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The Old Thorns Manor Hotel

8.7

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General

  • Luxury heated pods in the grounds of a South Downs manor hotel
  • Fitness centre on site with gym, sauna, hot tub, pool and steam room
  • Champagne and cocktail bar, sports bar and a Starbucks

Posh pods await. You'll have a lushly luxurious time in the pods at the Old Thorns Manor Hotel in the South Downs in Hampshire: all sorts including champagne are on tap in the hotel, and the pods are pretty pampering too…

Stash your stuff and make your way over to the manor when you arrive for a pick of pampering options: all guests have access to the hotel facilities including the Elevation Sports and Fitness with 20-metre pool, gym, hot tub, sauna and steam room.

The Atrium champagne (and cocktail) bar has cosy leather chairs to sit back in and watch an old film while being served drinks by the experts: once you're properly relaxed, go for a session in the spa which has Decléor treatments such as manicures, pedicures and facials. There's also a sports bar on site showing the latest from Sky Sports and serving food like burgers, ribs and pizzas.

And if you fancy some golf? A championship golf course set on over 400 acres is at the Old Thorns Manor Hotel too, officially opened by Jack Nicklaus, Seve Ballesteros, Isao Aoki and Bill Rogers.

All pods in the well-maintained grounds sleep two adults in a double bed or twins, and have heating, a flatscreen TV and the means to make tea and coffee for when you're not downing champers in the bar. A dedicated shower and toilet facility is nearby.

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8.7

Overall rating based on 18 reviews

 

83% would recommend this site to a friend.

83% would stay here again.

 

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Luxury hotel experience in a pod! 01/11/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Kristen M. Confirmed

  • Camping pod (twin)
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    This place was amazing! It was like staying at a luxury hotel even though we were in a pod. The service was incredible (everyone was extremely helpful and friendly) and although it wasn't necessarily geared for kids, my daughter had a terrific time. The location is also stunning with lots of excellent things nearby to do.

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Dear Kristen,

Thank you for the review and we are very pleased you enjoyed your stay!

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really enjoyed our stay. lovely pool and spa facilities. lovely staff 08/10/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Anonymous Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Camping pod (double)
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    hotel and grounds

    Disliked: 

    very noisy guests that kept us awake

From the manager...

Dear Guest,

Thank you for the recommendation! We are sorry your neighbours were noisy. We do have our Reception staffed 24 hours a day and they are available to help with this or other needs of the guests.

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Never staying again. 11/09/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Steven B. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Camping pod (twin)
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    The thought of staying in a log cabin

    Disliked: 

    The acorns rattling the roof all night. The squirrels running in the roof all night. The lawn mower going off at 6am.
    The toilets were filthy in the sports bar and the showers/toilets were all broken in different ways

From the manager...

Dear Guest,

I am afraid that due to the Glamping location, in the woods near the hotel, we are subject to nature doing its thing. I am unaware of any issues with the Facilities building. I shall investigate.

Thank you for your review.

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Camping pods where brilliant the hotel food was amazing and ... 16/07/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Michael B. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Camping pod (twin)
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    Camping pods where brilliant the hotel food was amazing and the use of the swimming pool

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Dear Guest,

We thank you for this review and are pleased you enjoyed your stay.

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I would stay again in the future, but maybe try the Hotel rooms 03/07/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Helen S. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Camping pod (double)
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  • Liked: 

    The sports bar as there are plenty of screens & an outdoor eating/drinking area. The staff were very helpful too.
    The Kings dining choice & quality of food. Very nice decor.
    The outdoor area of the pool was nice & chilled. Lovely to have at the time we stayed as the weather was amazing.

    Disliked: 

    We arrived early at 1.30 as we were traveling from Bristol & unsure of traffic. Our pod wasn’t ready so we went for lunch in the sports bar. We came back to reception at 2.55 & our pod was still ‘showing red’ & were then asked to sit by the reception area & would be called when it was ready (guaranteed by 3pm) 3.20 the lady came over to say it was ready. When I then asked for a slightly later check out because of the delay the lady said no as it wasn’t her fault. I didn’t say it was her fault & thought it would have been the polite thing to do but no.
    When we arrived at the pod (1of10) there was rubbish on the floor outside. Hangers, menus, party poppers,those silver recreational canisters etc. & none of the other pods had been cleaned & weren’t of the duration of our stay. Also the beds could do with a hoover as they we’re extremely dusty.

