Stayed here with our families last week before/after our wedding at Le Manoir aux Quat' Saisons. It would be unfair to judge it by Le Manoir's impeccable standards, but we were nevertheless disappointed by several aspects of our stay.
First off, on the positive side:
Characterful & attractive pub.
Excellent cooked breakfast.
Good selection of drinks, well made (we enjoyed Hendricks G&Ts with cucumber).
Service fluctuated between offhand and friendly - at check-in we were kept waiting and not made to feel welcome but then staff were very helpful arranging transport the next day.
The toilet in the 'May' room wouldn't always flush; bizarrely a lump under the sheet on the bed turned out to be a potato crisp!! Bathroom had a fruit sticker in the basin & hair on the wall so had clearly not been cleaned properly.
A noisy party took place until midnight on our third night, making it impossible to sleep in the room above - despite having booked several months in advance we were given no warning of this until the day.
The area has minimal mobile reception/3G; the free WiFi is intermittent and there are no phones in the rooms which made it difficult to sort out last-minute wedding issues!
The cricket theme is clearly a relic of the previous owner as the Ashes wasn't being shown!
Overall we would recommend it for a pleasant drink in characterful surroundings, but not to stay.
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