If you're looking for somewhere lovely, with lots of character, great food and excellent service at a reasonable price then give The Old Manor a try. I cannot recommend it highly enough and will definitely go back!
We got an amazing deal on this hotel which included 2 nights bed and full English breakfast plus dinner on the first night. As it was such a bargain and only a 3* hotel, we were expecting something quite basic, however we were very pleasantly surprised.....
The hotel, a converted farm, is very rustic in keeping with the farm/manor house theme. Our room had stone floors, beams, and old style furniture but it was very clean, spacious and comfy. The shower wasn't the best but the supply of lovely, organic, bath room products and big fluffy towels more than made up for it!
It was very sunny when we arrived and after a guided tour of the hotel and garden (and a peep at the smoke house where they smoke their own fish and bacon) we enjoyed a bottle of wine in the garden. The bar is attached to the restaurant (the beautifully converted milking shed) and both are tastefully designed. Lots of 'vintage' but uncluttered manor style furnishings and quirky knick-knacks.
The food was excellent. Plenty of choices at dinner for all courses. Portions were a god size and the food was delicious and well presented. As it was such a lovely evening we had our cheese board (and an extra, cheeky bottle of wine) served in the candle lit garden.
Breakfast was just as good. There was the usual continental breakfast choices - no pastries but gorgeous farmhouse/granary crusty bread and a king size toaster. The full English was amazing.
We were delighted with our stay at this hotel but I have to say that the thing that impressed us most were the staff. Everyone - receptionists, waitresses, barmen, proprietor - were all so welcoming, friendly and obliging. Nothing was too much trouble and they are genuinely eager to look after their guests and provide the best service possible.
The location of the hotel was just outside Trowbridge and about a mile from Bradford on Avon. As we had planned to visit Bath (a beautiful city) and Longleat (a great day out) it was perfect for us....approximately 20 mins drive to both and a lovely, peaceful location to go back to. No sign of the ghost though......maybe next time!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Moonraker hotel, a grade 2 listed 21 bedrooms Manor house situated on the outskirts of Bradford on Avon/ Trowbridge and a 15 minute drive from the Bath Spa. Mentioned in the Domesday book as being part of the Abbess of Glastonbury's estate, the Manor house was originally build in Queen Ann Style before being upgraded in the 17th century to Bath stone. Purchased by Tudor & Lucy Hopkins in July 2013 the hotel has undergone a full refurbishment including transforming the restaurant into a relaxed informal dining space. Head Chef Matthew Briddon (River cafe, Paul Heathcotes) joined the team in September 2013 and has created menus around the hotels kitchen garden and onsite smokery. Nine bee hives provide the hotel honey and rare breed pigs live on the grounds. Kathy Lette (writer and author) stayed at The Old Manor and wrote an article for the Express where she said: 'The bedrooms, with their four poster beds and wide wooden roof beams, are so Jane Austen-esque I kept expecting Mr Darcy to get down on bended knee' The Moonraker oozes old world charm and is a relaxed cotsworld escape with some of the UK's top attractions on its doorstep. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Old Manor
- The Moonraker Trowbridge, England