I spent a week in Yeovil at the Manor Hotel. It's a delightful old place, tastefully refurbished, with a welcoming homely feel. My room was on the top floor of the main building, and was quiet and comfortable. If you like modern purpose-built hotels with shoebox-shaped rooms, then my room in the Manor Hotel wouldn't suit you, with its little alcoves, rather tight corners, gently sloping floor and very long en-suite. But if you're happy to stay in somewhere built in 1776 and thoughtfully converted for hotel use, you'll doubtless agree that these quirks are really part of the charm of the place. The bed was exceedingly comfortable and I slept very well all week. Breakfast offered a good variety and was completely satisfactory. On the whole, staff were friendly, helpful and approachable, and the management have obviously made every effort to give everyone a perfect stay.
Unfortunately, little details can sometimes disappoint the visitor and frustrate the best intentions of staff. During my stay the free wi-fi was on the blink on one evening (a one-off problem, I understand) – but when I explained why this posed a serious problem for me (deadline the following day), staff kindly found a workaround. Technology struck again when I checked out and found that calls made from my room phone had been charged by their automated system at about three times their published rates. My invoice was adjusted after some discussion.
However, the Manor Hotel is a charming old place with a lot of character, well maintained, with a good standard of furnishings and fittings and a very pleasant ambience. And it's worth adding that it's only two minutes' walk from Yeovil town centre, five minutes' walk from a very large Tesco Extra (24 hr opening) and under ten minutes' walk from the excellent local Goldenstones leisure centre and swimming pool.
In case you hadn't realised, the hotel was extensively refurbished towards the end of 2011, so you'd be wise to regard reviews before November 2011 as substantially obsolete. This also unfairly affects the average ratings – look at the 2012 reviews and you'll see what I mean...
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Refurbished three years ago The Manor is located in the Somerset town of Yeovil with easy access via the A303. An Ideal base if visiting Yeovilton, Sherborne. Built in 1735 by local glover and merchant banker John Daniel, the house was known as Hendford House. After he passed away the house was rented out until 1927 when it became The Manor Hotel. A manor it may not be, but it is certainly elegant enough to be one. Its classical facade and porch are of warm, mellow stone, and to its long single wing, also of stone. It has a cheerful modern bar with scrubbed floorboards and pale beechwood furniture and fittings. Today the hotel is a firm favourite with locals and travellers alike. You will be assured of a very warm welcome and great hospitality. Yeovil is the ideal spot from which to explore Hardy's Wessex. Nearby attractions include Glastonbury Abbey. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Manor Yeovil, Somerset