My wife and myself have visited all the Warner Historic hotels and have always found them a joy to visit. Cricket St Thomas was no exception.
After our 250 mile journey we were greeted with friendly, curteous reception staff. Although we were slightly earlier than the stated check in time, as our room was ready we were invited to take our cases to the room and relax.
The room was just a normal Ambassador standard, clean, well equipped and very clean, with a comfortable bed. (Much more cosier than Travel Lodge rooms).
Our room was in the walled garden area, which was quite a way from the house itself, but with Chricket House being a grade 2 listed building, there is only so much builiding work that can be accomplished near the hotel. The location of the room was not a problem.
The dining room was absolutely delightful, with a light and airy feel. The food, whilst obviously not corden bleu, was most satisfactory, with a good selection of dishes, all of which were served hot.
The entertainment, although not to our taste was quite enjoyable. We stayed for 5 nights and four of the five nights the entertainment consisted of the in house team entertaining guests with their rendition of the musicals. The other night there was a very funny comedian. Neil the resident keyboard player and entertainer is exceptionally good, with a lovely singing voice and a witty sense of humour.
They have a resident band, who play ballroom and sequence dances, and later play music for disco dancing.
The leisure facilities were superb, lovely pool, steam room sauna, solarium with piped music, gym (which were free to Warner guests) and a beauty salon.
As has been mentioned in previous reviews the public areas are looking a little tired, but whilst we were there, there was a team of decorators employed, uplifting the cabaret rooms and general corridors. Bearing in mind that it must be like keeping the Forth Bridge in good condition, they seemed to be doing an excellent job.
We found all the staff to be extremely polite, curteous, helpful and cheerful. It was indeed a joy to be there.
Having read other reviews I am a little perturbed with all the "age bashing" that seems to be happening.
Yes the general age of the guests is, as mentioned previously, approx between 50 - 80. Warners do seem to aim their market at this age group, which to my mind is a good idea. Where else can people of this age group go for a good night out. The towns, cities and even some villages are out of bounds, with all the drunken yob culture that is rife in Britain today. My wife and myself found it a pleasure to amongst such genteel, well mannered and polite people, who also knew how to use the Queens English without the necessary sprinkling of foul language littering every sentence and also who knew how to dress and behave for dinner.
I can thoroughly recommend Cricket St Thomas to anyone, wishing to spend a few days in beautiful countryside, relaxing or seeing the local sights, ie, Lyme Regis, Beer and Sidmouth etc. The Wildlife Park at Cricket St Thomas unfortunately is no more, but some of the smaller animals are still there and there is a lot of work underway to landscape the grounds. This should be spectacular when finished.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A 239 bedroom AA4 star Country House Hotel, Set in stunning Somerset countryside amongst 160 acres of beautiful lakes and gardens. Our adult only policy and 1/2 board packages with nightly entertainment and pool with leisure club make us ideal for a short break. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Cricket St Thomas Hotel, Lakes And Gardens Hotel Chard
- Cricket St Thomas Historic Hotel
- Warner Cricket St. Thomas Hotel Chard, Somerset