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“Gothic Romance?” 4 of 5 stars
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Mellington Hall Hotel
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Mellington | Churchstoke, Mellington SY15 6HX, Wales   |  
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Mellington
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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“Gothic Romance?”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2013

Mellington Hall is a unique hotel, that is difficult to rate comparatively. If you are expecting a five star experience on a par with the romantic splendour of other gothic manor house or castle hotels, then you will be disappointed. Some of the recent reviews here indicate that clearly. However, I would say that it does have charms worth going for: charms that have an enormous amount of potential to grow and develop.

Firstly, its best 'charming' feature is the staff. We were greeted with beaming smiles and a warm welcome. After booking into our room, which I will come to later, we had afternoon tea in the wood panelled dining room. The dining room was charming, but for the cheap pine cottage kitchen chairs covered over with stretchy white chair covers. These do not add to the period romance of the room and could do with being changed for dark wood period chairs that do not need covers. Note to management: please do not change them for those modern leather long backed chairs as so many generic chain hotels are want to do!

The afternoon tea was lovely and I enjoyed the difference of having Welsh scones instead of the usual English ones. The service was great and the waiting staff again were friendly, happy and warm and could not do enough for you. You got the sense that although all the staff were busy and bustling in and out, they were happy, that there was not an atmosphere of stress or job dissatisfaction pervading about the place. You are put at ease that management therefore must be good, fair and caring. So, after a long journey my husband and I had started to feel relaxed, at home and full of delicious cake and tea!

We retired to our enormous room the Mellington Suite, which was done out with cream coloured Greco classical style furniture. This is nice, but again, the odd touch here and there could improve the standard of the suite overall. For instance, the gold painted/sprayed cornice, ceiling stars and curtain pelmet look tacky and brought down the elegance and class of the room. The black and silver wall paper in the bathroom would look more at home in an 80's wine bar in Soho. Note to management: When revamping, go for classic gothic Victorian paper such as a Sanderson, William Morris print or some period tiles and white cornice. Wightwick Manor House is a good example of this interior gothic style.

The view from the triple bay window was beautiful. Yes, there are green trailer caravans to the side, but they are not that noticeable or ugly. What Mellington Hall needs to do is invest more in the gardens. They need to have flower beds and shrubs planted to create and interest of the garden itself. This would deflect from the trailer park and benefit the wedding market as well improving photographic opportunities. At the moment the gardens consist of just neat lawns and paving.

However, the gigantic jacuzzi in the bathroom was a sight for sore eyes and a weary body! For the fact that it did not heat the water itself, it could not be described as a jacuzzi really, but a 6 people hot tub. A tub fit for a rap king and his female entourage, complete with jazzy colour changing mood lights! It did not take much persuasion for us to decide on a grim November afternoon that we were spending it in this thing with chocolate and a bottle of fizz!

At 8:00pm our water-wrinkled, but relaxed bodies headed down to eat dinner. The same wood panelled dining room had been given the addition of some side and wall low lighting together with candle light on the tables. We were assured then that the problem of 'lack of ambiance in the evening' mentioned in an earlier review had now been tackled. Again, the staff and the service was excellent. The food however, is nothing special. It could be described as pretty good acceptable pub style grub.

The large bed in the Mellington Suite was lovely and comfortable and we both slept well. Breakfast the next morning was busy and we did have to wait a bit to get served. However, the smoked salmon and scrambled egg breakfast was really good and the eggs cooked to perfection, with as much fresh granary bread toast as we could stuff ourselves with. Again, all served with a smile.

Would we come and stay again? Most definitely. The staff, the building and that jacuzzi would make it all worth it.

The rest of this review is purely concerned with the interior design and how to improve it. Period interior design is something I am passionate about and I very much enjoyed seeing the potential that Mellington Hall offers. So, if this is not your bag, then there is no need to read on. Hopefully, this is constructive feedback that the management may find useful:

I agree with Surfinbird, it is true that when you enter the interior of the house, it does not live up to what it could or should be. The entrance foyer/ lounge area needs dark wood tables and not post modern glass ones. Some of the easy chairs are not period style unless the 1980's is a period. However, the open fires, rugs and the dark wood gothic carved staircase provide some of the romantic setting the all important first impression could desire. Literally, all it would take is some new classic sofas, a refresh of the better old ones, some dark wood low tables and it would be perfect. This would amount to a small investment for a vastly improved impression.

