Rookery Manor was selected as it was very reasonably priced for a spa break (we did take advantage of an offer and so paid around £75 / night).
We found it OK and duly checked in and dropped things off in our room before visiting the spa. The spa is clean and the staff pleasant but we were surprised at having to pay £5 each per day for robe and slippers, particularly to later be told that no towel replacements are allowed! Bearing in mind the room rate we decided that wasn't a problem though and then had dinner in the restaurant. I need to point out that the prices were by no means exorbitant but the quality of the food was basic pub catering at best.
The following day we had breakfast and although the continental selections were OK, my smoked salmon and scrambled egg was difficult to describe but in short it was not pleasant. We tried lunch in the spa. My partner ordered sandwiches which were nice but I ordered a tuna nicoise salad which turned out to be a very bad idea. Some leaves with a dollop of tuna mayonnaise was served up. No potatoes, olives, anchovies .... I replaced that with sandwiches and we decided to eat out that night. The following morning we both tried poached eggs on toast (surely that can't go wrong we thought). The eggs had been boiled in water laced with so much vinegar I might as well have been swigging from the bottle!
I have concentrated on the bad points which were the food but I think it is important to point out that despite a small damp problem in the room, the positives were the staff (very friendly), the value for money and the spa itself (complete with outdoor jacuzzi).
The hotel receptionist did point out some new chefs had started and the feedback was taken in good grace so those problems may well not exist any longer.
I'd advise checking other reviews but if you want a reasonably priced spa break and are visiting off season I still think it's worth a visit!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A warm welcome and exceptional service awaits you at 16th century Rookery Manor – the South West's award-winning, 4-star boutique hotel and spa.Set in the heart of Somerset, this historic estate is a beautiful backdrop for your spa break, wedding, corporate event, private party or dining experience.Owner Ian Clapp, whose family has lived at the manor for four generations, has created a unique venue with stunning lakeside gardens and a luxurious Elemis spa.Ideally situated in 28 acres of countryside, yet with easy access to the M5, Rookery Manor is the perfect hotel for all kinds of special occasions. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Rookery Manor Hotel Edingworth