THE MANOR HOUSE AT CASTLE COMBE

Baronial country house estate in fabulous parkland setting near Bath

EVEN THE GARGOYLES and stone dragons appear welcoming as you approach The Manor House Hotel and Golf Club, Castle Combe. This creeper-clad country house estate near Bath sits serenely amid sweeping lawns and ancient trees.

If you’re after perfect peace in a quintessentially English setting, look no further. The Manor House snuggles at the foot of a wooded valley in a picture-postcard village just a short drive from Bath. Carvings, columns and baronial splendour are rampant at this 14th-century manor, with lavish rooms and the cosiest cottages.

Dating back to the 14th century, this luxury hotel in 365 acres of parkland has a wealth of dark-oak panelling, stained glass mullioned windows and magnificent open fireplaces that blaze away in winter. There’s an attractive bar opening onto a terrace for summer drinks, and plenty of cosy nooks and crannies for a more intimate tête a tête.



Hit the spot

In medieval Castle Combe, near Bath.

Bedtime
Lower Thompson (a Junior suite) has a four-poster, huge bathroom with Victorian-style bath and views across the lawns. Some cottage rooms have twin baths and patios.

Be savvy
There’s no health spa – though one is planned.

Be smitten
Well-mannered manor in a gorgeous setting.

Mellow stone cottages

Bedrooms are spread between the main manor and the charming, mellowed-stone cottages. Our rose-petal strewn four poster bed in the Lower Thompson junior suite was just the ticket, while the fabulous bathroom had a free-standing roll-top bath in front of a log fire (as well as underfloor heating), and a walk-in double shower.

Breathable, hand-made mattresses ensure deep slumbers, and there’s a pillow menu too. Lavender and geranium scented candles were a nice touch alongside the highbrow toiletries.

Cottages ideal for a romantic sojourn include Woodford, with its own patio and splendid contemporary bathroom. All are nicely tucked away in the grounds.

Dining at The Manor House is a treat. Chef Richard Davies has recently earned a Michelin-star and his delicious creations are served by an attentive young team in the Bybrook restaurant – named after the river that runs past the grounds. We were happy to hang out later in the Full Glass Bar, with its contemporary dark wood panelling and chrome and mirrored bar.

Outside, listen to the birdsong on a riverside stroll in the grounds, or enjoy the valley views from a gothic-style summerhouse amid the statuary in the Victorian garden. Active types can tee off at The Manor House’s championship golf course, or dabble at pitch-and-putt or croquet. The pretty-pretty village of Castle Combe lies at the end of the drive.


The Manor House Hotel and Golf Club, Castle Combe, was reviewed for Room for Romance by John Law
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Dining in
Michelin-starred chef Richard Davies works wonders with locally-sourced ingredients to produce a limited, though utterly tempting, choice of dishes. Favourites include slow-cooked belly of pork, melt-in-the-mouth rare fillet of beef and wild halibut. There’s also a wide-ranging wine list.

Golfers can dine at the Woodbury clubhouse restaurant before or after teeing off, and the Full Glass bar is just the place for evening cocktails. 

Dining out

There are plenty of great country pubs in the area for a change of scene. You could also try the Castle Inn just down the road. 



Where?
Bybrook Restaurant at The Manor House and Golf Club, Castle Combe

What’s cooking?
Start with the carpaccio of beef fillet with poached quail’s egg and creamed truffle, followed by the slow cooked belly of pork with Stornoway black pudding, rounded off with a honeycomb semifreddo.

Top Table?

Beside the ornate stained glass windows.

See & Do

There’s a superb golf club here, so pack your irons and check out tee times (fees apply). You can also play laser clay pigeon shooting in the grounds, or explore the 365 acres of stunning parkland and woodland. 

The Georgian city of Bath is 20 minutes away by car, so build in a day to explore its historic crescents and museums, visit the famous Roman baths or try out the new-age Bath Thermae Spa, with its rooftop pool. Take a walk through pretty Victoria Park or book a hot-air balloon ride to float over the city.

Shop
Nearby Bath has a great selection of artisan, fashion and craft shops. 

Spa
There’s no in-house spa, but reception staff can arrange for massage and other treatments in your room.

After dark

Try the hotel’s Full Glass bar or have a pint at the local village pubs, The Castle Inn or the White Hart.

Dates

May/June
Head into nearby Bath to sample the sounds at the Bath International Music Festival.

November/December
Get in the Christmas spirit at Bath’s Christmas Market.
GETTING THERE

Location

Castle Combe, Wiltshire, SN14 7HR

Parking
There is free guest parking.

Trains
Chippenham  station – seven miles.

Taxis

Around GBP 12 from the station.

Airport

Bristol International – 26 miles.



Rooms and suites
19 rooms, 29 suites.

Special features

Many suites have kingsize or four poster beds, roll-top baths and walk-in showers. Extra comforts include hand-made, breathable mattresses and a pillow menu.

Also…
The Exclusive Junior Suites (some of them split-level) have huge bathrooms with side by side baths and kingsize beds.

ESSENTIAL INFO

Rates guide
GBP 160 - 900

Open/closed
Open all year.

Check-in

15:00

Check-out
11:00

Minimum night stay?
No.

Breakfast
Served until 10:00 on weekdays, 10:30 at weekends.

Room service
Available 24 hours.

Children
Welcome.

Pets
Welcome. There is a charge of GBP 50 per pet.

Air conditioning
No.

Wedding License?
Yes. Weddings and receptions for up to 100 guests can be catered for.
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