Just returned from Cowley Manor after a couple of days of a much needed break. All staff we came across were incredibly welcoming and looked after us extremely well, without being intrusive in any way. We arrived early and were able to use the spa facilities for lunch and relaxing even before checking in. Then, in the busy car park we were spotted getting our bags out of the car and a member of staff popped up and helped carry them in (and on up to our room after a guided tour).
Our room was lovely, spacious and well stocked, including a large bottle of water by the bed (complimentary), with the delicious toiletries generously available to try. Huge fluffy towels, gowns and flip flops provided although we were a teeny bit disappointed there were no slippers. Room has CD player, DVD player and iPod docking station. Great to have a list of CDs and DVDs to borrow from reception and freeview TV channels give lots of in room options. Coffee machine and kettle great, liked fresh milk in mini fridge rather than UHT, although ran out of sugar.
Ate dinner in The Restaurant, very good range of choice, as was wine list, generous portions and good to fantastic flavours. No children around at dinner, which was a civilised experience, but it was nice to see families able to enjoy the hotel and grounds too. Wellies, umbrellas and bicycles thoughtfully provided to aid exploration of the grounds and complimentary newspapers and board games indoors in case the weather gets too much.
Across the car park, C-side Spa was lovely, staff again very welcoming and helpful. More fluffy robes and towels and generously available toiletries. Sauna, Steam room, gymn and indoor and outdoor pools excellent and never too busy, choice of seating or loungers. Only gripes here were lack of handrail for steps down into pool, which would have reassured partner due for hip replacement and the pool windows needed cleaning. Treatment rooms were immaculate and the staff professional, highly skilled and friendly.
The Village Shop distracted us for 15 minutes slowly mooching around, but while supplies of beautiful things were interesting, they were beautifully priced - a tad high in our opinion.
Overall we heartily recommend Cowley Manor to those seeking a short UK break and pamper. You can take your watch off as a later breakfast (up to 11am) and no time pressure for dinner, made us feel truly on holiday. The only schedule is for the spa treatments which seem to get quietly busy. We anticipate a return visit before the winter is through.
Thank you to all staff.
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- Also Known As:
- Cowley Manor Hotel Cowley
- Manor Hotel Cowley
- Cowley Manor Cotswolds