The approach to the Manor House Hotel is astounding - and it just gets better. The food has a Michelin star, and it shows. The staff are delightful, the wine list excellent and nothing is too much trouble. It is difficult to raise any problems. I suppose the car park could have less trees over it. However, Local Government might object as Castle Combe is a complete architectural gem and the car park is next to a medieval church. The main drawback is, naturally, the price. You will need very deep pockets all the time. However, it is my experience that you get what you pay for and if you can't 'cut the mustard' go to a lesser place.
I don't know why all the 1-star reviews; I had an utterly pleasant experience at the Bear Hotel! I will confirm the presence of the bar previously complained about - it is there, and it draws a crowd, but it wasn't so loud that I noticed from the room. Paul and Cheryl were excellent hosts (appreciate you two putting out some cereal for me when I left WELL before the scheduled breakfast hours), the room charming, comfy, and clean. Did not notice any faults in the rest of the facilities as previously noted by other reviewers. Location of the hotel is a nice bonus too, right at the head of the main street, so access to anything and everything is easy as pie.
Short and sweet, the hotel is aged, but is full of the associated charm that comes with such a place. And I'd rather stay at a place like the Bear where the staff is so personable as opposed to a "Ritz" where the desk doesn't remember my name.
I stayed for 1 night and will probably stay again. My room was clean, the bed was wonderfully comfortable but the bathroom was quite small, however I wasn't in there long so did that really matter? No.
My room lead onto the breakfast room and that was a bit strange. I am a light sleeper and heard the tables being laid at about 6.30, but it was only 1 night.
Breakfast was good and Diana was lovely.
Recent, purpose built, avenue of rooms provide a very high standard of accommodation. This is then complemented by a characterful pub with a superb menu and brilliant cooking, both for breakfast and for main meals. Serving staff were friendly and attentive and Mike the receptionist and maitre d' looked after us extremely well. We were delighted by our stay.
BazzaH from Bucks England
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