My husband and I pulled up to the manor and were pleasantly surprised by the building and the surroundings. It was very beautiful and peaceful and we were hopeful for a lovely night away. The grounds had a number of roaming peacocks and wild rabbits, which added to the experience.
We were booked into a double room, which was very big to be honest, but just a bit shabby and dated all round. We had a four poster bed - absolutely fine, but didn't scream grandeur in perhaps the way that was hoped. As we explored the room, we noticed that there was no iron or ironing board, limited tea and coffee supplies and a single biscuit for 2 people, no complimentary water, a very dated hair dryer and limited toiletries in the bathroom. To top it off the bathroom and the TV looked like they hadn't been updated for a number of years - the TV itself had very limited channels. And then there was the laminated hotel guide...it just seemed tacky. We were offered free WiFi, but couldn't get any reception in our room, which was a real shame.
We made use of the spa facilities and our treatments were okay. We enjoyed a nice dip in the pool. It was such a shame that the changing rooms were tiny and the all communal areas were very exposed any time the door opened.
We didn't have dinner in the hotel, but had a drink on the way back to our room. The Shakespear bar is lovely and really interesting to look at all the programmes from the previous festivals. We will definitely be attending one of those in the future. Shame then that they'd run out of draught beer when we arrived.
Finally, we made our way down to breakfast. We are both vegetarians and I have to say that it was such a shame that the choices available were quite limited. Also, the sauces on offer were in plastic sachets - a real disappointment.
The staff throughout were lovely and we couldn't fault the service we received, but in all I don't think this was worth the money we spent. Our stay was pleasant as it was time for us to spend together away from the family, but we both agree that there wasn't very much more than pleasant.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Pendley Manor is a Victorian Country Manor House, site in 35 acres of beautifully landscaped and wooded parkland; and is the perfect country retreat for leisure breaks, weddings and conferences. Our conference and banqueting facilities are suitable for up to 250 people, including outside catered events for up to 200 guests. Our newly refurbished rooms are offering a spacious modern style, ample natural light and in-room climate control. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Pendley Manor Tring
- Hotel Pendley Manor
- Pendley Manor Hotel Tring, Hertfordshire