There were 5 of us in our party and I managed to obtain a fantastic late deal through tripadvisor. The setting is lovely, with a sweeping drive as you approach the Georgian house. Inside it is rather "faded grandeur" which is a shame, as it could with a little effort be really lovely. Our three rooms were fine, with good facilities (although the showers were a bit pitiful). However, everywhere could benefit from a deep clean. Bedding, linen and towels were all good quality and spotless, so no complaints there.
The overall feeling is that the Hotel is chronically under-staffed. The first staff Member we saw appeared to be receptionist, manager, bar waitress and later waited on our table at dinner. The food was good - if pricey - £9 for three small pieces of cheese, crackers, grapes and celery was quite expensive, I felt, and my Husband had to ask for butter and then received a saucer with two tiny triangles on it!
Breakfast was fine, although the waitress did not explain that there was a self-service buffet table for cereal and fruit juice (described as freshly squeezed, but I don't think a fresh orange had been anywhere near it!). The full English was very good, nice bacon and sausages together with black pudding which pleased my Husband.
Overall the experience was a strange one - there are lots of little things which need addressing and it appears lots of cost-cutting is going on but we did quite enjoy our stay. However, I would not have been at all happy if I had been paying the full price!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Dovecliff Hall Country House Hotel is a "hidden gem" nestled in the delightful Staffordshire countryside. Dating back to 1790, this elegant Georgian House has been fully restored to provide a subtle blend of history with modern comfortable hospitality. Set within seven acres of beautiful gardens and adjacent to the River Dove, Dovecliff Hall is the perfect retreat if you are looking to experience peace and tranquility. Our guest rooms have been tastefully decorated and boast views of either the gardens or the River Dove. With emphasis on comfort, elegance and functionality, all rooms have en-suite bathrooms with bath and shower and are equipped with flat screen TVs, telephones, free WIFI access, trouser press and tea & coffee making facilities. Classic English cuisine with a modern French twist can be enjoyed in our beautiful Orangery Restaurant. Only the finest seasonal ingredients are used and wherever possible, our Head Chef uses his local suppliers. Just 10 miles from Lichfield and 13 miles from Derby, we are ideally situated if you are looking to visit Chatsworth House, Lichfield Cathedral, The Peak District, Calke Abbey, Shugborough Hall, Alton Towers or Donnington Park. We look forward to offering you a very warm welcome. ... more less
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