Idyllic setting, lovely room, friendly staff, quirky plumbing
14/08/2017 Kate G, London, England, United Kingdom
On the second weekend of August every year, people from all over the UK and the world descend on the villages around Cropredy for Fairport Convention's annual festival. Whilst many camp, there are qu... more
On the second weekend of August every year, people from all over the UK and the world descend on the villages around Cropredy for Fairport Convention's annual festival. Whilst many camp, there are quite a few of us who opt for cosy beds, hot showers and indoor plumbing. We were among the comfort seekers, thus we found ourselves At Wroxton House Hotel. And I'm very glad we did.
The core building is old - from the 1600s if I'm not mistaken. There have been wings added in the last few years but the style has been maintained and the additions blend in very well. We stayed in one of the wings in a standard double room and were very comfortable.
The reception staff were charming. They were friendly and helpful (and make a mean G&T - there's a good gin selection as well). The room was (by British standards) large and the bed comfortable. Unusually, the bathroom is on an outside wall so actually has a window - I like this because it means when you need the loo in the middle of the night you don't have to turn lights on.
The reception area is light and airy - a real pleasure to spend time in. The bar is at the back and is reasonably well stocked (though I don't recall whether there was any ale - I fancied a G&T so that's what I had).
There were just two minor quibbles that, for me, made this four stars rather than five. The plumbing was...quirky. Again, unusually for a hotel, the bathroom had a bath with a shower in it - the shower was not especially powerful and had a habit of heating up or cooling down, probably in response to other people using water. There were also times you could hear the creak of the water pipes. I'd expect this in the old part of the hotel, it was a little surprising in the new.
Breakfast was tasty but it was a buffet. For the price, I'd have preferred to have a freshly cooked breakfast. The sausages were excellent while the bacon was a bit tough. The scrambled eggs were fine for me though my partner found them a bit watery.
Still, these are minor quibbles. If I am lucky enough to go to Cropredy again next year, this will be my first choice hotel. less