Stayed with a friend Saturday 22nd March for the S Factor break. I will be honest after reading the reviews on here i was a little worried, because were very harsh. However, I am very please we made the booking.
We arrived about 12ish and was welcomed at the door by a lovely chap who led us to reception to check us in. Fortunately our room (215) was ready so he then showed us to the separate building, after he has given us a full description of where everything was, confirming our reservation for dinner in the Lodge that evening.
Due to the time we decided to dump our bags and go and grab lunch. Included was a light lunch and a glass of wine. There was a selection of salads, and there were Jackets spuds (bit under cooked but once slapped the cheese and butter on were very tasty) and bread and some lovely desserts. After lunch we went to the spa and we were given the tour, which was informative and extremely helpful. We went back to the room to find our free sparkling wine had been delivered, so we got changed in to our robes etc and took the wine with us. We spent a couple of hrs around the pool before our 1st treatment. We had back massages at 3.30 then an express facial at 5pm. I have to be honest, the facial was amazing, however the massage i felt was rushed and i was only in the room for maybe 20 mins. That is including being left at the start to get ready and then time to relax afterwards. We maybe didnt use all the facilities but were very impressed. One problem i feel should be looked into is the use of the hot tub. There of course are large parties of girls, and on this particular day they seemed to hog the hot tub. I appreciated they were there for a reason, but so were we, and we didnt get the benefit of using this at all. Maybe the hotel should either put another one in, or maybe put a limit on the time? Just a thought as we felt we missed out.
We headed back to the room and went to the Brasserie bar for a pre dinner cocktail. Unfortunately the young lad had to search for a menu, and even then dont think we got the right ingredients. However was very nice! Went to the Lodge and had a beautiful 3 course meal, with good wine (must admit i didnt check the dates out, but i went with the waiters recommendation and had the Sauvignon Blanc). Portions are small, but what you would expect in that kind of recommendation. I am pleased it was included in the DBB rate, as i do think £30 pp is rather steep!
We went back to the Brasserie after dinner and had another bottle of wine. Had an early night, and got to breakfast in the conservatory at 8.15ish. Early is good as it gets busy!! Warning... we thought it would be a nice idea to sit at the window, dont! Its too blooming hot and the sun comes right at you!! The breakfast was lovely, bacon a little underdone for my liking but time it right and when they bring fresh there was some slightly cripsy! The selection is more than enough and nothing is too much trouble.
All in all, even though a couple of negatives I would strongly advise ignoring the really bad reviews and give it a go for yourself. If you are unhappy with something, speak to the management there and then and give them a chance to rectify the situation. Coming away and slating them on here really isnt fair.
One more thing, take some comfy clothes and shoes and have a walk around the grounds, lovely!!
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- Also Known As:
- Ardencote Manor Hotel And Country Club
- Ardencote Warwickshire/Claverdon