I'd stayed in this hotel a few years ago on a works xmas do so was eager to return with my wife for a weekend away. It was pretty much as i remembered but of course this time it was summer and the gardens were blooming !
The first thing that hits you when you step inside from the sunshine is just how dark this this place is, they must own the nations stock of 10watt bulbs ! However once your eyes adjust to the gloom you realise that this hotel just has history and atmosphere oozing from every cloister and the "subtle" lighting adds to the experience of staying in such a historical building.
We arrived at lunchtime so rooms weren't ready, no problem, we retired to the conservatory/bar (the only bar) for a cup of tea before venturing forth into the huge grounds for a walk. Back later we indulged in a full afternoon tea which was excellent, cakes, scones, clotted cream, sandwiches, tea, had to leave some ! Back outside for another walk to lose some of the clotted cream calories !
There were a couple of weddings going on whilst we were there but didn't really bump into them too much, they have their own rooms and bar to celebrate in.
We checked in, reception staff weren't exactly welcoming but not unfriendly, i think this is something that the hotel management could look to improve, after all they are the first staff the customer speaks to on arrival generally. Room was fine, we had a feature room with a 4-poster, everything else was hidden away in padded boxes eg tea/coffee, trouser-press ! A view of the back garden was nice. Bathroom good , excellent shower.
We had dinner in the hotel restaurant, the staff there were excellent, very efficient and friendly, food was very good and plenty of wine options. We chose from the table d'hote menu which was fine,plenty of choice and not too expensive, with a decent bottle of wine for about £15 i thought the overall meal was good value.
After dinner your options are rather limited, there is no lounge as such, just small alcoves off main lobby where you could hide, we ended up just retiring to the main bar area and tried to make ourselves comfortable in the rather uncomfortable wrought-iron garden chairs !, however the bar staff were ok.
Breakfast was good, a large buffet of all the usual cooked options, fruit, cereal, yogs, cakes, etc etc...and included in our room rate.
I think if you're here for one of their mediavel or murder mystery nights then there's plenty to keep you entertained but if you're just here relaxing then the after dinner options are limited to drinks in the bar....maybe another suggestion to management...?
Overall we enjoyed our stay, the surrounding parkland is good for a gentle walk, the hotel gardens are small but pretty and a moat surrounds the hotel on 2 sides. The park is public so you do get a lot of "rubber-neckers" wandering around the garden too. Only recommendation is the turn the lights up a little more so we can actually see some of the amazing internal architecture and decorations !
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