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“Shame the Boss did'nt make a show.”
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Rudloe Arms
Ranked #3 of 4 Hotels in Corsham
Reviewed October 22, 2013

Stayed Friday 18th for two nites, was invited into the launch, very very good, but no show from Mr Marco Pierre White, would have been nice to see him. the staff that night did an excellent job, rooms very good, food ok. what they have done in the bar is not to every ones taste, that's life, we thought it was ok. (different), didn't do the grounds as it was peeeeing down, but from our room they look good. No point gong on and on, will defo be returning, hopefully the boss might even buy us a drink.. Thank you all at Rudloe. x

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 21, 2013

Stayed here after booking via the LivingSocial deal which seemed a fantastic deal:- 2 nights B&B + 3 course evening meal on both nights in a Marco Pierre White gourmet restaurant.

We paid extra for deluxe room (far from deluxe room), smallest tv ever seen !! Room was big (in main building), but old decor, lots of stains on walls, floor not cleaned (throughout our stay), bathroom very poor, kettle for coffee & tea we had to put on floor to use as lead not long enough (uht milk gone off, cartons were covered in what looked like curry !!, we emptied all the ones we had hoping to have some new ones put in room but amazed when we got back from day out to find they had replaced with more cartons that were filthy dirty).

Food although very nice, not gourmet. (Thought if was going to be extra special being a Marco Pierre White hotel). Breakfast basic, had to pay £4 extra for a full English (which consisted of 1 bacon, 1 egg, 1 sausage, 1 mushroom & 1 tomato).

No way this would be worth the amount that was advertised as the full amount (not convinced it was worth the £199 + £60 upgrade room price we paid & no way this would be worth the up to £400 odd that was advertised as the original price).

Would not stay here again & would think twice about booking a deal for another Marco Pierre White hotel & any other hotels or breaks away on livingsocial again.

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 20, 2013

This is a beautiful building in rolling countryside and very convenient for Bath. The rooms in the newer block are clean and comfortable. The beds and bathrooms are very good indeed. In the restaurant the food is really very good. They use great ingredients, beautifully cooked and well-presented. The service is also excellent - prompt and knowledgeable. However, there are a few very minor points that could be addressed to earn a top rating.
Glasses and a bar of soap should be in the bathroom as standard.
The communal areas of the new block could do with more regular cleaning.
The maid asked us if we wanted clean towels, which we did not, but did not realise that saying we were ok for towels would mean our room got no attention. As a minimum I would expect the bed made, the bin emptied and a bit of J-cloth action in the bathroom. Also this enquiry about towels did not take place until 4pm.
At breakfast the tablecloth was still spotted from the previous evening's soup, and ( last little gripe) a £4.00 supplement for a full English breakfast comes across as pointlessly penny-pinching.
Having said those things, it is a lovely hotel, with helpful and friendly service and I would happily recommend it.

Room Tip: I don't know what the rooms are like in the main building, so cannot comment on them.
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Reviewed October 20, 2013

just back from Living Social weekend deal - disappointed with what was offered!
1) Staff - excellent, polite but suffering from lack of basic training in their skills.
2) Room - we were in Treetops (313)- a modern block at the end of the drive - not good if it's raining! Entrance hall - a bit like the entrance to a council block - including yellow stair nosings! Room okay, good size - walls need a fresh coat of pain, several bulbs missing,net curtains hanging off rail, lampshades dusty and shower didn't drain.
3) Food - Felt like second class passengers - if you advertise gourmet do gourmet! Very limited and ordinary pub grub - ham & eggs, sausage and mash - that said, well cooked.
4) Feel the £30 round trip in taxi to The Pear Tree should be mentioned on all bookings!

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 20, 2013

Having read the reviews just before we headed off on Friday for our Living Social deal of 2 nights dinner,bed and breakfast we were a little nervous about what we were letting ourselves in for!

The reception is a funny little affair of a desk at the bottom of the stairs, however the two young ladies checking us in were very pleasant and helpful. I mentioned that on the second night our booked table of 6.30 for dinner at the Pear Tree Inn was really too early but all that the Pear Tree could offer us as they advised they were full with Living Social guests. She called them and they could offer 9 or 9.30 which was great.

Our room was in the Tree Tops new building down the drive. We can honestly say it wasn't as good as a travel lodge. Large but the furniture was shoddy. The room was not very clean and the carpet cheap and stained. The shower room was tiny which was odd as bearing in mind this is a "new build" they had made a funny little "room" which had a desk, hanging rail and tea making facilities in it. The space could have been used so much better by making the en-suite larger and better equipped. However we were told this pre-dates Marco Pierre White. Despite two of the units in the room saying "mini bar" both units were empty so we decided to go and have a drink in the lounge/bar before getting ready for dinner.

As we entered, Mr Pierre White was leaving the building and kindly held the door open for us - nice touch to be so hands on. The bar/lounge is bizarre to say the least. The bar is a tiny corner of a large reception room. It was very busy with lots of people arriving. We managed to find a seat amongst one of the four or five pool/billiard tables that dominate the lounge whilst a photographer snapped happily away at the patrons, odd! A PR lady then asked if we were there for the launch and when we said no she invited us to join the other 100 or so invitees. We had a thoroughly enjoyable couple of hours drinking champagne and enjoying canapés. We assumed Mr Pierre White would be addressing the local guests at the reception but he didn't materialise again which did seem strange. However we had a very enjoyable and delicious meal in the restaurant that evening (ham egg and chips and fish and chips). Service was very slow but the meal couldn't be faulted. Missed breakfast the next morning after reading bad reviews and receiving a note in the room telling us it would be busy so to try and get there early.

