As it approaches my birthday (in a few weeks’ time), I realise I never shared our lovely one-night stay at The Manor House in Wiltshire for my birthday last year. Taking advantage of a late-booked midweek offer for dinner, bed and breakfast in one of the hotel’s Plush rooms, we spent our visit relaxing in our lovely room, taking a pleasant walk around the pretty village of Castle Combe, and having an elegant and delicious dinner in the hotel’s Bybrook restaurant.
The Manor House Hotel is located within a grand stately home and several adjacent cottages, whih have been converted into a luxury hotel and restaurant. Located a few miles North West of Chippenham, the village of Castle Combe sits within the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
As well as the Bybrook restaurant, the hotel has an onsite spa (please check whether this is open before booking), and its own golf course.
Our room was located in a picturesque lane of Cotswold-stone cottages adjacent to the manor house itself. Walk along the short lane to reach the rest of the village, where you will find a couple of pubs and churches, an impressive 14th century Market cross, and the old water pump beside it. With many listed buildings, Castle Combe is a charming village to explore, and has often been used as a backdrop for film and TV dramas including the 1966 film, Dr Doolittle.
Our room, on the first floor of one of the cottages, featured a grand four poster bed, and a spacious bathroom with a huge overflow-tub and a walk-in shower. It was quiet and comfortable, and a lovely space to relax.
Our dinner was taken in Bybrook Restaurant, located in the main hotel. The six course tasting menu is £95 per person. There is also a Sunday lunch menu, and a four-course tasting menu. (The a la carte menu is not currently available, so do check before booking).
If you want something less formal, you can order from an informal menu, to eat outside or in one of the lounge areas around the hotel. You can also choose to dine at Castle Inn, one of the pubs a couple of minutes walk into the village.
As well as the courses listed in the menu, we were also served three amuse bouches, and tea or coffee with petits fours, which we enjoyed in one of the lounge areas.
During our midweek visit (in September 2019), the Bybrook restaurant was incredibly quiet, and therefore lacking a little in atmosphere. However the food and service were excellent, and the entire meal very enjoyable. Best of all is the lovely feeling of being able to stroll easily back to your room afterwards, rather than a drive or tube journey home!
Breakfast is also served in Bybrook, with a decent self-serve selection of cold items, and a hot breakfast served to order. (This may have changed in order to observe post-lockdown hygiene and distancing guidelines, so please check what’s currently being offered before booking).
The Manor House is a lovely property, and a great choice for an indulgent one or two night break. It’s a good base for exploring the Cotswolds and visiting Bath, as well as the nearby Castle Combe Circuit, a must for motor-racing fans.