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“Great hotel, even better fitness facilities”
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Prested Hall Hotel
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Feering
Certificate of Excellence
London, UK
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
“Great hotel, even better fitness facilities”
Reviewed 22 September 2007

We went here for my birthday (had booked a trip to Bologna at the weekend, but had to cancel, so I chose Essex instead!!!).
I thought that the hotel was great. We stayed in room 9 which was a triple room (we'd booked a luxury double, but guess those were taken as we checked in at nearly 11pm). Bed was huge and actually really comfy- and I'm someone who does get a bad back easily. Nice crisp white bed linen and soft towels.
Lovely walnut wood furnishings. Nice selection of teas and biscuits and normal size kettle! Flat screen TV with a built in DVD player was a bonus (they lend out DVDs from a selection downstairs, but I would consider bringing/buying your own as theirs were a bit old and boring). Bathroom was large with a separate wc. Only downside was that the bathroom and wc both had two external walls adn so were freezing. We kept the door shut to keep the bedroom warm. When I tried to run a hot bath, admittedly at close to midnight, the water was only lukewarm which wasn't enough.
Breakfast was quite good but served by quite a harried chap (he'd also been the night porter, not sure if he was the owner, but he was doing everything!!!). Library downstairs had some very comfy looking sofas but books were again, not all that.
The best part of our stay, tho' was the fitness centre. It is currently being upgraded (tho' this will take only 2 days as all is built, it is just a matter of shifting the gym equipment across apparently). The staff were super friendly, all the gym-goers were really cheery and there was a fantastic atmosphere. Good gym equipment, fab huge 20m pool, massive sauna and steam room. And, oddly, 2 courts of Tudor/ Real Tennis. This is really old fashioned and very unusual. There are only about 40 courts in the world and 2 are here. Free lessons from world champions are available!
A really excellent stay, I would go back!

  • Liked — Fitness centr
  • Disliked — Breakfast only served 7am-9am in the week
  • Stayed September 2007, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 July 2007

I stayed here on a business trip and had a very pleasant over night stay.

Easy to get to and great breakfast. Pleasant surroundings and a very attentive friendly staff.

The restaurant is next door so room service is not on the menu (sorry for the pun).

Some mildew in the shower and a kettle and a bathromm fan that wouldn't turn off were the only blemishs on an otherwise perfect stop off.

  • Liked — Breakfast
  • Disliked — Minor niggles
  • Stayed July 2007, travelled on business
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 March 2007

Hotel is easy to get to and in its own grounds. The entrance into the hotel is very nice and when we stayed they often had a log fire going in the reception. The staff are very friendly and helpful also. They were doing some building work on the large conservatory, but the staff asked them to stop working whilst we were having breakfast which was thoughtful.

The things that let the hotel down were:
1. you have to leave the curtains closed in the day because the windows aren't double glazed and the room got very cold
2. the toilet didn't have heating, so you avoided going to the loo at night as it was freezing in there!
3. same applies to the bathroom.
4. the bed was way too soft, so we both had bad backs after a 3 night stay (and we're not old fogies!)
5. they have wireless internet, but it wasn;t working whilst we were there
6. only terestial channels on TV, no SKY
7. the carpet in the hotel room lookedrather yuk!

potentially it could be nice, but needs money spent on the rooms!

  • Liked — nice food
  • Disliked — lack of heating
  • Stayed March 2007, travelled on business
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peresteda, owner at Prested Hall Hotel, responded to this review, 28 January 2008
this was the only time anyone suggested this was cold, and maybe they left the window open for some reason, but we have in any event installed low-grade electric heaters in the two WC's which are separate to the bathrooms (which are all heated anyway, of course).
We have also re-tarmaced the 1/2 mile drive! and completely restored 3 bathrooms with 2 more due to be done any week now.
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Reviewed 27 April 2006

We went here for a wedding. It is like you are a million miles away from London although it only took us 40 minutes on the train.

The hotel is an old manor house and has lots of lovely decorations and just looks beautiful. Our room was large and had a great view of the grounds. The bathroom was fantastic.

We stayed the night before the wedding as well and the food then was just as good as it was for the wedding breakfast itself.

We are now hoping to book a break here one weekend so that we can take advantage of the swimming pool and tennis this time.

I would recommend it to everyone!

  • Stayed April 2006
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Property: Prested Hall Hotel
Address: Prested Chase, Feering, Colchester C05 9EE, England
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Region: United Kingdom > England > Essex > Colchester > Feering
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Feering
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Prested Hall Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
With contemporary style and comfort within an historic listed country house, this privately owned hotel sits discreetly amid 75 acres of Essex parkland, within 30 minutes of Stansted Airport. Partly surrounded by a moat, Prested Hall offers 15th and 18th century interiors, stunning Art Nouveau decor and elegant 1930s extensions. With 15 attractive en suite rooms and an adjacent health club,with additional serviced (Peresteda) apartments, the owners of Prested Hall have attempted to create a place of quality, where comfort, style and relaxation exist without cold formality. Hotel guests will find helpful staff, and attention to detail, with fresh flowers throughout the house, along with books to browse through, DVDs to borrow, real coffee in the rooms and, always, the pleasure of being away from city stress amid beautiful surroundings. Situated just off the A12, a 5 minute drive from Kelvedon station. ... more   less 
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