Firstly the hotel is in a great location, little village (Ettington) setting and hotel is set in the middle of big grounds. If you use it as a base for Stratford upon Avon then it's a 15 min drive.
When I booked the hotel, I thought it would be an older style hotel in the middle of nowhere. Certainly location was fine, very peaceful and not to be faulted. However the appearance of the reception building was old and just what we expected, it's a shame the rest of the hotel was basically a giant extension which didn't fit in and made it into a Holiday Inn.
We had a standard room on the ground floor, first room we swapped as it smelt a little funky- cant describe it, except maybe they were smoking rooms that have been turned to non smoking. Still the staff swapped us straight away with no issues.
The room was ok, nothing to write home about, just like a Premier Inn room. Tea and coffee in the room, a small flat screen tv and blinds that were not quite blackout, so let light in around the edges.
Spa and gym facilities were good, nice pool and jacuzzi and a sauna (accessed via changing rooms). You will need to get a towel from reception, a code for the changing room door and take a pound coin for the locker. Gym was small but had everything I'd expect to find in a hotel gym.
Restaurant was full the first night when we arrived and the menu was good, so we booked for the second night (Sunday) and were the only booking with a different menu, not so good, so we left and went out for dinner.
The Chequers Inn is in Ettington and apparently very good, it was fully booked and didn't open Sunday evenings, so book early if you want to eat there.
We did eat at another nearby pub called Houndshill inn, which was excellent and good value.
Cleaning staff were ok, room was clean but didn't expect them to knock at 9am on a Sunday- so put the sign up if you want to lay in.
Basically the hotel was more of a conferencing centre than a 4 star hotel in the middle of nowhere. I'm sure if your there on business it will be excellent but if your looking for a nice quiet hotel with character, this is not it.
Basically I can only describe it as a Holiday Inn or Premier Inn. A very average 4 star hotel.
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