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Day 1 Packed up the car in readiness for our next road trip! We drove out of London and stopped enroute for a fry-up breakfast at a huge roadhouse which had all manner of take away and coffee shops! We arrived mid-morning in our first Cotswolds village, Stow-on-the-Wold, which we had a wander around amongst the bus-loads of elderly tourists on …
... C.S. Lewis and seeing places and events that were written into the Narnia books. A supper of wine, cheese and crackers as the sun went down capped off a "brilliant" day. (A very British word). Helpful fact for all you Thames cruisers- you are only allowed to moor at a spot for 24 hrs, who knew! We found a scrap of paper attached to the side window informing us of that fact and warning of a £100 fine for non-compliance. (To be continued ...
(Photos to follow in a couple of days) The week on the river started with all of us not having very good nights sleep. The pallets on the berths had 1/4" foam on top and there was no heat on board. We were all blearily eyed over our morning porridge. Then we pointed Elegance up river for Oxford. Multiple locks encountered led to some interesting experiences, including the boat ...
... you expect to find in a town. Some of the houses had a thatched roof while others used slate tiles. Slate tiles seem to be the most common form of roofing in the UK, except for the cities which use concrete. Today is our final chance to do some washing before we head for France on Saturday - so guess where we are now? That's right, in the laundromat. We should be done here about 5:30 and then its ironing back ...
... across to that area. Unfortunately we didn't see the sign which indicated a footpath, but we found a gate that lead to what looked like a public road. We went through the gate and luckily the road did lead into the village just a little further away then the footpath would have brought us in. But there was one point where we thought we would be forever stuck in that field or have to go back the way we came. Because all around the ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Chester House Hotel Bourton-on-the-Water
Nice hotel, poor service
Hotel lovely but does have issues, excessive noise caused by live in staff on top floor, breakfast tables too small. Restaurant food good but again poorly managed (unable to find table booking twice & room cramped)
In the centre of the village, this place offers very comfortable rooms, with some nice touches: the complimentary toiletries were particularly good. Staff were young and keen to please. Even on a wet morning, the conservatory was a very pleasant place to have breakfast. The proprietors also run the nearby Croft Restaurant and dinner there was very good, if perhaps a little over-priced. All in all, an excellent base for touring in the Cotswolds.
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We stayed at the Chester House in November 2005 & without going into details didn't have the best of experiences, how ever in order to compensate us the manager gave us a free weekend voucher. We decided to take up this offer after all, a free weekend is a free weekend and when we turned up, the New owners were more than happy to honour our voucher. Better still the hotel had recieved a face lift with a cracking new Bar & general restyling from the new frontage & gardens to the lovely rooms. I don't mind telling you that we felt somewhat guilty about not paying when we left. The new staff are lovely with a real warm welcome, we have booked again for mid summer. Paul & Marissa Guildford
Watch out for the rooms above reception! Avoid nos. 16,17,18,19. The noise from the bar carries straight up - can hear everything. Also noise in the corridor sounds like people are walking through your room! Bed was poor - an old style 2-part divan that had sunk in the top and bottom, leaving a substantial hill in the middle. Never seen one like it. Room was poky. Had been redecorated, but the fixtures and fittings were a little old. Worth about £50.
We have stayed at this hotel quite a few times over the past few years and found it very comfortable. It is also located very close to the centre of the village, near the beautiful River Windrush and all it's Venice-esque bridges. However, it has just been taken over by new management and they have really improved everything. There is a comfortable and stylish lounge/bar area now, which is cosy and relaxing, with big leather sofas to sink into. There is an excellent bar menu as well. The rooms have been updated and the public areas also have new furniture. Breakfast in the conservatory, overlooking the garden has always been really nice, with plenty of choice. Both our children found plenty to eat here as well. I really could not praise this place high enough. We have been going to the Cotswolds for 14 years and have stayed in some of the top hotels in the area. The Chester House Hotel really offers value for money, coupled with the level of comfort and attention you would expect from a hotel. It is also extremely clean as well. The owners and staff really could not do enough for us and we were made to feel very welcome. This hotel also caters well for disabled guests (we took our son in a wheelchair and found it easy to get him around). This hotel definitely caters for all tastes and age groups.
Loved the place
My wife and I have just returned from a 2 night stay at the Chester House Hotel and found the place wonderful. The accomodation was fantastic, and the breakfast in the morning was superb, with a variety of cereals, fresh fruit and a lovely cooked breakfast. All the staff were very helpful and friendly, and we will definately be booking for next year.
Great Time was had by all!
We stayed at Chester House having read the rather gloomy review we read on this site. We took a chance. All in all, We are glad we did. I would thoroughly recomend it. Okay... it was just a one night stop-over following a break at Alton Towers, for myself, wife and two kids but it was great. The hotel is very clean and comfortable. The breakfasts were good. The setting is fantastic. about 50yds from the river running through Bourton. Almost in the very middle of the village. And right next to the pub.
We will definitely go back next year.
My husband and I stayed at the Chester House Hotel for 2 nights in October, 2004. We chose this B&B because it was very moderately priced for the Cotswolds. That being said, you get what you pay for. We stayed in a room with a four-poster bed just outside the door to the lobby.
Loved our accomendation
My daughter and myself had a lovely stay at the Chester House, the room was spacious and comfortable, had a large bathroom, and Mary the receptionist was just fantastic, so cheerful and full of information, she certainly helped us to plan our days. I will be recommending it to my friends who plan on traveling to England and stay at the Cotswolds.
We were extremely disappointed with the accommodation at the Chester House Hotel. Although the website of this "hotel" boasted a bar and lounge, there were none and it was nothing more than a B&B or motel.
We were charged £89 a night for this. I have written to the hotel to complain and to the local tourist office and not had the courtesy of a reply.