Manor House Hotel, Castle Combe
THE HOTEL: Situated in the medieval village of Castle Combe, near Bath, the Manor House Hotel is a 14th century property with 48 guestrooms and an 18hole golf course on a 365 acre estate. It is a member of Exclusive Hotels.
THE CHECK-IN: I was impressed by the setting of this country house hotel, with a driveway that passes along the banks of the River Bybrook and divides the manicured lawns in two. I was greeted at the door by the concierge who took my keys to park my car, showed me to reception and then very swiftly onto my room.
THE ROOM: My room, a deluxe junior suite in the main house (no two rooms are the same), was very spacious, beautifully designed, comfortable and equipped with iPod docking station, DVD player, large flatscreen TV, broadband connection and a generously stocked tea/coffee caddy. The large bathroom had underfloor heating, twin basins, shower and bath complete with TV.
THE BUSINESS: The hotel has six meeting and event spaces for up to 100 people, as well as free parking, full concierge service, chauffeur service on request and a helipad. The hotel offers ‘Exclusively Green Conferencing’, providing a variety of items from recycled sources to organisers and delegates alike. Delegate rates start from £45 per person plus VAT.
THE FACILITIES: The Michelinstar Bybrook Restaurant is run by executive head chef and Great British Menu star, Richard Davies. It specialises in seasonal fare and draws much of its produce from the hotel's own kitchen garden. Facilities also include an 18hole championship golf course, croquet lawn, tennis court and fishing on the River Bybrook. The Full Glass Bar is ideal for a preor postdinner drink especially for gin aficionados who can chose from 48 different brands!
THE VERDICT: A wonderful hotel in a beautiful, peaceful country setting that offers a memorable experience for any guest or event delegate. The level of service from the friendly staff in both the restaurant and hotel was topnotch.
THE DETAILS: The Manor House (an Exclusive Hotel & Golf Club), Castle Combe, Nr. Bath, Wiltshire SN14 7HR. Rates start from £215 per room BB. see: www.manorhouse.co.uk.
Reviewed by Matt Bonner (2015)