We stayed at the Yew Lodge a couple of weekends ago for two nights, and we had an amazing time!
On arriving we were greeted by the friendliest reception staff I have ever encountered. She had us checked in in no time and gave us the directions to our room. The receptionist's name was Cassandra (Cassie) - she even gave our daughter a choccie bar, bless her!
Our room (103) was spacious, and had so many extra special touches - just the small things that you really appreciate - like a washcloth, a good quality hairdryer, drinking glasses, a fab iron and ironing board, and a quality selection of teas, fruit teas, decaf and normal coffee. It was like a home from home :-)
We were on a deal where dinner and breakfast were included, so on our first evening, we headed down to dinner which was in a different room, due to the new improvements and introduction of a Marco Pierre White restaurant in the hotel.
Even just thinking about the food now is making my mouth water. It was divine! The blade of beef with mustard mash was wonderful, and my husband said the rib eye steak was the best he'd ever eaten. The wine was also reasonably priced, with a Chilean Merlot at £16.95. The waiters and waitresses in the restaurant really were outstanding, and incredibly friendly and accommodating to our little one - making her laugh all of the time. Especially Jo - she loved him!
Back in the room, we chilled out on the sofas watching TV, and then went to bed. This is the only wobble I have with the stay. The bed was creaky! With a few new slats and a better mattress, it would be perfect - but it left me having a restless sleep, so that's why I mention it.
On the Saturday morning, I headed out with our little dog for a walk, and found there are loads of 'snickets' around, which if you follow them down the hill take you to a big park. Our dog had a great run around, and we took our daughter there later to the swings and slides in the enclosed play area.
In the afternoon, we donned our robes and slippers (another little extra - packed in the wardrobe in our room), and headed down to the spa.
The only downside to the spa (and I'm really having to struggle to find any!) was that the pool was a bit cold, and didn't have a shallow end or paddling area for young children. My suggestion would be to change the current jacuzzi to a paddling area, and have a large jacuzzi installed in the current chill-out area up the stairs (before the ice) - it would be perfect there!
All in all, I wouldn't hesitate to stay at the Yew Lodge again. We had a fantastic time, and we were so well looked after! Thank you to all of the staff for making our stay so enjoyable. less