Second night meal equally excellent, had the steak which was an additional £6.50 but first class. Menu practically the same as the first night but not complaining Although they had run out of the mackerel starter so small choice. I asked for ice cream for dessert and three lovely scoops with fresh fruit was beautifully presented at no additional cost. Not sure why when I called initially they could only fit us in at 6.30 as restaurant only had 5 tables of diners.

Breakfast this morning was fine, extra £4 for full English but a good selection of other choices. First time I had ever had poached egg on crumpet but really very good.

Conclusion: excellent value if going with the social living deal of £199 for two nights half board. Bedrooms poor and not cleaned properly. Food good although limited choice (fair enough) nowhere to sit and enjoy a glass of wine in the lounge as full of gaming tables. Sort out the fundamentals and it would be a nice place to stay as very close to Bath

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Reviewed October 19, 2013

We stayed at Rudloe hall last week for 2 nights as part of the Living social deal that's been flying around , £199 for 2 nights " Gourmet " bed breakfast and 3 course evening meal.
I had high expectations with the place being owned by MPW .
I'll break the review down into sections for ease of explanation .

#1 , the staff.... not a problem at all with any of the staff , service at both breakfast and evening meal was prompt and when passing us in the hotel everyone always said hello.

#2 , the room .... after checking in we were told that we were in room 2 , now after paying only £199 for a 2 night stay we thought fair enough , we won't be put in any of the best rooms , but it will be adequate . Now after reading some other reviews on here I do think we got a bit of a bum deal :(
Room 2 is directly above the bar area , this means that you can hear talking , and the TV through the floor.
The furniture is what I would best describe as charity shop junk , both bedside tables had big stains on , the dressing table mirror is so old the silvering is coming away on the rear , the wardrobe did not close , there was a old comfy chair and a tiny TV on a table .The metal frame bed however was quite comfy indeed !
The en-suite bathroom had 8 cracked and damaged floor tiles , the toilet seat was broken and sanitary silicone seals a bit black and mouldy. Towels were nice and fluffy !
The room had not been cleaned , the carpet was threadbare and covered in fluff cotton strands , obviously not hovered , there were cobwebs in the corners , an old price label on the windowsill and a squashed spider on the wall next to the bed.
The whole room felt tired and more resembled a bedsit rather than a hotel room.
We thought that because we were on a cheap deal we were given a " cheap room "

#3 , the food.
As said by other people , the choice was limited but what was served was well cooked and seasoned . I would of expected more from a internationally renowned chef's establishment .
But it tasted alright to me.
Breakfast was a bit of a cop out , having to pay £4 extra for a full English is not good form .
One day I priced up what my breakfast would of cost to cook , 1 sausage , 1 slice of toast , 1 tomato ... 50p max !
Dinner the second night was at another establishment , couldn't have a drink as I had to drive , menu was almost the same ..... it was our wedding anniversary that night so we felt a little let down.

We understand that doing deals like this that the owners need to do things on a budget , but I believe they are trying to strain the budget too far , they need to think of the customers and give them better service and conditions.
They told me this offer was to get the name out of the 2 establishments and boost business , I think it's had the opposite effect as everyone is saying how bad it's been rather than how good it was.

Room Tip: Don't have room 2 !
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Reviewed October 18, 2013

We stayed at the hotel last weekend on a deal, which included a 3 course meal each night, one at this hotel and one meal at the Pear Tree Inn another MPW hotelrestaurant nearby. First impressions, when we arrived the lady on the reception was wearing a vest top, which, (in my opinion) is inappropriate attire for front of house. We had paid £30 per night to upgrade to a suite as there were no standard rooms available. The room was spacious, but very cold and the furniture was well worn and some broken, the bed had a very cheap, uncomfortable mattress. my husband was initially impressed, as he thought there was a computer supplied, only to realise that the minute screen on the table was actually the television for the room, so no chance of watching it whilst laying in bed. The first night we ate at the Pear Tree Inn, which, to enable us both to have a drink, involved a £40 round trip in a taxi. We made our order with the waitress from the limited selection that was offered if you were on the deal (sausages, fishcakes or shepherds pie - hardly culinary taxing) and after sitting waiting for almost an hour, spoke to the waitress, who had forgotten to place our order. It didn't get any better at breakfast having to wait for ages before being served, then having a note placed in our room saying you would get a much better service the earlier you arrived - you are away on a restful weekend, why would you want to get up at the crack of dawn for breakfast? We ate in the hotel restaurant on the second night and suprise, suprise, the menu was virtually identical the the one from the night before, the only difference was the shepherds pie was replaced by 2 fried eggs on ham!!! There was no opportunity to upgrade to the restaurants a la carte menu. The next morning was a rerun of the breakfast scenario only everyone had to wait even longer. Overall, we were totally disappointed, you expect to go to a Marco Pierre White Hotel and Restaurant to sample of his beautiful cooking, not to get served what you could get in any local cafe.

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Address: Leafy Lane | Near Bath, Corsham SN13 0PA, England (Formerly Rudloe Hall Hotel)
Location: United Kingdom > England > Wiltshire > Corsham
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites
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Ranked #3 of 4 Hotels in Corsham
Price Range: $150 - $198 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Rudloe Arms 3*
Number of rooms: 40
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Perfect food and incredible, caring staff where "nothing is too much trouble" is what makes this truly unique and boutique English country house no. 1 in the area. With stunning views overlooking the World Heritage Roman city of Bath, in 15 acres of gardens, Croquet and a 9 hole practice golf course, you'll be spoiled indeed! ... more   less 
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