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“Needed a Woman's touch!” 2 of 5 bubbles
Review of Gatwick Grove Guest House

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Gatwick Grove Guest House
Ranked #4 of 4 Copthorne B&B and Inns
Trowbridge, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
8 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Needed a Woman's touch!”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 9, 2012

After being led astray by our sat nav, spending ages driving up and down the road and with limited response from local pedestrians, we found the entrance with the help of instructions in broken English via our mobile phone.
We found hauling our luggage up an iron circular staircase to the attic family room quite a challenge late in the evening. The room had seen better times and old bedding was crammed into the cot which smelt damp and of questionable cleanliness so our 7 month old slept with mother and three year old with father in separate beds. Were the sheets fresh?? we couldn't tell for sure but the overall impression was that they had been there some time before our visit. The bathroom fittings were mouldy, the loo handle faulty and a layer of dust hung over the skirting boards in the main room. This room may have looked presentable once, but the plain wood bathroom door had not weathered well, bearing a large split that could have negated any privacy if we had been bothered. At daylight we looked out onto a balcony with potted plants that had shrivelled up and died through lack of attention - typifying our overall impression of this place.
The decor was functional and dull. When put together I doubt whether it had ever had the benefit of any female touch - indeed whilst we were there we did not see one woman. Nevertheless we had been politely invited in and shown our rooms, politely ushered into the adequate dining room and politely shown the way out. The cooked breakfast was quite adequate for the price and there was plenty to fill us before a days travel across the world.
On our return we were dropped off by our taxi at the guest house. Although we had phoned on arrival at Gatwick we stll had to wait outside under two umbrellas in the pouring rain for 25 minutes for our car keys to be returned to us - and the car had obviously been kept under a tree (perhaps in someone's personal garden??) as it had collected piles of bird guana on its roof.
Value for money? Well, it was cheap for the parking and the family room, so we should not have expected too much and at least the breakfast was filling!
Will we be going there again? I'm happy to rough anything, but if my wife has her way (and she is always right!) we most definately will not visit the Gatwick Grove ever again.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 bubbles
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English first
Dereham, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 2, 2012

We booked this hotel as part of a deal with APH parking as we were travelling from Gatwick airport the following morning. This hotel is fine for a one night stay, and is in a very good location for the airport parking (5mins away). The hotel was difficult to see from the main road as the sign is small and hidden in hedges, we therefore missed the entrance and had to turn around to have another go!! We received a friendly welcome at the door, were shown to our room and arranged breakfast for the following morning. (Time and what we would like).

The room was clean and comfortable, very warm - we had to switch off the heating!! The double bed was two singles pushed together but was actually very comfortable. The bathroom was clean, although there was a small amount of mould around the bottom of the shower.

When we went down for breakfast we were met by the owner, who cooked the breakfast as we were ready for it. The full english breakfast was very nice, cereal and toast was also available.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank barclaybird
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Pontypridd, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 25, 2011

We booked this guest house as part of a 2-week parking deal with APH, and paid £80 for bed, breakfast and parking - which we thought was very reasonable.

We arrived around 10.30 pm, and drive past it once as it was dark, so a sign on the main road would be helpful, but no huge deal. We parked here for the night for free, then took our car in the morning to the car-park.

We were taken to our room by the owner and were asked what time we would like breakfast.

The room was nice and of the quality that you'd expect from the price.

We went downstairs for breakfast at the time we requested, and the owner was there waiting for us to make our food, which I thought was a nice touch.

It would be useful if we had been given a map/ directions to APH from here, but luckily we met another couple who knew where it was.

Overall, I owuldn't stay here for a romantic weekend, but for a one night airport stay, this is perfectly adequate and I would use again.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank darbydoo1806
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Birmingham, UK
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61 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 21, 2011

