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Howard's House Country Hotel & Restaurant
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Teffont Evias
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Reviewed March 4, 2013

My wife and I took advantage of the Winter 3 night break at this tucked-away location to celebrate her birthday. We have nothing but praise for the hotel, the food and the staff. It was truly memorable. It was not meant to be a cheap weekend, but considering the standard of the whole package, it was excellent value for money. The owners have worked hard to reach this standard and clearly have maintained it over a number of years. We certainly hope they don't compromise on this and are able to continue for many more years to come. We will certainly be back!

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  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 9, 2013

We visited this hotel with friends to celebrate a special birthday, and this was a special hotel in which to celebrate it! The location is stunning - Howard's House is set in a quintessential English village in wonderful countryside and is within easy reach of Salisbury. It is a country house hotel with lots of character.
We were warmly welcomed on arrival, and once unpacked settled down in the lounge in front of a roaring log fire where we were served refreshments. Everything here is homemade down to the biscuits served with tea.
In the evening an interesting selection of canapes were served at the pre dinner reception - it was difficult to choose which ones to have as they were all so tempting. The dinner itself was outstanding - a mix of smoked salmons, Sika deer cooked to perfection, and passion fruit souffle for dessert - we could not fault anything and the presentation was a delight. The cellar is extensive with a selection to suit every pocket.
The service was excellent with friendly, cheerful staff who were efficient and helpful.
The following morning both my husband and I had smoked haddock with an egg on top. We have had this dish in numerous hotels over the years with varying degrees of success, but this was the best we have ever had. The fish was perfect - falling apart at the touch of a fork, and the aspect that made the difference was it was served on a slice of brioche that absorbed the egg yolk and gave it a slight sweetness - divine!
Our bedroom was up a few flights of stairs - it helps to be fit and not have heavy bags - and although it could not be described as luxurious it was absolutely fine. A big plus were the big white towels, bathrobes and the toiletries from The White Company.
I would thoroughly recommend this hotel to people who enjoy food and wine - you will not be disappointed.

Room Tip: If you have mobility problems ask for a room on the lower floors. I don't believe there are any...
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  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed January 3, 2013

My husband and I celebrated New Year's Eve here - enjoying the fabulous six course taster menu with a 'flight of wines' (5 we counted) and we can thoroughly recommend it. Champagne and capapes in front of a log fire started the evening off and we returned with other dinner guests to the fireside to see in the New Year with another glass of champagne. We had a lovely room right at the top of the hotel, very comfortable and clean and so wonderfully quiet! We would be very tempted to return in better weather to try some of the walks advertised in the brochure as the countrside looked gorgeous.

Room Tip: There is no lift and the stairs are steep so opt for a lower floor room than us if your case is heav...
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  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 23, 2012

My partner and I came here based on Trip Advisor recommendations, and were not disappointed. On a grey, drizzly Sunday afternoon in October we were welcomed with tea and cakes and a blazing log fire, which set us up for a gentle walk along the stream, and past the church to the lake, where we watched fish rising to catch the late afternoon flies, and admired the idyllic Autumn colours.
Our room was the very secluded Room 9, at the top of the house: super bed and linen, White Company bathroom supplies, fresh fruit, good biscuits, excellent tea and coffee, and our own cafetiere.
For dinner we went for the tasting menu: it was £60 each, but worth it- seven exciting and interesting juxtapositions and surprises, from scallop and black pudding, then light-as-air cheese fritters with fennel and pomegranate, to perfect fish, perfect game, and finally a delicate berry souffle with ice-cream mousse. For those not wanting a full bottle (or second full bottle) of wine, the excellent list also offers a carafe of 50cl of a number of wines.
The service was good: all the staff were attentive but unobtrusive; friendly but not obsequious.
Overall- a memorable experience in every way.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 27, 2012

Our American cousin declared it “the most charming spot “she had ever seen. and it’s hard to disagree. A slender spire rises above lichen covered gravestones and the church is full of history, stained glass and some oddities. A polite stream takes you back to the hotel’s glorious garden and pond, where you can sit on the terrace and feast on fine food. The restaurant is very good and gives even the cooked breakfast an original touch. The house itself is prettier than some of the photos show but if you have mobility problems do check when you book so that you avoid the steep stairs and get a room with a suitable shower.
We were rather put out that the rooms were not ready when we arrived and lacked the wow factor which characterised every other aspect of the hotel - but I loved the view from my window and the old stone walls which kept phone reception at bay.
Staff were faultless and friendly, even the hardworking waitress who kept smiling when we asked for food after the kitchen closed, and Simon who told us about the Fovant Badges. (Although I misheard and was expecting animals and a sett
There are plenty of things to see nearby - but you could happily go no further and feel you had already found the cream of Wiltshire dining and countryside.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 24, 2012

