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Gatton Manor
Ranked #5 of 8 Hotels in Dorking
Reviewed 8 September 2017 via mobile

Sat writing this review room 14 in a single bed with dodgy springs. The room is like a time warp to 1985! Tap in bathroom drip drip drip and a shower that on full power also goes drip drip drip.

No one to meet you at reception so we checked in at the bar with friendly staff. The food was simple but ok. The price was average.

The grounds and the golf course are fantastic. The green keeper should look after the hotel!

The main thing I ask for a hotel is to give me a clean room with a good bed and a great shower! 1 out of 3 is not a good return.

Stayed: September 2017, travelled on business
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Reviewed 11 August 2017 via mobile

Beautiful grounds, clean beds but rest of hotel needs a good clean. Breakfast would have been ok but you had to eat by 9.30 which is early. Showers not good, hairdryer not working. Could be some have better. Staff friendly. A later checkout would be good.

Stayed: August 2017, travelled with family
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Reviewed 22 July 2017

We booked this for my husbands Birthday, what a treat. Everything was great, the staff, the rooms, the food, the golf course was out of this world with many hidden features along the way. Although a bit tired, I felt this added to the overall charm. Would love to go again. Thank you very much

  • Stayed: July 2017, travelled as a couple
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Joanna N, Manager at Gatton Manor, responded to this reviewResponded 24 July 2017

Thanks for taking the time to post your review - we are all so delighted to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us and we hope your husband enjoyed his birthday.
We look forward to welcoming you back soon.

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Reviewed 20 July 2017

It’s a plain and simple golf oasis – not to be missed.

If you’re a golf nut, this is a must.

If you’re not a golf nut, but enjoy watching serious devotees of golf at work and play, it’s also a must.

But you need to book soon, it closes in October to be turned into yet another fancy over-priced golf spa hotel for the over rich. Such a shame. Such a waste.

The setting is quiet and tranquil. It’s a long drive to the house, but long enough to leave the hustle and bustle of the rest of the crazy world behind. This is not so much a hotel, as a golf club with rooms. A rambling Victorian house, with sadly overgrown pleasure gardens, pretty immaculate golf course (despite the lack of rain this year), ornamental lake and fountain. Pure tranquillity. Well worth a wander even if you’re not there to play golf.

And what rooms – spacious, immaculately clean, and comfortable – even though you may need a guide to find them in the warren of rooms of this place.

The restaurant offers the kind of food that appeals to golfers – mostly burgers and butties – but with a nice range of salads and cooked foods too. Staff are friendly and efficient. Food is excellent.

Breakfast is again targeted at golfers – catering fully expects most guests to go for the full cooked English options – there’s little else on offer. But what is there is good. A single bowl of fresh fruit salad and weak tasting fruit juice was on offer for the rest. Breakfast here is quiet. Not subdued, but concentrated and anticipating. Almost excited. Everyone (almost) is concentrated on the round or rounds ahead. There is little conversation, other than golf.

I was the token non-golfing guest. I’m told that the course is better maintained towards the house than further out, but still worthwhile and a challenge throughout. And the halfway house was a much appreciated feature.

In other places facing closure, the staff are miserable, tending towards unhelpful. But not here – all true professionals, efficient and welcoming. Clearly a great team.

The bill for two guests for dinner (including drinks), bed and breakfast was £105. Golf was extra but (apparently) still very competitively priced for the area.

So, if you’re a golfer – go! Go now!
If you’re not a golfer – Go now!
Go and witness this precious time capsule before it is no more.

  • Stayed: July 2017, travelled on business
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Reviewed 22 May 2017

We booked at last minute and pleasantly surprised all though a bit tired the dining room was pleasant ,the friendly and attentive staff were very good. Would recommend a visit
The gardens were interesting but again need some attention

Stayed: March 2017, travelled with family
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Joanna N, Manager at Gatton Manor, responded to this reviewResponded 17 July 2017

Thanks for taking the time to review and for your kind words about the team. I shall pass on your comments to our F&B Manager.

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Additional Information about Gatton Manor

Address: Standon Lane | Ockley, Dorking RH5 5PQ, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Surrey > Dorking
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 8 Hotels in Dorking
Price Range: ₹ 6,767 - ₹ 7,669 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Gatton Manor 3*
Number of rooms: 18
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Gatton Manor is a 18 bedroom hotel and golf club, set in 200 acres of tranquil woodlands, gardens, rivers and lakes, which form a championship length 18 hole golf course. The house dates back to 1728 and was the original Dowager's House of the Abinger Estate. Standards are high - we are AA 3* rated and our customers frequently comment on the first class food and friendly service. ... more   less 
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