My Husband and I stayed through a Travel Zoo deal for two nights. We stayed in the old part of the castle in Room 1. The room was big, clean and tidy. We slept well although the matress springs dug into you. Yes there was a slight bit of mould around the bathroom tiles and the room was dated, and the windows needed a good clean from the outside. My husband didn't seem to mind the fact that the room was tired and old looking, but he did agree with me that the matress needs changing promptly. Also for a kingsize bed the pillows were not nearly big enough. In addition there was no hand soap next to the sink. However soap was provided on the hand towels which we used to wash our hands with. The walls are paper thin and you can hear other guests moving around, particularly above you. However the building is old and this is something I'm not to bothered about.
I am really sad to say that the food in restuarant for both dinner and breakfast was terrible. All meals were overcooked and chewy. There was not enough fresh fruit and there was no gluten free bread for me as I am gluten intolerant. I must admit that I did not ask for this in advance, but it would not hurt the restuarant to keep some gluten free bread and rolls on hand, as there are plenty of people like me with intolerances. Also the night we dined in the restaurant it was only us in there and dinner took 2 hours! There was at least a 20 minute weight between courses. The bar man also served us our dessert which was stange. The waitress was around and I don't know why she didn't serve us our dessert.
We went down to the bar on both afternoons of our stay and the bar man was lovely but slow off the mark. He kept disappearing for long periods of times. On the second afternoon we went for a drink he was having his dinner in the bar with his wife in tow, when he saw us he ran out, collecting his dinner as he went. He didn't say a word to us. My husband and I assumed he would be back, but after a 30 minute wait he still hadn't appeared. My husband went to enquire at Reception and the bar man casually strolled back in 10 minutes after that to get our drinks and then leave again.
Some people have nicknames Studley Castle the new Faulty Towers and sadly we have to agree. For me I would De Vere's to get those blasted matresses sorted asap. I know they're expensive but come on, if you're staying away you want a decent matress. Also quicker off the mark with the service as that was an absolute shambles - kitchen, bar and restaurant.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Studley Castle is a magnificent 57 bedroom grade II listed hotel that dates back to the 18th century. The hotel boasts a 28 ...acre estate, set in the heart of the beautiful Warwickshire countryside (near Stratford Upon Avon & Birmingham). The Oak Restaurant seats 80 people comfortably and plays host to a delicious lunch every Sunday. booking is essential. The Arrow bar has a wide variety of beers, spirits, wines, cocktails & speciality coffees. Studley Castle is an ideal environment for meetings, there's 11 fantastic conference rooms and lots of outdoor space for team building activities. If you are thinking of a perfect wedding venue, then we can make your day extra special from start to finish. Numbers are 90 guests for the ceremony & wedding breakfast, and up to 200 for your evening reception. Studley Castle also offers exclusive use, so you really can make the Castle your own. The dedicated and friendly staff at Studley Castle are always on hand to make your stay memorable, and will always go that extra mile to make you feel at home. ... more less
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