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Howard's House Country Hotel & Restaurant
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Teffont Evias
Certificate of Excellence
London, United Kingdom
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69 reviews
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“What a picture perfect location”
Reviewed April 1, 2013

We arranged this for one night at the end of our Easter weekend and the venue is fantastic: house dating back to 1620 but nicely renovated in a tasteful way with comfortable rooms, bathroom and great restaurant on site. If you want to be close to Salisbury (20 mins) but in a quiet place then this is the place to stay.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 4, 2013

We have just returned from three nights at the hotel which we visited on the recommendation of friends. The hotel is very near Salisbury but in the most peaceful village in unspoilt countryside. A stream runs through the village which has no street lights and almost no traffic. The hotel feels like a friend's country house. There is no formal reception-we signed in by a log fire in the sitting room whilst a tray of tea and cake was prepared for us. Our room was at the top of the house but not low-ceilinged. It is not at all "designer-y" but nicely decorated as in a private home. The bed (with mattress topper) was comfortable and made up with good crisp bedlinen. There is every possible amenity supplied-such as White House toiletries, towelling bathrobes, cotton wool and tissues as well as mineral water,home made biscuits, magazines, hairdryer, tea and coffee making facilities (including cafetiere and a stainless steel flask of fresh milk) small flat screen tv and free wifi throughout the hotel. There are always magazines and the day's newspapers in the sitting room too.
The food is exceptionally good- we had written ahead about special dietary requirements and when we arrived the chef made a point of sitting with us to discuss what he had planned.
Breakfast was excellent-very good smoked haddock and kippers in particular. Dinner was outstanding.
Service is charming-efficient but not over the top. There is a small team working hard here- Noele Simon and Nick (the chef) have everything covered between them- all is done with quiet charm.
We would thoroughly recommend this hotel and are planning to return in good weather- the terrace and garden look very inviting but the weather was not good enough to enjoy them.

The surrounding area has much to recommend it too- great walking, historic houses and country pursuits too.

Room Tip: If you have difficulty walking ask for a room on the first floor .
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Andover
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
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!

Room Tip: Try a room overlooking the garden, which also takes in the church steeple. However, none of the roo...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Tring, United Kingdom
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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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Wiltshire
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
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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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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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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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
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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Property: Howard's House Country Hotel & Restaurant
Address: Teffont Evias SP3 5RJ, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Wiltshire > Teffont Evias
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