From the manager...

Dear Guest,

We are terribly sorry that you had this experience. It is not the standards for which we are known. I shall have a word with reception and housekeeping.

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Clean warm facilities with little extras like shampoo and shower caps 29/05/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Jennifer W. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Camping pod (double)
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    Clean lovely , comfy bed towels and toiletries great glamping experience We had a great stay and enjoyed a lovely wedding Thank you

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From the manager...

Dear Guest,

We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay with us. Our Eco-Pods are a great deal and can be lots of fun.

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Nice facilities, but when the staff attitude stinks it ruins the stay! 22/05/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Paul A. Confirmed

  • Camping pod (twin)
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  • Liked: 

    Pod itself was a pleasant surprise in its extras such as a fixed single bed, with great mattress along with small flat screen TV and teas & coffee making facilities. the location was ok, with excellent washing/shower facilities literally just a few yards away.

    Disliked: 

    Long walk from the car park to the pods. If you had plenty of clothes and walking gear to carry it was a real pain and the car cannot be parked anywhere near the pods to unload. If the car park is busy and you cant get towards the front, expect almost double the distance walk! Even on a weekend, the kitchen/food arrangement was an absolute joke! kitchen and prep equipment was turned off early, which meant that after being refuse food at the pub down the road half an hour before they were due to call time on service, we were very disappointed to be offered nothing more than a choice of 4 cold sandwiches...from a Sports bar that is supposed to be open all night. the kind of place you expect to be able to get at least a burger and fries until late! Not asking for cordon bleu here! Finally, the attitude of the majority of people working at the hotel absolutely stinks! 'No' was a common response to an ask. Starting from reception on arrival where I felt like a second class citizen, to the bar staff calling time early and not serving me after clearly serving a younger lady who was obviously more pleasing on the eye than I was, to the cleaning lady who rolled her eyes, huffed and puffed as I walked in to use the washroom facilities. I would not choose to spend my own money staying here again!

From the manager...

Dear Guest,

We are pleased you enjoyed our Eco-Pods. They can be lots of fun.

Our Sports Bar is not open all night. We actually do not have any place which is open all night. The Sports bar is open till 11:00 pm, with last call at 10:30 pm. The Champagne Bar is open till 12:00 pm with last call at 11:30 pm. We do have the availability of sandwiches after 9:30 pm as 9:00 pm is wen the kitchens close in all restaurants. I am sorry if this was a problem.

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Pod was very comfortable and thoroughly enjoyed breakfast next morning ... 08/05/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Jayne K. Confirmed

  • Camping pod (twin)
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  • Liked: 

    Pod was very comfortable and thoroughly enjoyed breakfast next morning and use of spa. Toilet block very close and very clean

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From the manager...

Dear Guest,

We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay with us. Our Eco-Pods are a great deal and can be lots of fun. It is nice you still get full use of the resort facilities as well.

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Booked late so had to stay in a pod which ... 13/02/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Mandy W. Confirmed

  • Camping pod (twin)
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    Booked late so had to stay in a pod which was clean, tidy and adequate just as expected. The pod was nice and warm (it was February) and the beds were very comfy. There was a mix up with the pods and turned up to find someone already in ours but this was quickly resolved. The communal shower and toilet facilities were excellent about a 20 yard walk from the pods. The reception did advise us of the short route to our accommodation through the back entrance of the hotel which was a short walk. What they failed to mention was that you can not get back in through the same door unless someone was there to open the door from the inside. You have a longer walk around the building to get back in through the main entrance. Fine on a nice day but not so good when it is cold and pouring with rain and you are dressed for a wedding. Overall the place is stunning and the food is lovely. Let you know about the rooms in July for the next wedding.

