We had a two night Amazon Local deal which included a three course meal on the first night of our stay. In our view it proved to be exceptional value for money.
We loved the hotel, it was very grand but, happily, not at all stuffy. From the moment we arrived to the time we checked out all the staff we encountered, without exception, were helpful and attentive. A porter carried our cases to our second floor room for us. As there isn’t a lift this would be a bit of a stretch for those less able, to be honest we felt we’d had quite a work-out ourselves!
We were in Cordelia, which was a charming room. Up in the attic part of the hall, there were beams and sloping walls everywhere, including the bathroom. This did make moving around a little restrictive but that was a small price to pay for so much character. The room was split level with a step down to the bedroom area and the two windows, both overlooking the side gardens, were recessed and at floor level. The bed was large (6ft wide) and very comfortable with good quality bed linen. There was a large flat panel TV in the sitting area but this meant it was not possible to watch whilst in bed if that’s something you like to do.
The room was immaculately clean, as was everywhere else in the hotel that we saw.
The bathroom was a good size with a powerful over-the- bath shower. There were White Company toiletries provided and a couple of waffle bathrobes too. One minor niggle though was the absence of any shelving near the basin for toothbrushes etc. The only flat surface that could be utilised was around the side and back of the bath.
We ate in the restaurant on our first night and have only praise for the high quality of food and the service. The dining room décor is impressively opulent too!
After taking our coffee and petit fours in the lounge we trundled (very slowly!) up the stairs to our room and were so pleased to see that there had been a turn-down service. The roman blinds had been closed and, being a warm night, the fan had been switched on to cool the room down for us. I think little touches like this make a big difference to the overall experience.
After a quiet and peaceful night’s sleep and an enjoyable breakfast, we took the time to take a stroll around the grounds, which was very pleasant, with well-maintained lawns, flower beds and trees. There was also a tennis court in the grounds and, I believe, a nearby golf course for those feeling a little more energetic.
Our two days just flew by, with such first rate accommodation and service and lovely towns and villages to explore we had a marvellous time. The acid test – would we go back again? Most definitely yes, but maybe we’d ask for a room on a lower floor next time!
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