We thoroughly enjoyed our stay here in July. This is an old manor house hotel with lots of character - not a modern plastic sanitised overnighter! The property has large lovely grounds far from the madding crowds. The Library room is a gem rarely seen in modern hotels and a 'must' on your visit. Upon arrival at reception we felt as if we were stepping back in time-in a nice way.
Our bedroom was comfortable if a little on the small side - but wasn't a problem. We had a 4 poster room with an amazing view of the rolling hills/downs in the old part of the hotel. The dining room is wood panelled and a very romantic setting if you get a side table or a window table. It is not very large so if it is busy, it can get a bit noisy methinks which could detract a tad from the romantic bit. The food was very nice at reasonable prices, we were only disappointed that menu didn't change on the 2nd night. For some reason I had expected-or hoped for a different choice. All the food appeared to be freshly prepared & cooked properly-none of the reheated rubbish so often found these days. The lamb dish just melted in the mouth and the desserts were so lovely. It was all delicious & I am a fuss pot!
The staff were fantastic & very friendly, but very busy. I got the impression that they were a bit understaffed as they are running the bar, restaurant & reception. So on our evening arrival we were kept waiting and the duty manager appeared harassed on first impressions. I had read earlier reviews regarding this same subject so I was not overly surprised & therefore understanding, but really I think it is an issue to be considered by the management! On arrival, our reservation for dinner couldn't be found and we had to wait as it was busy. We had to wait a little while for drinks at the bar too & for our food orders to be taken, but we were not in a hurry so it didn't bother us too much.
Although close to Gatwick it is not too noisy from the planes. They can be heard but the hotel is not on the flight path. I was still woken up early by the take off's but what does one expect given the location & it didn't detract from our enjoyment. We will certainly be back and happy to recommend.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Beautiful architecture in park-like setting near Gatwick Airport hidden away in the Surrey countryside - full of original features and uninterrupted views to the far distant Surrey hills. Only ten minutes from London/Gatwick Airport but NOT in a flight path so it's very peaceful and tranquil here.Stroll down to our lovely Amphitheatre and Walled Garden - A great start to any trip ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Stanhill Court Hotel Charlwood, Surrey