“ Address: Ware / Hertfordshire / SG12 0SD / United Kingdom / Tel: 0044 1920 487 722 „
Recently, we took my mum and dad on a weekend break to Hanbury Manor. My dad is a bit posh and likes staying at posh places so we thought it would be perfect for him and it was!
Hanbury Manor is a hotel and country club currently managed by Marriott. It is set in acres and acres of land, much of which is a golf course (and the golf here is very popular) but there are also large gardens, both formal and natural. The very first time we went there was when we were considerably more impoverished than we are now and we took the bus to the hotel. There is a bus stop just outside the gates but be warned - the gates are a very very long way from the hotel itself. The drive goes past enormous and beautiful trees, part of the golf course and a long stretch of gardens. We were very embarrassed hauling our suitcases down it as other guests whizzed past in their BMWs! This time, we took a taxi and rolled up to the reception in style and convenience. There is plenty of parking it is a very busy hotel and often spaces can be hard to find - not to mention the sheer size of grounds sometimes makes the different parking areas hard to find!
The hotel is set in an old country manor and it is very grand and imposing. The reception are is just next to the lounge and it is an extraordinary room. It has original tapestries all along one wall, traditional carpets, chandeliers, the works. The best thing is Marriott have made subtle changes to make it more comfortable but they have kept the old world charm and style of a country house. The staff is very courteous and helpful - we were given our rooms two hours early because we had arrived before check in.
The rooms are large, comfortable and beautifully maintained but inside them it does feel like any other quality hotel. It's the common area, the grounds and the exterior that are really impressive.
The other impressive thing is the food. The pastry chef has been poached from The Dorchester and what a prize she is. The afternoon tea is to die for and her scones were the most perfect I have ever seen. Afternoon tea is served either in the lounge or the library and it feels like stepping back in time what with the surroundings and the cut glass accents all around.
Unfortunately, the Rosette restaurant was closed when we went but the casual restaurant gave fine indication of the quality of food at the hotel. The sea bass with olives was the best fish dish I have ever eaten. My mouth is watering as I type. Definitely worth eating in if you visit.
Unfortunately I cannot provide much information on prices as we get employee discounts but the website is informative and has gorgeous photos too. If you have someone to impress, a wedding to plan, or just want to see how the other half live - go to Hanbury Manor. You will love it.