Arkwright, Chris, or anyone out there!
Has anyone out there stayed at this hotel?
It's about 11 miles from Gatwick. I am looking for any information as to the area, community suggestions to London, and things to do with a car (Will not be driving in greater London).
Thanks in advance, this looks like a nice rural property!
Good evening Jerry,
I have stayed at the Lingfield premises once. As you might have noted, I have a weakness for horses - the racing sort - and this hotel is built on the side of Lingfield RaceCourse!
It is a nice enough place - the hotel, not the course (which was, I seem to remember, a disaster!) - but nothing special. Yes, it is close to Gatwick - which, incidentally, is an airport I increasingly favour, always assuming there is an appropriate flight available - and yes, the Surrey countryside is very attractive from April - October. During the winter months, however, I think you'd might find it a little boring. There are some tourist sites near to hand - Churchill's country home at Chartwell, for example. Although there is a train connection from Lingfield through to one of the London termini (London Bridge, I believe), you would need a car to explore the locality.
I'm sorry I can't offer a more informative assessment.
Thank-you so much for this valuable information. Been discussing a "Package" deal from the US to this hotel. While it is quite a trip to London, there are a lot of beautiful places in rural England that would be fun. Thanks, not only for this information, but the feedback on some of your favorite places to visit in GB.
On reflection, I may have been less than generous to your idea of using the Lingfield Marriott as a base. So much depends on the time of year. In the spring, summer and autumn, the area can be delightful in itself - and within driving distance of more sites than I mentioned before; e.g. the 17th/18th spa town of Royal Tunbridge Wells, Westerham - birthplace of General James Wolfe who captured Quebec for us, Glynebourne - top-quality opera house, not to mention the coastal towns of Eastbourne, Brighton and Rye (particularly charming).
Sorry Jerry, I can't be much help here ... I am glad that Arkwright could help though. I live north of London, so don't use Gatwick unless pushed. We've never stayed at Lingfield. We do go down to Goodwood for a couple of events each year (historic cars etc.) but tend to just drive past Gatwick on our way to some friends that we stay with. If you are ever down that way during June or September, there are a couple of great events on at Goodwood ...www.goodwood.co.uk. The small town of Dorking is worth a visit ... some interesting antique shops and an English vineyard. (I will not comment on the wines ... but they tend to be a bit pricey.)
Arkwright, ... I guess that you have probably been to Goodwood for the horse-racing?
The replies above have given you a few ideas on places to visit when at Lingfield Park. May I add Hever Castle as a must, It is about 6 miles from the Hotel but a very nice day out.
With regards to the actual hotel though, I would say after staying there twice in the last few months that the Breakfast tends to be a complete shambles on the weekends (and possibly the weekdays but only stayed on the weekend). Although the hotel has re-inbursed me on both occasions, its does tend to spoil the whole relaxation of the trip when you have to go through the process of complaining!! I certainly won't be staying there again in the near future which is a shame as apart from this it is excatly what you would expect from a Marriott hotel.
Good luck with the trip.
Thanks for the warning about breakfast on the week-end!
That's too bad, but I have friends who stayed there and enjoyed the proximity to Southern England. They had a wonderful time, but it was during the week and I don't think they had breakfast.
Thank-you again for the update, and I hope the Marriott property fixes their breakfast problem. It is really no fun when you have a week-end with loved ones and have a problem at the hotel you picked.
Stay in touch!
I will be staying at the hotel soon so happy to let you know what it is like.
It will be over a weekend so i'll get to see if there are any issues with breakfast!
We will visit Chartwell (Churchills house) and see a few other places close by.
I will certainly try to squeeze in another visit to Chapter One http://www.chaptersrestaurants.com/section.php/2/1/chapter_one
which is not too far from the hotel by car. This is an excellent restaurant in terms of food quality and price.
I noticed there is an article in the Concierge Corner on 1st August 2012 related to this hotel.
Have a great trip!
It sounds like you may want to have an "Alternative" place for breakfast! Maybe they will give you a coupon good for room service. That is always my favorite, I don't have to be totally ready as I enjoy my favorite breakfast in the room.
We stayed at the Lingfield Park property over the weekend. It was good, it is a fairly new property and our room overlooked the racecourse with a small balcony.
We had no complaints whatsoever, the breakfast was fine didn't notice it busier than any other places we have been of late.
The hotel information says the train station is about a 10 minute walk and then trains from there to London would take around 30 mins.
It is a property though that would be better to have a car and enjoyable the beautiful countryside.
Front of property:
View from our room:
Cracking view if the races are on, but then we wouldn't have got the excellent rate we did!
We visited a few properties that are within a 30 minute drive.
Chartwell, Winston Churchills house was excellent. The house interiors are restored to the 1920's / 1930's. Throughout the house and studio there are over 150 of Churchill's paintings. Also a small museum in a couple of rooms which has some really interesting memorabilia. Unfortunately you can't take photos in the house but here are a couple outside:
In nearby Westerham:
Great work and wonderful information!
Driving from London to Brighton thru Sussex County is a wonderful drive.
Do you have any photo's of Hastings? I loved that historic town and would enjoy going back!
Thanks so much for your wonderful pictures and ideas.
Recently, I had a friend take his wife to that Marriott and they stayed at this Marriott and had a ball enjoying the countryside. He was glad I recommended for him to rent an automatic car!
We visited the Battle of Hastings site last year:
Driving through the countryside is a great experience.
This year the colours from the leaves are beautiful, I've been taking plenty of photos!
It is a good idea for US visitors to the UK to get an automatic car. Driving on the wrong side as you say, and the narrow roads take a bit of getting used to.
Wonderful, and bring back great memories!
Thanks! This reminds me of my visits to The British Mint, North of Cardiff (Great Marriott, right next to the Train Station). As a guest of The British Mint, they showed me items, not available to be seen by the general public. which included:
Coins from 1066 that belonged to William The Conquerer
The Throne, that a number of Royals have used to become Kings and Queens
Coins that were designed for King Edward, who later abdicated, and they were never used.
They did not have a "Maunday Money" actual box, and I found one for them in Philadelphia, they were so appreciative that I gave it to them!
Fine chaps, they moved the British Mint in 1966 from The Tower of London, to Wales, most interesting place!
Thanks for the information.
I have been looking into a stay at the Marriott in Cardiff at some stage.
It has been a while since I have been over there.
Do you have you any photos of your visit?
Stayed at the Lingfield Park property again over the weekend.
Another good experience, this time we were lucky enough to have the races on.
Our room was overlooking the track and I got a couple of nice photos from the small outside balcony:
We also visited Polesden Lacey: Polesden Lacey - Visitor information - National Trust
The property was nicely decked out with Christmas decorations.
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