We were a bit worried about staying in a Best Western hotel again (due to poor standards of service and sub-standard accommodation in the past ... in the UK. Although, it’s fair to add that we’d love to use a Best Western hotel in the U.S.)... So we almost did not book the Blunsdon House Hotel, because it is part of the BW chain. We wanted a hotel in the area for a weekend at the Royal International Air Tattoo.
We did not need to worry, because Blunsdon House is like a much loved family-run hotel. It brings the ‘Plus’ brand enviable meaning because it is certainly one notch above “ordinary”. Luckily Blunsdon was making an offer we could not refuse (twenty pounds less per night than the economy Premier Inn, up the road) so we took the plunge.
As you drive in, you sense, right away, that this place is magnificent. The gardens. and grounds are immaculately laid out - with an excellent parking area. Reception was lovely - charming check-in girls were a joy. Our room was on the ground floor. It was generous in size, with a big bouncy bed. Good-sized TV. Easy to use wi-fi. A lot of useful furniture. A view from the window (which opened). Bathroom was of average size (with tub) and clean with a good range of toiletries. Shower was hot and strong.
We went to the bar for a glass of Peroni (beer) - stayed for another glass because we felt so welcome. We had two games of billiards in the bar. This magnificent structure has yet another bar (quite comfortable) and a choice of three restaurants. We chose the restaurant called Flames for our evening meal. So glad we did! We had a perfectly cooked steak (probably the best I’ve ever had in a hotel) with shrimp for appetizers and beautiful Pavlova for dessert. Service was truly exceptional.
We will definitely return to Blunsdon House Hotel again. The only negatives (and these really are just quibbles) were: The room we had did not have any air conditioning. Apparently the property does have some air-conditioned rooms, so ask for one of those, if you want to feel comfortable on a warm summer evening. We were left with an electric fan, and that helped us, but we would have liked air conditioning. In addition, although an excellent coffee machine was available for use in the bedroom, the coffee sachets were only DE-CAF. We wanted regular caffeinated coffee.
There is lots to do here. A nature walk, a gym, a swimming pool, sauna and jacuzzi, tennis courts, golf putting green and golf course. What Premier Inn has a golf course? You'd be mad to stay in the Premier Inn up the road, when this hotel is offering such a good rate!
We are already thinking of excuses to return to Blunsdon House! less