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“Sad attempt at a luxury hotel...dont waste your money staying here” 1 of 5 bubbles
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Danesfield House Hotel And Spa
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Medmenham
Certificate of Excellence
Edinburgh, Scotland
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15 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Sad attempt at a luxury hotel...dont waste your money staying here”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2010

Stayed here after attending a wedding at the venue. I couldnt agree with the previous review more that the rooms are like something out of an Agatha Christie film. Our room 303 was ridiculously hot and was split into two section due to what looked like a supporting wall. When you came out the bathroom the area had 2 chairs and a small table in about 2 x 1 m area. To get to the bed you had to go down a narrow corridor which was really ridiculous, it was very unsociable especially having other people into our room as there really was no room for 2 people and our luggage. The decor was tiered with bad patch up jobs. the TV was seriously old, would probably class it around 1991 to match the phone. One of the pictures on the wall had slipped out of its frame. The shower head was too low for me(i am 5ft 11) and the mini bar only had 2 bottles of water in it - not what I would call a mini bar!
The lift didnt seem to work and for £150 you would expect to get a paper included in that but oh no, that was charged for on checking out. We were at a wedding at the hotel and the drinks prices were absolutely ridiculous. £5 for a bottle of Becks(exactly Becks!) and £6.25 for a glass of white wine. Breakfast was a real shambles, it was a buffet style and tables had not been cleared, there was no cutlery, clean cups, enough food and the staff were all over the place.
It really is sad, its a beautiful hotel with lovely period features but desperately needs money and some real attention spent on it. I would not recommend this hotel to anyone and am gutted that I wasted £150 of my hard earned cash on such a place.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2010

If, like us, you are lucky enough to be wedding guests at the Danesfield House Hotel, you can enjoy the magnificent views across the River Thames near Marlow. The imposing building has attractive gardens and makes a great setting for such occasions.

Not wishing to drive home after the reception, we pre-booked a room at the hotel – in spite of the negative comments from other TripAdvisor contributors.

Readers who may have booked this venue for a forthcoming wedding need not worry, except possibly for the expense that they will inevitably incur. The wedding ceremony was well conducted, the reception was beautifully presented and the food was of a high standard. We had a wonderful time, as did our fellow guests.

BUT, if you stay at this hotel you are unlikely to return in a hurry.

They claim to offer a “special discount rate” to wedding guests but you can get the same deal from any on-line provider like Booking.com. We paid £150 for a double room rather than the outrageous £245 they currently quote on the hotel website.

Our room was like a stage set from an Agatha Christie play – fine from a distance or as a photograph. The bathroom was fine and the bed was very comfortable, although both were on the small side. The wardrobe was like a painted packing case and the other furniture was at best, basic. The rickety free-standing mirror reminded me of my school-day woodwork lessons. Several of the furnishings were stained and grubby and anything but 4-star.

Rooms have no safe or tea and coffee making facility and no sign of fruit or flowers. We did not try the elderly TV and would certainly not have risked lighting the gas log fire for risk of torching the place before the wedding! Drink prices seemed extortionate.

Continental breakfast is included in the room rate but everything else costs extra. Read the menu carefully and you will see that meats and cheese are available as part of the continental breakfast upon request. They are not on the buffet and there was no mention of them when they took our breakfast order. That said, the continental breakfast was very good with an excellent choice of very nice fresh fruit but no bread rolls.

Another family returned to their room around midnight, only to find that it had been infested with insects. Reception offered them a can of insect spray and, eventually, the Manager very reluctantly found alternative rooms for them.

The MC at the wedding did a fine job but overall the staff were mediocre. At least one was spotted devouring chocolates from the dinner tables and another started collecting up the gifts intended for the guests; all these having been provided by the newly-weds.

We thought the Spa was great and enjoyed an early morning swim, sauna and the steam room with other wedding guests. The Spa receptionist was very pleasant and helpful but the hotel rules only allowed children to use the pool at specified times, like before 9 a.m.

Our advice is to stay elsewhere, like the nearby 4-star Crown Plaza (room rate is around £86 per night including breakfast) with its Quad Club (spa), even if this entails a taxi ride. We suggest that you ignore recent reviews from contributors who state that they have never stayed at the Danesfield House Hotel but take note of other recent reviews before booking.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Chichester_Duo
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Berkshire
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18 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 20, 2010

We booked a table for dinner at 7:30 pm , having previously been advised by 'reservations' that the Orangery restaurant was very busy on the evening I booked and therefore could only offer me an 'early' table . We arrived at 7:15 to find the restaurant quiet empty. Nevertheless the staff seemed unable to cope and confused. Lots of dashing about but nothing getting accomplished! The female 'head' waiter had'nt a clue and just seemed to cause further confusion with her staff, most of whom struggled with 'english'... The food was mediocre and expensive and the drinks extorionate. Whilst we were dining the restaurant remained more or less empty with just a handful of diners. I now know why...

Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
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london
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25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 20, 2010

I have not actually stayed here but I have lunched quite regularly in their Orangery overlooking the terrace and topiary. The Thames can be seen below. It is an elegantly converted room, originally open but now glazed. Lunch is £16.50 or so for two courses which, for the setting and grandeur of the house, and for the excellence of their cooking, is extremely good value. I take people who are interested in WW2 history as Danesfield, once owned by the soap magnate Lord Leverhulme and built around 1900 in the Jacobean style, was known as RAF Medmenham in the last war, and the HQ of Image Intelligence [IMINT as opposed to SIGINT - Signals Intelligence - whose HQ was Bletchley Park]. It was here that Constance Babington-Smith and her team spotted in a 10 by 8 inch reconaissance photo the almost imperceptable signs of the V1 ['Doodlebug'], a ramp and some scarred and burnt ground. Churchill's daughter Sarah worked here in the war, between accompanying her father on conferences abroad.

But as well as history the hotel can boast a magnificent baronial entrance hall with minstral gallery, a large garden and woodland with views of the river [and regretably a caravan park], a spa, a cosy tapestry-lined bar, an award-winning restaurant [chef - Adam Simmonds] with magnificent stuccoed ceiling, which being expensive I have not patronised. Afternoon teas have become a poplular tradition.

It is half way beteeen Marlow and Henley and an hour from London, and a different world. It is owned by a Lebanese gentleman, who lives in London, who pops down unanounced from time to time to see that standards are being maintained. The restaurant staff in the Orangery, a mixture of polished professionals and eager younger waiters, are appropriately smart in their blue and yellow ties, and discreetly attentive. It is deservedly popular as a place to get married, and for business meetings. We have organised our parents 92nd birthday party there.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank nickyarthur
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London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 16, 2010

We stayed here last December and we loved it, It had a fantastic Christmas tree out the front of the hotel with huge lanterns either side. The inside of the hotel was cosy and the staff helpful. My only critism of the hotel was the 'Shining' (the film) type of corridors which do need repainting! We thought the whole experience was amazing. We liked it so much we got married there the following June..Everyone who stayed at the hotel was very impressed. The service in the restaurant the night before was slow, but it didn't mar our stay. We had a lovely day and fantastic memories. A few of my friends have gone on to stay there since. We will go back for sure..:)

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank summerwedding
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London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 13, 2010

I booked this hotel as a surprise for mine and my husbands 10th anniversary, after reading the other comments i was very concerned that my £150 for one woud be a complete waste of my money.

As this was our first ever hotel accomodation of this standard i was worried, but when we arrived my breath was taken away to see a beautiful hotel surrounded by spectacular grounds. we entered reception to be greeted by a very friendly lady, and advised the hotel had upgraded our double standard room to a executive room (204 hurley) room, the room was gorgeous over looking the garden/patio area / river thames-complete with balcony.

we couldn't fault the hotel- we had breakfast served to us in the comfort of our room which is standard. we didn't advised reception that we had a leak coming from a light in bathroom as we were only staying for 1 night and room was soo nice didn't want to move-. we advised recetion when leaving they got straight on the phone to maintenance dept to look at. it.

I really don't know what rooms the other people were staying in but our room/stay was brilliant. will deffo come back but my husband said not for 1 night but 2nights.

  • Stayed August 2010, 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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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank london9995
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London, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 11, 2010

I agree with every negative review written about Danesfield House and am adding ours, in the hope that people wont book to stay here - it is complete daylight robbery With the exception of an impressive main house, and some renovation to the communal parts, the rest of the hotel is run down, tatty, dirty and badly managed. We stayed for one night as a birthday surprise last weekend and the most surprising thing about our stay was the damp patches, peeling wallpaper, rotten windows and shabby 60's pink decor in every room & corridor. For a hotel of this standard and cost to be out- dated is unexpected, but for it to be unmaintained and dirty is totally shocking. The staff are poorly trained, inattentive and forgetful, and they appear to be immune to the nonstop complaints from guests. The duty manager that we spoke with advised that he isn't familiar with the rooms as he has only been there a few MONTHS....surely it's about time he had a walk round! According to friends who live nearby, the hotel is up for sale and therefore there is zero investment in the place. So, in short - please don't spend your money staying here, until it's sold, renovated and enters the 21st Century.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Tilly-Mint36
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Property: Danesfield House Hotel And Spa
Address: Henley Road, Medmenham, Marlow SL7 2EY, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Buckinghamshire > Marlow > Medmenham
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Medmenham
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Danesfield House Hotel And Spa 4*
Number of rooms: 86
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Danesfield House Hotel and Spa is an award-winning, luxury 4-star country house hotel located between the fashionable boutique shopping towns of Marlow and Henley-on-Thames in beautiful, rural Buckinghamshire. Privately owned, we represent a quintessentially British establishment overlooking acres of manicured gardens and the River Thames. Located near the M25, M4 and M40 motorways, just 45 minutes from the centre of London and 35 minutes from fashionable West London we are the ultimate Buckinghamshire Hotel to escape to. Each of the 86 rooms offers unique charm and character with the most enchanting traditional British interiors exquisitely combined with classical design. Our awards include: One Michelin Star awarded in Michelin Guide Great Britain and Ireland 2011AA, 4 Red Rosettes for Culinary Excellence, 12th Top UK Restaurant 2012 awarded by Good Food Guide 2012, Most Relaxing Spa UK 2011 awarded by Natural Health Magazine Spa Awards. ... more   less 
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