The carved staircase is amazing, so it is a pity that the pictures on the high walls going up the stairs are only a collection of small cheaply framed photographs or paintings of the house exterior. This grand stairs need gold framed oils or portraits/landscapes etc. Now, this would be expensive yes, but probably essential if Mellington Hall wants to reach its full potential and class.

I can also strongly suggest to the staff NOT to leave so much marketing paper and leaflets in the foyer, on the coffee tables and low drinking tables and on the reception desk and wall. It is not classy and you would never see high rated period or manor house establishments doing this.

The bar area is similar in its potential. They were in the middle of renovating it during our visit and much to my dismay, they had painted it pale cream. The room has dark wood beams and a dark wood picture rail. It would be lovely to paint the walls below the wooden cornice a cosy and romantic gothic crimson, whilst leaving the area above the rail to the ceiling a pale white/cream to create space, light and height. As it is I think it will now look too stark and airy in a modern way with little period charm. There were some canvas prints of bottles and drinks etc about to go up on the walls, but I think these will just look too modern to really exploit the full charm of this period room. It could look so 'hunting lodge library' with big upholstered chairs, gilt frames, open fires and a crimson glow, but sadly I don’t think that this will happen. The staff informed us that there is new furniture coming as well. I did not ask what type of furniture, but it has to be better than the wicker cane chairs that were already in there, which was again very 80's.

Overall, I think much of any disappointment expressed about Mellington Hall is about the interior design, because the gothic exterior promises so much. I think whoever is in charge of the design of Mellington Hall interiors should consider the actual value of investing in re-creating a period look with newer cheaper furniture if they cannot afford large antiques. It is possible and Coombe Abbey Hotel in Warwickshire is a perfect example of how to achieve this, as is Wightwick Manor in the Midlands.

The suite we stayed in could be amazing if the tacky gold sprayed cornice and pelmet were changed. White cornice looks like period plaster work, whereas gold paint looks like the cornice could be made of cheap polystyrene. The black and silver wallpaper in the bathroom needs changing. The black is too dark and does not create the romantic feel intended unless you go for that cheesy Tom Jones medallion man charm. The Mellington Suite is nearly perfect and does not need a major overhaul. Honestly, just a couple of small inexpensive changes and both the standard and the price for the room could be raised!

Clearly, Mellington Hall has a lot to offer and is a place that is open to improving itself and we look forward to coming back soon and staying in other rooms, so I can cast my period passionate eye over them to.

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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2013

Fantastic service great food fabulous setting the staff and everything about the day was fantasic
the hotel is family owned and nothing was to much trouble very well organised the food was fantastic and served hot we dont live far so didnt stay however a lot of the wedding party did and where very satisfied with it.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Middlewich, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2013

I booked this hotel as a birthday treat for my husband through travelzoo. The offer included afternoon tea, a suite and breakfast.

Firstly, the drive up the long driveway is very impressive and when you pull up to the hotel looks good too, then you go inside and it all goes downhill. The sofas and glass coffee tables in the foyer are not in keeping with the building and looked a bit shabby.

We then had our afternoon tea, after much to-ing and fro-ing cakes and sandwiches materialised - they were ok. When we sat down in the small panelled room, we both said, I hope we don't have our evening meal in here as it was very bright and lacked ambience, you can imagine how disappointed we were when we were shown back into this room for our evening meal.

The panelled room was lit by a main ceiling light, way too bright, I asked one of the waitresses if the lights could be dimmed or if we could have candles to create a nicer atmosphere, to her credit she tried but the light could only be on or off, then she got distracted so the awful light stayed on. The food was ok. The staff were friendly but lacked a professional edge, to be honest we found the whole experience embarrassing both for us and the staff and couldn't wait to get out of there and back to our room.

