Whilst we did enjoy our stay at this hotel, my first impression was that we had been slightly duped by the description. The hotel is indeed set within beautiful parkland but it is 'woodland trust' land and I expected to be in a more remote location from the description of set in 20 acres of parkland. The area is residential to all but one border, with schools within sight of the grounds.
Drivers beware your car will get covered in bird droppings; the car park is lined with trees!
Due to the age of the building it is not surprising that the metal windows no longer fit into the stonework! That said, my first night was disturbed by traffic noise, as I am a light sleeper. The plumbing is also in need of some attention; the cold tap took several turns before any water appeared and then it was warm! The hot tap was scolding hot. Adjusting the shower hose resulted in the shower leaking from the top.
I booked a superior room for my husband's birthday celebration and requested a nice view and was given a room overlooking a cemetery! The canopy of the four poster bed was covered in dust. Some of the drapes in the main hotel also had layers of dust on them. Having said all of that, we did enjoy our stay, the food and especially the breakfast was excellent. We had one evening meal in the restaurant and that was very good. I want to mention Paul who served us coffee in the lounge. He was very friendly, courteous and genuinely interested in making our stay enjoyable. Also, the young lady who welcomed us into breakfast each morning was lovely (sorry I didn't catch your name!). The imagine spa is excellent and is the main reason I booked this hotel, though we didn't have any treatments, you have access to the leisure facilities, which consist of a beautiful pool, sauna, steam room and relax room. There is a little pub adjoining the hotel, it is mainly set up for dining so do not expect any comfy chairs to sit and lounge by the fire!
All said, this is a grand old hotel and worth a visit. We booked a second night separately and obviously got a better rate than the one I had booked previously, so the combined cost for 2 nights was good but I would say that £190 for DBB is overpriced.
Peterborough, a few miles away, is a beautiful cathedral city. less