We came here for two nights in place of a 'proper' hoiday. We paid around £500 for the two nights and had requested a Tudo-styled room, so I was expecting something quite special. At checking in I noticed that on the reservation details printed out by the hotel there was a hand-written note saying 'no Tudor-styled rooms available'. The reception didn't mention this and then gave us a quick tour of the main locations of the hotel (the Grand Hall and Bess' Brasserie where breakfast was served) and left us to make our way to room 50 which we had been appointed. It was a nice enough room for top class B&B, but for more than £200 per night it was not what we were looking for. We had booked at Fawsley for something special with a bit of character not to stay in a room which could have been part of a Marriott chain. So, we went back to reception to see if anything could be done. Apparently none of the Tudor style B&B rooms were available but we were appointed room 4 which is Georgian in style and looked more like it was worth £200 a night. The bed was huge and extraordinariy comfortable, the bathroom was equally huge - although the shower cubicle was small. I would have liked a bath with a bit more character - something with a claw foot would have been nice, however, it was so much better than the first option I wasn't going to complain. Also, the tub chairs in the room didn't seem to be in keeping with the other furniture in the room. I suppose I'm making a bit of a meal about these details, but, for me staying at Fawsley was out of my usual price range and it was supposed to be a real treat so I was expecting something out of the ordinary and the initial impressions had left me disappointed. I know the hotel has a new management in place, so my message to you is please change your policy on toiletries and tea and coffee. The paucity of the room compliments tray was a real bugbear. There were so few options (2 English Breakfast teabags, 2 Earl Grey, 1 camomile and 1 peppermint - for £200!) and in such poor quantity that I was stunned. I have been in B&Bs which cost a third of the price and been offered more. Also, no biscuits! What's a cup of tea without a biscuit?! It left me feeling a bit unwelcomed to be honest. Also, the tiny bottles of shampoo and shower gel - again, not many other extras. My advice to the management is to be a bit more generous here. A larger quantity of toiletries and a greater supply of tea and coffee (perhaps something decaffeinated which is what I drink) would make guests feel much more at home and it wouldn't cost the earth.
However, the hotel itself and the grounds are glorious and it was a very relaxing stay. My advice is - if possible - do as we did and go midweek, off-season. We often had the Great Hall to ourselves and that felt very special. Make the most of it and lounge around in the sumptuous sofas and spend the day at the spa as we did. The breakfasts are spectacular though. Have the haddock - it's amazing.
Would I return? Possibly not. It felt a bit too expensive for what we actually got, I didn't feel valued or special which was a shame.
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