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Shaw Country House Hotel
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Reviewed 18 July 2016 via mobile

On arrival we where greeted with a smile and a polite welcome. We where shown to our room (no 1) which was a nice size, comfy bed good shower and very quite. We had a couple of drinks in the bar which was very reasonable. Breakfast was excellent with good quality food and wide choice. There was a large party at the hotel but it didn't disturb us although it made it a little difficult to park. I would definitely recommend this hotel and we will be staying here again.

Stayed: July 2016
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Reviewed 13 July 2016

Staying here recently for two nights. The hotel is set back a short distance from the main road. The gardens are beautifully kept with a small patio area. Breakfast was very nice and my poached egg cooked to perfection. Amy, the young evening waitress was very attentive, polite and looked after us incredibly well, Thank you. Evening dinner menu has a very nice selection of dishes and cooked to perfection. Our room was spacious and clean, the bed was very comfortable, we had 2 good nights sleep. We had to leave early the second day, thank you for the biscuits.

  • Stayed: July 2016, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank seabreeze88
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Reviewed 7 June 2016

A beautiful frontage, a great outlook, loads of parking and a fantastic breakfast served by a hugely energetic and bright Jill of all trades. Are you sensing the "however"? The refurbishment has a way to go. The garden makeover at the front looks good. The restaurant area has been lifted (in many respects). this place has huge potential (and very tough completion down the road in the Pear Tree in Whitley. I wish this place the very best in the future because it is fine: it is clean, they have started some prettifying in rooms and the receptionist/waitress was energetic and positive. No one else in sight.alas the evening menu was not sufficient to tempt. So plenty to keep working on. Fine for a brief visit at a good price. Comfortable. And please please perk up the lounge and give it character!

Room Tip: Be competitive on price. This is at best 2 stars.
  • Stayed: June 2016, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank David S
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Reviewed 1 June 2016 via mobile

I stayed here overnight whilst away for work. The staff were very friendly and accommodated my late arrival. My room (1) was clean, but did smell a little musty. Bathroom was fine - clean, with nice towels. Breakfast was good, and what you would expect - I didn't have a cooked breakfast though. I would stay again.

Stayed: May 2016, travelled on business
1  Thank SuzyC252
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Reviewed 24 May 2016

My husband and I stayed here three nights. The neighborhood is quiet and we slept well. This hotel is very well-situated for touring National Trust historic properties and gardens. The dinners are exceptionally good. We would be happy to stay here again.

The building appears to be a historic inn made out of stone. The exterior walls in our bedroom were 18 inches thick, as evidenced by the wide windowsills.

Our room was comfortable. We each had a night table and reading light. We had a closet. We had a desk/vanity. The window sills were wide enough to serve as shelves. The furnishings were fairly plain but functional.

The windows were modern and easily crank open. The room had no AC, so we left the windows open at night. We did not get any bugs.

The bathroom is up to date and the plumbing worked well. I loved the kidney shaped bathtub. The wider end prevented the shower from over-spraying onto the floor. The bathroom was spacious, as was the bedroom.

The bedroom had a small table with water heater for coffee and tea.

The free WIFI worked exceptionally well all the time: much better than in several fancier hotels we have visited during our three week stay in Great Britain. It was easy to log on.

The hotel is surrounded by green lawns. We did not walk through the garden.

Downstairs there is a sitting room/lobby, a small bar/ lounge and a restaurant.

We enjoyed our 3 breakfasts at the hotel. We had eggs, sausage and toast, orange juice and coffee. We always ordered off the menu. There is no buffet, except for cold cereal and juice.

We had drinks in the bar/lounge on two different nights. On tap was hard cider and Carlsberg lager. We had the Carlsberg lager. Other people ordered wine. Various hard liquors and liqueurs were available, but not as big a selection as in a big city.

We had our Sunday night dinner in the bar, because the full restaurant was not open that night. We had panini and a salad, and it was very good.

On Monday and Tuesday nights we were offered the residents' menu of three courses; a choice of 3 appetizers, 3 main dishes; and about 6 desserts. The dinners were exceptionally good, real five star meals. We met an English couple who stayed at this hotel for a week while touring National Trust properties. The couple said they always had dinner at the hotel. The food is so delicious, I can understand why.

The staff is very friendly and efficient. The hotel is family owned and operated.

The hotel is best accessed by car. We arrived by train to a nearby town, Chippenham, and a friend drove us to this hotel. I don't think we could have walked from the hotel to any interesting sites.

If you have a car, you can visit several very interesting National Trust Bronze Age sites nearby: Silbey Hill, West Kennet Long Barrow, and Avebury World Heritage Site. Avebury has big stones like Stonehenge. The village of Avebury has lovely stone/brick houses, some thatched or slate roofs, a very old stone towered church, and some nice cafes and shops. The town grew up among the big stones. There are hiking trails connecting Silbey Hill, West Kennet Long Barrow, and Avebury. Stonehenge is not far away.

While staying at this hotel we took short drives to other interesting sites. We enjoyed visiting Courts Garden in Holt, and the Lacock Abbey and Fox Talbot Museum in Lacock. Both are National Trust properties. The Courts gardens are beautifully designed and maintained, and very colorful this time of year.

Lacock Abbey started out as a medieval nunnery. Scenes from two Harry Potter movies were filmed there. After medieval times subsequent owners built two additional higher floors to serve as a residence. During the 1800's Fox Talbot owned the stone manor house and nearby town of Lacock. He invented the photographic negative. Lacock has many old buildings. Scenes from Downton Abbey and various movies were filmed in Lacock.

You could stay at this hotel and drive to Bath. However, the road into Bath can become very congested with traffic.

In our bedroom the wall paper on the exterior walls has buckled in places. Some of the carpets at the hotel could use some shampooing. We did not mind. The hotel was clean.

This hotel was recommended to us by a friend in who has lived in Melksham for 20 years. He had his wedding reception at this hotel.

When we return to Melksham, we will stay at this hotel.

  • Stayed: May 2016, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank LynnCactusWren
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