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Rudloe Arms
Ranked #3 of 5 Hotels in Corsham
Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
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55 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“A Good value weekend break”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 10, 2013

I have no complaints about the stay here or the food that we ate.

We stayed in the annexe. Our room was clean, tidy and comfortable.We had a king size bed and two sofas in the room, dressing table,chair, desk and beverage tray. We had a large walk-in shower. The T.V was probably a 15 inch screen, but more than adequate, for the amount of time we were to spend in the room. In short absolutely nothing wrong with the room at all.

Only criticism.. the lack of water glasses in the room...even the Travel Lodge provides them !!

We felt that the bar lacked atmosphere, and was not designed to be comfortable, just a younger persons 'hang out' area ......but that is down to personal taste. We found the barman chatty and pleasant. We only used the bar once.

We found that all the staff were polite and approachable and did their best to please.

Dinner. My husband and I have a varied palate and will try most things...so the menu was fine for us.

I had makeral pate and toast..delicious. Hubby had Pork rillettes which he enjoyed.

Followed by slow cooked belly pork and beans... also good. Hubby Wiltshire ham, egg and chips. He enjoyed it, but would have preferred one thicker slice of ham instead of two thin slices...

We both had pear belle helen........fab.

All our food was tasty and served at the correct temperatures.

My brother is quite fussy and plain eater...I suspect that he would have struggled with the food on offer

Breakfast was a choice of juices,fresh fruit, yogurts, cerials, toast,plus a choice of boiled eggs, poached eggs with crumpets, kippers and various combinations of similar types of offerings to order.

If you wanted an 'eat as much as you can' buffet style breakfast...it was obvious from the outset that it was not going to happen...just not that type of hotel.

There was more than enough to eat for breakfast, and again all cooked as it should have been.

We had booked via the internet 2 nights dbb deal.

After reading some of the commenst on this site..I was actually dreading visiting the Rudloe Arms.

I thought that I had visited a different hotel. Honestly we found nothing to complain about (not that we go anywhere to find fault) There is nothing wrong with this hotel or the food, and was excellent value for
money.

This hotel is on the bus route into Bath and we had a great day out around the Christmas market without the hassle of trying to park etc.

We would use this hotel again.

Room Tip: We stayed in the annexe away from the hotel.. about 50 yards. Standard hotel syle, by the road, but...
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 9, 2013

My wife and myself have recently visited the Rudloe Arms for a weekend trip down memory lane. We chose the Rudloe as this was in the area we once lived when I was in the Army.
The whole experience was very enjoyable and the staff were very friendly and courteous.
We would recommend this hotel as a good base to explore Bath and the surrounding areas.
Once again we would like to thank the Rudloe Arms for a most relaxing and enjoyable stay.

Room Tip: A comfy bed with great views
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Christchurch, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 6, 2013 via mobile

In reading this review bear in mind that our group are pension age and enjoying an inexpensive special deal 2 night break. I will in future refer to us as "SDP", special deal people.
The hotel is an interesting Victorian Gothic building, originally, I believe, a school set in 4 acres.
We were in a separate newer stone built accommodation block, a few minutes walk from the main building.
The rooms were perfectly OK, clean, comfortable with well equipped bathrooms and plenty of hot water. The minibar had been removed. (Perhaps we SDP are not to be trusted!) Our friends room even had two sofas.
The bar however is a characterless rectangular room, the floor space of which is taken up with Pool and Table Soccer tables. There is the ubiquitous TV and a tacky plastic replica of a 1950's juke box. Round the edge are various less than comfortable seats and benches. If the designers had been briefed to produce an uninviting room totally out of keeping with the hotel they succeeded brilliantly.
The food was served in a comfortable dining area with lighting that nearly required the use of a torch to read the menu. Still, better than glaring overhead lighting.
Dinner was good if not excellent with what I assume was an unpriced menu specially for SDP. Steak extra
Breakfast well cooked and presented and adequate for us. Full English breakfast extra.
My Cumberland sausage breakfast comprised one 4" sausage, one medium sized tomato and one slice of toast, but of course, there was also the usual cereals, fruit, yoghurt and extra toast/marmalade etc.
I felt bar prices were high for a country hotel. Cheapest wine £26 per bottle, flute of Prosecco £6 and small cider £3.50. Then again my wife does call me "El Cheapo".
Our second nights dinner was at the associated Pear Tree which I will review separately.

Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 4, 2013

We have just returned from a Living Social break and having read previous reviews, we were prepared for most of the criticisms highlighted, eg uninspiring menu with limited choice, supplement for cooked breakfast etc. We even took our extension lead as one helpful contributor mentioned the absence of a powerpoint near a mirror, resulting in difficulties when using a hot brush or hairdryer.

