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“Mid-week stay” 4 of 5 stars
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Sudbury House
Folly Hill | 56 London Street, Faringdon SN7 8AA, England   |  
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Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Faringdon
Leicester
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5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Mid-week stay”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014

I stopped here for one evening with work. The staff were really friendly and the rooms nice and clean, although a little dated, although I understand the hotel is now under new management and undergoing some modernisation.

I arrived late so settled for a bar meal, which was superb. I'd defiantly stay again.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Sudbury H, Sales Manager at Sudbury House, responded to this review, March 6, 2014
Thank you for your review and for your positive comments about your recent stay at the Sudbury House Hotel.

As you say our bedrooms are soon to be updated, with this refurbishment schedule being planned as I write, so hopefully be the next time you are in the area your stay will be even more comfortable and enjoyable.

Kind Regards

Rachel
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Oxford
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15 reviews 15 reviews
12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2014

Lovely Hotel, very clean & tidy, food was fantastic,If not for one hic up on service I would have voted it excellent.would stay again & eat their again.The staff were very friendly, just forgot to serve us coffee after we ordered it. We had to remind them 30 minutes later.
Coffee price was deducted as a gesture & hopefully it was just a one off.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Sudbury H, Sales Manager at Sudbury House, responded to this review, March 6, 2014
We appreciate you taking the time to write a review after your Valentines weekend and thank you also for our " almost " five star award.

We have been working exceptionally hard on our service and standards over the last six months in readiness for the launch of our new fine dining restaurant, Restaurant 56 and also later in the year our brasserie restaurant and we are delighted that on the whole you enjoyed your stay with us.

I hope that we will have the pleasure of your company again soon and hopefully we will get everything perfect for you.

Kind Regards

Rachel
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gbren64
2 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2014

The hotel is the perfect location to get away from the hustle of any busy town or city.

Located on the edge of the historic town of Faringdon, the hotel offers a comfortable stay in the relaxing surrounding of the English Countryside. I have been informed that the hotel is under new ownership which was previously under the Best Western franchise.
The investment by the new owners is evident in the part of the hotel which was formerly a country house. The decoration and fixtures and fittings are all to an excellent standard, with all furniture being sourced from antiques dealers. The country house is also where the newly opened restaurant 56 is located, a appropriate setting for a restaurant.

Although currently the bedrooms are not to the same standard, I have been assured that the transformation of the country house will be spread across the whole hotel this year. The management team were also extremely professional and courteous, especially the very helpful manager Tina!
Room- clean spacious with a great view, Breakfast was delicious with chatty and friendly staff.

In summary I think that this hotel will make an name for itself in the near future as a luxury destination. I will certainly be back to see the improvements.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Sudbury H, Sales Manager at Sudbury House, responded to this review, March 6, 2014
Thank you for taking the time to write a review and for the excellent feedback and comments you have written.

Our bedroom and public area refurbishment plan is due to start soon, subject to planning and we very much look forward to you returning so that you can see the additional changes to the Sudbury House.

Kind Regards

Rachel
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Banbury, United Kingdom
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29 reviews 29 reviews
10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2014

We stayed the evening of the launch of restaurant 56,yes the hotel is basically a standard establishment at the present time, but if they upgrade the hotel to match the new adjoining restaurant 56 it is going to be a wow destination very soon.The new restaurant is headed up by Michelin star chef Andrew Scott and the refurbishment of the Georgian building to accomodate the restaurant adjacent to the hotel is top class indeed.My view is go now for a real gastranomic experience at restaurant 56 and be able to still afford reasonably priced accomodation.General manager Ulrike and all the staff were very nice indeed and i have to say the bed was exceptionally comfortable, i found the breakfast more than adequate for the room price paid.and will be returning again very soon.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Sudbury H, Sales Manager at Sudbury House, responded to this review, February 13, 2014
Thank you for taking the time to write a review and for the positive comments with regard to Restaurant 56 and our team.

Once the refurbishment of the hotel and public areas is complete the hotel will match the quality of the restaurant and will indeed provide our guests with a unique and unforgettable experience.

We look forward to seeing you again soon

Rachel
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Chester
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2014

There's nothing wrong with the Sudbury - it's a motel - reasonably clean, reasonably large rooms - good service.
But nothing much to recommend it either!
Bar food was VERY disappointing - Burger (OK) with no relish, cheese, or anything, a handful of (good) chips and a minute portion of salad - I'd definitely not eat there again.
Buffet breakfast was so-so - but why not cook breakfast to order - there can't have been more than 10 guests.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Sudbury H, Sales Manager at Sudbury House, responded to this review, February 6, 2014
Thank you for taking the time to write a review and for your constructive comments which we will use to move forward with the plans to re launch the restaurant and hotel as a luxury four star hotel with a fine dining restaurant.

We are currently in a transition period whilst we are making these changes and are genuinely upset that you did not enjoy your food at the hotel as we have been working hard at improving our standards as you can see from our other trip advisor reports.

We hope that when you are in the area again you will give us the opportunity to show you how we usually look after our guests and it will also give you the chance to see all the extra changes we are making going forward to improve our guests experience.
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Essex
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2014

This was my fourth New Year at Sudbury House, not consecutive. The staff this year were particularly amazing!! Everyone went that extra mile to be helpful and accommodating. The New Year package included afternoon tea, which is 'to die for'. The evening meals are great and this year the chef visited every table to make sure all was to our liking, nice touch. Would highly recommend this hotel to anyone, no complaints.

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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Sudbury H, Sales Manager at Sudbury House, responded to this review, January 7, 2014
Thank you so much for your five star rating and for the excellent feedback.

We are delighted that your whole experience was so good and yes our afternoon teas are quite simply to " die for ! "

We look forward to welcoming you back for a fifth New Year and you will be able to stay in a newly refurbished and redesigned bedroom to make your break even more comfortable as we progress with our refurbishment throughout 2014.

Many thanks

Rachel
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Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2014

We stayed here for my friend's wedding and whilst the room we were in may have been little tired looking it had all the facilities we needed and the bed was very comfortable so the only real complaint I have is that the kettle was too big to fill in the sink. The staff couldn't have been more friendly; they were welcoming on arrival, very pleasant throughout the course of the day and were always happy to help with anything we asked for. They made it a very enjoyable day for all the guests but most importantly for the bride and groom.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Sudbury H, Sales Manager at Sudbury House, responded to this review, January 7, 2014
Thank you for your taking the time to write a review about your stay here and for the excellent four star rating and positive comments about the our team and the hotel which we will pass on to everybody.

We are so pleased that you enjoyed your stay for your friends wedding and if you ever find yourself in the area again then do please let us know.

We are planning a complete refurbishment throughout 2014 and all the bedrooms will be updated as part of this programme.

Many thanks

Rachel
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Additional Information about Sudbury House

Address: Folly Hill | 56 London Street, Faringdon SN7 8AA, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Oxfordshire > Faringdon
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Faringdon
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 49
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Once a fine Regency residence, the hotel is situated in the beautiful market town of Faringdon, close to Oxford, Shrivenham and Swindon. Surrounded by nine acres of landscaped gardens,Sudbury House can offer a quiet break away from it all, yet still being close to local businesses and towns,including RAF Brize Norton, Cranfield University and the Defence Academy.Close to the main Swindon to Oxford Road, the A420, the hotel is within easy access of the M4 and M40. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Best Western Faringdon
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Sudbury House Faringdon, England - Oxfordshire

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