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The Slaughters Manor House
Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Lower Slaughter
Certificate of Excellence
Worcester, United Kingdom
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44 reviews
10 hotel reviews
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“Anniversary Meal”
Reviewed June 29, 2014

We went to the Cotswolds for our anniversary weekend this year and decided to stay at the Lower Slaugther Inn which was great, but for our annivearsary meal we went across the road to the Lower Slaughter Manor Hotel (2 minute walk).
We decided to go for the 8 course taster menu with the accompanying wine flight. The whole experience was fantastic. The attentiveness of the staff was excellent from the moment we arrived. The waiting staff were great and the sommellier had a fantastic knowledge of the wines and was passionate about them all. The food was exquisite. Every course was perfectly cooked, wonderfully tasting, timed to perfection and the whole menu was beutifully balanced. The Fish Course (Turbot) and the Main Course (Beef) were particularly good.
Probably the best meal I have ever had.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
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Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed June 27, 2014

We stayed at the Lower Slaughter Manor house for 2 nights over Easter and thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The building, grounds and suite we stayed in were beautiful. On arrival our room was upgraded to a gorgeous suite which availed us stunning views over the grounds. We decided to eat at the manor's restaurant both nights which was a culinary delight. The staff were also very helpful and knowledgeable about the area and their food and wine recommendations.

The manor house is a brilliant base if you would enjoy walking. We went for a picturesque 3.5 hour walk to a nearby pub and back which for both of us was memorable. As it was Easter we were spoilt with lots of Easter delights in our room. We highly recommend the Manor house and would definitely return.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
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Romford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed June 4, 2014

This was one of the best if not the best hotel we have ever had the pleasure to stay at. From the moment we walked in the receptionist was very helpful we had afternoon tea which was real tea not tea bags it was very nice. We had the taster meal in the evening was superb meal all staff were excellent. We had lunch the next afternoon three course meal was superb. Breakfast in the morning was lovely they know how to poach an egg here. All in all a wonderful stay at a wonderful hotel the gardens were superb well kept lovely flowers. The hotel is a credit to all staff who work there we will return next year and stay longer.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
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4 Thank thrombo1
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General M, General Manager at The Slaughters Manor House, responded to this review, June 24, 2014
Dear thrombo1,

Thank you for reviewing your recent stay with us - we are delighted to read that you had such a memorable experience!

We look forward to seeing you again next year, if not sooner!

Kind regards

Abbi & the LSM team
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Guildford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed June 2, 2014

We have stayed at the Lower Slaughter Manor a number of times, including our first weekend away together 5 years ago.

It is a lovely, welcoming hotel, which despite some of the grandeur feels homely (see the walking boots lined up by the front door for guests to borrow, and brandy in the room to have a nightcap).

Yes there are some quirks, but there tend to be in old British buildings. We always stay in the Charlotte room as a reminder of our first trip together, and we love it there. It has its own entrance corridor, a huge bedroom suite with two comfy chairs at the end of the bed to read the paper and have a coffee in the morning, the comfiest bed I have ever slept in, and huge bathroom with double sized shower.

The food is always great: breakfast is a continental buffet (with cooked elements prepared to order rather than left standing), and in the evening the meal is brilliant (certainly comparable to our favoured London restaurants).

The staff are always helpful, and will even contact you ahead of your stay to see whether you want anything particular arranged for your arrival (i.e. champagne/wine on ice in the room, flowers etc).

For those who like the Cotswolds, the location is pretty prefect. It is a very short walk to Upper Slaughter and the nearby mill-cafe, across the road is a nice pub/hotel (which I believe is owned by the same people) which is great on a summer's evening, and is about 15-20minute walk from Bourton-on-Water along a stream and across a couple of fields (it is well signposted).

The only downside is that it is not cheap, but we have quite often been able to find good board and meal offers that make it far more reasonable. I would not say that it is the best place for a family (no pool etc) but for a couples weekend it is pretty much perfect.

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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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General M, General Manager at The Slaughters Manor House, responded to this review, June 24, 2014
Dear jimjam1235,

Thank you for reviewing your stay with us. It is lovely to read that you keep returning to the Manor and enjoy your visits each time!

You might like to keep an eye on our website for some fantastic offers we have on our weekend flash sales!

We look forward to welcoming you back in the future,

Kind regards

Abbi & the LSM team
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Market Harborough, United Kingdom
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Reviewed June 2, 2014

We booked Sunday lunch here as it was a half way meeting point for friends. If you like a traditional lunch, then maybe this is not the place. We ordered a bottle of wine while we were looking at the menu and the waiter seemed to think his role in life was to top up our glasses after each sip to encourage us to finish the bottle before the starters arrived!

3 courses for £30 sounds good value. Starter of cauliflower soup was delicious and the salmon was tasty. The beef and lamb (loin) was beautifully presented with veg as more of a garnish than a portion but tasty nevertheless. In fact the roast potatoes took up more room than the meat. My friend specifically asked if the mint sauce was freshly made - and if it wasn't he would opt for the beef. However, the lamb arrived with the statement that the chef said the mint sauce wasn't fresh! This is astonishing considering there is a herb garden growing fresh mint - lazy chef or what? The service was haphazard, waiting for sauces, and gravy. (excellent horseradish) A second bottle of wine wasn't served with the meal, we had empty glasses! In fact the wine should have been decanted as there was a lot of sediment left in the glasses. Desserts were pretty but the pastry on my chocolate tart looked like cardboard and needed a pickaxe to break it.

