I booked a Groupon package with a mini facial, back massage and foot treatment with a 2 course lunch. The newly opened spa (Nov 2012) was warm and well appointed, although the treatment rooms are very small. The staff were welcoming and I was very impressed with the standard of the treatments and the comfort of the relax room. However, when I went to the hotel for my lunch, I had not been booked in and did not feel I was particularly welcome. However, I was found a table and offered a drink. The lunch itself was buffet style and I enjoyed what I had, although I was dismayed to see the top layer of the green salad looking dry and wilted, although I was the first diner of the session. However, I had to eat it to the accompaniment of a male voice lecturing the waiting staff on the need to be 'more proactive' when serving people at lunch. In the end I tuned out the voice, so I don't know what the rest of the conversation was about, but it created a most uncomfortable atmosphere. Then, when I went up to get my main course, another manager brusquely greeted me with the words 'Who are you with?'. He didn't actually bar my way, but again, I am not used to this kind of attitude in a dining environment.
Having said this, the grounds are absolutely stunning and the view of the river is beautiful. Outside, there is a lovely peaceful atmosphere and I enjoyed my walk around the gardens after lunch.
Overall, a very mixed experience - I would certainly return to the spa and particularly liked the products they used, which are organic and much cheaper than most salon products. However, I shall not be returning to dine there, as although the food was pretty good, the atmosphere in the restaurant was not conducive to relaxing and enjoying a meal.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Oakley Court is a quintessential country house. But that's not it... there's more, a lot more. If we said to you a location that's been the setting of many films, with 118 bedrooms, its own polo team and Her Majesty The Queen as a visitor would you believe us? Luckily finding out is easy. Our beautiful location is only a short drive away from London and Heathrow Airport. Whether you're coming for business or pleasure, our rural beauty on the River Thames makes us a real getaway location for those wanting to escape the hectic routine of the city, or just life in general. Our unique history has over time helped to form an exciting character that's distinguished but unspoilt, charming and vibrant. Just kick back and relax, let us pour you a glass of champagne (or two!) - this is your time now, there's no routine here. Cosy, comfortable and luxurious, that's all the important bits you need to know for now. Come and stay, be wined and dined on a set that's created by us and narrated by you to produce an experience that's entirely unique and is yours alone. ... more less
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