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“Very tired, very basic accommodation, but overall very good.”
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Manor House Hotel
Ranked #2 of 3 Hotels in Fowley Cross
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 13 March 2014

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.

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 11 March 2014

I have been to the Manor now every year for nearly 19 years, when I say boys weekend I really mean old duffers! we go primarily for the golf and hold a competition over the weekend, this year we visited the newly built Spa and have to say was a very welcome sight for the weary golfers after a hard day golfing! The full 1 hour massage I booked online was excellent too, would recommend and so reasonable at £22.50!!

The food is excellent wholesome food, yes it wouldn't rate on any 4 star hotel but its fresh, plentiful and there is lots to choose from, you always end up putting on pounds after every visit to the Manor!

Every year they seem to add something new, I haven't been with the family yet but intend to now the kids are old enough to enjoy the many facilities they have on offer that are all free!

The only advice I would give is to book your activities as soon as you arrive as they fill up very quickly.

The only downside this year was the service in the restaurant, it was a little slow compared to previous years.

Can't recommend this place enough, hence why we have been going for nearly 20 years!

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 10 March 2014

I stayed for 5 days and there was plenty to do as usual. The staff were marvellous, not really fair to pick out a few individuals but perhaps I could mention Gabi, Karen, Carole and Pauline. I had a single room in the original house which is ideal. The golf courses are in very good condition considering the weather. Be warned, this will not suit everyone as the first impressions are of somewhere rather old fashioned. Look again and you will see the sports facilities, brand new spa, great atmosphere.

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled solo
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Reviewed 9 March 2014

We have just returned after our second visit . The food was excellent as usual and we enjoyed a variety of sports and craft including, archery, pistol and rifle shooting, short tennis, bowls, guided walk on Dartmoor, silk painting, woodwork, fabric painting, candle making, treatments in the new treatment centre and a visit to the new Hydro. Pool, amazing what you can fit in in 5 days. We went with our 50+ Sports Club and there were over 60 of us. Only problem was we needed to come home for a rest!!

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 3 March 2014

Excellent all round, full marks. I didnt know places like this existed in England. Great scenery, food, service and a HUGE range of activities, way more than a weekends worth. I can imagine this place really buzzing in the Summer months, but there is plenty to occupy yourselves with during winter.
The HydroSpa is a must, be sure to check that out before you leave, its worth it on it own! Really enjoyed the archery and craft making.
On the negative there arent many, but the gym was a little small, and one of the receptionists was a little testy, and the bedroom walls are a little thin so you can hear alot of door banging, but im really glad i went down anyway.
HIGHLY recommended. a fantastic weekend for me and my family :)

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 28 February 2014

we have just returned from our 3rd visit to the manor, last time there was 16 of us and it was brilliant, the food is amazing ,there isnt enough time to do every thing, we always try to get there early on arrival day to get our names down for activities as they do get booked up sometimes the manor will add xtra times if its full, everything is so relaxed cant wait till next time, the decor does need a update but its clean which is more important!

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Reviewed 23 February 2014

Had a brilliant family three night holiday over half term. Children made lots of friends and we had no problem getting onto all the activities we wanted to. Food was really nice - quality cooked breakfast and wide variety of choices at lunch (buffet) and dinner (served from menu). Lovely family double room overlooking the moor, couldn't fault the decor, it's certainly not basic in the A class rooms (and we think Artex on the bedroom walls is just fine!). Always plenty of space in the public areas and armchairs to chill out in as well; even though the hotel was full, it never felt busy. Free wifi worked well throughout the very long lounge area for me. 3G was more elusive, it does show up sometimes but not reliably. A great break, we will be back and would recommend it to anyone.

Stayed: February 2014, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Manor House Hotel

Address: 30 A 386, approximately 2 miles north of the junction with the A, Fowley Cross EX20 4NA, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Devon > Fowley Cross
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 3 Hotels in Fowley Cross
Hotel Class:3 star — Manor House Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 203
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

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