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“Whalley Abbey - a pile of stones.. and when is Hot Water not Hot Water?”
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Whalley Abbey
Ranked #7 of 23 Clitheroe B&B and Inns
Liverpool, U.K.
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46 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 135 helpful votes
“Whalley Abbey - a pile of stones.. and when is Hot Water not Hot Water?”
Reviewed December 16, 2009

We visited Whalley Abbey whilst staying in the nearby Cliterhoe. This review concerns the Whalley Abbey ancient ruins itself and not the attached hotel (Tripadvisor doesn't have a seperate listing for the ruins and wouldn't add one when requested).

4 of us (plus baby) turned up and paid £2 each to get into the ruins. We were given a faded, lopsided photocopied guide each which was basically a very bad map of the ruins which must have been photocopied thousands of times. We proceeded over to the ruins, expecting someone to check we'd paid... nothing. We then noticed people just parking up and walking straight in, cursing ourselves that we'd just paid £8 between us. We wandered around what were basically the decimated remains of brick walls, trying to work out where we were from the faded copied maps. After 20 minutes we gave up and headed to the onsite cafe. Oh well at least the river bank was nice, if only we'd realised we could have accessed it for free!

We went into the cafe and asked for some hot water to heat the baby's bottle, to be told 'sorry, we can't give out hot water for health and safety reasons'. After a heated discussion with the manageress we gave up and sat down at a table. We ordered food, and 2 teas, and were brought out 2 big jugs of yes, wait for it.... scalding hot water (with tea bags and milk separate)!?!? So we duly plonked the baby's bottle in 1 of the steaming hot jugs to heat it up, much to the dissatisfaction of the staff who gave us some very dirty looks. How backward are the H&S policies in these places?

The food was typical cafe style, not bad quality but overpriced for the captive audience.

Overall - if you're passing Whalley Abbey, drive on and go elsewhere, unless you're staying in the hotel, which is good by all accounts. And don't ask for hot water.. unless you want a teabag with it!

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled with family
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Whalley, Lancashire
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Reviewed October 27, 2007

We held our wedding reception here in September 2007, and cannot say enough good things about the place!!

Our room was perfect and the staff couldn't be more helpful!

  • Liked — Historic Setting
  • Stayed September 2007, traveled as a couple
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Lytham St Annes, UK
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Reviewed September 26, 2007

First and foremost this is a conference venue, owned and operated by the Blackburn Diocese of the Church of England. Like other venues it seems that they have looked at other avenues of revenue and now offer bed and breakfast to all. The historic building and grounds are all totally non smoking with the exception of an uncovered smoking area. There may well be residential conference groups there also both religious and non-religious.

The rooms are all unique, furnished in a modern style to a fairly high standard. They are clean, well maintained and comfy. The dining room is in the crypt and reminiscent of a school dining hall with buffet service. The food is excellent, plentiful and local. The staff are very friendly without being over familiar and nothing is too much trouble. There is a comfy lounge and a small but well stocked bar.

I was there on a religious retreat - for which the Abbey is perfect. I mention this only to illustrate this is not for those seeking a wild and loud time. If you want a place for peace and reflection, with good homely food and a comfortable room then this might well be for you.

  • Liked — Comfy rooms with excellent food
  • Disliked — Limited facilities
  • Stayed September 2007, traveled with friends
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Leeds
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed August 23, 2006

Whalley (Abbey) Hotel is a delightful hotel set in the grounds and ruins of Whalley Abbey..built in the 15th Century.

We only stayed for one night, but wanted to stay longer. The hotel itself was truly idyllic - everything you want from an historical environment set in the countryside. Unfortunately, the bedroom furniture did not match the period features - a bit on the modern side!

The room we stayed in had amazing period features, with large, yet slim stained glass windows, surrounded by exposed stone with exposed beams in the ceiling - fab!

The staff at Whalley were friendly, approachable and funny. We were (very) late for breakfast - in that we missed it, and one member of staff went out of her way to ensure we were fed. I would say that was the major downside - breakfast finished at 8.30 - crazy!

The other downside was our bathroom - it was clean, fresh, newly converted with a power shower but it was not en-suite. In fact it was opposite the hotel room. We had to leave our hotel room and cross the corridor (1 metre only) to use the bathroom. My partner was 'caught' by one of the staff as she hoped to sneak across the corridor whilst getting ready to go to a wedding reception. Unfortunately, she wasn't 100% covered!!! It was quite humorous though!

Saying that - WE WOULD RETURN. If it wasn't for the crazy breakfast time and the bizarre 'ensuite' bathroom, we would have given a maximum overall rating. The other let down was check-out time: 10am, but we negotiated this and it wasn't a problem at all.

  • Liked — The history
  • Disliked — early breakfast
  • Tips/Secrets — ENJOY
  • Stayed August 2006, traveled as a couple
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Property: Whalley Abbey
Address: Whalley Abbey | just off the A59, Clitheroe BB7 9SS, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Lancashire > Clitheroe
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Ranked #7 of 23 B&Bs / Inns in Clitheroe
Hotel Class:4 star — Whalley Abbey 4*
Number of rooms: 17
Also Known As:
Whalley Abbey Hotel Clitheroe
Whalley Abbey Clitheroe, Lancashire

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