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Ufford Park Woodbridge Hotel, Golf & Spa
Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Woodbridge
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Essex UK
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“Family break”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 13, 2013

We stayed at the Ufford Park Hotel from Monday 8th April - Friday 12th April 2013 on a Family Inclusive Break.

We agreed with other reviewers and thought that the overwhelming strength of this hotel is it's staff. What a fantastic team.....helpful, friendly, informative and accommodating.

The Family Inclusive Break was a fantastic way for our 6 year old son to try new sports, we enjoyed being 'wined and dined' and we all enjoyed being close to some excellent tourist attractions such as Sutton Hoo.

We stayed in a superior family room on the second floor. On arrival we were given a warm welcome and clear instructions on how to reach our room. Our son was delighted with the welcome pack and we were pleased to see that we also had a fridge in the room.

Facilities at the hotel were very good. We used the swimming pool (towels provided), the gym (good to see antiseptic spray available for wiping down the machines), the driving range and the tennis courts (5 minutes away). We were readily provided with rackets and clubs. Unfortunately we didn't have time to use the Spa but 3 hours in the thermal spa were included in the package.

Our only minor gripe would be a lack of variety with the restaurant menu. Although a 'specials' menu was available everyday, this didn't include any extra vegetarian options and my husband commented that there were a lot of potato dishes but no options for rice or pasta.

We would definitely stay here again, as for us, it ticks all the boxes for a family break in this country.

Thank you to all the staff in reception,housekeeping, the restaurant, the golf centre and the swimming pool for your hard work.

Room Tip: We had a superior room on the second floor. Plenty of space, comfortable, clean and warm.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
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MarketingD, Public Relations Manager at Ufford Park Woodbridge Hotel, Golf & Spa, responded to this review, April 14, 2013
Dear Jo
Thank you for your excellent review regarding your recent family inclusive break at Ufford Park - we were so pleased to read that you were able to take full advantage of almost everything included in your break (you will have to come back to use the spa another time !!) as well as explore some of the other local attractions like Sutton Hoo. We will most certainly pass on your high praise to all our staff thank you very much. Our Head Chef will also give some thought to your suggestions about more variety in the Restaurant particularly with Vegetarian food on the specials menu.

We very much look forward to welcoming you all back again soon - perhaps in the Summer Holidays or for a quiet get away break so you can take full advantage of the spa!!

Kind regards
Tarnia Robertson
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 9, 2013 via mobile

Arrived with our toddler and was met with friendly staff. Enjoyed spa facilities very much. I received a great treatment. Breakfast and dinner staff were also most helpful. Bar staff was nice overall. Would like to return.

  • Stayed April 2013
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MarketingD, Public Relations Manager at Ufford Park Woodbridge Hotel, Golf & Spa, responded to this review, April 10, 2013
Dear Pete
Thank you for your superb review we were delighted to read that your stay with your toddler was wonderful and that you found our staff in particular very helpful and friendly. We were also very pleased to read that you said you look forward to returning to Ufford Park again.

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Tarnia Robertson
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 7, 2013

We stayed here for one night (5th April) in room 224 - good size room with a lovely view over the golf course, couldn't have asked for a better room! Modern TV with a DVD player too and a modern bathroom. Room was very clean apart from a little more dusting needed in the lampshades and cupboards. Tea/coffee making faciltiies in the room with many different teas and hot chocolates, with complimentary biscuits too!!

We arrived slightly early to check-in but the reception staff were extremely helpful and accomodating, allowing us to drop off our lugggage as well as a slightly earlier check in to our room which we were very grateful for.

The spa was excellent and very good value too, at £12.50 per resident of the hotel - ever so relaxing, and done out very well with the thermal suite in the middle. We loved the relaxation room where you could lay on deck chairs while drinking herbal teas with a star light cieling. We spent 2 hours in the spa and we found towards the last part, it was only us and another couple using the spa so there was plenty of room and very peaceful, felt like we had private hire of the spa! We were also given a guided tour of the spa which we thought was very good.

Free use of the pool, the jacuzzi and the steam is included in the price so there is plenty to do, as well as a pool table in the bar and a quiet room for reading which was very peaceful. Free WIFI aswell.

We had our evening meal at the bar which was cooked freshly and the service was very efficient, food was delicious and although not cheap, we thought it was fairly priced at around 10 pound a main course.

A huge strength of this hotel is the staff, everyone we spoke to was so helpful and done everything to make our stay as enjoyable as it could be. There was a problem with the fire alarm going off twice in the night, which meant we had a very disturbed sleep. We mentioned this to the reception in the morning and after speaking to the manager, we were able to keep the room on for a few more hours which we were very grateful for.

A few improvements: the double bed was actually 2 single beds put together which wasn't particularly comfortable, breakfast finished at 10 on Saturday which we found to be a bit early, but we are not early risers - however, a possible improvement would be the option of a late continental breakfast.

