Cannot remember if this was the 5th or 6th visit to Holme Lacy. Lovely hotel and gardens. We had an historic room over the bar area which was huge, we have stayed before and booked again for next year. We want to relax, park up the car just chill. The bedside light was broken when we arrived but it was fixed the next day. From last time we remembered that you need to take a clip-on reading light to be able to read, the lights are very dim.
We did not get a CD player this time in our room, or a DAB radio, which I missed. The DVD player did not fit near the TV and had to be put on the floor, so you had to get down on the floor to press the buttons on the DVD to work it. Since there was no controller, I was unable to put the subtitles on the films I had brought with me, which since I am partly deaf, was annoying.
Included were meals in the Orchard Restaurant, very good. I am a vegetarian and find that sometimes the vegetarian choice can be poor but this time it was very good. My husband said the meat was very, very good and tender. I noticed that Warners say they are getting their meat from RSPCA inspected farms which I am pleased about. Service and presentation was excellent.
We don’t often bother with the evening entertainment but this time we could not get away from it. On Sunday they set loud speakers outside the bar area and blasted us with Matt Monroe type singing. Imagine a nice sunny day and you are relaxing, then someone sits beside you and starts up a radio right next to you playing 1950s/60s type music at full blast! You would want to pour your coffee over them! This was not scheduled on the programme so we had no idea how long it would go on for.
We couldn’t listen to our own choice of music (no CD player), even shutting the windows made no difference and quietly reading was out of the question. So we went for a walk, it was a nice day, but even then it was impossible to get away from the Matt Monroe type singing in the garden.
After a couple of hours we came back, they then had a lady singing who was quieter (or they had turned the loud speakers down). She was a good singer but still not what I wanted to listen to. At least we could relax and read round the other side of the building. This went on for around three hours. I asked at reception and was told they often do it. If people want to listen to this kind of music why not put it on the programme? And do it in the soundproofed Pavillion.
The Concierge discount has disappeared. We got 10% of the cost of just 2 drinks i.e. £1 off on a drinks cost of £23 for one meal and 10% off one bottle of wine another night. OK its better than nothing, but it really did make a difference on drinks for the whole weekend and a few things from the gift shop, especially when you used to get 10% off everything. We found there are discounts on visits to local attractions but for some reason you don’t find out about this until you come home and search the web………
The tour by Angela of the house was first class, do that if you are staying there, well worth it.
The Leisure Club staff were very welcoming and helpful. The swimming area was a bit run down but seemed clean and comfortable although the changing rooms were nearly as hot as the sauna.
I just noticed that someone else has commented on the music outside. And I noticed there was a comment to say some Hotels are charging for coffee…….
So, not as good as last time but we are going back next year, perhaps it will be back to its previous high standard.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- You'll be swept off your feet by the 18th century charms of this Grade I Georgian Historic Hotel, with its landscaped gardens, elegant drawing rooms, imposing staircases and fantastic views. Midweek and Weekend breaks inclusive of breakfast and 3-course dining, live evening entertainment and extensive leisure activities. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Holme Lacy Hereford
- Warner Holme Lacy House Hotel Herefordshire