The bar - what can I say, again lacked any ambience, we didn't linger here either.

The Kerry Suite - the room was ok, not quite sure the inclusion of a sofa makes it a suite but it was ok, carpets a bit stained, faint aroma of cigarette smoke on the bedding and the bathroom dated but clean. The corridor with all the rooms on it also smelt of cigarette smoke.

Breakfast - seemed the most professional part of the trip, this maybe because it was the first time we we served by anyone over the age of 20, not to say that the girls who served us weren't good, they just lacked some proper training and guidance from someone with experience in the hotel business.

Checkout - they got the bill wrong, we got overcharged on the wine. We did't really feel like we could complain to the young girl as we didn't feel confident she would be able to deal with us.

On the whole it was pretty dismal visit that wasn't cheap. We won't be back

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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2013

Stayed for the weekend, beginning of November. Lots of cold driving rain offset by a warm welcome and toasty open log fires.Have stayed here before in July,and we were attracted to return by stunning scenery and good walks along Offa's Dyke which bisects Mellington Hall's grounds. MUCH prefered this stay, we were well looked after by the efficient and welcoming Lois and the Hall looked stunning decorated for a murder-mystery Halloween event. The food was excellent, utilizing good quality fresh produce and reasonably priced.Afternoon tea was yummy and prettily presented in the wood panelled dining room, with warming mulled wine. We,my 15 year old son and I, stayed in the Priest Western suite, which gave him the space and privacy that he needs.Must say that although I could not sway my son to access the themed event, which by all accounts was fab, excellent soundproofing in our room enabled him to appreciate the spooky atmosphere of Halloween at a gothic mansion without having to participate in the big event. Our room was spotless and the beds extremely comfy. Would love to see all of the hall fully renovated one day. We really appreciated our stay here and the autumnal if soggy splendours of nearby Montgomery Castle and Powis Castle. Hope to return.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2013 via mobile

We stayed at Mellington Hall for two nights. A nice weekend away from the city. It is easy to imagine Mellington Hall as a family home in a "Downton Abbey" style; grand yet cozy. The Hotel is family-owned and run. Everyone works very hard, yet makes their guests feel as if nothing is too much trouble. The owner is also the Chef and it is worth staying at Mellington Hall for the food alone. I cannot begin to describe the meals - we're real "foodies" - suffice to say it was all 5* produce, beautifully presented nun a way that would have not been out of place in a Michelin starred Restaurant. The Room we had was nice; clean and cozy. The Bathroom was beautiful. New, immaculate and with a Shower which would blow you out the door if you were not braced for it (something we always look for in Hotels and which will please American visitors).
Mellington Hall is "Dog friendly". The owners have a dear Scottie called "Misty" who is kept in the staff areas of the Hotel (which is a shame. We would have liked to have her sit with us by the fire!) Guests can bring well- behaved Dogs too and we met a very nice couple accompanied by an adorable spaniel "Molly". I'm afraid we rather hogged the open Fire in the Entrance Hall (one of three in the Hotel) as we snoozed our rainy Saturday afternoon away with a constant supply of Tea.
Mellington Hall is a glorious place to stay, or even to visit for Dinner. We will definitely return. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2013

Superb meal. Had three courses. Flat mushroom. Roast beef. Pears in champagne.
Food was cooked to perfection, great to eat the high quality ingredients that Mellington use.
Service was fast, including bar. Friendly staff who check that your meal is to your liking and nothing is too much trouble for them !
Definitely would recommend Mellington Hall Hotel & Restaurant. Worth every penny!

Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
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Worcester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2013

This is a stunning hotel based around a once delapidated 'Hall'. The exterior and interior are superb.
We went in mid October and there were roaring log fires in all main communial rooms. Staff are very friendly, the beer (and lager) are first rate and the food is first class.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Mellington | Churchstoke, Mellington SY15 6HX, Wales
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Location: United Kingdom > Wales > Powys > Mellington
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Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Spa Wheelchair access
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Hotel Class:4 star — Mellington Hall Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 10
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