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May 2016

Jacqui's wedding dress was bought from a shop called Cloud 9, but I am not referring to that.  I am referring to to the wonderful attention to detail and service given by you and the other members of the hotel - you have left us on CL 9.  It was a most fantastic week-end and in particular the wedding day.  There are no faults to be found.  The location and the building, but most importantly your efforts and every member of the hotel staff.

There has been nothing but praise from our guests and several instances where a member of staff has gone that extra mile.  Every one smiling, helpful, mega polite and an absolute joy.

The food on both days was marvelous, The whole experience was wonderful.

We are just leaving for Vienna, will contact you when I am back.

Best wishes

Cresswell & Jacqui




Staff are fab, had a great stay, will come again and tell our friends....



We had a lovely stay, this hotel has beautiful features, thank you.  Nicholas.



Super service from Chris, very patient and understanding.Lovely food - fab NEW CHEF, Thank you for our dinner today.  Oliver ROund


Thank you for a lovely stay, excellent dinner in the restaurant. S.Thornley


Amazing room and food, 5* for sure


Thank you for an amazing weekend, room was fantastic, grounds are beautiful and the staff went above and beyond, thanks


Wonderfully comfortable with the nicest staff i have ever come accorss, a credit to your hospitality



"We had a great trip thanks, course was great, hotel and clubhouse also.

We were well looked after, worth noting if you didn't know - they offer clay shooting on site at good rates which we took advantage of Saturday morning.


James'" MArch 2016


"I enjoyed every minute of my stay – the summer house is beautiful and the view over the lake so relaxing.  Comfy beds and the spacious bathrooms too.  The staff are always friendly and helpful – I will definitely come back." -T. Bart, Aug 2014

"An excellent venue in all aspects, quality golf course in great condition. Excellent friendly staff, good food – we will be back." -  Gary and Deanne, March 2014

"A fine, fine stay – beautiful room and surroundings, excellent service."  Eugine Reed, USA, June 2014

"Excellent wedding venue, helpful staff and good rooms."  Paloma, August 2014

"Fabulous! Great golf, great hotel – first time and won't be our last."   H. Mosely, New Forest.

"Amazing hotel, beautiful rooms and very friendly staff. Excellent food too– would highly recommend."  -Anna Sheils Sept 2014

"Played golf in a party of 28 people and really enjoyed everything about Donnington Grove. The course was in great shape, the welcome was second to none and the restaurant food was the best we've experienced at similar resorts." -Golf visitor, 2014

"We were very happy with our room in the main building. It was large, very clean and well kept. The staff were bright, helpful and welcoming. The food was tasty and well presented. A most enjoyable stay only wished we could have stayed longer. I would like to return and stay for a few days to take in the beauty of the location."  -Suzanne, Australia, 2014

"Thank you for a wonderful meal last evening for the Montgolfier dinner - and a delicious dinner this morning" Pauline Beighton, (Nov 2014)

"Brilliant vacation, great time here! Loved everything, hope to come again - maybe even to another Highclere Ball, we will miss Charlie and his sense of humour" December 2014

"it was the most wonderful vacation !!  Thank you for your hospitality, everyone was warm, friendly and most helpful !!          I sooo look forward to returning, hopefully verysoon!! Warm regards" Paula,  USA  December 2014

Just a line to say a big thank you for all the hard work you and your team gave to Dad’s 100th.  Very much appreciated.  Everybody enjoyed themselves including Dad, and everybody thought Donnington Grove was beautiful. Kind regards Sylvia. 12 March 2015

From Trip Advisor - March 2015

Donnington Grove is a golfer's hotel, no doubt with profitable corporate and occasion activity on the side. If it sounds like criticism to say that it's not really a destination for an escape, then read on, because any carping would be unfair.
I used a Living Social voucher for my stay and an incredible bargain it was. The initial impact is historical. DG is a genuine Georgian pile, sitting amid magnificent grounds, incorporating a golf course. Then the most joyous words in travel and accommodation i.e. 'you have been upgraded' further lifted my spirits at check-in, but the subsequent 50 step grind to the 3rd floor room (yes, I'm sad enough to have counted them), through twists and turns and fire doors, somewhat reduced the thrill. Still, the allocated space, room 303, was enormous and generously equipped, as was the excellent en suite. The bay window view, over the lake, was gorgeous.
The room and, indeed, the entire hotel, was spotlessly clean and maintained, but I came to hate the stairs and seriously considered establishing a hermitage and ordering in takeaways. Consideration for the delivery staff made me resist this unworthy thought and just as well: the meals served here, either in bar or restaurant, are terrific. Descending a further 20 stairs (sorry) to share the dining room and breakfasting with the massed ranks of sweaty golfers is less so, but that's what might be construed as criticism. It isn't really, because I recognise that an hotel with a golf course attached is going to attract golfers, but that's what makes it more a sporting venue than the four star hostelry it should be.
And that's what creates the paradox that is this hotel: the attractive rural acreage, helpful staff, immaculate furnishings, thoughtful catering and evident accomplished premises micro-management put it alongside the best of country hotels, but the reliance on income from folks with sticks and spikes, sits uncomfortably with the usual hotel guest, already discomfited by the lack of a lift, lounge or library. Investment and/or separation of activities might be an answer, but I can imagine the huge cost involved is off-putting for the owners. Truth is, I don't know if there is a solution, or even if it needs one.
After all, my memories of my stay are more than warm and if there is a superior welcome available in the hotel industry, I haven't found it, even if I haven't found an earlier check-out time than the 10-30am one here, either!. On the whole, well done, Donnington Grove.  Marlow UK March 2015

May 2015

I attach my report from Donnington where overall we had a great time except for rain on Day 2. This is the third year in a row that we have had to curtail the second round because of bad weather !!!

One of our chaps cancelled at the last minute and I had an email dialogue with your colleague Bradley Smith about compensation. I managed to speak with Nigel Green the General Manager and he very kindly offered a complimentary green fee voucher for 4 people to make up for the loss suffered by Roger Williams from our group.

I can honestly say that the food in the restaurant was as good as the best restaurants in our area including the Chewton Glen !!! The chef at Donnington is a culinary wizard.

Regards Bill Payne