool, and Scures Brasserie restaurant serving local food, it's a great spot for relaxing after a day of sightseeing. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Barcelo Basingstoke
- Basingstoke Country Hotel