This was our group's third time/visit to the Manor complex. It is such a good venue for a group of friends/family with various interests/activities/sports/hobbies etc. . . There is absolutely everything here to suit everyone. It represents really good value for money.
Unfortunately, the accommodation and general communal areas are very tired. It is surprising there is no on going attempt to improve, update or even decorate. Again we saw no evidence. It is now getting to the stage when visitors will question whether to return, we certainly are. There has been some investment in new facilities like the new hydro spa area which is a great addition.
The food is very good when you take into account the numbers being catered for. One mystery at breakfast is that with so many elderly, the numbers on statins must be significant, yet the only fruit available is tinned grapefruit, the big no no, oh and prunes!!
The staff are all very pleasant and work hard. The clientele it attracts are, in the main, similarly very pleasant and affable, the vast majority enjoying retirement.
As keen golfers, having 6 different 18 hole courses (+ an 18 hole par 3), is a great attraction, however the reality is very different at the time of year we go (March). The managers have only a limited number of courses open, 3 of the 6 while we were there, often mixing and matching to make up the 3x18 holes open. Being built on clay, wet weather creates major problems. The consequences are that everyone is concentrated on these few courses, so waiting at each tee can be a real irritation. This is then exacerbated by no checking, organising, filtering of 'non golfers', so groups of 5 playing together, some playing variations like 'Texas 'Scramble', shouting, etc. . . can make the round very frustrating. So in theory the golf opportunities should be excellent, the reality more often than not can be disappointing. Last year we met with the manager after one particularly frustrating round and expressed the same concerns. Clearly there is no interest in trying to improve the management of the complex.
So, the Manor/Astbury in theory is a wonderful concept, the range of facilities is amazing. In reality it still works and we have a great time, it is just spoilt by under investment in the accommodation and communal areas, and in the case of the golf, very poor management. Such a pity.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Manor House and Ashbury Hotels are situated on the foothills of the Dartmoor National Park in West Devon. Set in over 600 acres of beautiful countryside, we believe the hotels have the highest level of facilities in the UK. With all our breaks exclusively FULL BOARD you are guaranteed great value. Golf is included FREE on 99 holes, giving the option of 7 eighteen hole golf courses which vary in length from Kigbeare at 6528 yards Par 72 to the Willows Par3 course at 1939 yards. Some of the other facilities available FREE of charge to all residents include 8 indoor and 5 outdoor Tennis courts, 13 indoor Bowls rinks, 8 Badminton courts, 3 Swimming pools with spa facilities, 10 lanes of 10 pin bowling, 20 Snooker tables, and Target ranges featuring Archery, Air Pistols and Air Rifles. Our "Fun House" is a fantastic 300 sq metre soft adventure play area set over 3 levels with astra slide, tube slides, ball pool and much more! Our Gameszone offers hours of entertainment for the kids with Xbox / Playstations, pool tables, air hockey, dance stage and more! PLUS 4 FLUME WATER SLIDE COMPLEX! Our unique Craft Centres offer 17 tutored crafts including Pottery, Glass Engraving, Enameling, Hot Press Printing and Woodwork. All of these crafts feature expert tuition with minimal cost prices applied. With the huge choice of sport, craft and leisure facilities available, you will have a truly amazing break that won't be easily forgotten. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Manor Hotel Fowley Cross
- Manor House Hotel Devon/Fowley Cross