We did stay over the Easter weekend so possibly it would be a better experience at a less busy time.
An amazingly renovated buiding with many original features and much character in the main house. The problem is that the modern extension(huge and like a warren) was over ambitious and the mass of guests swamp the facilities.
Queuing for a normally timed breakfast was not appreciated by anyone I over heard and that was just to access the dining room. You then had to line up for the hot food! Other meals are taken in "shifts"it seems to ease the congestion and ensure service is prompt but the doors to the restaurant are closed and you cannot enter until your time arrives-reminded me of the two sittings for school dinners sadly.
The mass catering for breakfast and the carvery lunch is of very good quality to be fair but the ambience is missing.
Pre- book meals before you arrive as reservations told us to book on arrival and we had a struggle to be accommodated at a time of our choosing .
The rooms are a good size but a little bare and unwelcoming and our room had chairs with worn and split upholstery on the arms-not a good look and unnecessary .
The entrance hall is impressive and there are some small and quiet sitting rooms that we found too late . The main bar/lounge area was spoiled by the sports TV mounted on the wall and guests sprawling in sofas .
Sorry to be so negative but the website photo led to me look forward to a relaxed and luxurious weekend break and instead we were catapulted into a frenetic environment in which staff coped very well but were pushed to the limit.
It is a popular wedding venue and we saw two in the days we were there-a bit of a conveyor belt atmosphere for the special day.
Just not my cup of tea at all I am afraid but no doubt many would disagree with me. If they had just perfected the main building and not built such a huge modern extension then it would have had the potential to be a real luxurious retreat for the discerning visitor but as it is .......
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This magnificent Cotswolds country house hotel is situated in a stunning South Gloucestershire location, conveniently near to Bristol. A grade II* listed Victorian mansion, De Vere Tortworth Court offers all the grandeur of an elegant Cotswold's hotel alongside the hotel facilities of a premier four star hotel. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Tortworth Court 4 Pillars Hotel
- Court Hotel Tortworth
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