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Reviewed September 10, 2012

We stayed here to finish off a weeks holiday - how perfect. Outside does not prepare you for the inside. Inside all is calm, serenity and splendour, with great taste in furnishings and only eight rooms. We stayed in the Victorian Room - spacious, light, quiet. Huge bathroom - with a bath just made for two! This hotel is not for the prudish , erotic art on walls and love swings in the bed room are a nice touch!
Breakfast service did let them down though - waiter/chef really did seem confused and we didn't get what we ordered (either of us!) What we did get was good and it was easier to eat that than try to make ourselves understood.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Marie M
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HdV_Owner, General Manager at Hotel de Vie, responded to this reviewResponded October 7, 2012

Many thanks for sharing your thoughts on your stay with us. I’m just really so sorry about the confusion over your breakfasts.
As you can see from the other reviews, we normally do particularly well with the choice and quality of our breakfasts, and it’s so disappointing to me to hear that one of my staff wasn’t able to get it right for you that morning. As a result of your feedback, that particular member of staff has since undergone both further training and disciplinary procedures, so I sincerely hope that type of issue will now never happen again.

Despite this though, I am really pleased you could still rate us so highly, and still had a wonderful stay. We really appreciate your custom and look forward to welcoming you back again to show you how we can do your choice of breakfasts!

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Reviewed August 18, 2012

My husband booked room 4, the Decadence room, for our first wedding anniversary. From when we checked in, until when we left we had the most perfect stay.
We were greeted by a lovely member of staff who was very polite and courteous; check in was a breeze and we were shown straight to our room. The room itself is full of the character that you would expect from a house this age, with the odd squeak, but such a refreshing change from 'chain hotels'. The four poster bed was most comfortable and the shower was amazing. The range of complementary toiletries were luxurious. There was even separate shampoo and conditioner; a plus for anyone with longer hair.
We chose to stay in and have our evening meal, and after a game of chess we had the Thai green chicken curry which was delicious. For puddings we had crème brûlée which was decorated with dark chocolate drops and spotted dick with vanilla ice cream. Both were very yummy. The range of beer and wine at the bar was good. The prices charged were exceptionally reasonable and the staff on duty even played our favourite music as we relaxed.
After a good nights sleep, we had the full English breakfast: a jewel in this crown. The eggs were poached to perfection, the sausages had a lovely spice in them and the bacon was divine. Jason the owner even gave us a talk through on how to get the perfect poached egg!
Check out was a sad affair as we did not want to leave... Jason even gave us details of his supplier of earplugs as they were the best quality ones we have come across in a hotel. (The hotel is not noisy, the husband can be lol).
There are several pointers that make this a unique place to stay -
- This is an adults only hotel, so do expect a little naughtiness! From the love swings provided in the rooms, to the slightly erotic art on the walls, this is a hotel that is for the more amorous :0)
- Complimentary ear plugs are provided. Fantastic if you are a lighter sleeper.
- There are complimentary teas and a huge selection of Nespresso coffee, along with fresh fruit, yoghurt, biscuits and chocolates for snacking if you get the midnight munchies.
- The staff go above and beyond to make your experience a memorable one.

Thank you for the most wonderful stay, we cannot wait to return!

Room Tip: Check the website for a detailed explanation of the hotel and its themed rooms.
  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Nara74
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HdV_Owner, General Manager at Hotel de Vie, responded to this reviewResponded October 7, 2012

Many thanks for such a lovely and detailed review. I do remember helping you with details of our earplug supplier, and how we do our poached eggs :)

I hope both elements of information have been put to good use since your stay.

Of course we're really pleased you had such a wonderful stay. We look forward to welcoming you back again.

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Reviewed August 7, 2012

We stayed here last month for our friends wedding just up the road and we loved it. Great room, Great Service and Great Breakfast. The room was a great size and comfortable and great bathroom.

we will definatley be coming back to stay again.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank MSW1981
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HdV_Owner, General Manager at Hotel de Vie, responded to this reviewResponded October 7, 2012

Many thanks for sharing your great review on here with other potential guests. And of course we really appreciate the '5 star' rating you've provided.