On arrival, our prebooked time for dinner that evening was confirmed and although we were aware that dinner on the second night would be in the Pear Tree we had not been provided with any information regarding booking a table. This omission on their part was acknowledged as details should have been given on the booking confirmation. However, despite this error, we were nevertheless given the phone number for the Pear Tree and told to ring them straightaway. Not the best customer service that we have experienced!

Our large, modern room with underfloor heating was in Treetops building and was to our taste, with two sofas and a lovely power shower. However, a few negatives are that the TV was rather small for the size of the room, no drinking glasses were provided, the shaver point did not work and a bulb in one of the bedside lamps had gone. (This was replaced when brought to their attention). Our room was not cleaned very thoroughly and we had to contact reception for the toilet roll to be replenished as we were left with just a few sheets on the roll.

The service at dinner was painfully slow and an hour after our arrival in the restaurant we had only just had our Starters. We requested vinegar and were handed a Sarsons vinegar bottle! It is doubtful whether the tablecloth had been changed from the previous occupants of the table as it was sprinkled with salt/crumbs or both. It was not possible to identify which as the lighting in the restaurant is very dim.

The service at the Pear Tree the following night was prompt and the staff were friendly and attentive, frequently checking that all was ok with each course.

Overall, despite these relatively minor issues, we enjoyed our stay and feel that the price we paid reflected what we received. However, when the term "gourmet getaway" is used, together with the name of an eminent chef, expectations are going to be high and we would have been disappointed if we had not been enlightened by the experiences of other reviewers.

Room Tip: If it's a room with character that you are seeking, don't stay in Treetops.
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Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Bielefeld, Germany
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22 hotel reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 2, 2013

I have stayed at this hotel before and have never had a problem but that has changed since the new team took over. I wont mention the "quirky" bits but quite apart from them it was the overall service of the hotel which was lacking for me.

Upon arrival I was asked by the man on reception whether I would be "dining this evening" to which I said yes. This however does not constitute a booking apparently so I had to go and find an alternative elsewhere at 7.30pm. No apologies just thats the way it is.

In the bar the choices were very limited, they had a good wine selection and 2 lagers on pump but only one expensive bottled beer. If the hotel has the aspirations it appears to have then it should source some of the fantastic real ales that are available locally.

Breakfast had a supplement for full English, I would not mindpaying a supplement for a "full" English but this was 1 sausage, 1 egg, 2 pieces of Bacon and 2 mushrooms. My cup also had a chip in it (not a twice cooked chip I might add)

In my room the extractor fan in the bathroom didn't work and the back lighted mirror didn't work either.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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talbot green
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 25, 2013

We Also took up the living social deal for the two nights stay at Rudloe. When we arrived at the hotel we were impressed with the hotel and the grounds, our room was lovely, really large and spotlessly clean - so far so good! When we went for dinner I must say it started to go downhill, menu choices were really poor and consisted of basically ham and eggs, sausage or fish and chips! After dining at a MPW restaurant on board a cruise ship we expected a more superior dining experience, more than pub food anyway! The second night at the hotels sister restaurant, the (Pear tree) we really didn't expect the £26.00 plus tips taxi ride from restaurant to restaurant (this wasn't mentioned in the deal!) again the menu choices there were very limited and unexciting, three of us had cottage pie and one person had liver and mash!
As previously stated by others the lounge had far to many gaming tables, neon signs etc and no where near enough places to sit - not inviting enough to want to be there or comfortable at all! The drink prices were also way to steep! hotel drinks can be on the high side anyhow
I'll end on a positive - the staff were lovely! they all tried their very best how ever they could...

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 24, 2013 via mobile

We've just returned from the living social deal and a weekend stay at Rudloe and had a lovely time! The hotel itself is set in beautiful grounds which have been really well maintained and overlook Bath. Inside of the hotel is very quirky but we really liked all the art work and the pictures of MPW are really quite comical!

We stayed in the main hotel and our room had a lovely old fashioned bed with antique furniture to match. The bathroom was a little tired but nothing we couldn't deal with. Oh and the flag that other people seem to think is dirty is actually just printed like that to make it look old.

The food on the first night was lovely and service great. Breakfast was equally lovely and the £4 supplement for a full English shouldn't really be an issue as there is plenty of other stuff to chose from. E.g. waffle, banana and maple, poached eggs on toast or bacon and eggs on toast plus plenty of toast and cereals which you help yourself to. Yes you do have to get these from the trolley outside but there simply isn't enough space in the room to have it in there.

The second night we ate at The Pear Tree Inn and the food was lovely but the service was pretty poor tbh. The pub itself is beautiful and the staff are very friendly if not organised.

So, all in all a lovely stay at Rudloe and a great deal for the money paid. We'd definitely recommend it!

Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Rudloe Arms
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
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 5 Hotels in Corsham
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Rudloe Arms 4*
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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