And for the better.......
The last time I went to Whittlebury Hall the spa was in such a state it left me ill so I refused to return. A friend visited recently and said it had changed so with mum's Birthday approaching I booked an overnight stay.
We arrived yesterday morning at 9am and checked in at the hotel. We were told our room would be available at 3pm and left our case. The receptionist was outstanding. Very friendly and personable. We went straight to the spa and again the check in was swift and efficient. The spa was empty so we tried most things before people arrived which was nice but even when it was busy later I didn't feel squashed. We both had Hot Stone Therapies which were outstanding. Lunch was included it was delicious and quick but a definite must as sandwiches in the Terrace Bar were nearly £8 each. A burger was £15!!!! Water and fruit are available all day for free though.
Thoroughly spa'd out we collected our room key and went upstairs. The room was ok (no air con which is fine in January but I definitely won't visit if we get a summer). The bathroom was large and the beds comfy. What more do you need. We had a 7pm dinner in Astons but had pre dinner drinks in the bar. This is where Whittlebury started to earn my long review. The bar was lovely and not too pricey (plus happy hour runs from 5pm-6pm). The meal in Astons was AMAZING. Considering it was included I expected warm soup, dry chicken and frozen cheesecake. We got fresh soup, goats cheese that was delicious, lamb confit, beef fillet (this was extra but worth it) and then creme brûlée which was one of the best I have ever eaten. Wine was around £25 a bottle. Our server was outstanding and a credit to the hotel.
An early night with full bellies was needed and enjoyed. Unfortunately we had no hot water at all in the morning. We had been warned there may be problems but didn't think we'd be without completely but we solved that by going to the leisure facilities so not a problem just an inconvenience. Check out was again easy and efficient.
To conclude if Whittlebury Hall maintains these standards I'll be back again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Whittlebury Hall is a magnificent four star conference and training centre, hotel and spa, set in rural Northamptonshire. Its classical Georgian architecture, complemented by rich furnishings and fabrics has produced an award-winning hotel, recognised for its high standard of accommodation and service. The hotel has 213 spacious double bedrooms including five individually designed suites, all with en-suite bathrooms, decorated to provide a modern yet elegant and restful escape. With a host of personal touches and thoughtful extras. Whittlebury Hall excels in conference, training and meeting facilities, boasting 20 principal training suites supported by 28 fully serviced syndicate rooms, six spacious meeting rooms, executive boardroom and three secluded private dining rooms. The award-winning The Day Spa at Whittlebury Hall is one of the largest in the country and a key selling point for the hotel. Stretching across two levels, the upper floor alone contains 23 treatment rooms, with a choice of more than altogether offering over 60 treatments delivered by a team of highly skilled therapists. It offers the ultimate in pampering with a host of stimulating Heat and Ice Experiences. There is also a Hair Studio for those who want a quick blow dry and style through to a full cut and colour. There is also The Leisure Club in the hotel, which includes a 19-metre pool, whirlpool spa, bubble jet, steam room, sauna, aerobic studio and the latest in equipment with state-of-the-art gymnasium. In addition, the hotel boasts three restaurants; Astons - offering a relaxed atmosphere to meet with family and friends with a blend of classic and contemporary cuisine, 2 AA Rosettes restaurant Murrays at Whittlebury Hall - with creative dishes and the opportunity to taste the latest blends of flavours and ingredients presented by an award-winning chef and Bentleys - the perfect rendezvous for friends, family or colleagues with an Italian pizza and pasta menu. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Whittlebury Hall Towcester
- Hall Whittlebury