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The Villa, Wrea Green
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Reviewed 12 March 2014

Stayed at The Villa for one week in March for business in a party of 4 which was reserved and payed for by our employer so we didn't have a choice of what hotel we were to stay in. We were pleasantly suprised by what hotel they had chosen for us by looking at the website and reviews prior to arriving.

We arrived late on a Sunday evening close to the end of kitchen service but the staff kindly took our food orders before checking us in.

From here on I will break it down into 2 sections; food and the rooms.

Food;
The food tastes great but the portion sizes, waiting times and food variety let it down. If we were just having the one meal it would be fine but as we were staying the week the portions were simply not enough so side dishes and starters/desserts are a must, this starts to make it expensive.
As we only ate at lunch time everyday the bar menu was the most suitable for us but you soon discover dishes missing from the menu which you would assume will be standard to any bar menu such as lasagne or any pasta dishes. This makes meal varaiety dufficult and find yourself eating similar meals everyday. The soup of the day is the same everyday, so you could call it soup of the week.
We would order our food at 12:00, as the kitchen opens, but wouldn't recieve our food for 40 minutes even though there is nobody else eating, followed by waiting for dessert it ended up taking and hour and half to have lunch.
At times we felt the resteraunt customers having the larger 2/3 course meals took priority over us even though at times we sat down and ordered before them.
Breakfast provided is fine with the choice of continental, cereal or full english.

Rooms;
The rooms are nicely decorated and and the beds are very comfortable, at times however the rooms can get quite cold because the heating system only works when the room key is in the slot.
One of the rooms struggled to recieve any wi-fi signal from the hotels service but when you are connected you are provided with a fast connection, although a lot of websites are blocked.
The bathrooms are ample although you cannot be taller than 5 foot otherwise taking a shower proves difficult, even if you can withstand the water temperature fluctuating.
The "do not disturb" signs provided are ignored by house keeping who knock on your door regardless if it is displayed or not.

If we were only staying for one night or just having a meal then this review would read very differently and I'm sure we would have enjoyed it. But the negatives I have pointed out however small they are, and most of them are little, made our weeks stay less enjoyable.

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled on business
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3  Thank Gary J
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Reviewed 3 March 2014

I have previously visited the restaurant many times, but never before on a Sunday, and have never stayed overnight so can't speak for accomodation. I arrived with two close friends approx 5mins before table booking for 7pm, travel delays.Shown immediatly to table and ordered drinks. Discovered a set three course menu, with 4 choices for each course, not the usual style seen here in the past. Not many clients and staff attentive at all times. Food didn't match up to previous high standards, probably the Ateam off. Saw very few other clients arriving during the evening, having left circa 1015pm. Will use the restaurant again, having now made a mental note to avoid Sunday evenings. Lunchtime may well be best on Sundays.

Room Tip: Never stayed overnight therefore unable to make comment
  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled with friends
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2  Thank john e
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Reviewed 2 March 2014

We dined at The Villa on Valentine's Day and had an overnight stay with breakfast. We got married here a few years ago and returned for a romantic evening. We were not disappointed.

The restaurant food is excellent. We had the "Valentine's Special" and each course was truly wonderful. Service was surprisingly quick for a busy night and the staff are attentive, pleasant and helpful. Choice of wine is reasonable and prices are very fair. The setting of the restaurant in this lovely character filled hotel is intimate and inviting. At the bar there is a splendid choice of real ales and cosy corners to settle in.

The hotel rooms are good; we had a standard room which was fairly spacious and had all the usual trimmings you would expect. Clean and functional but still miles better than your average corporate chain. We have previously stayed in a suite which was superb but the standard room is more than adequate.

The Villa is a major wedding venue and since our wedding they have added extensive banqueting facilities which are superb. Having said that the banqueting suites are set at the back of the hotel and do not impinge of the main hotel and restaurant, which is good news as the ambiance of this old and beautifully restored gentleman's residence is something to savour.

The hotel is set in extensive grounds with a long winding driveway up to this impressive building. It sits on the edge of Wrea Green village and is about 5 miles from Blackpool. All in all this is a very good hotel with an exceptional restaurant. We would highly recommend it.

Room Tip: The standard rooms are perfectly good but splash out on a suite if you feel flush.
  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank TC1234
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Reviewed 1 March 2014

My wife and I decided to treat ourselves and booked in for the Wine Tasting Dinner at the Villa - a 5 course dinner with wine to match the courses. The Villa also had a deal for bed and breakfast which we took up.
The room was comfortable, but you have to place your room key in a holder to get the air con working. So when you leave the room it cools down - seems a bit ridiculous!
We went down for the meal, and not knowing what to expect we sat in the very nice reception area. The evening seemed to be very popular. We were greeted with a glass of bubbly and canapes, with our glasses being refilled when they got low.
We were then shown to our tables which was festooned with wine glasses. The food arrived and a matching wine was poured. A semelliar was on hand explaining the different wines and why they were chosen for the particular course. The wine ranged from £17 to £30 per bottle, and yet again our glasses were filled once they got low. Not every wine was to our liking but that is to be expected.
The dessert course, which was cheese, was the only let down. It would have been nice to have a nice pudding with a pudding wine to carry on the theme.
Being a little piddled after all the wine a comfortable nights sleep was had. The following morning we went to the restaurant and had a full english breakfast.
Considering the cost for our treat we would highly recommend it, so much so we've book for the next event in April - next time it`s Californian wines.

Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
Thank TasteBudD186
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Reviewed 25 February 2014

Stayed overnight on a KGB deal - dinner bed + breakfast
Room was fine , met all our needs, usual tea, coffee making facilities
L'occitane toiletries in the bathroom = fab
Dining room experience was fantastic, staff very friendly, food exceptional, open coal fires in bar area, very welcoming
Lovely area, quaint village, ideally located for visiting Lytham + St Anne's on Sea
Will definitely return

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Karen201365
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