Noel Arms Hotel
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After an early start we picked up a Vauxhall Astra in London and managed to find our way out of the city on the m40 to Oxford (praise the heavens for the gps.) The speed limit was a mystery, overtaking the tractor on blind bends was scary. Lunch in Oxford in awe of the gob smackingly beautiful buildings, only to be surpassed by our arrival at …
... past 3 times we have made our pilgrimage to Elba. And that was the RENDEZVOUS. The owner Pierro, showed me last time how to make their signature Champagne Sorbet. Took me into the kitchen but last time tricked me and said make it with a lemon sorbet as the base but in reality it it lemon ice-cream, big difference. These creative types always try and put you off the track. So I now have videoed the whole/ procedure so will be seeing if we have some Guinea pigs when we get back ...
... least a couple of million dollars! Right along the path is the Quaker meeting house. It was established in 1663 and there has been meeting for worship there ever since. It is locked but we can see through the windows that they have facing benches with a table in the middle. On the benches are hand embroidered pillows to sit on. Too bad we missed meeting there yesterday.
Tuesday we decide to explore the area. Not too far ...
... of purpose and will to mastery, he went back for a second pass at landing on top of the cage. This time he overshot completely, crashed into the tree behind the cage, and ignominiously slid out of sight into the bushes. This signaled the end of the demonstration, although we hung around long enough to see that he was unharmed.
On our way out of the Cotswolds, we stopped at Blenheim Palace, which is the birthplace ...
... I am certain there are some great ghost stories to be told out of a few of these back alleys! Would be interesting in the evening I imagine! We consulted our little Oxford guide to take some advice on a good stop for lunch. Plenty of pubs around, for many of which, once had their own extensive brewing regime. There is little to no brewing that still takes place in Oxford but still plenty of good watering holes, all with their own stories and tales, ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsNoel Arms Hotel Chipping Campden
V nice, especially after London
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Historical Traveler Reviews Noel Arms Hotel Chipping Campden
Given some of the previous comments posted, I thought I'd better write a review to let everyone know what a great hotel this is. I cannot fault anything. The staff were so friendly and helpful, the food was great (both oriental and traditional), the room was well decorated and cosy, such a beautiful location, etc..... Anyway, you get the idea - it was good.
The Hotel is getting better, the new Oriental restaraunt is very good.
Best kept secret
Beautiful, friendly hotel in a beautiful friendly part of the Cotswolds.
Staff are welcoming and friendly whilst being very proficient and knowledgable, especially on fine wines.
The atmosphere is relaxed in every part of the hotel, bar or restaurant, dinner or breakfast.
I was very impressed by the imaginative choice of dishes available for dinner. Dining in the oriental restaurant is a treat. The breakfast menu was also brimming with choice.
Would recommend as a place to escape for the weekend.
Living in London with all the world's cuisine and culture at your fingertips, one forgets there is life outside of the city. Going on a minibreak to the Cotswolds was just what we needed to get away from the hustle and bustle but frankly, the idea in my head was one of steak and kidney pie and little else.
We had a very rice time.The food was egg(fried rice)cellent and the service was wan tonderful.
Joking aside It was lovely and i throughly recommend it.
It's great now!
Felt trepidation after reading one review here but boy, things must have changed at Noel Arms recently. It's been taken over by the owners of Cotswold House Hotel opposite, and it's obviously been revolutionised. No sign of dirt or malfunctions! The staff were really charming, especially the manager, and the rooms were clean and comfortable. The Dover's Bar has a lovely traditional pub feel and some great bar snacks, but the Oriental restaurant came as a very pleasant surprise. Excellent dinner, beautifully presented, with lots of dishes with Far East inflences (choices for my not-so-keen-on-Oriental husband too!) Atmosphere, especially breakfast in the Conservatory, made for a lovely weekend discovering the Cotswolds and this lovely town.
We booked this hotel for e weekend break having stayed at another Hotel from the "group" last year - one in Burford was excellent. Arrived late afternoon to be told that our room was not ready even though 4.00pm. When shown to the room some 30 mintues later we were taken along a corridor where there was a pile of dirty bed linen on the carpet and the remains of someones lunch still on a plate outside a room. Inside the room we found that the TV was broken - on/off button completly missing. Asked a member of staff to replace the TV which they did so. Looking around the four poster room we found what looked like shaving foam all over the bathroom wall and curtains, a bath that did not seem to have been cleaned and the spa in it not working. I later advised reception who told me that a fuse kept tripping outside our room - if only I knew I would have climbed out of the bath and run down to reception! The room was generally dirty with dust evident around furniture - better use of a vacuum required!
My family and I recently spent a wonderful week in the Cotswolds. It truly is an area with all the beauty and charm of the past. We stayed in a number of small inns but two stand out from the rest. I would highly recommend the Painswick Hotel in the little village of Painswick. The town is remarkably well preserved and the Hotel fits in nicely. The hotel was clean, the food excellent and the staff extremely friendly especially to our young son. On the other hand we were very disappointed in the Noel Arms Hotel in Chipping Campden. The hotel was run down, the meals overpriced and the staff less than helpful. Maybe this lack of service comes from being part of a larger group, Cotswold Inns & Hotels. Our better stays were always in the independent inns.
I love the Noel Arms. I have stayed there a few times. It represents excellent value for money, the food is exceptional, the atmosphere is peaceful and the hotel is comfortable with heaps of character. I would highly recommend the Noel Arms.
Loved the food
The first thing that hits you is how friendly the staff is. Its a very old hotel but is ran in a modern way. Nothing is too much trouble.The food is great.Try out the room with a four poster bed its reputed to be from the 16th century.I certainly will stay again when in the Cotswolds. It is an ideal location to visit the surrounding areas.One could describe it as quintessentially EnglishA satisfied customer