Calcot Manor has been named å‘Country Hotel of The Yearå’ by Country Life. This recent success comes hot on the heels of similarly prestigious recognition from CondÌ© Nast Johansens, the Royal Automobile Club and Hardenå‘s Hotel Guide for the 28 bedroom hotel, just three miles from Tetbury in Gloucestershire.
The Country Life announcement is made in this week’s issue of the magazine, after a team of judges, drawn from the hospitality industry, spent the past year visiting rural hotels throughout Britain ‘from the southernmost tip of Cornwall to the Scottish Highlands, and from the western coast of Wales to the Wash, in search of the best hotel in the countryside’.
The Marchioness of Hartington (2001 award-winner for her Devonshire Fell Hotel & Bistro in Yorkshire) said of Calcot Manor, “It is more relaxed than other hotels I have stayed in. The staff are excellent and make you feel more like a house guest than a paying guest.”
William Cowpe (Managing Director of London’s Goring Hotel) added, “one of its distinguishing factors is its fabulous facilities for children while David and Patricia Nicholson (owners of the 2002 award winner, the Holbeck Ghyll in the Lake District) hailed Calcot’s wonderful new spa.
Just a month previously, Calcot’s Managing Director, Richard Ball was awarded the ‘Knight Frank Award for Outstanding Excellence and Innovation’ as part of Condé Nast Johansens’ ‘Awards for Excellence 2004’. Andrew Warren, Managing Director of Condé Nast Johansens, commented at the time, `The Knight Frank Award is not only unique but tremendously personal because it recognises the contribution made by an outstanding individual, rather than a hotel.”
Also at the end of October, Calcot Manor picked up a RAC Gold Ribbon Award for having demonstrated ‘consistently superlative standards of customer care, service and accommodation’. The Gold Ribbon is the highest accolade within the Royal Automobile Club’s annual awards to the hospitality industry in the UK and Ireland.
When the first Harden’s Hotel Guide was published this summer, Calcot Manor was one of the top 27 establishments in Great Britain and Ireland (from among over 900 entries in the guide that covered Britain, Ireland, New York and Paris) to be granted the guide’s highest accolade; a ‘Three Smiley Award’.
A former English farmhouse set around a pretty courtyard of lime trees and ancient stone barns and stables, Calcot Manor is the perfect rural retreat for anyone wanting to avoid a typical chintzy country house hotel standing on formalities. Surrounded by beautiful gardens and its own 220-acre estate, Calcot houses nine bedrooms in the main Cotswold stone building with another 19 rooms dotted around the grounds - including three cottages and six courtyard rooms, plus 10 specially-designed family rooms and suites.
“Whether under the spotlight of our peers, guidebook inspectors or customer surveys, it is tremendously gratifying that Calcot Manor is consistently receiving top accolades from such informed and discerning judges,” comments Richard Ball More.
“Our guiding principal to developing and adding value to Calcot, in a contemporary context,” adds Richard, “is to ask always, ‘What do our guests want?’ 2003 has been a particularly busy and exciting year with the adoption of a new ‘soft modern’ decorative approach to the hotel’s interiors, the launch of our brand new 17,000 sq. ft. Calcot Spa and the upgrade of the children’s Playzone into a converted tithe barn. As we now head into the new year, with the additon of two new suites and an exciting renovation for The Conservatory restaurant planned for the first quarter of 2004, gaining such prestigious awards is the most wonderful encouragement as we strive to improve upon the guest experience.”
For further details on Calcot Manor please visit www.calcotmanor.co.uk.