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Upton St Leonards

Mercure Gloucester Bowden Hall Hotel

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Why We Love It

  • This 4-star hotel is set within a Grade II-listed Georgian country house
  • The hotel is a 20-minute drive from Gloucester city centre
  • The bedrooms look out upon 12 acres of private parkland and the surrounding Cotswolds
  • This is a doggy-friendly hotel

Enjoyed This
(90 Member Ratings)
"The refurbished décor throughout the hotel and especially the friendly professional staff. Good ale in the bar and a wide variety of gins. Pleasant grounds to take a stroll."
Mar 30, 2018
East Grinstead, United Kingdom

Map & Directions

The hotel is located just off the M5 in the village of Upton St Leonards. Gloucester Railway Station is a 15-minute drive away. Parking is free.

Rooms & Rates

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Mercure Gloucester Bowden Hall Hotel occupies a Grade II-listed country house in the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty that was built in 1770.

The property is a 20-minute drive from Gloucester. The city's 11th-century cathedral is described as "spectacular" by Lonely Planet, and is one of the "finest examples of the English Perpendicular Gothic style". It has recently been used as a filming location in "Doctor Who", "Sherlock" and three Harry Potter movies. Other attractions in the city centre include Gloucester Docks and the Museum of Gloucester and Art Gallery, while the Jet Age Museum is 20 minutes' drive from the hotel at Gloucester Airport.

Within the hotel you can expect floor-to-ceiling windows, locally inspired artwork and bespoke crystal chandeliers. Bedrooms are set over three floors and are described by The AA as "spacious and nicely appointed", while The Daily Telegraph says the "interior is modern and contemporary in appearance, with a minimalist feel." Many rooms look out over the hotel's 12 acres of private parkland and the surrounding Cotswolds.

The hotel's brasserie restaurant serves British classics, and The Daily Telegraph reviewer said: "service in the restaurant and reception was excellent during my stay. The maître d' knew and performed his job well and was extremely knowledgeable about the food being served."

The Mercure Gloucester Bowden Hall Hotel is a doggy-friendly hotel. Wi-Fi is free.

From the press:

  • "Its recently refurbished interior is modern and contemporary in appearance, with a minimalist feel" -- The Daily Telegraph
  • "Relaxed service with a polite and helpful approach" -- The AA Hotel Guide 2017



  • Bar
  • Newspaper / magazines
  • Extra beds / roll away beds
  • Restaurant
  • Pet-friendly
  • 100% smoke-free
  • No elevator / lift


  • 24-hour front desk
  • Laundry / dry cleaning
  • Room service (limited hours)

Room amenities

  • Central heating
  • Coffee / tea-making facilities
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Flatscreen TV


  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the hotel


  • Bathtub
  • Hair-dryer


  • Complimentary parking


  • Accessible bathroom in some rooms
  • Accessible meeting room
  • Accessible parking
  • Accessible path of travel
  • Accessible restaurant
  • Facilities for guests with special needs
  • Roll-in shower
  • Wheelchair accessible


Check-in: Standard Time is 2pm.

Minimum age required to check in: 18.

Checkout: Standard Time is 12pm.

Children and additional guests: Extra beds are available, on request, free of charge, for children aged 11 and under. This includes breakfast. Extra beds are not available for older children and adults. See room descriptions and rate policies for information about room occupancy and prices. Please use the Special Request field on the checkout page to request an extra bed and confirm the age of the third guest.

Pets: Pets are allowed on request and will be charged at £15 per night, per pet. Supplements are not included automatically in the total price and will be charged directly by the hotel.

Cancellation: Cancellation policy & booking conditions vary by 'rate plan'. These will be displayed on the payment page after you have searched for your dates and selected a rate.

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Customer service available Monday - Friday 9am - 6pm GMT + 8.

Rates may vary by date, are subject to availability and are not guaranteed until your purchase is complete.

Please note: Some amenities and services may not be available in all rooms or may incur an additional charge. All prices stated have been verified at the time of publication and may vary at the discretion of the hotel.

Enjoyed This
(90 Member Ratings)
Ratings & reviews reflect verified member feedback for Mercure Gloucester Bowden Hall over the past 15 months.
4.3 Ambiance
4.4 Location
4.4 Rooms
4.7 Quality of Service
4.6 Value for the Money
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Enjoyed Most
The refurbished décor throughout the hotel and especially the friendly professional staff. Good ale in the bar and a wide variety of gins. Pleasant grounds to take a stroll.
Other Comments
We should have stayed at this Mercure on 27th. and 28th. Feb but were obliged to cancel owing to snow and adverse weather conditions. Given that this voucher deal actually expired on the 28th and was non-endorsable, the hotel very graciously allowed us to rebook for exactly a month later for which we were most grateful. We therefore feel it would be churlish to criticise but in confidence (ie. outside Tripadvisor) I have to say that apart from the coffee we were rather disappointed by the overall low grade quality of produce at the breakfast buffet. Given that we were "on a deal" we do not feel we had sufficient grounds to complain but did wonder what others paying £20pp must have made of it! Regrettably, this was not the standard that we would have routinely expected from Mercure or any other 4* hotel.
Philip Mar 30, 2018 East Grinstead, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Stylish decor was a bit different to the usual
Paul Mar 02, 2018 Stourbridge, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Quiet location and attentive staff
Other Comments
Drinking water in the room
Martyn Feb 26, 2018 Bordon, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Staff friendly & efficient.Evening meal & breakfast good.
Frank Feb 27, 2018 Gilmorton, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The service
Joan Feb 27, 2018 Leamington Spa, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Other Comments
GRAHAM Mar 01, 2018 LEICESTER, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Position - in lovely grounds, which were very dog friendly. Very warm welcome from Solveiga and her colleague on reception.
Other Comments
Excellent hotel with clean and well appointed rooms, good restaurant and facilities and helpful staff. Very good value for a Travelzoo break.
SUE Feb 17, 2018 Taunton, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Lovely night away for a little treat.
Stephen Feb 11, 2018 Leicester, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Other Comments
more than a little disappointed / surprised that there were 3/4 main meals not available on the evening menu e.g. only one steak available !!!
Sheila Feb 26, 2018 Saltash, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Friendly staff good food lovely restaurant beautiful hotel
Carole Feb 17, 2018 Wolverhampton, United Kingdom

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