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“Really good value for money”
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Whittlebury Hall
Ranked #3 of 3 Hotels in Towcester
Reviewed March 18, 2008

I booked a deal through lastminute.com for dinner, bed and breakfast for £65 each. Me and 3 girlfriends arrived at about 2.30pm on Friday afternoon and our rooms were ready so we were able to settle in. Beds were comfortable and rooms nicely furnished along with Molton Brown toiletries.

I agree with other reviews that the spa/leisure area was not very well organised and as a result, we were running late for our turkish mud bath treatment in the spa. It was £130 for 4 of us and lasted about 45 mins. We had a great time and our skin felt lovely afterwards but would have been great to have an extra 10 minutes or so in there. We then went to the leisure club (which is free) and it was busy so no loungers available round the pool but enough room to swim and sauna/steamroom were not too crowded.

Evening meal at Astons was very good although the food was incredibly rich! Service was good although we ordered some champagne and had to wait 10 mins for the glasses, then they arrived with water marks all over them and it was another 5 minutes before they were replaced. Foreign waitress was very pleasant and apologetic.

Breakfast was nice, lots of choice although my friend thought the scrambled egg looked a bit suspect but generally on the whole, there was loads to choose from and plenty of it.

Overall - this very large hotel offered excellent value for money in my opinion and we all said we would love to return. Rooms seem to vary hugely though as one was twice the size of the other despite booking them together and paying the same rate. Not sure if this is pot luck?

Stayed: March 2008
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Reviewed March 11, 2008

This was our 6th stay at Whittlebury and we are going in July too. It is a fantastic hotel and great value for money if you book one of there 'Events'. We are going back with a group of 20 friend in July for one of their fantastic Tribute Nights, we have already been to 3 Tribute nights there and gradually our group gets bigger and bigger as more and more people want to come.

We pay £140 per couple for a tribute night and this includes: Dinner, Bed and Breakfast, all of which are fantastic, plus the tribute act with a disco after until 12.30. The disco has the best atmosphere ever, everyone is up dancing on or off the dance floor.

When we go, the 'boys' all play golf at the fantastic course next to the hotel, and the 'girls' chill in the spa. You can go to the pool with two saunas, a jacuzzi and a steam room, this is all included in your stay. Or you can pay £27.50 and go into the Heat and Ice Experience - this is so relaxing and well worth it (although my husband said it was relaxing, but more of a girls thing) It does get very busy in the pool area and the Heat and Ice part at the weekend, but just enjoy it!

The food it fantastic - even the Tribute night food, considering they are making dinner for around 250 people all to come out at the same time, it is great!

The rooms are lovely, we have been in good sized rooms, to huge rooms - it tends to be the luck of the drawer.

To sum it all up, we love Whittlebury - embarrassingly if there was a fan club, I am sure I would join (if not have started it). However NO NOT GO HERE! Because I don't want it to be mobbed next time we visit!

  • Stayed: March 2008
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Reviewed March 11, 2008

We stayed at Whittlebury hall on 8th March and on the whole it was a good experience. We arrived approx 3.00p.m. and so were able to check straight into our room. Room was reasonable size but was nothing spectacular. The bathroom was better and had nice moulton brown toiletries and a good shower. We decided to go down to the pool and did encounter a couple of problems. It wasn't really clear anywhere what the procedure was and we stood around like a couple of lemons for a few minutes. We then found that all lockers in the ladies changing room were full and the staff member suggested we changed in our room and came back in our robes. We didn.t have any robes in our room but he said we should have. (There was a card in our bathroom asking if we had enjoyed the robe we could purchase one for £30! which we thought was a bit silly if we didn't have one) We went to the reception to tell them this and the receptionist said it was only club rooms that had robes but she would get housekeeping to send two up anyway, which we thought was helpful. However, it was actually her that brought the robes up which we thought was excellent service.
So back to the pool. Bad news was that it was very busy, no free loungers so we had a swim and then went to the jacuzzi. This was probably the hottest jaccuzi I have ever encountered but nice none the less. We then went back to our room to get ready for dinner.

Dinner was in Astons and it was very good indeed, I wouldn;t say excellent because I didn't like what I had chosen but that was my own fault. Good service and good quality food.

Next day Breakfast was again excellent quality but again extremely busy.

After breakfast we checked out of our room and went to use the heat and ice in the spa. I must say that I was probably a bit disappointed in this as we have been to quite a few spas and this was a bit plain compared to some. It had a very nice quiet room though with beds and actual duvets! (Think maybe some of the previous nights hen party were in there sleeping it off!!)

After our spa session we had lunch in the silverstone bar and again very good food.

Overall we thoroughly enjoyed our stay and it was excellent value for money.. Having said that I would avoid a Saturday night if you possibly can as it was very busy everywhere.

  • Stayed: March 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 28, 2008

The best spa hotel - heat and ice spa is fantastic and beats some of the great spas in the UAE. food very good, hotel rooms very spacious and comfortable. great staff. amazing value for money...cant wait to go back.

