Wanting to have a night away with the other half but without wanting to travel too far, I did a search of possible options within my search parameters and this was the venue I opted for. Well I wasn't disappointed.
Set in lovely grounds, about 12 miles off the M25 (Junc 20 for A41) is Pendley Manor. From the A41 its well sign-posted to the hotel and upon arrival we found ample parking space. We had opted from the dinner, bed, breakfast tariff as we wanted a base rather than an exploring break and the checking in process was simple and handled by professional, efficient front of house staff. The hotel itself retains a lot of the original structure but has obviously been added to over the years but done so in such a way as not to lose too much of its original charm. There is a porter service should you require assistance with your bags otherwise there are ramps and lifts to make easy access to first/second floors. We had a four poster room on the first floor and the room itself was spacious with plenty of storage space. Some may say the decor was a little tired, but to be honest I just found it to me in keeping with the hotel's overall personality. The room was well equipped, TV with a limited variety of channels, a trouser press (ours was a bit temperamental but my patient husband soon mastered it!) and tea/coffee facilities. There was a free wi-fi service and the speeds must have been good as we were able to watch the cricket in the morning on my iPad with no interference quality of picture. The bathroom was clean with nice toiletries and a great overhead shower. The only thing I'd point out to ladies is the hairdryer is one of the in-bathroom units. Which would probably dry hair eventually, but would not be any use for styling. So I'd advise to take your own if a hairdryer is needed.
A walk round the grounds before dinner seeing the peacocks was very pleasant and a drink in the comfortable Shakespeares bar added to setting up a very nice evening (an observation I'd make is that the drinks in the bar were a bit on the pricey side). Dinner was taken in the Oak Dining room, which is a lovely airy room with tables to suits various size parties. As we were on the DBB rate, we could choose from a set menu (giving three options per course) or opt to choose from the a la carte, but paying anything over £27.50 which was the dinner rate per person. The food was very good, served by friendly, attentive staff. The wine list was good too - plenty of choice to suit palate and budget.
Had a great nights sleep, no noticeable noise intrusion and a very comfy bed. We had breakfast in our room (modest tray charge of £2 per person) and would thoroughly recommend the full english! Only minor gripe was that the food was just veering towards warm rather than hot. That aside no other issues.
I would definitely recommend this hotel and look forward to coming back to it again. It also offers afternoon tea (looked fab, but we didn't try it ourselves) and also has Spa facilities (again didn't try them so can't comment further)
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19 April 2012
Sunny636 – Thank you for such a positive review. I am pleased to read that you enjoyed you enjoyed every aspect of your stay with us. I have noted your helpful observation with regard to the hairdryer.
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Thanks again – we look forward to welcoming you back soon
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