Great first impression, lovely gardens and an impressive house. Check-in was less impressive, rather chaotic and being told at end of process that room not yet ready was rather irritating (albeit we knew we were arriving ahead of official 3pm check-in time). We were there for a wedding so I went back after the ceremony to be told room was now ready and bags were already in room. They weren't.
Not a great start but things improved significantly. It is a stunning setting for a wedding, the sun was shining and sitting on the terrace with a glass of wine was very pleasant indeed. The staff were all helpful and attentive although it was noticeable that some were very smiley whilst others were quite cold. The wedding was lovely and the food very good. Drinks are not cheap!
Our room was very stylish, the bed was comfortable and if the bathroom fittings were a bit tired it didn't spoil the ambience. Breakfast the next day was perfectly ok. Before we left we decided to have a stroll around the gardens; as we were leaving reception we were asked if we wanted our car bringing up from the car park. When we explained we were going for a walk the man seemed genuinely irritated with us which was rather disconcerting. By contrast as we stepped onto the terrace a very pleasant man asked us if we were going for a walk and came out and told us the best route for the most scenic walk down to the Thames.
This summed up the hotel for us. A bit hit and miss. On balance we had a very pleasant stay but I could well imagine having a different experience and at those prices we'd tend towards a more consistent experience elsewhere.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Danesfield House Hotel and Spa is an award-winning, luxury 4-star country house hotel located between the fashionable boutique shopping towns of Marlow and Henley-on-Thames in beautiful, rural Buckinghamshire. Privately owned, we represent a quintessentially British establishment overlooking acres of manicured gardens and the River Thames. Located near the M25, M4 and M40 motorways, just 45 minutes from the centre of London and 35 minutes from fashionable West London we are the ultimate Buckinghamshire Hotel to escape to. Each of the 86 rooms offers unique charm and character with the most enchanting traditional British interiors exquisitely combined with classical design. Our awards include: One Michelin Star awarded in Michelin Guide Great Britain and Ireland 2011AA, 4 Red Rosettes for Culinary Excellence, 12th Top UK Restaurant 2012 awarded by Good Food Guide 2012, Most Relaxing Spa UK 2011 awarded by Natural Health Magazine Spa Awards. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Danesfield House Hotel And Marlow
- Danesfield Hotel Marlow