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“Lovely hotel and setting” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Stanton House Hotel
Ranked #5 of 24 Hotels in Swindon
Fordingbridge, United Kingdom
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225 reviews
47 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 129 helpful votes
“Lovely hotel and setting”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 23, 2012

The hotel is set in lovely grounds on the edge of Stanton Country Park. We booked a classic double room for two nights and found our room to be very good with a comfortable bed, fridge, tv and tea and coffee making facilities. We had a large bathroom with a separate shower and bath. The room was starting to look a bit tired and could do with an update but feel that you have to put price into the factor. We paid only £114 for two nights bed and breakfast through Expedia and felt this was exceptional value. The hotel itself is very well kept and has a japenese element to it. This being that they have Mt Fuji Japenese restaurant (which is a more authentic japenese experience) within the hotel. We did try this restaurant and it was lovely for a one off experience but do not feel if we visited the hotel again that we would eat there. Breakfast is both English and Japenese - we found the service at breakfast very slow and it was quite hard to order tea/coffee as required. We had afternoon tea in the conservatory one afternoon and found this to be very enjoyable. They also have another restaurant (Rosemary) which serves English and Japenese food. The hotel seems to cater mainly for weddings ... having one even on the sunday whilst we were there and you can see why with such a stunning setting. I think only downside of the hotel is that when they have functions on ... because the hotel is on the small side facilities wise ... the functions tend to take over the general areas for regular guests staying and you can begin to feel in a little in the way of the functions going on ... especially when you are casually dressed and they are all in their fine attire!

Room Tip: Think any room would be ok. We had one facing the car park and found it to be very quiet.
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  • Stayed July 2012, 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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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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  • Cleanliness
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Yorkshire
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60 reviews
37 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 15, 2012

Stanton House Hotel looks like a well-cared for modern version of an English country house hotel. It is set in lovely grounds next to an old church miles from the nearest village. The two storey building has been fitted out so it has a central atrium where there is a bar and lounge and many of the rooms are on the ground floor. It looks like someone gave some thought to providing decent access for non ambulant persons.

The room we were in had a comfortable bed, clean good quality linen, was provided with free internet, plenty of electric sockets, an empty fridge (which we prefer), coffee and tea facilities, plenty of complementary biscuits, and a good size bathroom. Our room was a single although it had a double bed in it (the official doubles were sold out) but it was plenty big enough for us. Our room was very clean. Although we stayed in Summer it was cold but the radiator worked efficiently once we had turned it on (very nice to have individual radiators so we weren't dependent on block heating). Car parking is free.

One of the best things about this hotel is the food. We had dinner in the Rosemary restaurant (essentialy the hotel's main dining area) on the Thursday evening when the buffet was an amazing all you can eat for £21 including sushi, noodles, dumplings and more.

The hotel is owned by the Japanese car manufacturer Honda which has a major plant in Swindon, the nearest city, and was set up originally to cater for visiting Honda executives. It still has the same clientele (along with the 'normal' hotel guests) which means that the food always has great, properly prepared and cooked sushi and noodles on the menu (we have ate there before though not previously stayed at the hotel). If you are into Japan, you can also watch NHK (the Japanese equivalent of the BBC) as it is provided on the cable TV in the room along with the more common channels.

The hotel has another restaurant the Mount Fuji, which we were told has recently been upgraded, and it certainly looks spotless and welcoming. It is presented as a typical Japanese restaurant that specialises in yakiniku - which is essentially 'roast meat' - not good for a vegetarian but for meat-eaters a peasure. The barbeque is on the table and you cook the meat on the table (like the Korean 'bulgogi'). We took guests from Korea and they admired the quality of the food as did we. The service was prompt and the restaurant when we were there was not overcrowded - partly I think because the hotel does not market the place enough. The Mount Fuji restaurant is more expensive than the Rosemary but it is still not expensive (from £25 to £35 a head for lots of courses and about £20 for a good bottle of wine.

Prices of drinks throughout the hotel were not overpriced about the same as you would pay in a pub. Room rates include breakfast which includes a full English breakfast from a buffet and proper coffee. The price for our first night through Late Rooms was an amazing £59.50 for two people includnig breakfast. Full price for the same room was £74, still a bargain.

If I were to make a constructive criticism it might be that there was a lot of staff about and although some were excellent - especially the restaurant staff - the staff on reception could do with a bit of training and/or be a bit more welcoming. Front of house does matter. The lounge area is also a bit of wasted space at the moment as the atrium is stuffed full of leather chesterfield type sofas which are not very comfortable or nice to look at and the floor and walls are bare - although with lots of glass through which the beautiful grounds can be viewed. Some reviews have said that the rooms could do with being updated but i think this is more a question of individual taste than functional necessity. I wuold normallt prfere more contemporary decor but for me the positives were so overwhelming that I did not find that the red carpets spoiled my sense of having had a very special couple of days.

