Fosse Manor Hotel
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Historical Traveler Reviews Fosse Manor Hotel Stow-on-the-Wold
Best Hotel in the Cotswolds!!!!!!!!
We stayed for 1 night in early November and were extremely impressed! Excellent service, staff that fall over themselves to help you and a warm and cosy atmosphere that will ensure that we return to this excellent hotel. We stayed in the coach house in the room at the top (No.38). It was a deluxe suite and it was a huge room with a lovely bathroon including a roll top bath. It was luxurious, clean, well equipped and comfortable. Food was excellent, some of the best we've had .. and breakfast was gorgeous... best sausages in the Cotswolds! The lounge and bar areas just feel really homely and comfortable and the restaurant light and airy with a roaring fire (albeit gas!) that adds to the ambience on a cold evening. Having stayed at several Cotswold hotels this is now our favourite!!
Fantastic little find in the heart of the Cotswolds
Fosse Manor is an aesthetically beautiful country house and is immaculately maintained. We booked a 2 night midweek stay, including dinner bed and breakfast for one of the nights, which was very good value. Our first room we were given was a little small, so we were moved to a much larger room with free standing clawfoot bath. The rooms were beautifully turned out with modern furnishings. All of the staff were very friendly and welcoming. The dinner in the restaurant was lovely, and better than we have had in some so called top class London restaurants.
There is also a lounge with open fire and large variety of books, newspapers and board games, so if you are looking for R&R, Fosse Manor is the place!
We should also mention that its in a great location, ideally situated for the Slaughters and Bourton on the Water, lovely little Cotswold villages.
Would highly recommend it!
We stayed here for a nice weekend break, we booked a superior room after reading Trip Advisor reports and it was of excellent size and of high quality. The bathroom was stunning, a real pleasure. I did have to request the central heating to be turned on after suffering a cold night, but the response from the staff was excellent. Full breakfast was of excellent quality but a bit on the small side. All the staff were friendly, it feels that they all belong to the same family. Its a bit pricey for the facilities but that is because of its location only a mile from Stow. Burton on the water however was very nice both day and night. Shopping in Leamington though a little way away was interesting and nice but the parking was very difficult. Do stay here but ensure its a superior room, you won't be disappointed
My husband and I stayed here for a romantic weekend break and it was everything we hoped it would be. We booked a superior room, but upon arrival discovered the travel agent had confirmed a standard room instead. The hotel manager was extremely helpful and upgraded us free of charge to their executive suite which was delightful! It had a lovely bathroom with roll top bath next to the huge window overlooking miles of unbroken countryside beyond. I enjoyed a glass of champagne or two in there! Dinner was very good indeed and worth the journey (which had been arduous as the hotel's website had incorrect directions displayed and we got somewhat lost!) and the ambience in the bar was relaxing yet quietly chic. The surrounding area provided much in the way of sightseeing and a trip to the "Slaughters" is a must. Overall we had a memorable time and put on a few calories to boot - I can't wait to go back!
Great little find
My girlfriend and I stayed here last month and were very impressed with the hotel. Fosse Manor has a lovely Cotswold exterior fitting with a country manor house yet it is modern and contemporary inside giving it a younger fresher feel.
The rooms are decorated beautifully and are all slightly different giving them an individual feel. We stayed in the coach house and had a room with private terrace, DVD player and a large bathroom with bath and separate shower - all decorated very stylishly.
The staff are amongst the friendliest I have ever known and were always very attentative but I think the best thing about the hotel is the wonderful food.
We had a four course meal in the restaurant and were amazed by the quality of the food, extremely stylish presentation yet the portions were still very large.
All in all I would thoroughly recommend this hotel and we will be going back - give it a try!
Beware rooms at the front
Ended up here following a booking mix-up at a nearby hotel. Fosse Manor is some way out of Stow, on a busy 2-lane road which is one of the main routes into Stow (the previous review is correct in saying it was originally Roman, but it is not at all a narrow road). As a result rooms at the front are quite noisy, as is the croquet lawn; there's still a fair amount of traffic noise in the main hotel gardens. Rooms at the back have a good view over the Cotswolds countryside, with fields of sheep and cows. The gardens themselves are very pleasant but quite small - most of the hotel's 5 acres seems to be devoted to the car park.
