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My girlfriend and I spent the weekend at Combe Grove Manor and had an absolutely fabulous time. We booked it through Active Hotels and got a very good deal on a standard double room. When we arrived we was welcomed and given our room and to our great shock we was given a suite, which was breath taking (room3). The views from this room were lovely, but it would hard to look around anywhere at the hotel and not love the view. The standard of the whole hotel was very high and it was extremely clean and comfortable. The food was great, both in the hotel and in the bistro situated in the garden and very reasonably priced.
The staff were always very helpful and polite and made sure that the little extra's were there....such as printing off directions to Glastonbury for us. We spent a lot of the weekend relaxing in the pool and steam room and indulged on the sunday in some beauty treatments, which were very nice and reasonably priced.
We will most definately be going back and would reccommend it highly.
A wonderful country retreat
My fiancee and I booked a room at Combe Grove Manor. We wanted somewhere to stay while visiting Bath, and from the photos this place looked great. The hotel was fabulous, our room was in the annex, but we had a window box seat overlooking the countryside. The views were great, the food and room service were also excellent. The only downside was the proximity to Bath, all the areas we wanted to see were about 2 miles away and neither of us drive (why drive in London anyway?). The first day we just walked around the hotel grounds and enjoyed being away from the hectic life. The second day we took a cab into Bath, spent the whole day exploring (I am an architecture freak so that was like being in heaven), and then got a cab back to the hotel in the evening. For our 2 night stay, it was just about perfect. I would strongly recommend this hotel to anyone looking for a nice relaxing break!
Been to better.
My partner, daughter and myself have just returned from Combe Grove Manor. We had previously stayed at another Paramount Signature hotel at Stratford upon Avon and thought it was excellent. Hoping this was going to be on the same par. Unfortunately it was not, the standard was lower, but still acceptable.
We stayed for three nights, the evening meal was served from 7pm, which when you go with children is a little late. But you can choose from the snack menu, but this got a little repetitive. The standard of food is very good but expensive and the service was a little slow.
We had a family room in the annex which was clean and comfortable with a terace and great views over the valley. The downside was there was no trouser press and the shower was fixed to the ceiling so no good to just wash your hair. The water in the bath and basin was also slow to run away.
Parking was a bit hit or miss as the hotel has a coutry club and the gym was very popular with the locals.
There was an indoor and outdoor pool. We only used the outdoor pool, but children on weekdays are only permitted to use it from 1pm to 5.30 pm, which was very restrictive and the gym members use it with all their families, so it gets very busy.
Great facilities, iffy housekeeping
We recently stayed in the Combe Grove Manor and had pleasant stay. We thought the hotel was great but a few things detracted from the overall feel of the hotel.
+ Great sports facilities, we had a great time in the pool and playing tennis. The staff in the sports facilities were fantastic.
+ We stayed in a garden room and it was lovely, great views, a good size and had the added bonus of a large balcony, great for gazing at the stars in the evening. It had a feeling of tranquility being slightly away from the main Manor house
- When we arrived they had put the wrong price against the room on our invoice and only set up for 1 person so we had to call for extra towels etc.
- We didn't arrive until 5ish and there were still trays of breakfast, and other junk in the corridor. Hotel staff visited our room twice so would have been fully aware it was all there. These trays were still in the corridor at midday the next day.
- The bathroom could have been cleaner, there was hair on the floor and in the sink when we arrived and the paint on the bath panel was nearly all peeled away.
Worthwhile Last Minute Break
We looked on a late booking website for this hotel which was offering a good rate for an annexe room.
This was a 1st anniversary last minute idea to go to Combe Grove Manor and we arrived at the hotel late (about 7.45pm) to enquire about availability in the main house. The very friendly Receptionist offered us their last room at a really good rate and we have to say, it was lovely! The room was in the roof with lovely sloping walls and a stunning view. The bathroom was large with double basins.
We ate in the Eden restaurant which although slightly pricey, was lovely. Very intimate and cosy, with very friendly staff.
Breakfast was good and in a lovely room. We wandered around the grounds after breakfast, and took a look at the health and beauty facilities/treatments on offer. Unfortunately, we didn't make use of these but we certainly would've done if we'd been prepared or staying longer than one night.
Overall, a lovely hotel with very friendly, accomodation staff. We would love to return....
Charming Country House hotel above breathtaking valley views
We stayed in the Main house of CGM in room 10 on the top floor with stunning views of the verdant rolling hills. We booked through lastminute two weeks beforehand (and the first wk of school hols!) for less than gbp 140/night including breakfast. The value for money was unbeatable. Having moved recently to the UK from the US, staying in the Main House gave us the quintessential country house hotel experience. Room 10 was charming with a sloped ceiling and toile wallpaper; it was spacious and clean enough to allow our 10month old to happily climb about and fit a travel cot in easily. Our only gripes were in regard to the ventilation, or lackthereof, worsened by a faulty air conditioner unit.
