This was the second time we had taken a 'Traditional Week' at Champneys and it was just as good as last August. On arrival we were made to feel very welcome and given robes, slippers and a bag to carry them in. Porters were available to take our bags if required and an orientation tour available.
We had room 234 and it was nice and quiet with a view of the outdoor pool and woodlands. The bed was large and comfortable, the pillows are generally foam and next time I will probably take my own pillows. Our programme for the week included treatments each day and use of the pool and most classes of which there were plenty to choose from, I tried dance class with Rebecca which was great fun and also relaxation which really worked.
The grounds are fantastic and there are plenty of walks of varying lengths. You can also borrow bicycles and ride around the many paths.
On our first evening we were invited to a Welcome Reception with pink champagne and canapes. The staff really go the extra mile and we were really impressed that Tom the restaurant manager recognised us from our visit in August 2010.
The food is excellent, breakfast is buffet style from a wide selection of cereals, fruit, yoghurt, toast, bagels. You can also order cooked items at an extra cost. Lunch is also buffet style with a fabulous choice of salads, cold meats or fish. In addition there is hot food or you can mix and match and go up as many times as you like. Pudding is also available and includes fresh fruit or a small pot of something really tasty. Dinner is waiter service and the menu changes daily. We were so impressed with the wonderful service and the staff remember your name which is so nice, Jackie, Tom and Della were so friendly and helpful and ran the restaurant in a very pleasant but efficient manner. They had thought of it before you even realised you wanted it!
Part of the package includes a free glass of sparkling wine with your dinner and this is a really nice touch. We were especially fortunate as when we booked there was a half price offer so we felt that it was an absolute bargain.
Champneys is a wonderful experience and to be thoroughly recommended, very relaxing, beautiful surroundings and delicious food. The only thing we were disappointed about is that last time we visited we dined in the Mere Restaurant in the evening, this is now closed - Champneys please re-open this wonderful room, full of character and just such a wonderful dining experience.
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- Also Known As:
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