Although the Abbey Hotel’s roots as a hotel date back to 1890, it is thoroughly modern and provides its guests with contemporary comforts and luxury along with outstanding service.
The Manor House
A charming manor in the peaceful Cotswolds countryside, The Manor House provides a quiet retreat. Surrounded by enchanting woods and fields and the thatched stone cottages of Castle Combe, one of England’s most picturesque villages, the hotel is still easily accessible to the sights and sounds of Bath.
From the impressive sweeping driveway to the grand, wood-paneled interiors, The Manor House is an imposing yet welcoming property. The Bybrook is the Michelin-starred on-site restaurant, serving fresh, seasonal meals, accompanied by an extensive wine list. The Manor House also provides a number of outdoor activities to ensure that guests are sufficiently entertained during their stay, as well as a delicious daily afternoon tea.
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Rooms at The Manor House are divided between the main house and the cottages behind. Each room at The Manor House is individually styled, so no two are alike. However, all feature handmade mattresses and comforting, neutral hues. Guests can also select from a pillow menu at bedtime to ensure that they are given a proper night’s rest. Rooms also provide tablets for guests to enhance their stay. In suites, guests can opt for special amenities such as bath tubs or classic four-poster beds.
The Manor House is located in Castle Combe, a charming Cotswolds village. Displaying typical countryside homes built with Cotswold stone, the village has been a popular filming location for movies such as War Horse and Stardust. The hotel is well-located for exploring the history and vibrancy of the nearby city of Bath as well as Stonehenge.
Food and drink
The Manor House features options including Michelin-starred dining, afternoon tea and a relaxing bar area. The laid-back Full Glass Bar makes a lovely place to unwind at the end of the day and was once frequented by Margaret Thatcher, who wrote her memoirs here. In the Michelin-starred Bybrook, chef Rob Potter prepares a gourmet menu of elevated Cotswolds classics.
A special afternoon tea menu can be arranged for children.
Facilities and activities
The Manor House provides plenty of outdoor activities for guests to enjoy. Not least among these is its own extensive 18-hole golf course, residing within the hotel’s beautiful woods and parkland. The hotel also features outdoor giant chess and croquet. There is also a tennis court, and the hotel can even provide private coaching with advance notice for a fee.
The Manor House has one room designated as an accessible room for guests with limited mobility. The room has handrails for extra support and modifications in the bathroom. The hotel can also provide refrigerators for any medication upon request.
A fantastic option for those wanting a luxurious country manor stay, with the option of exploring one of England’s most scenic villages on your doorstep.
Places & hotels on the map
Alternative places to stay nearby
Where possible, we like to offer a range of accommodation for each stop of your trip, chosen by our specialists as some of their favorite places to stay. To help you make the right choice, we give each property a rating based on its facilities and service, but we also look for hotels with distinct character or a location that can’t be bettered.
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The Macdonald Bath Spa Hotel is an elegant property that prides itself on its excellent service, cuisine and extensive spa facilities. It’s also a convenient base for all the main historic sites of Bath.
Playfully artistic yet elegantly refined, No. 15 Great Pulteney blends historic sophistication with contemporary design. With remarkable attention to detail and a bold individual style, the hotel manages to pamper guests while making them feel warmly welcomed in a home from home.
Connecting up four Georgian townhouses, the Queensberry Hotel is a contemporary property with warm, vibrant rooms and suites. It also boasts a lounge, an award-winning restaurant and gardens.
A luxurious option within the historic Royal Crescent, this property is just a 15-minute walk of the main sights of Bath. Unusually for a centrally positioned hotel, it boasts private gardens.
The Villa at Henrietta Park provides small touches that make a big difference. This 1868 mansion provides a laid-back retreat near the heart of historic Bath.
Experiences while staying here
The following activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences of the area where you’re staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident’s eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can also suggest outdoor pursuits and activities, such as cooking classes, that will introduce you to the traditions of the area’s inhabitants.
The Roman Baths and the Royal Crescent are among the sights on this full-day guided walking tour of Bath. You tour the baths first built by the Romans to tap into the local hot springs before visiting some of the meeting places for Georgian high society.
Explore England’s long history, written in stone. Your private guide takes you to the ancient stone circles at Stonehenge and Avebury, with a stop at Lacock Abbey, a former nunnery turned stately Tudor home.