Last weekend we attended the wedding of two very good friends at Loseley Park in Surrey. I’ve written about the weekend here, however I wanted to write about the hotel in a separate post to break things up a bit! As I had never really planned to write a review of the hotel I’m afraid the post will be decidedly lacking in my own photos but such is life! (Many thanks to The Manor House for providing beautiful images for me to use!)
Our hotel for the weekend was the rather beautiful The Manor House, Godalming – even arriving in the dark you could see what a stunning building it was.
|The Manor House, Godalming|
Check in was smooth and we found our room quickly. Sadly I had omitted to mention to Dave that we had access to the gym & sauna so neither of has had taken any kit with us to take advantage of the free facilities! It had completely slipped my mind which was a real shame!
Our room was clean and spacious with an enormous arched window at one end looking out on to frosty grass and trees. We were both more than a little disappointed to discover our room played host to a double bed rather than the king size we had been desperately hoping for however that would have just been a bonus luxury and other features including free wifi and a lovely bathroom made up for that.
|Standard double room|
We had booked as part of the wedding party and as such were able to take advantage of a special two night rate which is always nice but by far the biggest bonus of booking into the same hotel as so many of the wedding guests was the fact we were able to spend the evening catching up with friends and meeting other guests over a fabulous private dinner – the menu was extremely reasonably priced and though I was drawn to ordering a burger as soon as I heard Dave utter the words “steak” my mind was changed! Two steaks, cooked perfectly to our specifications of one rare, one medium rare were soon served with chunky chips and the sauce of our choice (green peppercorn in my case – which was I was pleased to see served separately, I’m a bit of a control freak when it comes to sauce on my food!)
Once dinner was finished, dessert declined (which is unusual for us, especially as the menu was so tempting), we made our way back into the cosy bar to enjoy a couple of gin & tonics and meet other friends as they arrived during the course of the evening.
Our bed was a little softer than we would normally choose which meant we seemed to roll in towards each other during the course of the night – this combined with the fact that it was a standard double rather than a king size meant we didn’t sleep quite as well as we would have liked however the room was dark and quiet (two things which are not always a given in my experience!)
Initially we had planned to go down for breakfast quite late on the basis of it filling us up for the day ahead (weddings tend to mean missed lunches don’t they?!) but waking up early combined with Dave being a little concerned there’d be “nothing left” meant we were actually down for breakfast by about half 8. He needn’t have worried – there was an ample spread of cereals, pastries, yogurt, fruit and the like along with a regularly replenished hot breakfast. We savoured our full English breakfast whilst chatting to Kirsty and Chris, we felt no need to rush which in itself was somewhat of a luxury! As so many of the hotel guests were to be attending the wedding the atmosphere in the room was one of excitement for the day ahead.
Our room keys were on rather enormous blocks of wood – no chance of losing them but also not something you want to just slip in your handbag, so we were pleased to be able to leave them at Reception when we set off out for the day!
Fast forward to the end of the day and this tired lady was more than glad to get back to her hotel room, take her shoes & make up off and slide into bed. Not so the boys . . . Dave and a number of other guests stayed up to share a few more drinks in the hotel bar and apparently, from the state of Dave’s waistcoat, a platter of sandwiches provided for them by the ever accommodating staff. (I’m not sure Piccalilli comes off with dry cleaning?!)
Sunday morning and I awoke surprisingly hangover free and thought I’d get up, get in the shower and ready myself for taking full advantage of another cooked breakfast. Luckily it occurred to me to look and see if check out was 11am or 12pm . . . I was greeted with the rather unwelcome news that it was indeed 10am and our lazy morning in the hotel was not to be! I woke Dave, showered and congratulated myself for having packed most of our things the night before! As it was we discovered over breakfast that check out was actually 10.30am that day – though this still felt more than a little mean. I can only assume that with a small staff they would struggle to get everything ready for the the more standard check in time of 2pm? Nevertheless we escaped in time and it did little to colour our experience of what was an all round lovely hotel.
The biggest gold star of the weekend must go to the staff – from the gentleman I spoke to when I was initially booking the rooms some months ago to the good humoured soul who was tasked with serving a very rowdy and excitable group their dinner, patiently cleaning up after I dropped my gin had my gin knocked out of my hand by the groom, or kindly printing out the reading that I might have forgotten to do beforehand! Nothing was too much trouble and every member of staff we came across was welcoming and personable, making our stay comfortable and relaxing.
I wouldn’t hesitate to return!
*Disclaimer – I have not been compensated for writing this review, I just wanted to share our lovely experience with you*