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Blakelands Country House
Ranked #1 of 2 Bobbington B&B and Inns
Reviewed August 8, 2012

Invited to a wedding at Blakelands, as we had already been to their restaurant and had a wonderful meal, the wedding reception was outstanding. Paul and his staff are second to none! The room we stayed in was the oranges & lemons room which was lovely.

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  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 16, 2012

I had heard mixed reviews for the blakelands but clearly these were people that had not experience the same hotel I stayed in. The check in experience was informal with just simple hand over of a key and a pleasant walk over to show me where my room was located . The hotel itself is located in semi rural Staffordshire so you would normally have a good reason to stay in the area, as it's a 10 min drive to civilisation. My room was amazing ! Ok I had chosen a suite but tgd price difference was minimal and made the stay so much better .. The bedroom was a good size with all the usual fittings but the bathroom was a real suprise ! it was about the same size as the bedroom and had a whirlpool bath on a raised area .. The fittings were new and modern and looked great against the old beamed building.
The hotel is very quiet with all the rooms spaced across lots of convertied barns and main building which again just added to the experience. Breakfast was a simple affair with the ability to add extra items from the kitchen. The staff were all very pleasant even the poor manager at 1am when we couldn't get the doot open.

Checkout was a similarly uncomplicated event , the price was excellent as was the whole experience. You will see from my previous reviews , I don't recommend things lightly but on this occasion I can't state without reservation that the Blakelands is a great place to stay.

  • Stayed: July 2012
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Thank trysull
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Reviewed April 2, 2012

Blakelands country house is a truly fantastic place and the food and all the staff was also brilliant. The surroundings are breath taking and it's a very romantic as well. I loved the place so much I've booked a table in the restaurant in a couple of weeks time for me and my wifes wedding anniversary.

  • Stayed: April 2012
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Thank Nathan J
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Reviewed November 27, 2011

Stayed here for a wedding and everything from the off was great, food, staff and cost.

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Arrived early but no problems with checking in early (2 hours early in fact) we were pointed in the direction of our room (Beckingham room) in the old barn. Each room is different in this hotel which makes it so unique. We had a double room, en suite. Tea n coffee in rooms and comfortable bed with a view of the lake and rolling fields. Great.

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Couldn't do enough, the wedding planner was on from morning till 2am the next morning when we went to bed. Wonderful

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Excellent. Tasty and fresh.

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Nothing there apart from 2 pubs but loads in the further area

Loved it.

  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank jjohnboy32
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Reviewed November 24, 2011

It was recently my mothers birthday and we arranged to come to Blakelands for a meal and stay overnight. We had been booked into the Eunson room above the bar next to the restaurant.

Firstly I like to say that the overall service and food served at Blakelands is very good indeed and the rating of this review in no way represents this side of the establishment. (although I'd advise you take note of the menu price before visiting as most of the main course dishes are over the £16 mark with steak coming in at around £22!)

However, my gripe is with the room we were given. The Eunson room is apparently the most recently decorated and on surface was clean and well presented with a new bathroom suite, fresh wall paper and clean carpet.

However, what is the most important thing the owners should have got right? - THE BED!

The bed was absolutely shocking! It was supposed to be a comfortable double bed but straight away, I could see it was obviously far too small for two grown adults – to be honest it could have even been a three quarters sized bed. There was ample space either side to fit a large double, even kingsize - but no – who cares about the guest’s comfort.

Worst still, the cheap quality divan mattress was ridiculously firm. The cheap wafer thin pillows didn't help either and reminded me of the kind handed out on long haul flights.

Other smaller gripes about the room was no full length mirror, appalling tea and coffee making facilities (e.g., UHT milk and shocking tasting coffee sachets), no bottled water which comes obligatory in most £40 per a night motels and a small 'made-to-look-antique' wardrobe that's so cheap and light, it could almost topple over. Not to mention the tired and warn softwood window frames, shot double glazing and cobwebs.

My parents had the suite over the other side of the landing. Whilst I cannot vouch for their stay, I have to say, the bathroom looked like it had been last refurbished in about 1984, complete with fake marble Formica sink, old spa bath and filthy, warn carpet. Not good at all.

Lastly, because we arrived early, we had a chance to join the wedding fair during the day and view all the other rooms available. All very nice, from a distance, including the Bridal Suite. But even there, in the premier room, an unfortunate newly wed couple would be greeted in the morning with mill due in the shower cubicle and a dodgy water stain on the bath.

Anyway, absolutely shattered we came down to breakfast the next morning. When asked if I'd like tea or coffee, I naturally asked for a strong one in the form of an espresso. Too much to ask for? "Not at breakfast - No" was the firm reply from the waiter, clearly reading from the rule book. But why? They were serving espressos the night before at dinner!!! Typical, if anyone asks for anything outside the box, “computer says no".

It seems the proprietors have done the rooms on a miniscule budget with little or no thought for the people that have to stay in them. I bet they sleep wonderfully every night on a luxury king size complete with memory foam mattress.

In short Blakelands has a great restaurant but is let down terribly by the robot mentality of (some) of the staff and its truely awful sleeping accommodation.

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Reviewed November 10, 2011

This hotel/country house/B&B is a delight, old, cosy, romantic it has a bit of everything and the people are lovely too.

It does weddings and has a lovely restaurant - well worth a visit.
I would recommend to anyone.

  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled on business
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Additional Information about Blakelands Country House

Address: Halfpenny Green, Bobbington DY7 5DP, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Staffordshire > Bobbington
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Restaurant Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Bobbington
Price Range: $55 - $125 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Blakelands House originally dates from 1722, the impressive Queen Anne house with its distinctive architectural features makes an impressive mark on the surroundings. But it is in the surrounding buildings where the main changes have been made, resulting in such facilities as The Maltings, a 120 seat Banquet Hall and the Lodge Restaurant, fine dining at its most relaxed, serving traditional English meals, freshly prepared and locally sourced. Management is in the capable hands of Paul and Heather Morgan who share duties between the Restaurant and Banqueting Facility, and since its opening in 1992, Blakelands has proved a real favourite with couples and families looking for somewhere special to celebrate, whether that is an intimate meal for two, a family celebration or their wedding. Overnight guests are equally well cared for, with two suites, one of which is The Corbett Suite, a sumptuous set of rooms which serves as the Bridal Suite.Elsewhere in the complex are a further twelve en suite rooms, five of them in Blakelands Lodge all with their own characters and décor, all beautifully fitted out, and with locally inspired names that reflect the strong ties of Blakelands with the neighbourhood.Blakelands Lodge menu’s are all embracing with a strong flavour of superior brasserie if a name had to be put, and dutifully seasonal. Local sourcing is practiced but not at the expense of quality, two menus run alongside each other, the Main Menu, runs all year with quarterly tweaks and features dishes that have established Blakelands as a firm favourite with many diners. Dishes such as Steak & Ale Pie with the gravy made with local Enville Ale, which is also available in the bar, and Fillet or Sirloin Steaks sourced from Martin Thomas Butchers in Pattingham regularly receive comments about them being the best guests have ever had.Alongside the main menus runs the Seasonal A la Carte menu, as the name suggests, changed every 4 months with the season, the current Summer version offering such delights as hand beer battered cod fillet, again featuring Enville ale in the Batter, served with another Blakelands staple – hand cut, twice cooked chips. The Chef team, led by Head Chef Richard Kenny, constantly work to maintain a high standard resulting in a menu that caters to the tastes of the whole family, making it very popular for special occasions, birthdays and the like. ... more   less 

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