Stopped 1 night, booked through APH as we were flying from Gatwick and needed an overnight hotel and parking for the car. Arrived early evening and had trouble pulling onto the drive at the front of the hotel as it is on a very busy road, not easily visible in the dark as it is hidden behind trees and a hedge. We passed it before we realised and then had to find somewhere to turn round and go back. There is parking on the front drive for about 6 cars. The door was answered by a man who could bearly speak english, who showed us to our room, asked what time we would be having breakfast and what we would be eating. The first impression of the room was ok but on entering the shower room I was hit a strong smell of damp and sewerage. The sealent round the shower tray was black with mould and the shower curtain was filthy. There was no toiletries as mentioned on the website and when I asked for some all I was given was a small bar of soap! The curtain rails were pieces of brass pipe and the double bed was 2 single beds shoved together. I had a terrible sleep as the mattresses were cheap and thin and the sheets felt rough. When we sat down for breakfast the next moring I noticed the table cloths were dirty, with the remains of several days spillages on them. The cooked english breakfast was ok, there was plenty of cereal to choose from and bread supplied for DIY toast but the butter, sunflower spread and jam was from a tub that everyone else had been using so full of toast crumbs, not pleasant. There was no fruit as mentioned on the website but I din't ask if they had any as I just wanted to leave by that point. It was fairly cheap to stay here considering breakfast was included but if you are looking forward to a nice sleep before tackling a 9 hour flight to the USA I would go elswhere, or just go elsewhere anyway! This could be a lovely guest house without too much effort as the rooms are a good size but the present owner is obviously intent on running it into the ground.

Room Tip: Rooms at the front are noisy due to the busy road
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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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4 Thank rochycoo
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
53 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 142 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 12, 2011

Thankfully we only had one night at this hotel as we were flying from Gatwick airport the next day. We arrived late on the evening tired from a long drive, may I point out if you are driving to this hotel and you arrive when it is dark, it is very hard to spot as you're trying to turn off a busy 50mph road, just look out for 2 tiny lights either side of a driveway.
We were greeted by a man that spoke very little English who showed us to our room and didnt even offer to help with our heavy suitcases. We were handed the key and oddly asked when we wanted breakfast rather than being told when it was available between. The room was of a decent size but the "double bed" was just two single beds stuck together. The bathroom had an awful smell about it and the base of the shower was mouldy, I didn't even want to touch the shower curtains when I went in there as they were stained. Nonetheless we were surprised when no toiletries were supplied as stated on the website and when we queried we were given two bars of unwrapped soap from what appeared to be the hotel owners bedroom upstairs. We only found this out as we rang the front doorbell just to find out where he was to ask him.
The door to the room is a pain to lock and unlock if you've never come across them before and the instructions we received off the man were amusing to say the least as the only words used were 'right' and 'left'.
Breakfast the next morning didn't make things any better, we had a cooked full English which was lovely (unexpected) but the "fresh fruit" (none existent), jam (out of date) and stained tablecloths just made us glad we weren't stopping another night, one lady stopping on the same day as us even walked into the breakfast room, looked around and decided she'd rather get something at the airport. I didn't blame her really.
So all in all, even though the airport parking is not far down the road, I'd rather pay more and stop somewhere I know will be much cleaner and nicer. It's a shame really as this place has the potential to be a fantastic little b&b.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank Sarah C
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England
Level Contributor
7 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 10, 2011

We stayed there on the night of 29 October 2011 prior to flying out to USA on holiday. On the website it looked nice thr truth is different. We arrived at approx 6 pm we rang the bell continuously but no answer. Eventually a chinese person appeared from behind the house telling us that he was a tenant in the property and had been asked to let us in. He said the owner was abroad and relatives were running the guest house. They had an indian restaurant which they were working at that night. He showed us to our room which was freezing and handed over the key. We asked about breakfast and the possibility of having some heating in the room. He explained he could not answer our questions as he only rented accommodation there and was asked to let us in as a favour.

We tried all the radiators but none worked, (heating was off) we checked the bathroomn and saw that the shower was disgusting there was mould around the edges of the shower basing
suffice to say we could not use the shower in the morning. we were leaving early for our flight and there was no breakfast or any instructions on how to prepare some ourselves. (we had paid for breakfast) All in all the worst customer services we had ever experienced a total rip off. DO NOT BOOK THJIS PLACE - ITS A DISGRACE

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank jones3248
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Level Contributor
9 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 10, 2011

I stayed here overnight and it mostly met my expectations. The room was small, but a perfect size for a single traveller. There was a bit of funky mildewy odour to the room and the shower was a little grimy, but otherwise it was great value for the cost compared to other accommodations near Gatwick Airport.

I was graciously picked up at airport free of charge by the owner who was pleasant.

All things being equal, a great stay overall.

  • Stayed October 2011
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank Ruzuvi
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Additional Information about Gatwick Grove Guest House

Property: Gatwick Grove Guest House
Address: Grove House Copthorne Common, Copthorne, Crawley RH10 3LA, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > West Sussex > Crawley > Copthorne
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 4 B&Bs / Inns in Copthorne
Hotel Class:4 star — Gatwick Grove Guest House 4*
Number of rooms: 8
Also Known As:
Gatwick Grove Guest House Hotel West Sussex
Gatwick Grove Guest House Copthorne, West Sussex

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