This place is ideal, it's small enough to be friendly and personal, but is big enough to be able to find a quiet corner (Not much chance at our wedding, but otherwise easily done).
Its a Pretty place, I mean picture postcard pretty, with Deer in the grounds, fairy lights in the trees, a dingly dell, with a little stream, water wheel, trees, shrubs, roses, flowers all well looked after and getting better each time we visited - someone is paying very close attention to the grounds, and spending a lot of time and money making improvements.
The decor is a little quirky, with the enormous ceiling murals in the stairwell. I thought the place was clean, well decorated throughout, didn't notice scuff marks, peeling paper or yellowing paint anywhere. The room our reception was in was very pretty, the larger of the two function suites, and suited our purposes very well.
Bedrooms - we stayed in Room 4 a Bridal room - my (new) wife found the bed a little hard, it is perfect for me, it was also a little warm, but we had windows open, but still too warm - not exactly the hotels fault - you can't blame them for weather and a fan was included in the room, AC is an unusual feature in most Victorian (?) country houses.
the staff were attentive, well presented, polite and professional - you didn't really notice them being there, but they seemed to cater very well for all of our guests and we wanted for nothing all day, Simon, one of the staff, deserves a mention he was excellent and should be commended for his superb customer care. I don't often tip particularly big but left a decent tip (for me anyway) which is an indication of how I felt about the service we received.
the food was, exactly what we had asked for, it was all tasty and well presented and was served quickly and efficiently from what I could see - obviously we were on the top table and got served first, but I looked around and no one waited very long as far as I could tell.
Was a buffet style affair, with additional things you could ask for from a menu that were included in the breakfast cost - superb! excellent! I think there was something for everyone and nobody left wishing that they'd been able to have something else or that there wasn't enough of something.
It's a hotel, expect to pay hotel prices, and not cheap hotel prices, but they had catered particularly for me and my friends getting bottles of my favourite real and craft ales in - so I certainly can't complain about that, plus behind the bar the spirits were mostly top end labels - no cheap chatty spirits there, they had Tanqueray Gin - mmmmmmmm gin.....
Overall the atmosphere was fantastic, the staff were great, the venue was photogenic and complimented well with our whole wedding theme. Everything went off without a hitch except ourselves being hitched and we had a fantastic time.
Almost no phone signal at all in the hotel but there is free wifi so if you have EE you can make WiFi calls, outside is better reception. No reception was blessing and helped us make the choice - along with Deer - which you can feed and pet.
Thanks to all at Whitworth! less