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Fyfield Manor
Ranked #1 of 2 Benson B&B and Inns
1 review
“home away from home”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 9, 2013

these people couldnt have done more to make us welcom. we traveled 12 thousand miles for this and it was worth every mile. outstanding. cant wait to go back! the room was HUGE the breakfast. man i've never had bacon that good. these kiwis are more than happy

  • Stayed December 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank ronniemackie
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    5 of 5 bubbles
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    5 of 5 bubbles
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Portsmouth
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60 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 5, 2012 via mobile

My husband and I stayed at Fyfield Manor for one night on our way from the south coast to Northampton. Before we arrived I telephoned to ask for recommendations on places to eat. Christine was very helpful and told us about 2 local pubs. The manor house is set in gorgeous grounds with a lovely water feature out front. Our room was very large and comfortable and included a big flat tv and sofa. Our private bathroom was just next door rather than en suite but, together with our room, it was privately contained on a mezanine level so it was perfectly fine. We had a corner bath with a shower attatchment rather than a shower cubicle. There were plenty of lovely toiletries too.

We had decided on local pub The Crown for dinner which was a half mile stroll away. Food and service there was great and we had a very enjoyable evening. The South African landlord even came to our table to check our meals had been okay which was nice.

Back at Fyfield our bed was very comfy and we got a good nights sleep. Breakfast was a home grilled full English by Christine using local produce and was delicious. The dining room was as gorgeous as the rest of the house. Before we left Christine kindly showed us the other rooms as well as the private self catering house which had been built by her son. It was all really lovely and the careful way in which all materials had been sourced from the grounds was a great touch. The original parts of the house were fascinating.

We would definitely recommend Fyfield Manor and would love to stay again if
we're ever that way.

  • Stayed September 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank fragal
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Colchester, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
10 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 29, 2012

Very enjoyable 2 night stay. Could not have been more friendly and helpful

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank retired581
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UK
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7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2011

Stayed for one night. Excellent accommodation, spotless, warm and welcoming. The Manor was overflowing but Chris just took it all in her stride and hopitality was faultless.
We shall be back again.

Room Tip: We stayed in the Cloisters - an excellent self contained apartment with superb facilities.
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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank silverfocus
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Geneva, Switzerland
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 6, 2011

We were on our way back from Scotland to home in Switzerland and stayed, with our young child, in the nursery room; a trip back in time for those of us who are over 18! It was very comfortable and clean, and the attached shower room was both efficient and fun.
We had continental breakfast as well as full English breakfast, and both very good. Christine goes out of her way to find out what your preferences are, and is a perfect hostess.
It is nice, in this extremely fast changing world, to know that there are still places where traditional values count. We shall be back.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank James T
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Kamloops, Canada
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22 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 11, 2011

My friend and I were in the blue (twin) room, which was very comfortable and has a lovely view of the front garden. Christine, the host, was incredibly helpful, supplying maps and bus schedules and even pick-ups and drop-offs (since we had no car).

The breakfast was delightful; everything is sourced locally (including from the host's own garden) and it is clear that Christine takes great pride, as well she should, in caring about these sorts of details.

The only warning I would give is that not having a vehicle means you have to walk a distance (20 minutes to Ewelme or 25 to Benson) to get lunch or dinner. I had a bad cold while I was there and so the walking felt a little daunting.

On the whole, though, this B&B is a great choice. Thanks, Christine!

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank professor47
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Peterborough, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 17, 2011

The blue room was a lovely room and bathroom, we couldn't fault it but the Old Nursery was a children's bedroom still and hadn't been customised for guests. It was a bit dingy and dark and had a strange set-up with two doors in the wet room. The breakfast was in a dark, cold room and completely lacked imagination as there were very few cereals to choose from and we ordered the continental breakfast, which was just hard, thin pieces of toast. The helicopters started landing in the strip next door at 10.00pm also, which was a nuisance.

Room Tip: The blue and beige rooms are the best.
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  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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Helpful?
3 Thank Hanny100
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chris_fyfield, Owner at Fyfield Manor, responded to this review, August 30, 2011
I appreciate the guests could not fault the blue room - thank you.
Comments on Old Nursery. - the second door in the bathroom is a fire exit. It neither affects guests privacy or comfort.
Decoration - each of the 3 guest bedrooms are individually decorated and furnished to reflect the period and history of the room. Each room is clearly shown on the web followed by a detailed description. If a guest books by phone I spend some time discussing the room requirements. As the name suggests 'the Old Nursery 'has been a children's room since C18th century and offers a large comfortable family room.and children delight in the Old Dolls house. It is not meant to be like a hotel room. This room was requested because a shower was preferred.
Dining room - This is C12th and as shown on the web the colour and furnishings are appropriate to the period. I am sorry they found all the C12th features uninteresting.
Heating - During the summer the main central heating is switched off however there are independent heaters in all rooms used by guests. and underfloor heating in 2 of the bathrooms. Following the review I am now making a point of checking that guests are warm enough. Had the guest let me know they were cold I could have resolved the matter in seconds. From mid September onwards the gas central heating is on plus a large wood burning stove is lit at every breakfast.
Breakfast - a buffet style continental breakfast followed by a full cooked breakfast is offered to all guests (low season a discount is offered on rooms with continental breakfast only). T he continental part of the breakfast consists of any combination of 7 cereals (3 organic, 1 special diet.) Organic natural yogurt, bowls of dried fruits (figs, prunes etc) fresh fruit to include bananas and fruits in season, fruit juice , wide selection of teas, coffee or hot chocolate and of course toast. (medium cut waitrose wholemeal) and a wide range of preserves. This can be substantiated both by the 2 ladies who work here each day plus the guests staying in and around this time.
In conclusion I would encourage guests to speak to me directly if there is a problem as I will be more than happy to resolve it wherever possible. In this case I could have moved the guests to the cream room and made sure they had adequate heating had I known .
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Property: Fyfield Manor
Address: High St, OX10, Benson, Wallingford OX10 6HA, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Oxfordshire > Wallingford > Benson
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Ranked #1 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Benson
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
12th century manor countryside guest house situated in the village of Benson. It has recently been restored and refurbished and now offers very comfortable hotel-equivalent accommodation in a building with features which span 7 centuries, many of which have been hidden for over 250 years. ... more   less 

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