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“Lovely weekend away” 5 of 5 stars
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Bath Lodge Castle
Warminster Road (A36) | On the A36 Itself, Norton St Philip, Bath BA2 7NH, England   |  
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cobham, United Kingdom
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Lovely weekend away”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2013

We booked the entire castle for a group of 13 friends for one weekend. The castle was charming and both Tommie and Karin went out of their way to make our stay memorable. Prior to our arrival, Karin suggested a fabulous menu for the weekend and the dinners were exceptional. Pricing was very reasonable for the great quality and amount of the food. Karin even insisted we take sandwiches on our excursions on Saturday afternoon in case we got peckish. I would highly recommend this lovely boutique hotel.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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English first
London, England, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2013

I stayed here with my fiancé over the May bank holiday and had such a superb time! Karen & Tommie were wonderful, warm & welcoming. The rooms are fantastic, unique, clean and well appointed. The castle is small but fabulous and the grounds are beautiful. We were fortunate enough to experience a great meal there too. We couldn't fault anything about the place & highly recommend it.

Room Tip: We stayed in the Windsor room & it was lovely with a huge terrace
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Romsey, United Kingdom
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3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

GREAT LITTLE HOTEL ( 9 ROOMS) FULL OF CHARACTER & CHARM CANT WAIT TO GO BACK
We booked at the last minute on Fri 24 May ( the same day we wanted to stay) and were offered a choice of two rooms, the one we chose was Tintagel - a split level room with sleeping and lounge areas, niceley decorated and very spacious great nights sleep good sized bathroom loads of hot water luxurious robes and towels qualityy toileteries shampoo, conditioner shower gel and soap
Owners were very friendly and helpful and knowledable of the local area

The sauna and jacuzzi were amazing we used it at 9 pm in the evening just getting dark candle lit lanterns mood lighting lots of bubbles etc etc highly recomended if u like saunas and jacuzzi

breakfast the next morning was great
ample supply of freshly brewed coffee or tea
cereal yogurt fruit juice a wonderful very fresh fruit salad ( not bulked out with apple )
folowed by a full english and lots of hot fresh toast

All in a great visit will return before the summer is over

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2013

Not quite 5 star, we had the smallest room and still the price was very high. The owners are very friendly but seem very disorganised. Not clear if you can have a meal in the evenings no menu or prices. Drinks far too expensive. Hotel on very busy road and if you leave window open it is very noisy.
The bed was lovely and comfortable and the room was very clean.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Sunningdale, United Kingdom
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10 hotel reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2013

I booked this hotel for a couple of days for my girlfriends birthday to use it as a base to explore Longleat and Bath. Location wise this was excellent as we were only 15 mins drive from both of these and very easy to get to as it's on the main road.
We could hear the road, but it was no disturbance to us. However you do need a car to get to and from the hotel, it is a little bit "in the middle of nowhere" transportwise, there are a couple of local pubs that can be walked to.

The owners are new (since March 2013) and whilst they have owned and run property in France previously it is a little haphazard in some of the service - which cant be expected for the price.
The weirdest thing is the shared single basket of toast at breakfast - which gets passed from table to table when your breakfast comes. The first morning was chaotic as "everyone arrived at once" but everyone is only 8-10 rooms and this was much better the second morning when there were 2 people taking orders (and writing them down...)
There is wifi in the rooms, or was in ours, although this wasn't advertised, which was good and I sense that quite a lot of the information in and around the hotel is still to be updated - they didnt seem to know that Longleat was on their doorstep.
The advertised Spa wasnt quite what was expected - an outdoor jacuzzi and sauna room.

Overall a few things that can be improved - but a great location and the natural beauty of the gardens and the building itself cannot be underestimated.
great potential - but either better service or lower prices please

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Isle of Wight, United Kingdom
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2013

My husband and I stayed for two nights at a total price of £350 for B&B. For this price, our expectations were very high (it was a real treat to splash out this much) and so the review is based on our thoughts in relation to the hotel's rating, 'premium' cost, previous reviews and what was actually offered/experienced.

