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“A short break made really special by wonderful food.”
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The Moonraker
Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Trowbridge
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 9 August 2014

The staff could not have been friendlier and more welcoming. The hotel itself is a beautiful old manor house in the Cotswold style. We dined twice: once the 5 course Tasting Menu and once a la carte. The food was perfect: imaginative and beautifully cooked and presented. Breakfasts were also exceptional in quality. Our bedroom (room 6) had lovely views, although the space around the bed was very cramped. Nice antique pine furniture; good firm mattress. Sound insulation could be better! The problem seems to be mainly between ground and first floor. We definitely hope to visit again.

Room Tip: Probably aim for the Old Manor itself or in one of the converted single storey farm buildings.
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  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 August 2014

This is a charming hotel. The food is excellent, the staff are friendly and very helpful. The accommodation is old world with all mod cons. It is also a good location for visiting surrounding area. I would highly recommend it. A very enjoyable stay.

  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 August 2014

On our arrival at The Old Manor,Tudor brought us to our room, checking that we were happy with it before leaving. We had also been introduced to Camber, who is completely fantastic, and as soon as we had settled in,we were able to take him for a walk! It was so nice to have him about the hotel, and to be able to play with him! Our three day stay was really enjoyable from start to finish. Every member of staff we came into
contact with was polite, helpful,knowledgable, relaxed and friendly. The food was
always excellent too. The grounds around the Old Manor are lovely to stroll around, complementing the buildings beautifully and enhancing the unique character of this hotel. I would thoroughly recommend staying here- you won't be disappointed!

  • Stayed: July 2014
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2  Thank Lillypup
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Reviewed 6 August 2014

My wife and I were visiting the Trowbridge and Bath area and stayed here for 4 nights. The Hotel was at one time a farm with accommodation in the House as well as a converted Piggery. We stayed in the latter which faces a small court yard and is a short walk from the restaurant and bar. I cannot speak too highly about this hotel. Our room in the converted piggery was large, airy with a four poster bed, en suite bathroom and a large TV and DVD player.

We ate in the restaurant on our first night and the menu was well balanced and the food we ordered first class. Well done to the Chef. I hope the locals get to know about this gem because if I lived there it would be on my regular eating list.

The room was quiet and the bed comfortable and the breakfast was a choice of buffet style or cooked. We opted for the buffet and loved the local breads, preserves etc.

When we next visit next year we will stay again.

Room Tip: All were good but those in the converted piggery would be my choice
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  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 5 August 2014

An extended family lunch plus friends to mark a significant birthday. What could go wrong? With the wonderful assistance of the staff at the Old Manor Hotel the answer was quite simply 'Nothing'. Held in the greenhouse/marquee we were served with the most delightful 3 course meal by the small team of dedicated staff who combine friendliness with superb service.
Great food, a lovely venue - we just invited the guests, all of whom were fulsome in their praise. It was almost worth reaching this major milestone!

Thank you Ryan, Claudia, Olivia and Nathan for all your work on the day and Ryan and Claudia for the help in planning. And of course a special thank you to chef Matthew and the back room staff who provided a memorable meal for all to enjoy.

Living locally, my wife and I didn't stay overnight but joined the 10 who did at breakfast the following day and were delighted to hear all the favourable comments from them also.

Many of us will be returning to the Old Manor, I suspect quite often!

David80

Room Tip: We didn't stay but the family members who stayed in the beautifully converted cowshed en-suite r...
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  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 4 August 2014

My Dad's 80th with around 50 guests from all over the country. The event was held in the Green House marquee which worked extremely well, coping with the occasional sudden downpour but allowing us to have the doors open to the beautiful garden.

Rooms in the Cow Shed were outstanding, plenty of room and very well equipped. There are some rooms in the hotel that are awaiting update (one of the guests described theirs as "a little tired") but even these are pretty good. Apparently the updates are due to be carried out soon.

The most important comments I have are with regard to the staff who worked so hard to ensure that the event ran smoothly. Even the fact that a couple of the guests were severely delayed, the staff ensured that they did not miss out on the delicious food, when they had arrived, settled in and were ready for it.

Ryan, Olivia, Claudia and Nathan are extremely professional, whilst able to be very warm and friendly. All requests were dealt with immediately and it got to the point where they felt part of the family.

Food for the guests was freshly cooked, plated and delivered to the tables promptly and on warmed plates, with additional servings brought round for those that wanted them. A meal later on in the Milking Parlour was delightful.

This is the best managed event I have ever had the fortune to experience.

One last pont,... no, I do not work for them or have any business interest in the hotel but I simply love superb service.

Room Tip: Simply request an updated room when you book. The staff are extremely friendly and very keen to ensu...
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  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 4 August 2014

If you're looking for somewhere lovely, with lots of character, great food and excellent service at a reasonable price then give The Old Manor a try. I cannot recommend it highly enough and will definitely go back!

We got an amazing deal on this hotel which included 2 nights bed and full English breakfast plus dinner on the first night. As it was such a bargain and only a 3* hotel, we were expecting something quite basic, however we were very pleasantly surprised.....

The hotel, a converted farm, is very rustic in keeping with the farm/manor house theme. Our room had stone floors, beams, and old style furniture but it was very clean, spacious and comfy. The shower wasn't the best but the supply of lovely, organic, bath room products and big fluffy towels more than made up for it!

It was very sunny when we arrived and after a guided tour of the hotel and garden (and a peep at the smoke house where they smoke their own fish and bacon) we enjoyed a bottle of wine in the garden. The bar is attached to the restaurant (the beautifully converted milking shed) and both are tastefully designed. Lots of 'vintage' but uncluttered manor style furnishings and quirky knick-knacks.

The food was excellent. Plenty of choices at dinner for all courses. Portions were a god size and the food was delicious and well presented. As it was such a lovely evening we had our cheese board (and an extra, cheeky bottle of wine) served in the candle lit garden.

Breakfast was just as good. There was the usual continental breakfast choices - no pastries but gorgeous farmhouse/granary crusty bread and a king size toaster. The full English was amazing.

We were delighted with our stay at this hotel but I have to say that the thing that impressed us most were the staff. Everyone - receptionists, waitresses, barmen, proprietor - were all so welcoming, friendly and obliging. Nothing was too much trouble and they are genuinely eager to look after their guests and provide the best service possible.

The location of the hotel was just outside Trowbridge and about a mile from Bradford on Avon. As we had planned to visit Bath (a beautiful city) and Longleat (a great day out) it was perfect for us....approximately 20 mins drive to both and a lovely, peaceful location to go back to. No sign of the ghost though......maybe next time!!

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Address: 1 Trowle | Trowle Common, Trowbridge BA14 9BL, England (Formerly Old Manor Hotel)
Region: United Kingdom > England > Wiltshire > Trowbridge
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Trowbridge
Price Range: £65 - £123 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — The Moonraker 3*
Number of rooms: 23
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Moonraker hotel, a grade 2 listed 23 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 Dean Toon 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. 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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