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“pleasant surprise” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Hawkstone Park Hotel
Cropston, United Kingdom
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106 reviews
29 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“pleasant surprise”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 1, 2013

Having visited the hotel for a golf weekend regularly over a number of years I was very interested to see how it had changed if at all.
My last visit was some ten or more years ago. I can say it has and hasn't changed. The golf is great. The Championship Course, the old Windmill course I think, has matured wonderfully and is now a real test. The showpiece Hawkestone remains a true beauty and if anything is in better condition than my last visit.

I had real fears for the hotel. My memories of a run down establishment ruled.
However, those fears were dumbfounded. My guests and I were pleased with the rooms. Dinner was excellent although the wine was terribly overpriced. Captive audience I assume.. Breakfast was just what was needed for golf.
And the staff were fantastic. Coping with a hotel full of mostly male golfers cannot be easy. So well done.

Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
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lizt931, General Manager at Hawkstone Park Hotel, responded to this review, October 7, 2013
We are delighted to hear about your "pleasant surprise" and look forward to welcoming you back to Hawkstone Park Hotel and golf courses again soon (perhaps don't leave it so long next time!!)
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  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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Chester, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 23, 2013

Stayed over on a Saturday night with a group of golfers. Championship course was in excellent condition, as good as I have ever seen it. Bar in clubhouse closed a little early for our group. The hotel room was rather tired decor wise and the light in the bathroom was faulty. The shower leaked profusely around the head. Bed was clean and comfy. Had the choice of set menu, food was pretty good, steamed pud was super. Drinks were expensive.
Breakfast was good and there was plenty available.
Played the Hawkstone on the Sunday, again in super condition especially the greens, if you were looking for a minor criticism then it would be the bunkers were variable in quality.
Stopped for an organised function on the Sunday night. The food was poor, a mean serving of pate, followed by a very dry turkey and fatty pork carvery, with golf ball like stuffing balls, veg was OK though, no pud just boring cheese and biscuits. The evening was rounded off by a few more expensive drinks. Woken up at 4 am by tipsy noisy golfers stumbling and grumbling loudly along the corridor... Perhaps not the hotel's fault but could close the bar a little earlier to avoid excesses?
Breakfast was good the next day as was the golf.
Would come back tomorrow for the golf but would need to be persuaded to go back to the hotel.

Stayed September 2013
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Hawkstone, General Manager at Hawkstone Park Hotel, responded to this review, September 26, 2013
Thank you for the feedback its great to see you appreciated the golf courses.

i'll investigate your other comments as typically we dont serve Carvery style meals.

Thanks again

David Sims
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Flint, United Kingdom
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99 reviews
25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 18, 2013

This will be my second trip here, I have reviewed previously. Firstly the golf courses and very well maintained, slick greens, and all very pretty and challenging, especially in the high winds we had.
One of my freinds had a buggy for 3 days - cost him £105. ie £30/round and £45/day - gulp!
I had a single room, It was quite spacious and everything worked. I think there's been a refurb since my last visit, could be wrong but it didn't seem as drab.
The three course evening meal included in the package was very good, plenty of it if you have large appetite, we had a cavery with choice of meats and plenty of choice for breakfast.
The drinks were a little pricey, but you have a 4pt jug of lager for £12 which is OK. Another friend paid £6 for a shot of malt.
Staff throughout the complex were freindly and helpful.
I look forward to my next visit - perhaps I'll pack a swing next time!

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank bomber127
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Hawkstone, General Manager at Hawkstone Park Hotel, responded to this review, September 26, 2013
So pleased you enjoyed your break at Hawkstone Park Hotel, we look forward to seeig you again

David Sims
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26 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 16, 2013

Two great golf courses, Championship and Hawkstone, both challenging and tight but great to play, beautiful locations and scenic. As it happens I played well but that was just a bonus.
The hotel does not look great from the outside but it is fine inside and the room we had was spacious and well appointed. The staff were courteous, friendly and helpful.
The food was very good for an inclusive deal and the breakfast was also quite good although typical sitting in the buffet too long for eggs to keep well.
Overall I could not fault it and would go there again in a flash even though it was 75 miles away from home.
There is no fitness centre, gym or pool.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Ramore7England
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lizt931, Guest Relations Manager at Hawkstone Park Hotel, responded to this review, September 18, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to post your review of Hawkstone Park Hotel. We are so glad you had a good stay here, and of course that you had a successful round of golf!
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Coventry, United Kingdom
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51 reviews
26 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2013