We look forward to welcoming you back again in the future as you describe.

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Reviewed July 9, 2012

Just back from the Hotel de Vie . We stayed in room 4 Decadence. When you first arrive as others have said the outside does not reflect inside. As soon as you enter you know you are some where a little different, this can take some adjusting to as it is quiet and beautifully decorated.
There are biscuits fresh fruit and Nespresso coffee to have as you please. Our room was lovely and the bed and linen very comfortable. The room is on the road side which can be noisy but we personally didn't find it a problem.
A tip to improve would be to extend the dinner serving time. It stops at 8pm . 9pm I think would be better on a Saturday night, we would have eaten at the Hotel and had more drinks there rather than going into Town.
Also no Sunday papers,maybe ask if people would like one the night before and just add to to
the bill

Breakfast was superb
We will be back

We came away very relaxed and we will be back

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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HdV_Owner, General Manager at Hotel de Vie, responded to this reviewResponded October 7, 2012

Many thanks for taking the time to write your review on here, we're really pleased you had a relaxing stay.

I'm sorry that the 8pm restaurant ending time was a little early for you during your stay, although fortunately as you discovered the restaurants in town are only a 5-10 minute walk away from the hotel.
For your information, we did previously have our own restaurant open until later in the day, but unfortunately found that with allowing time to prepare each course after a late order, time for the guests' leisurely eating, and then the time to clean up afterwards, the noise from the kitchen washing could go on later than we'd hope for the comfort of our guests, hence the current 8pm order cut-off for everyone else’s comfort.

In relation to your thoughts about the morning papers: this is something normally people request the night before if they wish (as you can appreciate we’re very busy once we’ve started preparing our fresh breakfasts). I have however now added a small notice about this to our customer notice board, by the snack area, to help encourage greater awareness about pre-ordering their preferred paper.

We of course look forward to welcoming you back again.

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Reviewed June 30, 2012

Me and my girlfriend have just returned from our stay at Hotel De Vie, and we were very very impressed with our stay.

Upon our arrival we checked in very quickly by a very friendly lady (i didnt get her name) and were shown to our room, The Scarlet Suite which is on the ground floor, what was behind the door was better than we had imagined.

We had seen pictures but being there is an amazing experience, there is the four poster king size bed which is extremely comfortable, it also has curtains which makes it very romantic, the huge deep bath which easily fits two people at once, a dining table with very comfy chairs, a huge flat screen tv, nice bathrobes, comfy egyptian cotton bed sheets, i'm worried in case i have misssed something out :)

It's the little things that also add to the experience aswell, such as the jar of jaffa cakes, the range of coffee's, the ipod docking station, the DVD player etc.

We decided to have dinner, desert and breakfast in the hotel and the quallity of the food was amazing, very tasty and full of flavor, we had the spag bowl for dinner and ice cream for desert.

All the staff we came accross were very professional, friendly, easy to talk to and always had a smile on their face, nothing was too much bother for anyone, which is a great personal touch (and makes a chance from having things thrown in front of your face to sign and being told where to go), very friendly staff i can't speak highly enough.

I can't speak highly enough of the hotel or the suite either, very clean and easy to find things, we stayed here for our second anniversary and loved every second of it, the Scarlet Suite is amazing for couples who want time to reconnect with each other and feel true romance.

the hotel is also very easy to find, only a few mins walk from Farnham Train Station which has half hourly connections to London Waterloo.

This was an amazing experience and the service and quallity of the hotel made it that more memorable, we are already looking at dates for when we will come back, because we definitly will :)

Room Tip: Prices are slightly cheaper during the week, book the Scarlet Suite for the ultimate experience
  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank c8bondUK
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HdV_Owner, General Manager at Hotel de Vie, responded to this reviewResponded October 7, 2012

Many thanks for such a detailed and informative review. It's really lovely you've also posted your photos from your stay. Thank you.

It was a pleasure having you guys here as guests, and we're really pleased you had such a great time away.
I've also seen that you have now already rebooked that same suite for most of the major dates for you both throughout 2013! :)

We look forward to welcoming you back again soon.

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