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Bowood Hotel, Spa & Golf Resort
Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Calne
Certificate of Excellence
Guildford
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17 reviews
14 hotel reviews
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“Mini break”
Reviewed 1 February 2014

A group of us-two couples -had a fantastic three night break at this hotel last week. It is very classy and upmarket, yet not dauntingly formal. The rooms and bathrooms are spectacular, and they have delicious home-made biscuits left in the room each day, and the beds are huge and ultra-comfortable The food was good; my vegetarian options for the main meals were good, and although there are two menus and the food is inexplicably cooked in two separate kitchens, we were able to pick from either menu without too much hassle. On one of the mornings there was a hot breakfast buffet as they had more guests that day, but for the other two mornings breakfast was cooked to order. By the way: a big shout-out to Rachel, a bartender and waitress who was attentive, friendly, efficient and knowledgeable about the area. We also had a great chambermaid (do people still use that term? Sorry if not!) a local girl with a beautiful local accent! (Sorry I didn't catch her name)
The spa was just wonderful, one of the very best in all the many hotels I've stayed in over the years: pool, steam, Jacuzzi and sauna all clean and inviting, and avoiding the well signed children's times made it even better!
To sum up: we will definitely come back here after a really first class, relaxing mini-break here. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 19 January 2014 via mobile

Just had a lovely one night spa break with a group of friends at Bowood Hotel. Couldn't fault anything. Twin rooms were very spacious and nice touches in the room including the gorgeous homemade cookies! Great spa facilities and had an excellent massage. All staff members we encountered were exceptionally helpful, professional and friendly. We are already planning our next visit.

Stayed January 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 19 January 2014 via mobile

We went for the gala meal with a large group of friends.welcome was good with champagne and canapés. Food and entertainment were great, only downside was the lack of bar staff, 20 mins to order a drink and bottle of wine... Not acceptable. Then they had no champagne glasses so resorted to washing one up in toilets...really?! Apart from that though we had a wonderful evening and would go again. £99was good value for money for what was experienced.

Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Swindon
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Reviewed 19 January 2014

We had a really delicious lunch, roast pork, beef and one sea bream - all really delicious. The starters of soup or parfait or goats cheese were just perfect. To finish we had cheesecake, ice cream and irish coffee, all very enjoyable. The very pleasant staff were just lovely and most attentive.

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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with family
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Bath, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 8 January 2014

Bowood held a black tie event for New Year's Eve. The six course dinner, champagne and canapés along with a "Reveller's Breakfast" (a bacon or sausage roll) just after midnight was really good value. The food was delicious!

We had a truly brilliant time. The staff were courteous, polite and actually everyone was up for a really good night.

We live close by so didn't need to stay the night, but others who had booked rooms said they were lovely!

Thoroughly recommend it and will definitely go again!

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 January 2014 via mobile

I decided to book a last minute overnight stay with my wife on 20/12 as a surprise. First impressions staff helpful on phone and quickly replied to my emails prior to arrival.
On arrival no one at the desk but only waited about 2 minutes or so.
We had a balcony room which was clean and spacious shame there was no biscuits that I'd read on previous reviews and was looking forward to however the sign was present.
We used the spa which was ok and then got ready for dinner.
We decided to have a few drinks at the bar and had a pleasant chat with an older guy who was helpful behind the bar,we were the only ones in there.
The waitress discussed the menu well in advance of our booking so we could make a decision in advance of later booked table.We were informed by the waitress that there was tongue on the blade of beef dish which we double checked as this was not shown on the menu and she assured us it was.
Obviously the dish came without it my wife was disappointed as she was looking forward to trying it so we called over the waitress to discuss,she went and spoke to someone in the kitchen who we could see from our position who bellowed out quite clearly if it's not on the menu there not getting it,she then came back and said to my wife it was on the plate so you must have eaten it !!!
Dessert we asked to change something of which the person in the kitchen once again complained about again as well as the fact both desserts should have had vanilla not chocolate ice cream,albeit when mentioned it was accepted and offered to be changed but it was getting late by then.
Will I return ? I don't know

Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Swindon, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 6 January 2014

I was invited to spend a day at Bowood Spa recently and cannot wait to return. Set in beautiful grounds one can work out in a small but well-equipped gym followed by a leisurely swim in the stunning infinity pool. There is a steam-room, sauna and fabulous jacuzzi all enhanced by panoramic views of sweeping lawns fringed by distant pine trees. I was treated to the best back massage I have ever experienced!

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with friends
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Property: Bowood Hotel, Spa & Golf Resort
Address: Derry Hill, Calne SN11 9PQ, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Wiltshire > Calne
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Calne
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:4 star — Bowood Hotel, Spa & Golf Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 43
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Ideally situated just off the A4 between Calne and Chippenham on the stunning Bowood Estate. All bedrooms and suites are decorated in a Contemporary English Country house style and incorporate plasma screen televisions, internet access and Wi-Fi. Dine in the stunning 82 seat restaurant and have a drink in the duel lounge bar featuring wood burning fires. The spa offers an infinity swimming pool, gym, rock sauna, crystal steam room and aromatherapy showers. ... more   less 
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