The restaurant was empty - there was a private party of about 12 in an alcove and another couple, that was it. We asked to have our coffee in the garden but it was afternoon tea time and they weren't sure they could accommodate us, so we had it at the back of the hotel, which was very pleasant in the garden (had to move a bench ourselves as there were only 2 chairs round the table). The tea wasn't hot either. This is a beautifully located hotel and should be heaving with customers on a Sunday, so something is obviously lacking, I think with a bit of care, better service and better management this could be very much improved.

We parked our car across the road at the sister hotel by mistake, but on reflection it might have been better to eat here as it was very busy and had much more atmosphere! One more thing I think £5.50 is outrageous for a cup of mint tea!

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with friends
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General M, General Manager at The Slaughters Manor House, responded to this review, June 24, 2014
Dear ydrewnicki,

Thank you for taking the time to review your Sunday lunch with us and please accept my apologies that you did not enjoy your afternoon with us. It is a shame that you did not mention your feelings when you settled the bill as we would have loved to have addressed your concerns at the time.

Having spoken to the waiter and restaurant manager on duty at the time, they are both very sorry that you feel their service was haphazard. I have spoken to the waiter regarding the mint sauce and he had not understood that you would not have the lamb if the mint sauce was not fresh. Since your feedback, the chef has started making both the mint sauce and the horseradish from scratch.

We do hope you choose to give us a second chance in the future, but if not, I can highly recommend lunch at the Slaughters Country Inn!

Kind regards

Abbi & the LSM team
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London, UK
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Reviewed May 30, 2014

We stayed on a Monday night on a secret escapes deal. On that basis the value was excellent, I would not have wanted to pay the full asking price. As we drove in we were greeted by David(?) who took control of the bags from the boot of the car, and was throughout our stay present and helpful with everything - he is a true asset.
We were upgraded from a Classic to a Deluxe room (Cedar), which was over in the carriage house. Checking in was simple, and we were taken to our room to settle in. The room was nicely done with a more modern influence in the colours and artwork, and was a tale of two halves. A huge grand bedroom, with bed tucked away to the side, and a freestanding bath sitting at one end with half height glass doors to separate it from the bedroom. So far so modern grand. But walled off in one corner was a tiny bathroom with toilet, shower and sink wedged in to a small space, and decorated in a very tired manner. Strange use of space we thought.
We went across to the main drawing room for our included cream tea, which had good quality scones and a great selection of teas, together with delicious biscuits. The room however could be so much better - none of the chairs or sofas matched with the heights of their assigned tables - the armchairs shared one very low, tiny side table making it hard to eat anything given the bending and reaching involved, and the larger tables by the windows (where we were sat), had a normal height table but very soft slouchy chairs. In the end both of us resorted to sitting on top of the scatter cushions, in turn on top of the seat cushions to be able to eat in comfort without the table almost being at nose height. The group of 4 Japanes tourists sitting on the sofas with a coffee table between them were also struggling with the height difference, and balancing various items from their full afternoon tea on their knees, perched on the edges of the sofas without dropping anything. For a cup of tea alone this room would be lovely (although I do think it could fit more furniture in to feel a little cosier, and rearranged a little to take better advantage of the space). However for a cream tea or afternoon tea, the height differential was just too much - perhaps it should be served in the restaurant if this is easier. I don't normally focus on these things, but it did stand out for me.
We ate dinner at the sister establishment across the road. Breakfast had a decent but not outstanding buffet (bottled pressed juices and generally good quality but not made on the site inclusions which generally elevate breakfast at these types of establishments. I ordered the smoked salmon and scrambled eggs, whilst my partner had the kippers. My scrambled eggs were overcooked and rubbery, and the kipper was very bony - we understand they are not always filleted, but this specimen was noticeably difficult to eat. Although both our plates were far from empty, there was no question raised by the waitress when she cleared them.
It was a comfortable stay, but considering the other offerings in the near vicinity I am not sure we would rush back. Most of the points above are matters of personal taste however, and we would recommend this Manor to others.

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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
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General M, General Manager at The Slaughters Manor House, responded to this review, June 24, 2014
Dear tal27,

Thank you for taking your time to review your recent stay at the Manor and we are delighted that on the whole you enjoyed your break with us.

I am sorry that you found the Drawing Room an uncomfortable location for afternoon tea, but we find that our guests enjoy the homely feel of sitting in the lounge where it is more relaxed, rather than sitting in the dining room which is a little more formal.

With regards to breakfast, I have passed your comments onto the chef and he will retrain his breakfast team as necessary to avoid a repeat of your experience.

I do hope you will choose to visit us again in the future,

With kind regards

Abbi & the LSM team
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Reviewed May 26, 2014 via mobile

Arrived in late afternoon for our regular coffee but where told as they had no cake or biscuits left we could not order coffee!

Explained i am coeliac so need a gluten free diet my wife is on a diet so cake etc not required.

Response the same we cant serve coffee without cake or biscuits

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Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
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General M, General Manager at The Slaughters Manor House, responded to this review, June 24, 2014
Dear Quiteright,

Thank you for your review of your recent experience and for bringing this matter to my attention. It is really a very response and not one I would expect of my staff and rest assured I have brought your feedback up with the team.

I do hope we will see you again soon,

With kind regards

Abbi
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Property: The Slaughters Manor House
Address: Copsehill Road, Lower Slaughter GL54 2HP, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Cotswolds > Lower Slaughter
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Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Lower Slaughter
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — The Slaughters Manor House 4*
Number of rooms: 19
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