Manor House Hotel Review

When I moved to London, I realised I hadn’t been to a lot of great places in Scotland and now that I am in England I don’t want to make the same mistake and with summer around the corner, it’s a great time to get out and about! I decided it was time for a rural retreat.

The Manor House Hotel: Key Review Points

Location: The Manor House Hotel, Castle Combe, Chippenham, SN14 7HX. Car is the best option for getting to the hotel because of its rural location. The closest bus stop is Chippenham Village Centre which is a 4 minute walk from the hotel.

Price: Average price for a standard double room is just over £200. 

Hotel Star Rating: 5 Star, and this hotel lives up to it.

Facilities: Wifi, Bath Tub with TV, Waterfall Shower, iPod Dock, DVD player, Satellite TV, Flat-screen TV, Tea and Coffee machine, Free Parking, Room-Service, golf-course. 

Cleanliness: Excellent. The rooms are immaculately laid out. 

Food: Delicious food but fairly small portions. Room service is also available as well as a breakfast buffet in the morning.

Why Visit: For the most luxurious and relaxing hotel stay in picturesque grounds. 

The Manor House Hotel

I stayed at the Manor House Hotel while I visited the little village of Castle Combe and honestly it was a major part of why this trip was so great. This is how you do a country break five-star style. It is on the expensive side, but it was worth it for a weekend away if you are staying for one night. This place is amazing.

Firstly because it looks like this…
Front view of the Manor House Hotel

You can pretend for the whole weekend that you are lord of the manor and say things like “let’s go for a hunt” “where are the hounds?” “bring me my pipe” “I’m taking the corgis out for a walk”. 

The hotel has several lounges where you can just relax and they are happy to serve you anything from their “informal” menu in any one of the rooms while you smoke your imaginary pipe by the fire.

Manor House Hotel Main Building and Lounges

Front view of the Manor House Hotel

One of the many lounges of the Manor House Hotel in the main building
The hotel has a Michelin star restaurant (the Bybrook) if you really want to enjoy luxury all the way. However, they also have an "informal" menu with great food. Portion sizes are small but they are the right size for you to fit in a starter a main and a dessert.

Breakfast was also fantastic. I am a holiday breakfast fanatic. I will wake you up to make sure we make breakfast it's not negotiable (this is how to lose friends and alienate people). They do a buffet style continental breakfast and you can also order something warm from their menu.

Alternatively, if you want an easy going village meal you can pop into the Castle Inn which is just outside the hotel grounds. It serves tea and scones as well as dinner including some good old fashioned fish and chips.

Bookshelf goals
The hotel is perfect for reading a book or just having tea and chatting while you enjoy the great scenery could play chess! It’s one of the cute little extras the hotel provides. Obviously, I decided that one should play chess after taking one’s corgis out for a walk. So I took a crash course in chess, lost miserably, licked my wounds and then ate dessert (sticky toffee pudding – a.k.a work of art).

Chess in the hotel lobby

The other really thoughtful little touch is the hotel’s DVD collection. I really loved this, even though I didn’t get the chance to take advantage of it (because I was too busy having a bubble bath with the built in TV - I'll tell you about that after). I’ve stayed in some great places while I have travelled but I haven’t seen a DVD collection done like this before.

Manor House Hotel DVD collection

Manor House Hotel Grounds

Manor House Hotel grounds

The second reason I loved this place was because of the amazing and extensive grounds. The grounds are so beautiful that after my husband and had finished our hike around Castle Combe we went out for round two to explore the place. It turns out we were staying in the secret garden - it was full of great spots. These pictures are from some of the places on the grounds.

Waterfall within the Manor Hotel Grounds

Nosying around really paid off, we discovered some great spots.

Ok, so if you aren’t impressed with the mini waterfall then they also have croquet, outdoor chess, tennis courts and a golf course.

Manor House Hotel Rooms

My room was in one of the beautiful cottages in the grounds
This row of cottages is actually part of the hotel and is where we stayed (yes, I stayed in a postcard).  I booked a standard double room. The actual room itself was lovely with big country windows and double mattresses on the bed so you can be the princess but without the annoying pea.

Standard double room Manor House Hotel

Kettles are so last year

Cute little extras like this little guy, who is your do-not-disturb sign, made it extra special. Also coffee maker - yes please. I can’t believe I was using a kettle all these years. And why on earth has no one given me a hotel smart pad before?

Standard double room bathroom

The waterfall shower also comes with power jets on the sides that surround you
The bathroom also had great extras. A huge waterfall shower is lovely as it is, but this one also had water jets built in on the sides. There was also a bathtub with a built-in TV (oh yeah). It is honestly one of the most satisfying things to get all squeaky clean after coming back from a hike.

All in all, this is one of the best hotels I have stayed at. It is the most relaxing and peaceful places and because of the extensive grounds, its a country getaway all in one. Definitely worth the visit. 

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