Romantic, Tudor charm.
+The review is based on a Groupon deal - had we paid full price for the accommodation this review might have read a little differently - the deal was 2 nights B&B plus afternoon tea and entry to Warwick Castle+
Location wise its very central for Stratford upon Avon and Warwick, And is also handy for a number of National Trust properties in the area.
I will state that the outward appearance of the hotel is stunning. Its Grade 1 listed and has bundles of character. We spent two nights here as a short break.
Set in delightful country settings this hotel offers bundles of historic character. Wood paneled rooms, an air of history and genuine rather than mock, Tudor charm.
The bedroom we stayed in was an upgrade at a reasonable cost and sported a 4 poster bed. Whilst a little dark by more modern standards this must be viewed as a character in keeping with the property and is not a criticism. The bathroom is modern and well appointed. Minor failings: A few to many cobwebs - I don't hold anyone responsible for spiders, but a little more attention to detail when cleaning would not go a miss. The shower was a little feeble in output, and the tap for the bath in our room was a waterfall type, which looks lovely but is not a speed demon for filling a bath, perhaps at next refit this could be updated. It didn't spoil our stay but I think on a longer stay it might have become annoying.
The hotel facilities are in keeping with its period character, a spacious if slightly tired looking dining room and a quaint bar. As with all hotels the bar prices are a little on the expensive side, but certainly not the worst I have ever come across.
We partook of the steak night offer on the first night, excellent wine and perfectly cooked steak. We enjoyed deserts as well. Not unreasonably priced and of good quality overall. Excellent coffee. Overall it was good value for money.
Breakfast is served from 7 until 10, so no excuse to miss it. The continental selection was very good, and a DIY toaster that actually toasted. (Its mentioned as they are so rare its actually a selling point). The cooked option was included, and we had it on both days of our stay. Overall the quality of the cooked breakfast is not on par with the continental. The eggs were nicely cooked (Fried and poached). However the bacon and sausages are not the finest quality, and the beans I had on the first day were cold. Experience over the years has taught me not to expect to much from hotel cooked options but as this is usually the meal all guests will have I honestly feel good quality and hot food is a selling point. And worth and extra £ or two. It would not stop us staying again, but I would only go with the continental option if things were unchanged in the cooked option area.
The staff are friendly and helpful.
The only criticism I will level is that we both felt a little more attention to detail would improve the overall ambience. The cobwebs in the room were a symptom. Just a little more care, a little more cleaning, perhaps a few very sympathetic upgrades here and there if permitted by its listed status, certainly the conservatory (courtyard) roof needs some minor repairs/tidying up and this hotel would be very good in deed.
Overall we enjoyed our stay here but I have taken in to account the excellent deal we had. if we were visiting the area again and the same deal was available we would certainly consider it. less