The manager Alex from Greece is wonderful. We had a small issue and he resolved it promptly, cheerfully and professionally. They are lucky to have him.

All in all tremendous value for money and a little Japanese haven in the Wiltshire countryside.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 10, 2012

I have been using this hotel every year for four years now.

Some of the decor is dated and in need of renewal however the staff are friendly and the hotel is kept extremely clean.

The hotel is owned by Honda and is located close to their factory in beautiful surroundings. As it is owned by Honda most of the clientele are Japanese workers at the factory and therefore everything is geared towards them.

The majority of the food is Japanese or Japanese influenced and is reasonably priced. The breakfast is a little expensive for £10 but is all you can eat buffet style with bottomless coffee,perfect for a long days fuel!

Rooms in the newer part of the hotel are generally basic but functional (fridge and tv), typically Japanese! There is also free wifi throughout the hotel and a dedicated area with network connections should you not have wifi.

I have not had a bad nights sleep but be warned, there are only two thin pillows in the single rooms and no spares... In addition to only two power sockets, which have to be used with the kettle and fridge... Bring a multiplug!

I certainly plan on returning next year.

Stayed July 2012, traveled solo
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43 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 9, 2012

Just a 10 minute drive from Swindon I booked a single room for one night. The room was larger then I was expecting (not much smaller then what passes for a double in some hotels), with a 4' comfortable bed and a full-size bathroom with bath. A mini fridge was a useful feature, and there was a decent sized TV with about 14 terrestrial channels with mostly good reception. The decor is a little bit dated, but in good condition. My only niggle was that neither the room not bathroom radiators came on. I know it was July, but I would like to have been able to dry towels for re-use in the morning. Staff on the whole were helpful and pleasant,and the conservatory bar was much nicer and more useable then in most similar priced hotels. The overall appearance and presentation of the public areas was excellent, with all possible period features of this old building made the most of. It is hard to believe that the hotel is only 3 star rated, the quality of everything on offer is more akin to a 4 star, so I believe the Stanton House Hotel is a real gem when booked at the sort of rates available on the likes of LateRooms. I did see into a few double rooms that were being cleaned, they seemed very spacious and well equipped. Overall I'm very happy to recommend the hotel.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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devizes
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 3, 2012

I was told this place did Japanese food and wanted to give it a go, I took a friend with me and there we went.
We were a nicely surprised on arrival, busy place but nice courteous staff and not in your face.
I went for the twisty menu, squid tempura and beef fillet for my main meal, my friend was more adventurous and went all out on sashimi and something else i can't memenber.
The food was superb, the staff was nice and the setting relaxing.
I will return,

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 30, 2012

We came here tonight with high expectations of wonderful dinner but the food was filthy.

Firstly, on arrival, we were given menus but were offered no drinks. We had to collar a waitress with a frown across her face after about 20 minutes if we could have a few beers.

Once asking to order our food (we had to collar someone again after a long wait) it looked like we had put them out hugely by wanting to order food.

On arrival of food after waiting an incredibly long time (in a half empty restaurant), it arrived over cooked and cold. We were not asked how the food was and they were very surprised when we said we wanted to return the edamame beans.

When our main course arrived (once again after an incredibly long time). One meal was sent back straight away. The meal was of a breadcrumbed number but the breadcrumbs were soft and mushy. Had to ask for something else and was told that there would be a long wait for this. Food was spat out on plates.

At no point during our meal were we asked if we wanted drinks, we had to go to the bar to order and no one seemed to be fazed by the fact that we were highly unsatisfied with our meal.

The staff at this restaurants need to be shaken up. They all need to learn some customer services skills and a smile would also be nice.

Wouldnt bother wasting your time or money here.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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46 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 11, 2012 via mobile

We were greeted by a receptionist with little grasp of the English language, who forgot to point out that the hotel was about to have NO water the evening of our stay.
An evening in the restaurant found my girlfriends chicken curry to have more skin than meat. The staff were apologetic and offered an alternative, a fatty fillet steak. Disappointing.
On retiring to our room, we were woken by an infestation of flying ants !!!
Breakfast in the morning carried the same hap hazard service, staff who seemed out of their depth.
This Japanese owned hotel tells me they have absolutely NO attention to detail, I won't be buying a Honda!!!!
Very disappointing stay.......

Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Stanton House Hotel
Address: The Avenue | Fitzwarren, Swindon SN6 7SD, England
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Location: United Kingdom > England > Wiltshire > Swindon
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
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Ranked #5 of 24 Hotels in Swindon
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Hotel Class:3 star — Stanton House Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 78
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