We booked to stay here for the Alton Towers fireworks weekend, having stayed a couple if years ago. This time, however, we needed to book for four, so a room and the small cottage - the Swallow's Nest - were booked.
Terry and Carol, the owners, seemed to recognise us from the booking and greeted us very warmly on arrival. They were also keen to offer recommendations of other places to visit in the area, aside from the theme park.
Both rooms were spotlessly clean and warm and cosy for the cold wonter's night that it was!
Our room was upstairs in the main B&B house, with a bedroom and lounge area. The downside was that the bathroom wasn't quite en-suite, being the door adjacent to the bedroom door outside, in the corridor.
A slight alteration to the configuration of the doors could see this made in to a proper en-suite room.
The Swallow's Nest is a self catering accommodation, and as such both our rooms were booked without breakfast. Carol, however, will provide breakfast goods to cook yourself in the kitchen area of the cottage, by prior arrangement. (We had got confused over this matter, and they did provide us with bread and jam, which was a nice touch!)
In the evening, for after the fireworks show, we had pre-booked (only at 4pm) for Carol to cook us pizzas (choice of cheese and tomato, or pepperoni) and this was part of a deal with a bottle if wine (from a selection) for £12. BARGAIN! (So we had three deals between four of us, and settled down for the night!)
As others have said the parking is a bit tight, but there was room for four guests with space to do a three (or more!) point turn, and it saves the £6 parking fee at the park.
All in all a great location, with good hosts. We will return!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated by Alton Towers main gates! ... more less