For this, our first visit to Stirk House, we booked a Sunday night special direct with them which comprised dinner, bed and breakfast for two, for only £101!! We wondered just how good the experience could be for such a low price, but we need not have worried. From the lady at Reception when we checked-in, to the chap in the leisure Centre, to the ladies in the restaurant, to the ladies cleaning the rooms, to the lady at check-out, everyone we met was friendly, helpful and professional. Two members of staff said to us "I really like working here" which was great. Our large upgraded 'Manor' room was comfortable with a lovely modern bathroom, large fluffy white towels, his and hers televisions, a king sized bed, tea and coffee, free wi-fi and so on. Although we were on a 'deal' our choices for the 3 course dinner were from the normal a la carte menu and the food was really excellent. The leisure centre was well equipped and the pool was well maintained, clean and warm. There was an extensive menu for breakfast and my 'full house' meal was very well cooked (fresh from the kitchen) and very well presented, as was my wife's haddock and poached eggs. Part way through breakfast one of the serving ladies went from table to table offering additional bacon, sausage, mushrooms etc! It's not easy finding negative points to offer some balance to all of the positive ones; but being really picky, it would have been more comfortable if we could have accessed the Leisure Centre from inside the hotel rather than having to walk 25 yards outside, and the mattress on the bed was a little too soft, but that's about it. We certainly plan to return to Stirk House for another relaxing Sunday night away. One final plus point; all of the staff accents we heard seemed to be local.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Stirk House Experience - where 16th-century charm meets the 21st-century luxury. A 16th-century Manor House complete with 32 en-suite bedrooms, restaurant, bar, function rooms and Leisure Centre, with indoor swimming pool. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Stirk Hotel Gisburn
- Stirk House Hotel Gisburn, Lancashire