That said, the rest of the hotel was lovely, with amazing views of the hillside from the breakfast rooms and the outdoor Eden restaurant. Dinner one balmy evening at Eden was delicious (check out the grilled club sandwich), although there was a distinct wasp problem. We were also overcharged for a phantom glass of wine, but the staff graciously refunded the charge without question. The staff in general on all counts were very professional.
As CGM is also a country club, the pool and gym areas can be a bit crowded, but having these amenities plus golf and tennis courts a stone's throw away makes it all worthwhile. Proximity to Bath (assuming you are not blowing 9quid on taxis each way as a previous post suggests) is excellent and parking was not a problem. Our family would definitely stay here again if we return to Bath. Definitely in the recommend camp.
Wonderful Weekend Break
Booked a weekend break with Paramount Hotels directly. Reception staff friendly and welcoming, explained all facilities, and gave helpful tip on using "park & ride" to get into Bath (very difficult parking in Bath!)
Wonderful meals and service in restaurant. Terrace for pre-dinner drinks had outstanding views, enhanced by the arrival of hot air balloons (nothing to do with hotel, so not guaranteed).
Room in main building was large, had wonderful views, very comfortable and well appointed.
Excellent base for touring the surrounding countryside and Bath. Will return to use as a base in the future.
Review would have been 5* but room, located in the roof, was very warm. In the height of summer would benefit from air-con, but probably not an issue outside of summer. A fan had been thoughtfully provided to help.
Good in parts
Blessed with a fabulous view over the Mendip hills, the hotel can hardly get off to anything but a good start. The overall experience turns out to be something of a mixture - although I my wife and I had a pleasant stay, there were certain problems not to be expected from a hotel in this price range. We were upgraded to a four poster room in the main building - on the upside it had a great view, but unfortunately it was decidedly tatty in places with a stained carpet and bathroom decor peeling off the wall where a leak from the glass shower door had not been attended to. The room was also very hot, being directly over the kitchen.
The main public area - the drawing room - was closed off for a private function on our first night. With nowhere else to go apart from the bar - a rather charmless modern affair - we went back to our room for the evening. Not very satisfactory.
The food, however, was good - both in the main Georgian restaurant and the bistro. Staff were also pleasant, and helpful.
Health facilities were above average - a reasonably sized pool and comprehensive gym. However, the pool was not accessed throught the changing areas, necessitating a walk upstairs through the main corridor.
Despite these disappointing details, we did enjoy a relaxing break. The tranquil country surroundings is the main plus factor - if that's what turns you on, I'd certainly recommend trying it out.
Almost very good!
This was the second time i'd had the pleasure of a stay here and thankfully i wasn't disappointed. Food, surroundings, service and health club all rather good. Few niggles: Bathroom just starting to get tatty and couldn't eat in the bistro because of half-term kiddies and parent numbers. Georgian restaurant a lovely gastro experience. Treated ourselves to a facial. Wonderful!!
Fabulous setting but odd service
Used the Paramount website to book two rooms at a pre Christmas special offer rate. Specifically stated that we had 2 rooms but when we arrived reception staff could only locate one and said that they were full! We stood our ground (as we had 2 reservation numbers) and another room was immediately found. The decor of the rooms was good although the outside staircase to reach the top two rooms in the modern lodge was quite slippy. Bathroom was small but adequate and had good toiletries.
Had room service on the first night which was fine but then when we went for drinks at 10.45 the fun started. When we went to the bar the barmaid started to take our order, but the manager said that it was too late and that we had to go to the lounge. We did this and the night porter took our order. His colleagues downstairs had locked up all of the drinks despite knowing that they had sent customers upstairs ! What then really rankled was that we had to pay a room service tray charge for the drinks which were very slow to arrive when thebar should have been open.
Breakfast was cooked to order and very tasty. Unfortunately the roman blinds in the dining room are two feet too short and so the bright December sun was dazzling half the room !
The setting of the hotel and its grounds were excellent, and the massage I had in the spa was very good. The evening meal was ok for hotel food but the all-inclusive menu ( which should have included sorbets etc) was not explained to us so we missed out. We had booked a special offer in the restaurant and told the waitress this twice so that the bill would be adjusted. This was not done and it took 20 minutes at checkout to resolve this.
The hotel could be amazing. The setting, leisure facilities and tranquillity are excellent. Things like blinds not fitting windows properly could be addressed easily and cheaply. The staff were pleasant and helpful re ordering taxis. However the lost reservation and confusion over the restaurant bill reflected an absence of any supervisory or management staff .
At the special offer rate £79 B& B per room per night the hotel offered reasonable value but I would not think that the higher usual rates could be justified. I wonder if the "closed bar/ tray charge" scenario was a regular scam. It's never happened to us elsewhere...
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