This year we based our annual family weekend at the Old Manor Hotel in Trowbridge. We were a group of forty plus, with a range of ages from nothing much up to mid-eighties. We were brilliantly looked after, and I just hope that the few hotel guests not in our gang weren't too inconvenienced by the way we took the place over, turning the weekend into a three-day celebration party.
The hotel is in the middle of a massive refurbishing exercise, masterminded by the new owners who took over less than a year ago. The accommodation is in the main building as well as the old farm facilities such as the cowsheds and pigsty, and we ate in the Milking Parlour. They have a pretty walled garden, herb and vegetable plots, beehives, and a smokery for home-produced smoked salmon and bacon. The premises are a visual delight.
Food was good, with lots of interesting new ideas all well executed. The owners and staff were as friendly and helpful as anyone could ask. Nothing was too much trouble, including running around the little ones and providing drinks, straws, apples, ice cream, extra pudding, and so on, and the kitchen made anniversary cakes for us, and put on a superb champagne reception one evening, as it was our 21st event.
Bedrooms were well-appointed, and the bathrooms all worked well (not always the case even in the most expensive hotels). The older children (and the grown-ups) had access to a games room which provided snooker and other pastimes.
The surrounding country is magnificent. This place is well worth a visit, and was a superb venue for our weekend.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Moonraker hotel, a grade 2 listed 21 bedrooms Manor house situated on the outskirts of Bradford on Avon/ Trowbridge and a 15 minute drive from the Bath Spa. Mentioned in the Domesday book as being part of the Abbess of Glastonbury's estate, the Manor house was originally build in Queen Ann Style before being upgraded in the 17th century to Bath stone. Purchased by Tudor & Lucy Hopkins in July 2013 the hotel has undergone a full refurbishment including transforming the restaurant into a relaxed informal dining space. Head Chef Matthew Briddon (River cafe, Paul Heathcotes) joined the team in September 2013 and has created menus around the hotels kitchen garden and onsite smokery. Nine bee hives provide the hotel honey and rare breed pigs live on the grounds. Kathy Lette (writer and author) stayed at The Old Manor and wrote an article for the Express where she said: 'The bedrooms, with their four poster beds and wide wooden roof beams, are so Jane Austen-esque I kept expecting Mr Darcy to get down on bended knee' The Moonraker oozes old world charm and is a relaxed cotsworld escape with some of the UK's top attractions on its doorstep. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Old Manor
- The Moonraker Trowbridge, Wiltshire