Change of blog as I am currently on holiday I have decided to do blog whilst staying at the hotel. Here we go:-
My parents and I travelled from Newcastle upon Tyne on a 9 and a half hour car journey stopping at various service stations on the way. If you are going to be travelling a long distance I would strongly suggest splitting the journey in two parts and staying overnight at a Travelodge en route.
When you arrive at the Ashbury Hotel you will be able to check in at 3 pm and the people on reception are very helpful and polite. The rooms at the Ashbury Hotel are located in individual buildings – my room and my parents’ room were located in the Moorview Building. All the rooms are smart and offer the necessary tea and coffee facilities and a television. If a member of your part is disabled and you have advised them at the time of booking they are happy to accommodate – my mother is disabled and they arranged for my parents to have ground floor room with a shower.
Breakfast, lunch and evening meal are provided by the hotel. If you have any dietary requirements such as you are on a gluten-free diet they will accommodate. All meals are provided as a buffet service.
For breakfast you can choose either cereal or a cooked breakfast. If you are really hungry in the morning you can have both. When you get your breakfast you will be asked if you want tea or coffee. If, like me, you always have to start your day with coffee I would suggest sticking to it.
For lunch you have a choice of either a hot lunch or a salad and there is always a very good selection to choose from.
For evening meal there is always a daily menu which is placed near the bar/lounge area or alternatively there is an A La Carté menu which is also available to choose from.
After dinner you can go to the bar and relax. There is always a varied evening entertainment provided and the information about this can be found by reception.
The Ashbury Hotel is aimed mainly at golfers and golfing groups/societies whereas the Manor House Hotel is aimed mainly at families. If, however, you are interested in crafts & spa breaks then I would suggest either hotel. The Ashbury Hotel has some crafts whereas the Manor House Hotel has the majority of crafts.
Both hotels offer health and beauty treatments together with a Hydro Spa. The beauty treatments range from body treatments and massages to nail treatments using Gelish or Jessica. They also offer Holistic Therapies such as Hopi Ear Candles and Hot Stones Massage. There are also treatments offered for men ranging from body wraps to foot and hand treatments. Each treatment lasts between 30 minutes to an hour and are very reasonably priced. If you are wanting to have any treatments whilst on holiday I would very strongly suggest pre-booking them as availability can fill up extremely quickly.
From a golfer’s point of view (this opinion was given by my dad who is a golfer) the golf facilities are excellent. There are multiple courses (6 18 hole courses and one 18 hole par 3 course). In total there are 27 holes of golf which are free everyday. Buggy hire is available at reasonable prices often 1/2 price or less depending on the season and are booked at the pro shop which is always well stocked. Buggy hire is compulsory on the Kigbeare course due to the distance between holes.
There is a variety of other sporting activities available for those who do not play golf at both hotels. These include the following:-
- Air Rifles
- Air Pistols
- Laser Clays
- Indoor Carpet Bowls (this is offered at the Manor House Hotel)
- Ice Rink (this is available at the Manor House Hotel)
- Roller Skating Rink (this is available at the Manor House Hotel)
There is also a gym at the Ashbury Hotel and at the Manor House Hotel which are well equipped with all the usual gym equipment such as treadmills, cross trainers and weights.
Christmas breaks are always held at the Manor House Hotel and are always well-organised and a lot of fun!
I have been coming to the Manor House Hotel since 2000 and my parents have been coming to both hotels since 1994.
If you are looking for a golfing break or a craft/spa break I can highly recommend the Manor House Hotel and Ashbury Hotel. If you are looking for a good family orientated hotel I would recommend the Manor House Hotel. The facilities for families at the Manor House Hotel are excellent and on par with those of Centre Parcs. The reason for this comparison is purely because you are also able to go on guided walks across Dartmoor, hire bicycles or enjoy horse riding at the local stables.
If you are looking for a base to enable you to explore Devon and Cornwall then you definitely cannot go wrong with the Manor House Hotel and Ashbury Hotel.
Here are some pictures of the location of the hotel, golf course (Kigbeare) and surrounding area.
I hope you enjoy this blog and please remember that all opinions in this blog are either my own or my dad’s and 100% unbiased.
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