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From the manager...

Dear Guest,

We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay with us. Glamping at Old Thorns is a real treat. Having use of the resort facilities is a bonus. I am afraid that there is no totally covered way to the Pod Village. We do have some umbrellas at reception and are happy to help in any way.

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Pods were cosy comfortable and well furnished. 16/10/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Sharon R. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Camping pod (double)
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Facilities

    Disliked: 

    Size of complex - hotel spa and golf meant very busy site - would prefer smaller site. Stepping stones in gravel path would have been good and improved signage.

From the manager...

Dear Guest,

We are pleased you liked our Eco-Pod Village. i shall take your comments to the Management of the Resort.

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Bath available

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Free wifi

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Shower available

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Utilities

Charging facilities

Chemical disposal

Gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Rules

Barbecues allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

No dogs allowed

Themes

Budget/backpacker

Luxury

Peaceful

Spectacular scenery

Walkers' paradise

Wildlife haven

Nearby leisure

Golf nearby

Indoor pool nearby

Restaurant nearby

Tennis nearby

Groups welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

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Type

Tiny (1-10 pitches)

Camping 2.0

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  • Griggs Green, Liphook, Hampshire, England, GU30 7PE
  • Timezone Europe/London GMT (GMT+00:00)   GPS 51.0750°N 0.8321°W

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Hindhead: Crossroads Coach Stop — 5.0 miles
Petersfield: Dragon Street Coach Stop — 6.7 miles
Farnham: Town Centre Coach Stop — 9.8 miles
Train stations
Liphook Rail Station — 1.4 miles
Liss Rail Station — 3.4 miles
Haslemere Rail Station — 5.0 miles
Ferry ports
Bosham Hoe Ferry Landing — 18.2 miles
West Itchenor Ferry Landing — 18.6 miles
Hayling Island Ferry Landing — 21.0 miles
Airports
Southampton Airport — 24.6 miles
Shoreham Brighton City Airport — 29.0 miles
London Gatwick Airport North Terminal — 29.0 miles

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Local attractions

Old Thorns Manor Hotel is in the South Downs National Park, so take a trail map and stride off into the scenery.

The National Trust-managed Hindhead Commons and the Devil's Punch Bowl are about five miles away from your posh pod, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and Site of Special Scientific Interest blazing with floral colour in spring and summer. There are plenty of paths of woodland and heathland to potter around, too wild ponies to see and – importantly – plenty of places for picnics: climb Gibbet Hill, Surrey's second highest hill, for smashing views across the Weald.

Within 12 or so miles of base, twitchers can visit Bird World, Britain's biggest bird park with 26 acres of aviaries; the art collection and country house at Petworth Park; Chichester Cathedral, and Jane Austen’s House Museum. Chessington World of Adventures and Thorpe Park are about an hour's drive away for thrillseekers and animal aficionados.

Must see

  • Birdworld (7.4 miles)
  • Jane Austen's House (7.9 miles)
  • Uppark House and Garden (8.8 miles)

National Trust

  • Hindhead Commons and The Devil's Punch Bowl Caf� (5.1 miles)
  • Uppark House and Garden (8.9 miles)

Cycle routes

Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.

Please note: All distances on this page are calculated "as the crow flies" - please check actual distance depending on your mode of travel.

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Arrive:  3 p.m. –  Anytime
Depart:  11 a.m.

The Old Thorns Manor Hotel cancellation policy

Balance refunds: no penalties

No refunds/discounts for inclement weather, late arrivals or early departures.

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Admission
Admission is only permitted after registering at reception.
All guests spending the night at the park must present their ID at the reception desk and sign registration forms.
Under 18s must be accompanied by their parents or legal guardians.

Arrivals and departures
No refunds/discounts for inclement weather, late arrivals or early departures.

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The management reserves the right to deny access or terminate the stay of those guests whose behaviour is deemed unsuitable. No refunds will be offered.

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Please do not bring your own food or drinks to the hotel. Pod guests get full use of the hotel's bars, restaurant and Starbucks.

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