Great impressions... since we drove through the automatic gate and beautifully kept grounds towards the Manor house.
We were greeted by friendly gentleman at the reception who accompanied us to the car park and then to our beautiful cottage which was located around 70m from the main building. I am usually not a fan of typical English cottages and original features, but I loved the decor. We had a huge room with high ceiling with beams. It was divided into the lounge area with the fire place, bedroom and study area. Bathroom was very spacious with highly appreciated under floor heating, his and her sink, bath which comfortably accommodated two people (yes, we tried it and you can have a bath and watch TV). Yep, there is TV in the bathroom. There is even a bidet which I find very non English thing. Walk in shower also had under floor heating and side rain bars which were really useful if you did not want to wet your hair. But what nicely surprised me was attention to details. There was a cute rubber duck “sitting” on a bath and teddy “waiting” on a bed:-) Bathing robes, slippers and amazingly soft towels were also provided. After two hours driving we made ourselves a cup of coffee and we enjoyed it together with tasty cupcakes which were a welcome gesture from the hotel. We spent only two nights there, but would love to stay longer next time. Village is so picturesque and walking distance from the hotel. There are two pubs in the village very close to each other and it is a short walk from one side of the village to the other. Steven Spielberg filmed part of his movie “War Horse” there and local church has a small exhibition of the pictures from filming. It was very refreshing to see that villagers and tourists have a good relationship. You could purchase homemade cakes which were just left in the front porch on the small table with a message asking to drop money in the letterbox if you fancy buying one. I can’t comment on hotel restaurant as we made a big mistake not booking a table couple of days in advance. When we wanted to book it for the same evening, it was too late as it was already fully booked. But we really enjoyed breakfasts there and lunch in their garden. We also tried room service and soup was delicious, actually all food we had in a hotel was delicious and tasted really fresh, like homemade. There is only one thing we both found not to our liking. I feel bad saying it as all the rest of the stay was brilliant and it is very personal thing so it is not a hotels fault. If you have back problems, like me and my other half, you will find mattress too soft. It wasn’t the most comfortable sleep we got there. But as I said, this would never stop us of visiting this amazingly romantic place again since it is obvious that people, who run it, do it with love! Oh, and I nearly forgot to thank all staff. Customer service was outstanding! Thank you:-)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- It’s decadent, it’s cosseting, it doesn’t get much grander than The Manor House in Wiltshire, a country house with a difference. Dine in the Michelin star Bybrook restaurant or take a stroll around the picture box village of Castle Combe. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Manor Hotel
- Manor House Castle Combe
- Manor Hotel Castle Combe
- The Manor House Hotel And Golf Club Castle Combe, Wiltshire