I went on a weekend course here - had no idea what to expect, but was mostly very impressed. The estate is extensive and hilly: the main premises are in a valley, with the accommodation blocks grouped both above and lower down the slope. You can drive to all the venues and there are paths and steps for pedestrians. I was given clear instructions on how to find my block and my room but I didn't find the signage easy. (Thank goodness I wasn't arriving in the dark). The room was very well appointed - no complaints. The food was good, although the continental breakfast choices were basic. I'd advise going for the cooked options. One very good feature was the number of staff round the place - they popped up everywhere, which was just as well as the magnetic keypad device to get into the accommodation block kept defeating me. My only quibble was with the accessible parking near main Reception. The sign invited you to press a button for attention so that a fire door could be opened to let you in. The first night there I waited in vain with two others for ages, but no-one came. One of my companions eventually decided to try and get in another way and reported that the path actually led round to Reception so round we went. I took this up with staff and was told that probably there was a flat battery in the device and that they would test it. As I walked away I heard one of them say 'It's working perfectly'. So I reckon that people will continue to be waiting at the accessible parking! A minor point? Not if your mobility is even worse than mine and you really need the most direct route to the dining room. So - for that, as well as the signage, I give Farncombe 4 stars not 5.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Farncombe Estate is perfectly placed for a short stay or holiday in the north Cotswolds. Our 400-acre private country estate is home to a village of 89 modern ensuite bedrooms, with long views over the Vale of Evesham and beyond. Our restaurant serves locally-sourced, home-made food and we have a lovely lounge bar with pool table and large-screen TV.Farncombe is surrounded by pretty market towns, great pubs and gorgeous gardens to visit. Stratford-upon-Avon, Cheltenham and Oxford are all a short drive away, while Broadway, Chipping Campden and Stow-on-the-Wold are on our doorstep. So think of us for Shakespeare plays, Regency shopping, Festivals and Racing, or the “dreaming spires” of the oldest university in the world. If you like fresh air and natural beauty, you’ll enjoy spotting the deer, foxes and badgers that roam Farncombe Estate, or walking our Nature Trail. There are dozens of footpaths across our land, with links to the Cotswold Way (at Broadway Tower) and other famous Cotswold walks. We’ve also counted 30 amazing garden visits within 30 miles. ... more less
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