This trip was a surprise for my partners 30th Birthday. From the very start of booking the stay, the reservations co-ordinator was exceedingly knowledgeable and helpful, answering all of my questions quickly and helping me to choose an amazing suite. I ended up booking the Longlands Suite Lovely Bubbly package with Breakfast and Dinner I upgraded from the Al a Carte menu to the Prestige 7 Course Tasting Menu.
Arriving at the Hotel is like being transported to a magical, hidden world, just the drive up to the hotel is amazing. Upon arrival we were greeted by the Valet and shown to the reception desk, walking past a roaring open fire being greeted by staff as we past them. The suite I had booked is in the Mews cottages off of the main hotel building the valet walked ahead to show us the way as we drove the car up. He helped us with our luggage and showed us to our room, explaining various things along the way about the cottages and the grounds. We were shown up to our suite where the valet explained how to work the various things in the room including the Infinity Spa Bath.
What was also very nice was the fact my partner had found a cake box in the room with a note on saying that a little bird had told them that it was her birthday and wished her a happy birthday! A lovely touch that I did not even ask for!
After we had unpacked and settled in we did find that the main radiator in our room was not working so we went for a walk in the grounds and meandered up to the main house to relax by the log fire and report the issue and also ask for some more ice for our champagne, it was the same valet who had shown us to our room, he mentioned that we could have the champagne put behind the bar so we could enjoy it as our pre-dinner drink with some appetisers. The valet popped off to check the issue whilst we relaxed, enjoying the lovely open fire, within minutes he returned with the champagne and informed us that the radiator needed to be bled and that would be done for us. We enjoyed the fire and returned to our suite to enjoy the Spa Bath before dinner.
When we arrived for dinner we were shown to the bar where we were presented with our champagne and appetisers, which were amazing. We were asked which menu we would like and were shown the wine list. We stuck with the original choice of the prestige menu and as the first 4 courses of the meal were paired with white wine we would stick with our champagne. When we had finished the appetisers and were informed that our table was ready at which point the champagne was taken ahead of us to be set up but the table and a waiter carried our glasses to the table for us.
The Bybrook restaurant is lovely, spacious and discreetly decorated with a jazz pianist playing perfect music which was never intrusive or annoying. We were shown to our seats by our waiter for the evening, who introduced himself (Marco), seated us and explained his role in our meal for the evening. Marco was lovely, genuinely friendly and very helpful he explained the forthcoming menu to us and made sure that we knew if we had any questions about anything including the recipes or how something was cooked he would tell us all. The Sommelier looked after our drinks, our champagne glasses never got empty and nor did our water glasses, he was not intrusive but always appeared as if from nowhere to top us up when our glasses were low like some kind of drinks ninja!
As each course was brought out by a waitress, Marco placed the food in front of us and explained what we had and why the various ingredients had been put together. The amuse bouche was divine and awakened our palates for the many courses to come! The timing between the courses was perfect, we never felt like we had to wait for the next course but also never felt like we were being rushed, having the next course pushed on us when we were not ready. When we had finished the champagne the sommelier was very helpful and knowledgeable in helping us choose another bottle, as we were now moving onto the Belly of Pork and then the dessert courses I chose a Beaujolais which went perfectly with the pork, I also enjoyed having a chat about the various wines I’ve had in the past with the sommelier who had similar tastes. Our final desert had “Happy 30th Birthday” piped round the bowl in chocolate which was another lovely surprise and completely un solicited! As we finished the rest of the courses and also the wine we had not even noticed that we had been eating for 3 hours! The time seemed to fly by. Truly the best meal we have ever had! After we had say good evening and thanked the staff we had a short (If a little bit wobbly) walk back to our suite, enjoying the wonderfully lit grounds and the crisp evening air.
We had a very comfortable night’s sleep in our four poster bed and were looking forward to breakfast!
Breakfast was also amazing. We were shown to our table where we were asked which drinks we would like before the waitress took our hot food orders and were told to help ourselves to the continental breakfast whilst our food was prepared. The food seemed to be infinite in choice, we tried to have a bit of everything. The full English breakfast was superb! Presented in the same stylish way as our amazing dinner and was divine! The staff again were lovely, helpful and faultless! And we were happy to have Marco looking after our needs again!
After breakfast we checked out, thanking the staff for their amazing hospitality and service (begrudgingly as we really did not want to leave!) and went off to explore some more of the grounds before leaving.
I cannot give the Manor House a high enough rating or say enough kind things about the staff there. This place is absolutely superb and I would not hesitate to return there given the opportunity! I would recommend The Manor House to everyone. A truly amazing and unforgettable experience which will be almost impossible to beat!
- 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