The interior is very stylishly decorated in a plush but fairly modern style. There is a small but comfortable lounge with an open fire, a formal restaurant and a separate bar with another, less formal restaurant area (the menus are basically the same for both). Food at dinner was excellent (we ate there twice); for three courses expect to pay around £40 without drinks per person. The half-board room rate is a good deal as it costs £25 and you can order any 3 courses from the a la cart menu. Breakfast was less impressive (but somehow breakfast at country hotels is never as good as it should be), generally plentiful but marred by shortages of certain items (eg pastries and yoghurts, which kept running out) and erratic service - cold ham and eggs one day, the bizarre assertion one day that they did not serve porridge when we had eaten it the day before. (Evening service is by a different team, though, and was much better.)
Rooms are a bit of a lottery. We had three rooms, two in the main hotel and one in the "coachhouse" annex. One of the rooms in the main hotel was on the top floor facing the road and was very small, also the water pressure in the bathroom was poor and affected by other people taking showers/baths. The other was on the first floor at the side. It was bigger but still fairly small given the price, the bathroom was much bigger thoough with a separate shower and bath. However the room in the annex was very nice - very spacious, with a free standing roll-top bath in the bathroom and with a private terrace giving straight onto the gardens and overlooking the fields at the back. Fortunately the weather was nice for us, but if it does rain you might like to note that all rooms have Playstation 2s (which also play DVDs), and the hotel has a stock of DVDs and games to lend out for free.
Because the hotel is not part of a chain, the service overall is much friendlier and more personable than at many "luxury" hotels, which I like - you get the feeling that the staff actually enjoy working there and that the hotel is something of a home for them. Indeed the staff (and owner) eat and drink in the hotel's own bar and restaurant rather than some dingy back room, which is unusual.
Overall a positive experience - my only caveat would be that there are comparable hotels nearby and in much quieter locations for the same price, if they have rooms.
Excellent Food, friendly service
Selected the hotel for a weekend away and was not disappointed.
The check in staff were extremely friendly and showed us to our room with the minimum of fuss. A good sized room with pleasant decor and all the usual fittings including a DVD player (films can be borrowed from the reception).
The evening meal was superb with a relatively large selection of dishes. Try the liver for something truly tasty. Dishes were a good size and arrived at just the right time. The staff were around when needed throughout the meal except for select of dessert but this is a minor problem as it actually meant there was more room for the apple tart.
Travel to the hotel is easy and its location is great for exploring Bristol and its surrounds.
Fab food and gorgeous rooms
It makes a wonderful change to find a hotel without the normal stuffiness of service, yet still friendly and efficient. Couple this with a fabulous menu and modern, contemporary decor and it all adds up to a great weekend away. Fosse Manor is situated just outside Stow on the Wold in the Cotswolds. Unlike many other hotels in the area they have "chucked out the chintz" and the decor is contemporary and stylish, giving a warm homely feel. The bedroom was a good size, similarly styled and comfortable (and thankfully grown up enough to have duvets on the beds!). Dinner in the main restaurant was excellent. Simon Walford, Head Chef and Tom Rains, Exec Chef have brought their culinary skills to the heart of the Cotswolds and make a point of using local produce. My advice on the food is to save room for dessert!! All of the staff at Fosse Manor are friendly and also have a good local knowledge to advise on places to visit nearlby. I can thoroughly recommend it.
Food great- Accommodations left a lot to be desired
We also stayed in the annex-- Long flight up to a tiny tiny room--decorated in white lace-cute but nothing special...BATHROOM was the tiniest I have ever seen--must have been a converted closet!Dinner was great! You MUST pre-reserve at time of booking or else you do NOT get dinner- it is an extra price, but well worth it....Breakfasts were terrific....Inn is located OUT OF THE WAY down a long ROMAN ROAD--ie.
ONE LANE only...We ate dinner the first nite at a local pub recommended by the owner-since we did NOT pre0 reserve dinner...Made for an unusual nite going down the ROMAN ROAD in the dark!Nice- for a one time deal-- WOULD not go back again as it is too too remote and almost impossible to find.....ROOMS just not worth the price...