Overall, we thoroughly enjoyed our stay and thought it was excellent value for money. We would definitely go again!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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MarketingD, Public Relations Manager at Ufford Park Woodbridge Hotel, Golf & Spa, responded to this review, April 8, 2013
Dear Nigel
Thank you for your indepth and very positive review - we were delighted to read that you found your stay overall excellent value for money and our facilities and staff superb. We were sorry to hear that the fire alarm went off during your stay, but grateful that you appreciated that some things are beyond our control, it is how our staff handle these things which is more important. Our staff do try their very best to accommodate all our guests special requirements eg. early check-in or late check-out, it just depends on how busy we are.

We will also take on board your tips to improve our standards even more and very much look forward to welcoming you back to Ufford Park Hotel again very soon.

Kind regards
Tarnia Robertson
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 6, 2013

Stayed for one night midweek (2nd April) and were given room 208.Lovely big room with a balcony overlooking the golf course. Swimming pool was great, nice clean changing rooms.

We thought the restaurant menu looked very nice but decided to eat in the sports bar as we wanted a chilled out atmosphere. They had an offer for two courses for £10, choice of about 3 mains/puddings. My husband had ham, egg and chips and a chocolate cheesecake from this offer. I had chicken fajitas (£10.95 from the main menu) and then stole his dessert! Bar prices weren't cheap but typical of most hotels.

Breakfast buffet was very nice - all the usual stuff and our requested poached eggs arrived perfectly cooked.
There is a very nice quiet lounge with an amazing fish tank if you want to read.

I must mention the staff at Ufford Park. Every single member of staff we encountered was fantastic, my husband popped for a look at the pool when we checked in and was practically given a guided tour! Everyone was extremely polite, professional and friendly. Some hotels we have stayed in could certainly learn a thing or two from the customer service at this place!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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MarketingD, Public Relations Manager at Ufford Park Woodbridge Hotel, Golf & Spa, responded to this review, April 7, 2013
Thank you for your superb 5 out of 5 review about your recent stay at Ufford Park - we do try our best to ensure all our visitors have a wonderful time and so were delighted to read that every aspect of your stay was excellent including the quality of the food, cleanliness of the bedroom & health club and especially our staff throughout the whole complex who were in your words, 'extremely polite, professional and friendly'.

We very hope you will come back and stay with us again very soon.

Best wishes,
Tarnia Robertson
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Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 5, 2013

Booked a spa day for myself, mum and sister based on TA reviews. It's OK but not in the same league as Nirvana (Berkshire) or Champneys.
Advantages: Thermal suite has all that you'd expect at a spa and there were 12 of us using it which was great as it's not that big but apparently 24 people can be booked in which would be far too many. Lunch was good. Had a pedicure which was lovely and the varnish (good quality make - Jessica) was a complimentary gift.
Disadvantages: Swimming pool full of mums and shouty kids (it was the Easter hols, so not surprising) there was an adults only swimming slot but not until lunchtime. Robes had seen better days (the first one my mum was given had a huge hole in it) and if you're larger than an average size i would suggest bringing your own. Bring your own flip flops too as you need to walk a fair bit, There are a few sets of stairs so check with reception if anyone has mobility issues.

Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
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Thank Jinny232
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MarketingD, Public Relations Manager at Ufford Park Woodbridge Hotel, Golf & Spa, responded to this review, April 6, 2013
Thank you for your spa review - we were pleased to read that you enjoyed your spa day and treatment. Your point about there only being 1 hour for adult only swimming is correct but we do have a section which should have been roped off for adults swimming lengths, so we are sorry if that did not happen during your time in the pool. You also mentioned access to the pool and changing rooms might be difficult for some guests - just to clarify to other readers, we do have disabled changing rooms on pool side and provide chair lifts so that access to all parts are available to our guests. We would have loved to continue providing our spa guests with slippers but had to stop because of health & safety reasons unfortunately.

We were disappointed that you felt we were ''not in the same league'' as Nirvana (Berkshire) or Champneys but that is because we are not a purpose built spa/hotel, nor do we charge their prices, instead we market ourselves as providing excellent value for money to our customers whilst still offering good quality facilities and therapists.

