Travel Blogs from Chipping Campden
... and nights that it is difficult to know where to start Mmmmm.............yes, meeting up with Claudia again was like it was yesterday, except yesterday was 9 years ago. We were also lucky that Jim could break his busy schedule between Monty Python production and the Queen tour to be able to spend 5 days with us. Thank you Jim We had the joy of sharing many meals both the Aussie BBQ and some beautiful restaurants which we have captured in the photos. Our first Aussie BBQ was ...
... for the church and much appreciated by the visitors.
Lastly we stop in Morton in Marsh. More modern but not our favorite. We really feel Chipping Camden is the best place to stay and could easily be here for a month. However, tomorrow we are off to Henley. Trooping of the Colors, for the Queen's birthday celebration is in London on Saturday and we need to be where we can catch the train ...
... through Puzzlewood, an interesting woods grown up over an abandoned Roman era iron mine, with a bizarre topography that allegedly inspired J.R.R. Tolkien’s visualization of Middle Earth. I can believe it. Puzzlewood is located on a farm, where we met the Worlds Largest Pig. On our way back from Puzzlewood we ducked over the border into Wales and stopped at Tintern Abbey, a stone skeleton open to the sky and paved on ...
... of hundred metres from Chipping Campden is another small village called Kingcombe, which is where the lovely thatched cottages that you see in Cotswold postcards are. They have great "random" trimmed hedges.
Chipping Campden has a long history, and was at its peak in the 1400s as a centre of the wool industry. In the English Civil War in the 1600s, both the Cavaliers and the Roundheads fought through Chipping Campden on ...
... the decisive battle of the War of the Roses was fought with Edward IV -- of the House of York defeated Henry VI -- of the house of Lancaster and brought political stability to England until the death of Edward in 1483. Ok, everyone, pencils up -- quiz time. Oh, never mind.
We did stop for lunch here at the Royal Hop Pole Inn. This was built from a group of buildings ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Charingworth Manor Chipping Campden
Impressed by the photos and description on its website, we chose Charingworth for a romantic 40th wedding anniversary.We arrived on a freezing afternoon, to be told by a chilly receptionist that our rooms would not be ready for 90 minutes - but no suggestion of coffee and a snack in the lounge, so back out into the cold. In our room, when we got to it, we found an un-ordered bottle of champagne; the member of staff clearly did not believe my story, and we were taken down like naughty children to reception to have my e-mails checked. Wrong room! Sherry in room, but no tea or coffee - had to pay for that. Room and sitting area atmospheric, but toilet roll holder hanging off wall, toilet loose, etc.
Ater reading some reviews earlier in the year regarding standards at the hotel it was with some trepidation to say the least that we went to this hotel as we had not read Trip Advisor reviews prior to booking.
Just returned from a splendid four night stay at this delightful Cotswold hotel. Nothing was too much trouble for the staff. Food and room excellent, everyone very friendly. We will return
We arrived early and were met by very pleasant staff and showed to our room. Newish outbuildings, but nice character room with very clean en-suite facilities. Very comfortable bed, and two good nights sleep. The restaurant was first class, and the staff very friendly and efficient. Very high standards all round. We thought it was the kind of hotel you could feel out of place in, but that was not the case. Nice leisure facilities available, but not used by us. The only thing on the down side, was some ink marks on the armchairs. Other than that absolutley no hesitation in recommending to anyone.
first worry, sign outside was on floor. Greeted by lovely staff in old but nice reception area. Taken to see 2 rooms, decided on one which first impression seems very nice. Later found very dusty bedside lamps, plug sink in bathroom was blocked with gunge. obviously not a very good cleaning regime. no tea and coffee in room but there was sherry and water my concern how long had they been there. After lovely walk and dinner in town (could not eat in dinning room as dress code for men) settled down for good nights sleep. unfortunatley bed had seen much better days and sank in middle and was very lumpy. we had terrible nights sleep and considering the hotel price we were very disapointed. outside the rooms patio doors a very unkept seating area (with a lovely view) which with a little care and attention would have been lovely instead we got weeds.the breakfast was first class plenty and varied menu and staff were efficient.
We booked two twin rooms for two nights to celebrate a special occasion. On arrival we found that the beds had been made up as doubles despite our booking stating otherwise. One room was nice and spacious whereas the other was rather cramped. One of the sofas was threadbare and looked like it had come from a car boot sale. There were no tea or coffee making facilities in the rooms so one couldn't have any refreshments on arrival. You could order tea but the prices were exorbitant at £3.50 for a small pot per person.
Scruffy rip off in the Cotswolds
We found this hotel to be overpriced. We were in a so called 'superior room' which smelt of stale smoke,was scruffy and old, with worn out carpet covering up a dangerous step. The furnishings were worn out and staff surly. The food was just above school dinners (we were in a group celebrating a party) although the breakfast was more or less acceptable. Actually couldn't wait to get out of the place.Basically the original building and out buildings had potential, but the place was poorly run and you can no longer get away with this sort of scruffy mediocrity in this day and age. Got the feeling it was having a hard time and about to go out of business. What a shame!
Our party of seven had made bookings independently from various
Warmly welcomed by hotel manager and reception staff. Indeed, all staff very attentive, pleasant and personable. Location good, although not outstanding. Very convenient for Chipping Campden, Blockley and Broadway. Room of good standard, spacious, although far from main hotel rooms and no view. Hotel warm throughout, despite snow outside. Hot water excellent, swimming pool a real delight. Reception rooms very comfortable, open log fires, etc. Meals to a very high standard, although drinks exceedingly expensive. Hotel organised trip to Stratford theatre performance. Arranged evening meal to embrace this trip. Overall, a very pleasant experience.
When you pay £375 a night you expect something special. In this case we got: • The furniture was shabby and in disrepair – bare staples holding torn ribbon to the arms of the chairs (there is a difference between antique and just worn out) • The carpets were worn and frayed at the joints • There was a large patch of mould on the wall of the bathroom above the bath • There was no ventilation at all in the bathroom (no fan, no opening windows) • The toilet cistern was cracked • The bed was soft and worn • You could smell the chemicals from the swimming pool in the bedroom, given the heat, the windows had to be open • There was no fridge/mini-bar (the website says every facility)In addition to the state of the room, we found the way the hotel was managed was inflexible and orientated towards making the owners money rather than providing a service to the guests. For example, having driven up that afternoon and given that it was very hot, we enquired about having a snack in the room rather than the dinner that was part of the package. We certainly did not expect a discount on the dinner but were amazed to be told that a tray charge would be made and so a light snack would actually cost us more!The hotel was also very understaffed given that it was full. When we first arrived, the receptionist/duty manager commented to us that she was very busy and told us (guests !) that there was a couple in the lounge who were still waiting for their tea which had sat stewing in the lobby for 10 minutes.When, quite quickly, we decided to leave as we were not going to be extorted in this manner, there was nobody available to make our complaint to except the poor receptionist/duty manager. She took the details but told us that there was absolutely nothing she could do as she did not have the authority to do anything or make any decisions. She did promise to make sure that someone in authority call us that evening or the next day. We were not surprised when nobody did.Despite writing two letters to the hotel, they have totally ignored us.