Manor House Hotel - Castle Combe August 18 2014

Castle Combe, “The prettiest village in England”, where time has stood still since the Middle Ages, is the setting for a true jewel of English hospitality. A heraldic crest, embedded in a pair of unpretentious wrought iron gates at the end of the village, is the discrete entrance to a driveway, which winds alongside the river Bybrook and tantalisingly reveals The Manor House Hotel in all its breathtaking beauty. 

Originally built in the 14th century to replace the dilapidated Norman castle, after which the village is named, it has seen many Lords of the Manor. The most famous is believed to have been Sir John Falstaff, immortalised by Shakespeare in Henry IV. The Barony of Combe continued for some 850 years until 1947, when it was sold and sympathetically evolved into a luxurious hotel and golf club, part of the acclaimed Exclusive Hotels group. Its grounds cover 365 acres of woodland, parkland and formal gardens and include the Manor House Golf Club, a championship course with daily hand-cut greens and manicured tees. 

The coffee supply for the hotel, golf club and indeed the whole of the Exclusive Hotels group is in the hands of Café du Monde. That includes cafetière service, bulk brew filter coffee, a La Spaziale espresso machine using Fairtrade coffee beans and the innovative ‘Service en Chambre’. This is a deluxe gold embossed, leather bound in-room beverage service system, that includes cafetière coffee, tea bags and ancillaries for guests to enjoy a hot drink in their room. 

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