The hotel really is as pretty as it looks in the photo's and the little hamlet is beautiful. We stayed in Room 1 which was spacious and had a wonderful view over the garden and the field beyond. It does get hot in the room though as there is only one small window that opens (and then only a little way), but this is part and parcel of the original old stone windows and replacing them would be criminal! The bed was fabulously comfortable. It's a shame that the rest of the furniture in the room was mismatched (but not in a good way - it was a old, cheap and mismatched rather than eclectic antique!). However, that's me being very picky - the room's view more than made up for the overall tired appearance of the room. It is worth mentioning though that this isn't a cheap place to stay, and with the price tag comes a certain expectation of finish.

The food in the restaurant was fantastic. It's genuinely as good as you get anywhere, simply amazing. A wonderful chef. Our only issue was service related - we were disappointed that one of the meals that we'd requested to not have certain ingredients included, came with it anyway. This resulted in the waitress being a bit grumpy when we asked for it to be sent back (her comment was that as it was "only a bit" she thought it would be ok!!). I was surprised to have to ask her to take my meal away whilst the other was being re-made, and they really did just keep it under the hot plate. A shame that the service wasn't as good as the food, but the food really was great.

I was also disappointed that no effort was made at all to acknowledge that it was my partners birthday (despite them being informed repeatedly!). I didn't expect much, just a little candle in his desert. However this wasn't forthcoming and I had to ask the waitress to do this for me after he'd eaten his desert! However, when I made the request she was happy to help.

On a final niggle, and unfortunately our last impression of the hotel…. the service at breakfast was the worst we've ever experienced, anywhere, ever! We waited ages to order, then ages for our food. In fact we watched another table that arrived and ordered after us finish their breakfasts before ours came out! I was also advised that they'd "just" run out of soya milk - 6 days ago!

These niggles are purely customer service related, only small in the scheme of things and shouldn't put you off staying here as the raw materials at Howards House are all there - beautiful hotel, idyllic setting and a top notch chef. If they just pay a little more attention to the customer service details it will be perfect. We definitely recommend giving them a go. It's highly unlikely you'll be disappointed.

Room Tip: Room 1 has wonderful views over the garden to the field (with cows) beyond.
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  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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HowardsHouse, Partner at Howard's House Country Hotel & Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded March 29, 2013

Dear KirstyandTom,

Thank you very much for your kind review of August 2012. We really appreciate your thoughts and feedback.

It's lovely to hear that you enjoyed your visit with us and particularly the location and food.

We completely agree that the furnishings in place during your stay were very much in need of replacement - unfortunately your visit happened to be just before we underwent an extensive refurbishment of all the bedrooms and bathrooms - which we now feel represent a considerably higher standard.

We are also sorry to hear that you were not entirely satisfied with the service you received - it is our wish to provide all our guests with the highest standards of service, care and hospitality, so it is a sadness to hear that this was not your experience. The waitress to whom I believe you refer is no longer working with us - our current front of house team is a very cohesive, dedicated and happy unit, and I very much hope that were you to visit us again your experience would be a more wholly positive one.

Your feedback has been very helpful so thank you once again for taking the time to share it.

Best wishes,
Charlotte Greenwood

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Reviewed July 18, 2012

Stayed for 2 nights in early June, 2012. We stayed here about 15 years ago, and it is still pretty good. It is really more a great restaurant with rooms. The rooms are quite nice, but are getting a bit tired and "long in the tooth". Needs some updating, but is still quite comfortable.
The restauarant is still first rate, and while not cheap, is a pretty good value for what it delivers.
Very good service in the hotel and the restaurant. Worth a stay if you want a quiet, relaxing place in the country for a bit.

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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HowardsHouse, Partner at Howard's House Country Hotel & Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded March 29, 2013

Dear Racer 356,

Many thanks for your kind review of last year. It's lovely to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us and in particular the food.

In response to your thoughts that our rooms were getting somewhat tired, we are in complete agreement with this, and you may be interested to know that this winter we have refurbished all of our bedrooms and bathrooms, and feel happy to say that we feel they now reflect a significantly higher standard.

Thank you very much for taking the time to share your views, your feedback is much appreciated. We hope to welcome you again!

Best wishes,
Charlotte Greenwood

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Address: Teffont Evias SP3 5RJ, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Wiltshire > Teffont Evias
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Teffont Evias
Price Range: $260 - $269 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 9
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