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“Great value for money but the food could be better” 4 of 5 stars
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The Castle Inn Hotel
Market Cross, Castle Combe SN14 7HN, England   |  
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Ranked #3 of 6 Castle Combe B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Wiltshire, UK
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49 hotel reviews
Reviews in 41 cities Reviews in 41 cities
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
“Great value for money but the food could be better”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2013

Stayed during the last weekend of November with a friend as part of a combined shopping and spa trip to Bath and Lucknam Park. Room cost £140 b&b (room 12) and it was lovely with twin beds, plenty of space, tea and coffee and a nice bathroom with White Company toiletries. I had stayed here before about 10 years ago and was pleased to see standards had been well maintained even though it has changed hands since.

The only negatives were that there was nowhere to put your things in the bathroom, despite it being very spacious and we had to ask for help to get the heat working in there.

Breakfast was excellent but dinner the previous night was overpriced and not particularly enjoyable. Maybe we ordered the wrong thing (we both had the lamb neck) but it was disappointing as the food used to be the reason to stay here. I would advise eating out in Bath or up at The Manor instead.

The village is beautiful if you have time to explore and it's only 20 mins from Bath and less than a 10 minute drive from Lucknam Park so the location works perfectly.

Don't get caught out with the parking. It's extremely limited in the village and whilst there are a few spaces on the hill on the way out of the village, it's not lit at all and you really need a torch to see where you're going.

Overall it does represent good value for money due to the location and the nice rooms but my advice is to eat elsewhere.

Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Bristol
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3 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2013

Room 4 has a wonderful 4 poster bed, chaise longue, writing desk and chest of drawers, all combining to create a feel of relaxed 'British Charm' which we greatly enjoyed. The en suite bath room has a steep-sided bath with fixed overhead shower which we found delightful, especially as the water was at a good pressure and heat; not recommended for anyone who has mobility difficulties, however.
The building is well designed for modern taste, although tall visitors will need to heed the low ceilings and the old floors could be a little bumpy for those with visual impairment. We were amused by some of the oddments placed in the reception areas and the books were distinctly eclectic.
We dined in the hotel in the evening and thought this was the weak point. The salmon roulade was passable but not special, the gruyere and asparagus tart was very short on gruyere. The aubergine bake was insipid and the addition of a ragout topping was a mistake - no seasoning at all. The pheasant, again, was adequate rather than excellent. My husband perked up at the chocolate and chestnut dessert and I enjoyed the poached pear. The service was very good and of course, some people will enjoy the menu more than we did.
We thoroughly recommend the breakfast, cooked well and promptly. Again, nothing exceptional here in terms of content, but very pleasant overall.
The village is very beautiful and apart from the racing there are walks, horse riding and other activities to lure you here.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Arlington, Virginia
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2013

Beautiful inn in a quaint southern Cotswold village. Elegantly done retrofit of sleek lodging in an old building. Our room was tucked up under the eaves—stylishly done, but pretty tight quarters, with low ceilings (especially the tiny, en suite bathroom), and a squishy bed. Nice breakfast room.

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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2013

We stayed for one night over this last weekend. Fantastic rooms, food, and staff. It is run beautifully and you are looked after very well. Luxurious and as it's a small place very friendly and intimate. We loved it. The village is stunning and famous in it's own right due to part of War Horse being filmed there. Relaxing and peaceful. I went with my partner and mother who had been before. We will be going back for sure.

  • Stayed November 2013, 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bristol
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5 hotel reviews
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2013

always a pleasure to Visit this village, good welcome and service from the European staff ,, pink lamb and Good Generous Portions of everything, including. Wine by the glass, comfortable separate Dining room
Standards Have Improved since Our last Visit , Very Hard to beat In this area, will return,,,

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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Somerset, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2013

Spent one night here and really didn't want to leave. The hotel is nestled in the most beautiful village I have ever been to. It was like stepping back in time and I feel like I have been away for weeks and not just one night. We stayed in room 9 which occupies the roof space and was quite divine. Beautiful beams, exquisite furnishings, comfortable and cosy bed and a super en-suite. Fluffy bathrobes and White Company toiletries-what more could a girl ask for. The staff were friendly and efficient. There when you needed them but not fussing over us. We ate in the restaurant and I enjoyed my 'blue rib eye steak'-mouth watering. We then popped over the road for a glass of hot mulled cider-delicious nightcap! This morning we enjoyed a stroll around the village in glorious sunshine. We will definitely be coming back here.

Room Tip: We enjoyed room 9 up in the roof space. The furnishings, beams and cosiness of this room perfect for...
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  • Stayed November 2013, 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2013

Nestled inside the magnificent Castle Combe medieval village at the south end of the Cotswolds, the Castle Inn is a rare gem, with location, service, room quality and food to rave about. With a four poster bed, claw foot bathtub and fabulous restaurant, it was a fitting location for a wintery anniversary night - plus poached eggs and Wiltshire sausage for breakfast! The owners, Bill & Anne, were there and they have managed to perfectly integrate history and modernity. The combination of Castle Combe, the White Hart pub, the surrounding countryside and the Castle Inn made this a weekend to remember.

Room Tip: Ask for room # 4, with the fancy bathroom and big bed.
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Market Cross, Castle Combe SN14 7HN, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Cotswolds > Castle Combe
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 6 B&Bs / Inns in Castle Combe
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 11
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