Stayed here two nights and were distinctly unimpressed on arrival. Approach drive full of potholes, a very small bedroom with DIY chipboard shelving looking out onto the carpark and the kitchen extractor fans, and a ganeral air of having seen much better days. However, we got the room changed to one at the back overlooking a wide and peaceful view - literally not a house in sight - and larger bathroom, and then went down to dinner... Our food both nights was absolutely excellent (although either the chairs are very low or the tables are strangely high) - compliments to the chef! Although the whole place is sorely in need of refurbishment, the public rooms are very impressive architecturally and the view from the terrace is stunning. The staff, mainly young and somewhat untrained, do their best and are very friendly and helpful, which makes up for a multitude of sins. The whole place feels slightly surreal and a bit like something out of a novel... With money spent on it, it could be utterly fabulous but then of course we would be paying a lot more, as another reviewer has stated. There ARE things that could be done that do not require money, such as removing that unsightly skip full of rubbish in the grounds to a more discreet spot - these things really jar when walking through potentially lovely arboretum-style grounds with impressive trees and lovely wild flowers woven into the grass. Attention to detail does not cost money. The place was generally clean but we had stained crockery in the bedroom and cobwebs behind the chipboard shelving. BUT... Our bed was SO comfortable, it was so quiet and the view tremendous, and those evening meals so yummy, and we loved the general atmosphere, so I am actually giving it 4 stars for what we paid. Yes, we would return (but fingers crossed the chef would still be there...). Such a lovely area...
Well done to all the staff!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Studley Castle is a magnificent 57 bedroom grade II listed hotel that dates back to the 18th century. The hotel boasts a 28 ...acre estate, set in the heart of the beautiful Warwickshire countryside (near Stratford Upon Avon & Birmingham). The Oak Restaurant seats 80 people comfortably and plays host to a delicious lunch every Sunday. booking is essential. The Arrow bar has a wide variety of beers, spirits, wines, cocktails & speciality coffees. Studley Castle is an ideal environment for meetings, there's 11 fantastic conference rooms and lots of outdoor space for team building activities. If you are thinking of a perfect wedding venue, then we can make your day extra special from start to finish. Numbers are 90 guests for the ceremony & wedding breakfast, and up to 200 for your evening reception. Studley Castle also offers exclusive use, so you really can make the Castle your own. The dedicated and friendly staff at Studley Castle are always on hand to make your stay memorable, and will always go that extra mile to make you feel at home. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Studley Castle Hotel And Conference Centre England