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Tarnia Robertson
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 5, 2013

I stayed here with a friend for an overnight spa break booked through lastminute.com. The receptionist on arrival was polite, cheerful and really helpful. Our room was really nice, modern and really clean. The bathroom was spotless and looked like had recently been refitted. We had a double bed and single bed in the room which was great, flat screen tv, dvd player, good choice of drinks and complimentary toiletries. I was pleased and surprised to get a bottle of water too as had forgotten mine!!
We went to the spa, which was really nice. The girl on reception there was helpful too, and showed us round. Although the poor girl had hurt her back and was struggling to walk and some of the leisure team (who we later saw show someone else round) watched her struggle. We had a really nice relaxing few hours there. It was nice that the spa wasn't too busy despite it being the week after Easter and still the school holidays. Was nice and clean in spa and lots of free herbal teas to choose from. The treatment (deep tissue massage) we both had were lovely - sore but worth it to be rid of knots! It was also nice to get the full alloted time, lots of places include you getting changed as part of your time, but not here so that was a real plus.
We also used the pool in the leisure area. There was a lane marked off to swim in, and the pool was busy with kids as was Easter Holidays. I have no problem with kids in there or it being busy, although they kept jumping in the swimming lane and playing in there, no lifeguard / leisure team member (or parents!) told them to move so they had to be swum round.
There wasn't a toilet in the spa (that we could find) so we had to go through to the changing rooms of the pool area. The floors in here were dripping wet, my local council pool sweep theres on a regualr basis - these were like this the whole 3 hours. They were full of screaming kids running around, kind of undid some of the relaxing we had done considering we had come on a spa break to escape kids!! Both of the toilets in the ladies changing rooms had faeces smeared all over the seats so to me were unusable. The staff with leisure team tshirts on just seemed to spend the 3 hours we were there sitting chatting to each other rather than actually do any work.They appeared to be the only staff members at this hotel who let them down on customer service as all other staff seemed to be attentive and helpful - and doing a job.
Dinner was really nice and the staff friendly. Although we were the only people in the restaurant who didn't get given a bread roll, and quite a few people were served before us despite us coming in some time before then. We also asked for tap water and never got it. The food was nice though, generous portions and carvery food was topped up regularly and was tasty and hot. Deserts were chosen from a selection in cabinet, and these were nice too with good choice.
We however did have an awful nights sleep, the beds were comfy so no complaints there. Our problem was despite it having snowed most of the day on and off, the room was boiling all night and the radiators had been off all day so no idea why! At 2.30 we ended up having to have the window wide open and still were hot so didn't get much sleep at all.
Breakfast was really good, loads of choice and really well cooked and hot.
Overall, despite a bad nights sleep and a few niggles (and dirty toilets!) we had a lovely stay, I would recommend this hotel and spa break to people as it was great value for money and we enjoyed ourselves.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
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Thank lazeedays
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MarketingD, Public Relations Manager at Ufford Park Woodbridge Hotel, Golf & Spa, responded to this review, April 6, 2013
Thank you very much for taking the time to send us such a detailed account of your stay - we always find them very helpful to know where we get things right and where we can improve. We do franchise out the management of our health club & spa and so your comments regarding the leisure team being the only staff who in your opinion, let us down customer service wise, we can assure you will be immediately taken up with their manager - thank you.

You also mentioned that your bedroom was very hot - we can only apologise about that - the rooms have only just been fully refurbished and we were made aware after the first few days of use that there was a problem with the heating in bedrooms in that section of the hotel - and was immediately fixed by our maintenance team.

We were pleased that you still felt overall though that your stay with us was great and you will certainly come back to stay with us again. Thank you and we look forward to welcoming you back soon.

Kind regards
Tarnia Robertson
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Ickenham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 3, 2013

we stayed here before with friends had really good time so decided when we had chance to stay again went for it. great hotel and surroundings excellent staff. highly recommended. rooms are spotless had a balcony looking over golf course wonderful view.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank stanleyt105
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MarketingD, Public Relations Manager at Ufford Park Woodbridge Hotel, Golf & Spa, responded to this review, April 4, 2013
Dear Stan
Thank you for your superb 5 out of 5 review especially as you have now stayed with us on 2 seperate occassions and both times have found the quality of rooms & food excellent as well as good value for money. Very reassuring to know.

We very much hope you will return for a 3rd time very soon.

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Tarnia Robertson
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Property: Ufford Park Woodbridge Hotel, Golf & Spa
Address: Woodbridge Hotel, Golf & Spa Woodbridge Hotel Ufford Park, Woodbridge IP12 1QW, England
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Location: United Kingdom > England > East Anglia > Suffolk > Woodbridge
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Woodbridge
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Ufford Park Woodbridge Hotel, Golf & Spa 3*
Number of rooms: 90
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Ufford Park Woodbridge Hotel, Golf & Spa is set in 120 acres of historic parkland less than 12 miles from Ipswich town centre and is therefore the perfect affordable destination for Spa, Leisure & Golf Breaks. Either as a couple, a group or as a family - With golf course, swimming pool & gym, thermal Suite Spa, bar & restaurant it is an excellent family owned and run modern hotel. Friendly helpful staff and fantastic views. Children & Pets welcomed. Open all year round - great Winter Break options. Top Winter golf course. 4 Star Luxury Spa. Ample free parking & Free Wifi. ... more   less 
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