We loved Fawlty Towers, but experiencing it as a guest is rather less fun.
We stayed there while visiting Bray for the Fat Duck and Waterside Inn. By all means go to those fabulous restaurants, but do choose a proper hotel.
The most we can say is that this place has a beautiful setting and, much like Basil Fawlty, things seem to happen to them. They do not seem to actively try to inconvenience you, but they are rather good at it.
Where to start...
My wife got temporarily stuck in the bathroom because of a malfunctioning door. Was that before or after we were allowed to run out of tis extraordinary luxury, soap? Alas, I don't remember.
They bungled calling us taxis twice. One of the times we almost missed our reservation at the Fat Duck. Do they have any idea how bloody difficult it is to get one of those? I think they don't care, because they almost told me so.
The hair drier was activated by holding your hand high above your head and gyrating your entire body in funny ways. Endless fun, I must say.
Breakfast was good, no, excellent, after a big Bray meal, because it was poor and mosly gone by 9.30 ish a.m.
Upon experiencing all of this fine treatment we left a day early. My wife's conversation with the receptionist was straight out of Fawlty Towers, minus the "que?". We were told that a less than 24 hours ahead cancellation resulted in payment of the entire fee. We pointed out that there were more than 24 hours left and we were informed that is not relevant since the supervisor could not be disturbed until there would be less than 24 hours left and that's what counted. Strangely, we left early anyway.
I would heartily recommend this hotel to you all for at least a night, just for the fun of it. Of course, if you are not minded this way, then best stay away.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A stunning Georgian retreat situated on the border between Berkshire and Buckinghamshire. Taplow House Hotel is a peaceful haven only 15 minutes from London Heathrow Airport and 10 minutes from historic Windsor. Set in 6 acres of beautiful gardens and boasting Europe's largest tulip trees Taplow House Hotel is the perfect setting for a meeting, private event, wedding or relaxing overnight stay. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Taplow House Hotel UK - England