Woodlands Park Hotel
What We Love
- A grand rural Surrey hotel with prized dining and the first of its kind to have an electric lightSavouring double AA Rosette-awarded cuisine in The Oak Room
- The traditional-meets-modern decor
- Proximity to London and good transport links gives you an easy journey to the stress-free countryside
What To Know
- Built in 1885, the hotel has a grand Victorian feel
- Just 25 miles outside of London
- Two rustic-chic restaurants are on-site
Woodlands Park Hotel in Surrey, near Leatherhead and Cobham, was originally commissioned by English industrialist William Bryant and built in 1885. Interesting fact for you – it was the first house of its kind in the UK to have an electric light.
Set in beautiful grounds in the Surrey countryside, Woodlands Park is a perfect retreat for anyone seeking an escape from anywhere with a tube line or an air quality warning. Ideally located close to Leatherhead, Guildford, Heathrow & Gatwick, the hotel is conveniently close to the M25 and only 25 miles from London – for those that still require their city fix.
After beautiful modernisation, today the hotel is fully refurbished to the highest standard, yet still retains much of its Victorian grandeur. Oak-panelled rooms and numerous antiques take visitors back to an age of style and sophistication. With its two AA Rosettes and superbly elegant old-school vibe, The Oak Room restaurant is a real find.
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I agree with some of the other reviews. This is a good hotel, just no wow factor.
The grounds are lovely, there is ample parking & it’s in a great location for Cobham. The staff on reception were friendly & helpful. We were there for an anniversary & were told we’d been upgraded which was great. We went up to our room & there was an anniversary plate of chocs, which was a nice touch. I
Unfortunately the room was a mess! Bed unmade. Towels all over the floor. Bin overflowing. And for an upgraded room, it wasn’t that impressive! A very disappointing start. We went back down to reception and the guy sorted us a new room, which was bigger & had a view of the grounds. Someone was supposed to bring our anniversary platter to our new room but we had to chase reception for it.
We had dinner in the Oak Room. Food was excellent, as were the staff.
Bathroom need updating. Also the whole hotel was very warm! We had the air con on in our room but too noisy for during the night. Breakfast in Bensons was nice. Continental was buffet & you could order something cooked from the menu.
All in all an enjoyable stay.
On many levels this is a very good hotel; cleanliness, hotel building/grounds, facilities. But on another level it feels quite average.
I stayed 2 nights in June for a company event and it cost £120/night B&B. My room was nice but a few signs of wear & tear that could have been better, but it was pretty good.
The hotel was originally built in 1884 and is set in lovely location & grounds. I ate breakfast there both days and it was nice.
A few of the staff were lovely and friendly/engaging but overall they seemed a little distant and dis-engaged. As some other reviews say, at times they were hard to find! Special mention to "Oscar" in the bar for having a "customer first" attitude.
Overall, no reason not to use the hotel but don't expect to be "wow'd".
Our first visit to Woodlands Park and we enjoyed it.
The grounds are lovely, with a good free car park and lots of outside space to sit and relax (with lots of Prosecco in our case........)
Our package offered a room upgrade "if available" - sadly no rooms were available which was a shame - the room we had was fine but a bit small.
We ate in Benson's restaurant on our first evening - the food was good and the service friendly and at a good pace, sadly our second evening left a little to be desired......
Due to some confusion over opening times of the "Oak Room" we were offered use of a private dining room, with the fine dining menu. Our room (The Boardroom) was very pleasant overlooking the gardens, not very big but we were only a party of four so it was ideal.
Again the food was very good (the same menu as Benson's in fact) - the problem was the gentleman who served us. He gave the impression he was not very pleased we were there - his opening gambit was "Well, we have lots of private diners tonight - the service will be slow - you will have to wait". In fact the pace was fine for us but the mood for the evening was set.
When he took our dinner order he asked if we wanted dessert, we said we didn't know at that point - again this appeared not to please him. In fact he never asked us again if we wanted dessert - we didn't but that's hardly the point.
Half way through our main course he asked if we wanted coffee served - not really the right time I think, my guess is he wanted to finish his shift but we were far from slow, and the speed of service was out of our control.
It's a shame because it was a nice gesture on the part of the hotel, to offer us use of the room, but spoiled by a rather surly character who seemed a bit resentful of us being there.
All in all there is no doubt this is a good hotel - well up to "Hand Picked" standards. Most of the staff were helpful and friendly (especially at breakfast and on reception), sadly one less friendly character spoiled things a little.
Would not hesitate to stay at Woodlands Park again, but would probably steer clear of the private dining rooms.
My husband and I went here for one night as a special offer for a Friday. The offer was supposed to include a glass of fizz on arrival but we were not offered this, The hotel is beautiful however and the room was very comfortable with everything that we needed. The staff were delightful and we had dinner in the main restaurant which was delicious, the restaurant was very warm and the lovely waitress opened the doors to let some air in, unfortunately other guests were cold and decided to close the doors but we took our coffee to the terrace and spent the rest of the evening outside. Breakfast was delicious I had eggs benedict and we were offered more toast and hot drinks. Charming hotel.
The location was excellent as a wedding venue and the room was clean, tidy and compact. However, to grade it as an executive suite was stretching things somewhat! We had arranged an early check in prior to the wedding. On arrival though, we were told that everyone had requested an early check in so we would have to wait. We went back to the car park for nearly an hour. It would seem that mixed messages are being communicated to hotel guests!
The food was reasonably good, though when one of our party asked for more wine (only one glass was served initially) we were told more wine would be served AFTER the meal! To be fair there was a quick change of mind and more wine was brought to our table after a few minutes. The bars were very small for the number of guests wishing to be served drinks with usually only one or two staff serving and San Miguel the only draught beer available (no bitter or stout).
Breakfast was buffet style and we enjoyed a well prepared full English. It's just a shame that we had to wait 15 minutes for the scrambled egg when it had run out. When we returned home my wife discovered that she had left her phone charger and lead in the room. She phoned the hotel and the guy on reception promised that someone would ring back the next day. 3 days later we are still waiting.
We enjoyed our time there but there was much discussion about the quality of service and it would seem that there are some issues for the hotel management to consider.