landed early eve .just of M-way ..with fam. [pleasant enough exterior .odd ly placed planters near entrance restricting ability to enter from certain area of car park...also step over them if returning from walk around the garden areas] ..swiftly through check-in. staff: pleasant .efficient.
...reception area: cosy feel-warm large fire-place [no fire during our stay] .restaurant bar areas off this reception area .nicely spaced. enough room to have secluded chat or get together with friends -probably the most appealing area of the site...
decor around reception bar offers warm/friendly feel...large couches, occasional chairs et al
wandered up to the rooms. Aah.k.fairly standard .double bed comfy enough for the duration-the "bunk beds" a little on the tired side though acceptable/ .room overall ok. usual brew facilities .could perhaps use a deeper clean this partic room. as could most of the building tbh ['cept perhaps the bar/ restaurant/reception area]
of note -the exterior has a large grassed area running parallel to the nearby roads. plenty of trees in-between. can walk across the grassed area to a nearby walkway which has picnic benches and such. there are also some climbing type bars and plenty of trees and a path wandering off further than we had time for.... the spa was calling. .towels available at spa reception. .the changing rooms/ could use some attention[as in a deep clean] they are functional with reasonable decor/large lockers. hair dryers. cloth dryer. certainly not the worst of changing rooms. ..the sauna -just off the C-Room-seats approx 4 -8 dependant on seating arrangements though at any one point during the 24hrs at the hotel .it was mostly myself only [great ] -dry heated stones are behind the sauna seating area- not suitable for applying water by self. .the pool had an area lane'd off enabling a little swimming. .the pool was on/off busy ...at most we shared the pool with ten or so people though often with the jacuzzi and steam room adjacent many patrons simple swam for two or three lengths and exited. .over-all the spa was ok. .we did not use the gym. .it seemed quite busy. many of these people used the steam room/jacuzzi/changing facilities.
.nice seating area near the spa reception. .seems to have a member's club attached or day paying customers. .approx 30% people we spoke with  using the spa facilities did not sleep in the hotel.
.we did not use restaurant though sat in reception for a time. .enjoyed that.
.the little garden area to the side of the main entrance is quite nice...enjoyed that too.
.nice touch was the biscuits for fam. .though no-one enquired on food allergies [which we have to wheat / dairy]
the biscuits were chocolate/ wheat based biscuits... though tbf a surprise isn't a surprise if they ask about it... .a nice touch though :)
.overall : an ok stay for one night. a little expensive for the area though the spa does effect this ..a little...only a little. .wouldn't stay again unless the price was much lower than currently ...or at current price refurb in the halls/rooms. .addition of plants and flowers +some features from the main reception area incorporating through the remainder of the site.... or some such to freshen the place...though tbh.. .it could simply use [in my humble opinion] a good deep-clean. .mainly through the hallways/ room we occupied [obv cannot speak for other rooms] and perhaps rear of the hotel leading to the grassed areas.
one night only. .worth stay/expense for spa -post long journey. .
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