The hotel is near a main road, so easy to find but yes, a little bit noisy. However, this did not in any way spoil our enjoyment of the hotel and we were very pleased to find that our room (Stirling) was one of only three rooms actually in the original castle walls, with a lovely shower in the turret. The room was clean and very pleasant, if rather hot, but as we had a large balcony to the rear, we could open windows / doors. Everything was clean and well-appointed. There were some wonderful original features and the property has a huge amount of character.

However we were disappointed that the welcome hamper full of toiletries/local produce, which was promised on the hotel's website, was not provided. We did point this out and were told a hamper had never been provided and that they didn't know why the IT man had put that on there. (It has now been removed.) There was an apology, but it genuinely was a disappointment to us and no 'goodwill' gesture was offered despite the fact they had effectively misrepresented what they offered. On a similar note, the sauna and outdoor shower were both out of order, though the spa bath was working, clean and very enjoyable. It was a shame we could not enjoy all the treats the hotel had to offer, as this was partly why we chose it and were willing to pay a premium price.

The hotel has recently changed hands (early March) and it is very obvious that the new owners are still finding their feet and things can be slightly 'hit and miss' and a little disorganised at times. The information booklets in each room are clearly out of date (which they didn't seem to see as a problem). E.g. Though continental breakfasts are widely advertised, don't expect them unless you ask and give notice for items to be bought in especially. The cooked breakfasts are very nice (though rather small I thought - I would have liked a whole tomato - not half!) and were also much better when requirements were written down and not left to memory!!! Toast was served in a basket which gets whisked away from you when another table wants it. (For this price, would you not expect your own personal supply?!) On a positive note, a very tasty fruit salad is available every morning.

The new owners are obviously learning as they go along which is understandable to a point, but for this price, I expected a slicker operation and for all the boxes to be ticked. I think it will improve over time, if guests give their honest feedback. We did hear a few apologies to other guests and comments to the effect of "perhaps if you come again, we will do better next time". We don't know what issues the other guests had raised.

The hotel is in a very convenient location as long as you are driving. There's easy parking and a nice little woodland to the rear. The main positive is the uniqueness of the property itself, which is quite stunning (though they cannot rely on this alone!!!).

To re-iterate, this was not a disaster at all, and there were several positives, but as previously stated, our opinion is based on the value for money we felt we received on this particular occasion. We personally wouldn't use the same hotel again.

Footnote: The owners have a very friendly and clean Rhodesian Ridgeback dog who greeted us on arrival - worth mentioning for those who are not so keen on four legged friends!

Room Tip: Ask if your room is in the actual castle walls, to avoid disappointment.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2013 via mobile

Come here as part of a gift. What an amazing place. Beatiful grounds, beautiful rooms and extremely helpfull staff. There is nothing I can fault this place on. If I wanted to be really picky and this in not the hotels fault is the proximity to a busy road. As it was very hot in the room we left the windows open over night. Very close to a very busy road with traffic all night. But please don't let this change your mind for visiting this place. It is a MUST !!!

  • Stayed April 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Warminster Road (A36) | On the A36 Itself, Norton St Philip, Bath BA2 7NH, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Somerset > Bath > Norton St Philip
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Spa Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 6 B&Bs / Inns in Norton St Philip
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This quintessentially English Grade II castle complete with 11 bedroom suites is just 6 miles from the historic City of Bath. Completed in 1806, Bath Lodge Castle is a wonderful rural retreat for a wide range of purposes. Refurbished at the end of 2010 to a stunning standard, the Castle is packed full of charm and character, and friends, families and colleagues alike will be astounded by its comfort. The four acres of grounds including the Pavilion, contain a hot tub, sauna and bucket shower, as well as outdoor bar and river surround this stunning property and together provide a perfect base from which to explore and enjoy South West England. Call 0,1225-7==-23043 for bookings. ... more   less 
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