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Dunsley Hall
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Reviewed August 12, 2011

We stayed at Dunsley for two nights and were very pleased when we arrived to find a magnificent old country house. The room was large and well appointed and very comfortable. Staff were welcoming and friendly. We eat in the main restaurant on the first evening which is when the issues started to appear. The prices were very expensive, which would have been OK if the food and the service were at the same level. Unfortunately, they were not. We had to pour our own wine, they did not give us the correct cutlery for our food and the food itself were just OK. When you are paying £27 for a steak you expect better. The 2 waitresses in the restaurant clearly had not been trained which left us feeling a little cheated on what could have been a very nice meal. Other than that the hotel was very good and I would recommend it to people but but advise them to eat out.

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Thank CruisingBrian
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Reviewed August 2, 2011

I stayed at the Dunsley Hall with my partner for a mid week break. We were allocated a lovely room overlooking the gardens, although on the small side the room was very clean.
We ate in the hotel on the first night and had a really enjoyable meal, with canapes served on the terrace whilst we enjoyed pre- dinner drinks. I would recommend the hotel for anyone looking for a quiet country hotel break.

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Thank jeannie459
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Reviewed July 25, 2011

We had a lovely overnight stay. Great garden view room and spacious bathroom. Efficient and friendly staff. Would recommend this hotel.

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Thank ukrebecca
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Reviewed July 8, 2011

Firstly I looked at previous reviews and was amazed at the pettyness of some comments e.g. the kettle in the wrong place

Stayed overnight in room 19; quiet, clean, large modern bathroom with gels and creams; a good size room especially compared to City hotels.

We had dinner and breakfast and both excellent especially dinner; service was better than average for 'Country House' style places and the staff were attentive, helpful and friendly. The restaurant is a lovely rectangular room and not cramped.

I undeerstand it is not 4-star because there is no lift and they do not turn the bed down! Overall we thoroughly enjoyed our brief stay and would go back if in the area. It is only 3 star but much better than many higher rated hotels we have stayed in, particular the meals which were superb. We booked through booking.com and for £(( B&B we thought it was excellent value and did not consider the food and drinks to be expensive.

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled on business
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Thank Craig J
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Reviewed June 16, 2011

My wife and I stayed at Dunsley Hall for 3 nights in June 2011. We were greeted by friendly staff who showed us to our room (Number 3) rather than simply giving directions. We were invited to take tea/coffee in the lounge after settling in ,which we did. Our room was very large and well furnished with all items in excellent condition and the room, like all the public areas we used was immaculately maintained and cleaned. The en suite was modern and spotless. The lounge is a beautiful oak-panelled room which opens out to a lovely garden-side terrace where drinks can be taken when the weather is fine. All the staff seemed friendly and helpful and actually seemed to work as a team (a rarity these days). Because of its construction, the hotel has no lift but help is available for luggage, but if informed at time of booking they will make all effort to allocate a ground floor room if necessary. We had pre-dinner drinks in the bar (another oak panelled room, with luxurious leather easy chairs), and our Dinner orders were taken there, and complementary pre-dinner chilled canapes served. Both the main dining room and the “Oak Room” are wonderful dining areas, the former with views of the bird feeders in the well maintained gardens. The tables are beautifully set out and the atmosphere in both rooms highly conducive to a good dining experience. We found no pretentiousness at all; merely friendly and efficient service. The kitchen and serving staff have a working system that ensures short waiting times and efficient clearing of tables.
So now to the all important food. Breakfasts are a feast. A self service table caters for fruit juices, fresh fruit salads, cereals, croissants, yoghurts, and the like. Cooked breakfast include all the obvious choices with the “top” meal being a full English, including eggs (from their own hens), bacon, sausage, black pudding, mushrooms, tomatoes etc. The food is local, fresh, tasty and cooked to your requirements. Racks of toast with butter and jam/marmalade are liberally supplied as is tea/coffee.
Despite the undoubted excellent quality of the breakfast, the highlight of Dunsley cuisine is dinner.
The ingredients are usually locally sourced and of high quality. The dishes are simple, to bring out the flavours of the ingredients (not swamped with unnecessary sauces), and are cooked to perfection. Equal care appears to be applied to all components of the meal (the seasonal vegetables, served as a side dish were all cooked separately and each perfectly done; sweet Chantennay carrots, green beans with a “squeak” on the tooth, and firm yet tender asparagus). As main course throughout the stay we had, duck, guinea fowl, chicken, beef fillet, sea bass and gnocchi. All dishes were close to perfect, with just enough “jus” or other accompaniment, the bring out the flavour of the main ingredient. A lovely touch is the complimentary “amuse bouch” (an example being tomato and orange soup) served prior to the starter, and the palate-cleansing sorbet, served between starter and main. Desserts were not mass produced, as so often happens, but again obviously lovingly prepared in the kitchen, and included such delights as Eton mess, Creme brulee, and for me, the gem; bitter dark chocolate tart. So was this really “exorbitant” as one reviewer suggested? By no means. The price compares favourably with any high quality restaurant anywhere in the country, and is a brilliant deal compared to restaurants in major UK cities, (probably even Manhattan!). Prices for wine also are “par for the course” in a restaurant, but for each category of wine on the list at least one, was at the price set for the house wines, (£15.95 at time of writing).
In summary, a delightful hotel in an impressive building, surrounded by well tended grounds superb views, excellent cuisine run by attentive, friendly and efficient staff; what's not to like?

  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled as a couple
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