  • Stayed: December 2007, traveled with family
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Reviewed February 26, 2008

My partner and I were given Christmas present of a Spa Night & Day package which was pre-booked for 8th Feb to de-stress us.
On arrival we booked into the hotel and, as the room wasn't ready, left our luggage at reception.
We followed instructions, went to the Spa reception and it was here the problems started; we were told that our treatments were not part of any package, and that we'd have to pay for them. We explained the package we thought we had, nipped back to reception to get hold of the confirmation letter, explained again, and finally were allowed in. We found this hitch rather counter-productive for a de-stressing experience.
I have to say that the treatments were great, the saunas etc superb, but noticed that following lunch the pool and "heat & ice" areas became very very busy.
The spa bar area disappointed us - after the facials and massages a nice hot chocolate would have been welcome but the bar tender told me that it would take 20 -30 minutes as they were preparing tables for a corporate event. Similarly, corporate events seemed to limit the availability of restaurants, but we found very good food in Astons Restaurant.
Our room was someway from reception, was fair sized and pretty good (crap shower tho') but was quite noisey due to external vent plant outside the window.
Having checked out and left early on Saturday 9th, we were surprise to receive a call on Sunday evening chasing us for payment of massages and detox wraps taken by someone on Saturday afternoon...apparently they shared the same surname as my partner, so that explained it.
We have complained and apparently some token of re-dress is on it's way as I write.
So, all in all, a mixed bag for us...de-stressed by great treatments and blood pressure brought back to full head by the administration.

  • Stayed: February 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 24, 2008

We have just returned from a wonderful break at this hotel. The staff were so helpful and seemed so well trained. The place just oozed quality. It is big and modern, but has gone for a very traditional country house feel ( old paintings and traditional soft furnishings). Our club room was perfectly decorated, very clean and with lots of extras - 2 half bottles of wine, fruit, robes, slippers and quality toiletries. We booked only a few days before and paid £125 B&B - good value. Breakfast was great too. Lots of choice, spacious restaurant, helpful staff, good food. We enjoyed the leisure club, although the pool was not very big for the number of people (try to avoid Sat 4-6 if you are there as a couple). We didn't use the Spa, but it looked appealing and was certainly popular. It is a very busy hotel and did seem full of hen parties (but not the Blackpool sort at all! No silly hats or singing!)) We used Murrays restaurant - "the fine dining experience" . Two of the dishes were disappointing, but generally it was very good and the service was fantastic. Would thoroughly recommend for a romantic break. Hope to go back and have a Spa treatment.

  • Stayed: February 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 21, 2008

went to whittlebury hall on 17th feb 2008 with a friend. from the minute we arrived we were impressed, not sure what the other reviewers are talking about - the staff were very helpful -
rooms spacious
clean
tidy
pool just perfect
only the loungers were uncomfortable - a few cushions wouldnt go amis.
the perfect stay
and the food was just so tasty
the only real expense was the silverstone bar - £5 for a glass of wine!!!! i would say take your own bottle and drink in your room.

we will def go back with a bottle of wine this time

  • Stayed: February 2008, traveled with friends
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Additional Information about Whittlebury Hall

Address: Whittlebury, Towcester NN12 8QH, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Northamptonshire > Towcester
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 3 Hotels in Towcester
Price Range: $76 - $234 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Whittlebury Hall 4*
Number of rooms: 213
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Whittlebury Hall is a magnificent four star conference and training centre, hotel and spa, set in rural Northamptonshire. Its classical Georgian architecture, complemented by rich furnishings and fabrics has produced an award-winning hotel, recognised for its high standard of accommodation and service. The hotel has 213 spacious double bedrooms including five individually designed suites, all with en-suite bathrooms, decorated to provide a modern yet elegant and restful escape. With a host of personal touches and thoughtful extras. Whittlebury Hall excels in conference, training and meeting facilities, boasting 20 principal training suites supported by 28 fully serviced syndicate rooms, six spacious meeting rooms, executive boardroom and three secluded private dining rooms. The award-winning The Day Spa at Whittlebury Hall is one of the largest in the country and a key selling point for the hotel. Stretching across two levels, the upper floor alone contains 23 treatment rooms, with a choice of more than altogether offering over 60 treatments delivered by a team of highly skilled therapists. It offers the ultimate in pampering with a host of stimulating Heat and Ice Experiences. There is also a Hair Studio for those who want a quick blow dry and style through to a full cut and colour. There is also The Leisure Club in the hotel, which includes a 19-metre pool, whirlpool spa, bubble jet, steam room, sauna, aerobic studio and the latest in equipment with state-of-the-art gymnasium. In addition, the hotel boasts three restaurants; Astons - offering a relaxed atmosphere to meet with family and friends with a blend of classic and contemporary cuisine, 2 AA Rosettes restaurant Murrays at Whittlebury Hall - with creative dishes and the opportunity to taste the latest blends of flavours and ingredients presented by an award-winning chef and Bentleys - the perfect rendezvous for friends, family or colleagues with an Italian pizza and pasta menu. ... more   less 
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