Chester House Hotel
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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 …
... We have met some lovely people this trip and some we have met before and have built on that friendship. There is Janet who supplied us with fresh fish and octopus from her sons Giuseppe and Paolo. Then Pat who used to run a restaurant with her husband Giacomo but is not teaching english and doing translating for the University. The lovely Laura, who runs a fabulous shoe shop who we frequented a few times!!! and the genuinely lovely family who run the supermarket Despar , ...
... together and had coffee and chatted about the day to come……
We started off with some scrambled eggs, tomato and avocado (it is SO great to have your own kitchen like this) and set out for our day’s excursions. The plan was to do some local touring around the area - no set goals in mind other than Gwendoline REALLY wanted to go to a town big enough for shops as it was starting to rain a bit and she hadn’t brought a rain ...
... day, the sun was shining brightly with barely a cloud in the sky. From our dining table we can see the ducks swimming in the river and watch the early risers taking a stroll. There has been a group of Japanese who have spent their days in various spots sketching and drawing. They were very good too. I had to admire their tenacity when it was so cold and wet the other day. Today there are several groups of school students roaming ...
... Blair, David Cameron, Bill Clinton, Margaret Thatcher and many many more).
Contrary to what most think of the University of Oxford, it is not one big university campus but rather a town of campuses which, combined have hosted the impressive list of alumni. We spent some time in the Pitt Rivers Museum of anthropology and archaeology and checked out the Magdalen ...
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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.