From first look to lasting impression, this historic Hotel was a pleasure to experience. The setting is lovely, in a tiny village close to Chippenham and not far from Bath. The landlord is absolutely charming and the staff welcoming and helpful. Although the place is under refurbishment, this in no way detracted from it's comfort and friendly atmosphere.
Jeanie from Kent
It was once a private house and when England was under the influence of Cromwell, who banned all church services and …More
In the great tradition of English farmhouse B&Bs. In a pleasant country village, but within easy striking distance of the motorway. Short walk to the village pub - always a plus. Pleasant, unfussy hosts. Spacious rooms. All in all good value for money.
"Really nice pub in a friendly picturesque village."
This pub really undersells how good it is, the food is superb rooms comfortable and a great fresh English Breakfast with the papers was a real treat, we stayed in the family room at the top of the pub huge room ideal for a large family.
Well located for Bath and Westonbirt Arboretum
Ken from Northampton
This 17th century stone country inn is set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the ancient and unspoiled village of …More
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 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
Boasting a natural setting surrounded by sparse countryside with several woodlands, the Marlborough Downs to the east and to …More
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.
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