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Reviewed 20 August 2011

Wonderful old mansion with lovely spacious rooms and good foods. Discovery Tours with Chrissy are a must. You'll see so much. Great hosts Mia and Daniel. Fabulous week.

Stayed: June 2011, travelled with friends
2  Thank Riksem
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Reviewed 17 August 2011

We were part of the HF walking group for July 30-August 3 and had a wonderful time. We are two sisters in our 60s who had not seen each other in a few years. Had read iffy reviews, so upgraded to "premium rooms" and premium they were. The house is a Georgian Mansion, steps away from downtown but far from the maddening tourist crowds. It had incredible plasterwork throughout the original house and our room was one of the original late 1700s ones. It had three great windows, thick walls, a fireplace (not working) plaster detailing and a very modern state of the art bathroom tastefully inserted into the historic room. We had flat panel tv, coffee/ea making facilities and an ITouch dock. Furniture was comfortable but not historic ( Target modern) terry bath robes and slippers. The public rooms had the same architectural details. Absolutely lovely. Food was terrific for breakfast and lunch, debatable for dinner. The walking tours were rugged but not too challenging for a pair of 60+ sisters. The guides--especially Harry--were exceptional.

A lovely private back yard had a large oval grass area surrounded by plantings and some sculpture and tables with umbrellas. Many of us sat there after the walks, enjoying great drinks from the bar and even greater camaraderie. After dinner (more later) we gathered in the ballroom for lighthearted fun and one night a lecture about bees.
You were asked to select your dinner and lunch from a menu the day before. Lunch consisted of sandwich and salad choices (we chose whole wheat baguettes with lots of veggies and either chicken or beef) and then a table of packables...yogurt, dried fruit, nuts, energy bars, cookies, fruit. Breakfast was a buffet with fruit, croissants, oatmeal, yogurt, cereal, fruit juices etc, and option to order a full English ...which I usually chose fried egg, bacon --English..sort of like Canadian but better--lots of toast, butter and jam and if you wanted "Fry Bread". A family with gluten sensitivities and one with allergies to chicken eggs, were happily accommodated. Dinner was a little iffier. Some was absolutely first rate like the watermelon, feta and balsamic reduction salad. Some was standard, like the fruit plate for dessert that I ordered each night. The Main Courses evoked the most discussion. Meats tended to be overcooked, and beef one night was deemed unchewable. But overall, the dinners were good and edible, just not above average.
I would recommend this for folks on the HF walking tours, and for people who want to be in Bourton-on-the-Water but not right in the heart of the tourist madness.

Room Tip: ask for the premium rooms 5L per person per night. Really worth it if you care.
  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled with family
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3  Thank Alabella
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Reviewed 8 May 2010

This hotel is run by a cooperative specialising in walking and other organised group activity holidays. It therefore has specialised facilities such as a boot room, drying machines and a packed-lunch service. Other activities are also offered, including organised visits to gardens and health and fitness regimes (tai chi etc).

If this is what you want out of your holiday, then fine. But the disadvantage is that many who participate in the activities seem immune to the hotel's failings. The room s are extremely shabby; plaster is deeply cracked on walls and ceilings. Single glazed sash windows leak cold air into the rooms. There is no central heating, only wall-mounted electric heaters, not all of which work. Walls between rooms are paper thin, and interconnecting doors do not block sound or light between rooms. So if you criticise your neighbours, they will hear you. In fact, whatever you do they will hear you. You will also hear all movements in the corridors, including staff in the early morning. As curtains and blinds are thin and ill-fitting, don't expect to sleep in. Of course, this may be seen as part of the discipline of being ready for the 0930 hike; but waking everyone at 0530 every day is perhaps excessive.

Breakfast is excellent - a choice of fruit and cereal with toast, home-made croissants and a choice of cooked dishes. These arrive quickly from the kitchen; everything else is laid out in a buffet.

There is no lunch service. Those engaged in organised activities order sandwich or salad lunches in advance and take them out or eat them at the hotel.

Dinners are taken communally at tables of eight to ten; your table neighbour may be fascinating or may be the world's greatest bore - or worse. Guests tend to be very earnest and to lack a taste for light-hearted dinner conversation. Meals for the evening must be chosen in the morning from a short menu, offering meat, fish and vegetarian. Old English comfort food is done fairly well - soups, steak pies, steamed puddings and fruit crumbles. Any attempt at exotic or imaginative dishes is laughable. Lasagne with garlic bread and greasy chips was barely of school dinner standard. Fish is overcooked. The same basic vegetables is served to all diners irrespective of the the choice of meal; red cabbage does go well with steak pie but not with brochets of fish and peppers. There is a good and sensibly priced wine list. Bottled beers are also available.

An aura of niceness pervades the hotel. Staff are invariably friendly and willing to help. It is a pity that no-one appears to have told them, or the hotel's owners, how much better things could be if they sorted out the fabric of the hotel and the kitchen's approach to choosing and preparing food.

  • Stayed: May 2010, travelled as a couple
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6  Thank chilternwayhouse
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Reviewed 8 April 2009

Our Rambling group stayed at Harrington House.
The rooms were comfortable, some had showers, some baths, some a bath with a shower. Many liked the fact that a bath was at the end of the corridor. After a day out walking a few enjoyed dipping into that bath. The showers had enough power for a good force of water.

Entering the building, the ambience is very pleasing, carpets are thick and cushion noise. The communal areas are ideal for relaxation. Internet is easily accessible.

The service from staff is fantastic. Dinner, and Breakfast are both served by smiling helpful staff. The Bar is manned well. The food was fantastic, picnic lunch amazing.
Boot room is very orderly, and comfortable for use, washer and dryer are in here.
The grounds provide great relation and seating areas. The house is so close to the centre it is easy to join the crowd or escape to the peace of the lawn or house.

Definitely worth another visit.

  • Stayed: April 2009
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8  Thank energyLondon
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Reviewed 23 June 2018
Google Translation

Room Tip: Kamers in het huis zijn beter dan kamers in de cottages (dacht eerst dat het een schuur was, zegt denk ik wel genoeg)
  • Stayed: June 2018, travelled with friends
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