Having read the reviews we set off confident that we would have an enjoyable weekend in a comfortable well appointed hotel, unfortunately it was not as good as we had hoped. We arrived about 6pm in the dark in the muddy car park, the lighting although just about adequate did not make it immediately clear where the main entrance was. We arrived in reception to find no one on duty and eventually found some staff sitting about laughing and joking in the dining room and one of them came and booked us in. The receptionist was quite helpful and provisionally booked us a table in their restaurant as they had a free slot at 7. The room - No35 was well appointed and quite roomy the bed and pillows although not great were adequate. The room was quite dusty with quite a few cobwebs and overwintering ladybirds. The shower was good with plenty of hot water but the cracked walls and mould around the tiles were less appealing. The corridors and public areas were quite chilly but this seemed to appeal to the myriad spiders which adorned the corridor ceilings. We had a drink from the bar before we went to eat £7.50 for a pint of Magners cider and a J2O orange drink we felt was a little steep especially as we had to go looking for someone to serve us - eventually found some staff sitting about again laughing and joking in the dining room . We sat in the lounge which had a nice open fire (gas) and comfy sofas. It was a shame that a lot of dirty crockery had been left in there since before our arrival. The dining room is a high roofed room which was cold - the staff brought a portable radiator across to us when we said. There was no one else in the dining room which lacked any sort of atmosphere and we got the impression that we were imposing on the staff. We left and went to the Red Cow in the village which had been recommended to us by some other guests. We would also recommend it, great atmosphere good food and good beer and very friendly staff all at a very good price. Breakfast the following morning was again adequate but nothing special. The whole hotel has a slightly unloved feel to it, with attention given to lots of little fancy details while the main issues have been ignored or overlooked. It is a shame as it has the potential to be very good. Overall we enjoyed our trip but we will not be returning to Bignall Park any time soon nor would we recommend any of our friends to do so either. £95 value for money? Probably not.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A beautiful hotel, wedding venue and award-winning restaurant situated in the village of Chesterton, Oxfordshire. Bignell Park Hotel offers unique charm and character, whilst providing modern facilities to ensure the most comfortable and enjoyable stay. Whether your visit is for business or pleasure, our services and facilities are tailored to meet your individual needs. We offer 22 uniquely styled, beautiful rooms, an award-winning restaurant Oaks, tailored meeting rooms and a charmingly romantic wedding venue. The hotel offers unbroken views across the beautiful Oxfordshire countryside, whilst being conveniently located only minutes from the M40 motorway. Only five minutes from designer shopping outlet Bicester Village, Bignell Park Hotel is the perfect place to stay and relax after a long day's shopping. Bignell Park Hotel provides guests with a unique, quintessentially English experience. Situated in the beautiful Oxfordshire countryside and enjoying magnificent views, the Bignell Park Hotel offers quality hotel accommodation and is the perfect location for exploring the very best of English heritage and beauty. We look forward to welcoming you to the Bignell Park Hotel. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Bignell Park Chesterton
- Bignell Park Hotel Chesterton, England, UK