We spent a lot of time looking at reviews before deciding to visit Glendorn because we worried that the property might be past its prime and didn't want to commit to such an expensive and hard to reach location unless it was clear it would be worth the $. I'm happy to report that it was worth every penny. The food and service were truly exceptional -- far better than some reviews on this site and others would lead you to believe. The Chef's menus were creative and diverse and the wine options were also quite good and reasonably priced (the Australian wine selection is particularly strong, but the French selections could be upgraded a bit -- no Chateauneuf-du-Pape, for instance). The rooms are nice and very spacious with unbelieveably comfortable bedding, and the fireplaces make them even more wonderful on colder evenings. There is a bit of a retro feel to the cabins, but that's part of Glendorn's charm -- you really do feel like you've been transported back in time to a by-gone Gatsbyesque era.
We did not take advantage of the fly-fishing and skeet shooting options, but some of the other guests we met did, and they were all quite pleased with the experience.
We only have two criticisms, actually more suggestions than criticisms, since neither would be show-stoppers for us if we were trying to decide whether to visit again. First, upgrade the electronic equipment in the cabins. It is nice to get away from it all, but it would also be nice to have the ability to check out a good movie on a satellite dish while snuggling in bed w/a crackling fire in the distance. At Glendorn's prices, management should be able to upgrade in this area without much difficulty. The cabin we stayed in had two ancient televisions and video equipment that was out of date and a real deterrent to use. There's absolutely no reason not to put nice flat screens w/DVD capabilities in all the rooms.
Second, consider upgrading the available spa-style options. A first rate spa and exercise facility would fit in well and be used by many guests in our estimation.
As mentioned above, these are suggestions more than criticisms. The quality of the food and service were truly first class, and the location itself is worth the price of admission!
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- Also Known As:
- Glendorn Hotel Bradford