Cheltenham GL52 3NH „
PLEASE DO NOT READ THIS REVIEW - it is in wrong category. I have resubmitted it under Hotels National, therefore please read it there. Sorry for the confusion!
We stayed at this hotel for a weekend break recently, with family and friends from overseas. What a wonderful example of an old English traditional hotel this was!!!
Having read several reviews about the hotel on various sites, I was unsure of what it would be like as the reviews varied from good to bad.
One of the rooms we booked was with a four poster bed, the others twins. When booking by phone we were told that one of the twin rooms would be in the annexe as the main hotel was full, however on arrival we found we were all staying in the main hotel.
Locating the hotel was relatively easy using the directions given on their website, but we had a slight blip due to bad signposting when we were nearing Prestbury and took a wrong turning initially. Not to worry, we were soon on the right road and the hotel was very easy to find as on approach it was well signed.
As you leave the main road you turn off into a sweeping driveway, set amidst grassy lawns and woodland, complete with frisky rabbits scampering around!!!
There is ample car parking space, with disabled places near to the entrance.
The outside of the hotel is very picturesque, with gables and bay windows, towers and arched doorways. It looks like an old manor house and our overseas guests were delighted.
Once inside the receptionist was very helpful and we set off to our rooms, which were reached via twisting staircases, uneven floors and many narrow corridors, all adding to the quaintness of the place.
The rooms were all large and airy, the beds clean and comfortable, refreshment tray provided, and in the four poster room and one of the twins there was a raised seating area in the bay window which overlooked the grounds.
The bathrooms had showers over the bath, and although the water flow was not too fast, that was the only fault.
Throughout the hotel everything was clean and well kept, but the uneven floors did catch you unawares at times, but this is only to be expected in a building so old.
At breakfast we were slightly disappointed as the hot buffet was not very hot and the only eggs were scrambled. Nevertheless, there was a wide choice of food on offer - fresh fruit, juice, cereals, cooked meat, cheese, bacon, eggs, mushrooms etc, croissants and toast and marmalade/jams. The service on the first morning was very slow, despite the dining room not being over busy and our plates were not cleared as we finished each course. That was the only fault we had all weekend.
We paid 100 pounds a night for the 4 poster room, 80 pounds for the twin rooms, but do check for special offers.
We had read on some of the reviews that other guests had experienced ghostly goings on!!! Thankfully we didn't have any spooky encounters, but the hotel is well suited to anyone with a vivid imagination to think there are ghosts there!!!!
In fact, we did discover a few rooms while taking different corridors to our own rooms, that looked as though they would be very spooky. These were situated in a separate corridor, near the walkway across the roof and had such names as Lady Anne Gray's room. Even from the outside they looked spooky, I would definitely not have wanted to stay in one of those.
The bar area was quite busy on the Friday evening, a bit disappointing in that it was not as cosy as one would imagine for a hotel this age. However, the timbered walls added character.
All in all our stay was excellent. The hotel is well situated for touring the Cotswolds and gave good value for money. We would certainly stay there again and I would recommend it to anyone. But do book early, because now our foreign guests have returned home I am sure they will spread the word and the hotel may find itself having an influx of overseas visitors!!!
The only downside to the whole stay was a young woman guest in the reception/lounge area on the Saturday evening, complaining loudly into her mobile phone that her boyfriend (ex?) had thrown a glass of beer over her. Listening to her moaning to the chap's father on her mobile for several minutes, (what was he supposed to do???) myself and the rest of the guests who were wanting to relax quietly in the lounge area, felt like doing the same to her just to shut her up!!!