The food and ambience of the main Scandinavian style lodge was the principal attraction for us. The decor and warmth of the main building was matched by very high quality food. Local freshly made ice cream in a spun sugar cage was a hit with our young sons, and the restaurant staff were all great. The food here has an AA rosette, which we thought was deserved.
I'd agree with other reviewers that the main building (recently refurbished with nice fabrics and decor, and a showpiece real fire) is in much better condition than the original lodges and leisure spa. We didn't have an issue with cleanliness in the pool area - it was cleaner than your average municipal swimming baths - but this facility just felt a little bit dated. This, we understand, is being addressed. We've stayed in some Holiday Inns which are barely upgraded 'Posthouse' hotels with far murkier and gloomier leisure facilities. The pool is surrounded by floor to ceiling windows looking out into the forest, and the sauna was always at a perfect dry heat.
Our lodge was massive, with two bedrooms, a big bathroom and a small kitchenette and lounge area. To be honest, the initial 'key in the door' reaction was muted, as the lodge we were given was definitely in need of a spruce up. Apart from the great plasma television with digital channels, it would have been perfect for a 70s or early 80s tv drama set - and the kitchen was definitely creaking. However, the housekeeping was good, and once we settled in we very much appreciated the space. It was like having our own holiday cottage in the woods. Again, we understand that all lodges are undergoing refurbishment and work was already taking place discreetly during our stay. We'd paid a very low rate and wondered whether the room allocation perhaps reflected this.
Crerar Hotels, who own Chevin, are evidently investing in the place, and it already has many great attributes. We think it will only get better when the remaining areas have been refurbished. Ilkley, the Dales and Moors, and Leeds are so close, and the woodland setting makes it feel very special.
I should also say that we booked online through 'Easy Breaks' and the price was extremely competitive for two nights with breakfast and dinner.
We'd certainly go back again, and felt that the Manager and his team were hugely committed to providing high quality customer service and they could not have been any more attentive or good natured.
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- Also Known As:
- Chevin Country Park Hotel Otley
- Chevin Country Park Hotel And Spa
- Chevin Country Park Leeds
- Chevin Hotel Lodge
- Chevin Country Park Hotel & Spa Otley, Yorkshire