Had an overnight break at Whittlebury Hall midweek which we enjoyed as did the friends who were with us. Facilities are excellent but there were a few minor niggles, which didn't detract from our enjoyment, and one that did. Was looking forward to using the jacuzzi but after a couple of minutes we were all forced to leave, eyes stinging from over-chlorination. In addition it started to cause a rash on my arm and leg. Watching over half an hour or so nobody stayed in there for more than a couple of minutes, all leaving whilst rubbing their eyes. From other reviews I can see this has occurred before so it would seem that their control over chorination isn't what it should be. It was dangerously toxic around the jacuzzi in my opinion. Even in the jacuzzi part of the main pool,when the bubbles were switched on, my eyes started to sting after a few minutes. I've never experienced this at any other facility.
Other niggles: the bathroom door was too small for its frame and neither latched nor locked as the latch didn't reach the striker plate; one wall light flickered continually so couldn't be used; the bath plug wasn't attached to the chain. Didn't use the bath so didn't have the hassle of trying to get the plug out; we arranged to have sheets and blankets, as offered, but that didn't happen. Despite these niggles the room was otherwise excellent and comfortable.
The restaurant: generally excellent though the waitress had a poor grasp of English so it was difficult for her to understand our requirements but she more than made up for it in charm and friendliness. Some starters were a bit small and the soup just warm, not hot. Food was very good though but tending towards meagre portions and no vegetables. Overall we did enjoy it though as they, on request, served up a plate of vegetables for us to share. Shouldn't need to ask though.
Would we return? Yes as it is still a classy hotel with excellent amenities but it needs to iron out some issues. As things are they need to consider providing a chemical warfare suit for using the jacuzzi.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Whittlebury Hall Towcester
- Hall Whittlebury