The staff are cheerful efficient and responsive to your needs. Courteous and service with a smile making check in and out very easy and quick.
Both eighteen hole courses are well designed and maintained and each challenging in their own way. Beautiful scenery bordering on the spectacular in places and appreciated by this non-golfer.
We had stayed here many years ago and not much had changed in that time but I had expected a lot more to have been updated. The motel type room was perfectly adequate, clean with all the usual offices including Sky TV [not flat screen however],but in need of an update decor-wise.. Very responsive and efficient central heating - needed in September. Basic hospitality tray but with mini gingerbread men! A good touch with nearby Market Drayton the link here.
Very comfortable twin beds with beautifully large thick duvets almost a guarantee of a good nights sleep.
Breakfasts were well organised on the buffet system and very tasty. Dinner was a rather hit or miss situation but complaints of tasteless food were well responded to but I feel the standard should be raised although there were some interesting sounding dishes which could be winners. The bar area was very "tired" and showed that it is well used. The lounge had a touch of English Country House living but seems little used. There are good facilities for hosting weddings or golf groups although the all male affairs might affect the more sensitive guests.
Not a venue for a romantic break unless your are golfers.

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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank christrev
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lizt931, Guest Relations Manager at Hawkstone Park Hotel, responded to this review, September 11, 2013
Thank you for your positive review, we appreciate the focus on our friendly and efficient staff and great golf and look forward to welcoming you back again soon.
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Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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50 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2013

I have organised many golf breaks for our group, which varies between 4 and 8 members. We recently booked a 2-day break (for 4 of us) at Hawkstone Park, via YourGolfTravel.com. We paid £79.00 for two rounds of golf with an overnight DBB stay. We were returning to the venue for the first time in about 12 years. Previous experiences had always been good (especially the golf on the 'Old' Hawkstone Course and it's stunning setting), however we were a little surprised by some of the negative reviews we had read. But, with having only paid £79 we weren't too concerned. Well, you can only judge by your own experiences, and I have to say that what we got was excellent from start to finish. We played golf on the Hawkstone course on the first day, and although I have to say that the old course has lost a little of it's aura, we still enjoyed an excellent round in what is a beautiful setting. When we checked in at the Hotel we were welcomed by a very cheery and attentive chap on reception, and allocated our rooms with the minimum of fuss. After booking a table (and time) for dinner (again no fuss), we decided to enjoy a couple of pints in the late afternoon sunshine. The young lad behind the bar was friendly and efficient, and quickly set up a tab for us. When we got to our rooms they were a little basic, but very clean and comfortable (just what 4 lads on a golf break expect)! Dinner was exceptionally good value, three very well prepared and presented courses, served by a young waitress, and a waiter who were attentive without being overbearing. Both had a good sense of humour and appeared to enjoy what they were doing (rare these days)! After a good night's sleep we enjoyed our second round on the much improved Championship Course. Check out was again easy and without fuss, and a charming and chattly lady wished us a safe trip home, and hoped to see us again. All in all, an excellent, fantastic value-for-money short trip. Thanks to all the staff at Hawkstone Park..!!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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lizt931, Guest Relations Manager at Hawkstone Park Hotel, responded to this review, September 11, 2013
A great review for Hawkstone Park hotel and golf - many thanks!
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England
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38 reviews
33 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 25, 2013

I was one of a party of nine returning to Hawkestone Park for a three day, two night stay. A number of our golfing group have been coming back for up to twenty years. Both golf courses provide a good challenge . The Hawkestone course has some of the best scenery I have seen in this country, and worth a walk round for non golfers. The hotel could do with brightening up a bit, it is a bit dull. I stayed in a large single room which was clean, well furnished and had a very comfortable bed with good class bed linen. The television was small but included Sky Sports.
The good sized bathroom had a shower and bath tub. The staff at Hawkestone Park, from reception to servers and bar staff were very polite, efficient and friendly. A breakfast buffet was provided with an excellent variety of cereals, fruit and juices as well as a full English fry-up. Kippers and smoked haddock were available upon request. We were asked to pre-order dinner from a menu which provided a good selection. The food was well presented and cooked perfectly. Portions were large, accompanied by heaps of vegetables.
There were a few moans about the price of drinks at the bar, and the price of the buggies but we shall be returning for more next year, and probably the year after.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank ethanEngland
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lizt931, Guest Relations Manager at Hawkstone Park Hotel, responded to this review, August 27, 2013
The title of your review says everything we want to hear! Many thanks. We look forward to welcoming you back to Hawkstone Park Hotel very soon.
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Property: Hawkstone Park Hotel
Address: Hawkstone Park, Weston-under-Redcastle SY4 5UY, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Shropshire > Weston-under-Redcastle
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Weston-under-Redcastle
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Hawkstone Park Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 66
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