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“traditional charm” 4 of 5 stars
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Charlton Road, Chichester PO18 0HU, England   |  
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Ranked #52 of 73 Chichester B&B and Inns
Manchester, United Kingdom
1 review
“traditional charm”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2012

Very good breakfast - great eggs, friendly, quick service.
Early start (breakfast before 9am).
Very pretty garden, nice room, clean, comfortable, private.
Beautiful location.
I would be very happy to stay there again.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2012

Fantastic friendly service! Brilliant breakfast, which was cooked before the alotted time, as we had an early start! Lovely location! You would have to be an idiot not to find reception! Overal a really nice stay!

  • Stayed August 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2012

I use the Woodstock on a regular basis when I am on business in the area. In actual fact, I have done so for some six years. I also bring clients and colleagues here from Holland. The warm greeting afforded by the lady owner is genuine and sincere. The charm and quaintness of the eighteenth century premises is refreshing, as most "corporate" hotels these days are sterile and reception is manned by a computer operator. The rooms are very clean and the quality of the beds and linen is exceptional. I find that nothing is too much trouble. Breakfast is good, honest food, well cooked and presented. The local pubs within easy walking distance provide a good wholesome dinner and good beer. Just the place to stay after a long drive and a days work.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled on business
    • 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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London, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
73 reviews 73 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2012

We booked into the Woodstock House Hotel for a weekend at £135 per night. The Hotel is in a delightful spot backing onto some lovely walks and countryside. When we went the owners were away and a very willing but slightly flustered couple were trying to fill in for them, The over riding feeling once inside, is that every corner has been cut to avoid spending anything to create a special experience for guests.Cheap decoration everywhere, with chipboard ceilings, crumpled plaster , narrow corridors punctuated by the cheapest doors and prints. The tables in the restaurant are so tiny, there is no room to put the coffee, plates etc, The cold water did not work on the shower and breakfast was very plain. It feels that any sense of luxury has been studiously avoided. With a bit of love and care and expenditure, this could be one of the very best B and B's anywhere. A wasted opportunity to create something special.

Room Tip: Do not get put in the Annexe!
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2012

I booked this room on behalf of my husband for a business trip. We made our travel arrangemens perfectly clear and that he would arrive late after a 6/7 hour drive. I communicated with them as did he approx an hour prior to not only did they ignore his phone calls but also his knock at their door when they where once again aware he had had a very long journey and he was behind time! By the time we found another bed for the night it was after 23.00hours and he had been traveling for 11 hours. Unreliable.

Stayed July 2012, traveled on business
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Chigley
2 reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2012

My wife and I chose Charlton as it is in such a charming village in a lovely vale in the Downs. However, even before we checked in, the impression I got wasn't good. We parked in the car park at the rear and then tried to find Reception. Finding Reception will either require GPS and/or lots of patience. There are approx three signs to Reception from the car park, but after going through a courtyard/garden area, the signage disappears. I wasn't sure whether I was in Narnia or a Tardis. No matter; Reception was eventually located by intuition and peseverence. Now you will encounter that which will really make your day; "Reception". I have never stayed in an establishment where that particular noun could be unreservedly construed as an oxymoron. Frosty is an understatement; we got the distinct impression that we were a gross inconvenience, and that should we dare to want breakfast in the morning, it was only between 8 and 9 am. Also, it was made clear that the door from the car park end was locked promptly in the evening too. I didn't know whether that was to repel further trade, having used up her more subtle area denial weapons; or that the village might be invaded by tweed-clad vandalian hordes, streaming down the hill from Goodwood race course.
What can I say about the room; let's try "tired" for starters. The twin beds were miniscule. Bathroom featured a "shower". The latter noun I use in a sort of broad brush sense as it was a trickle. Both temperature and flow rate were extremely variable.

There is however a niche market for this establishment. If porclean domestic objects placed randomly or decoratively in your room are your thing (such as a roasting dish on the bathroom wall or a water jug on top of a chest of drawers you are in for a treat here. There is also a chaise longue at the top of the stairs in the wing which faces the village street. As my spouse hadn't travelled with tiara, minks, ball gown and cigarette holder, we really struggled to find a use for this, the best feature of the establishment.

Oh, and just in case you try asking whether the orange juice is freshly squeezed, or if chef can rustle up a waldorf salad, I think both might be rather unattainable.

Room Tip: Not one is this establishment
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2012

The owner of this hotel has clearly lost interest in being in the tourism business - if in fact she ever had any interest in it.

How this establishment can be worthy of a four star rating from VisitEngland beats me. To say that her 'welcome' was perfunctory would be understating the case - she wasn't far off being completely rude. Everything she said when we arrived was negative, including the fact that breakfast is only served between 8 and 9 am even on a Sunday.

We had to pay £125 immediately on arrival and had we not done so we would have gone elsewhere when we saw the room. Perhaps insisting on payment before you go upstairs is a deliberate tactic. Calling it The Goodwood Suite has to be more than a bit ironic. The room is very small, poorly decorated, dull and outdated with tacky cheap furniture and fittings. Out of the three wall lights only one was working and the hospitality tray wasn't worthy of the name with the minimal amount of teabags and little milk portions. The bathroom was just as bad - with a shower which didn't work very well despite fiddling around with it trying to get an even stable temperature for long enough to take a shower.

Breakfast the next morning (taken between 8 and 9 as instructed) was ghastly. I can truthfully say I have never before been served scrambled egg, bacon and sausage sitting in a large puddle of water on the plate. It was virtually inedible anyway but the way it was presented only made it even worse.

All in all the Woodstock House Hotel is best avoided - unless you particularly like paying someone who is obviously completely disinterested an awful lot of money to stay in a grim room and have a crummy breakfast.

There are many other B&B's not too far away from this one that outclass Woodstock by a mile, are run by friendly welcoming people and cost an awful lot less too.

The pub next door (the Fox runs free) is good though - nice food.

Room Tip: Only saw the Goodwood Suite and definitely wouldn't recommend in.
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Woodstock House Hotel

Address: Charlton Road, Chichester PO18 0HU, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > West Sussex > Chichester
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #52 of 73 B&Bs / Inns in Chichester
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 13
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Woodstock House is family run and was converted from a farm house to a hotel in the 1940’s providing a fantastic base for walking groups to explore the South Downs and the other many local attractions. Chichester’s festival theatre and shopping centre, is only a ten minute drive away. ... more   less 
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Woodstock Hotel Chichester

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