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Ettington Park Hotel
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Reviewed 18 February 2013

We used to stay Hand Picked Hotels regularly but not for some time and never before at Ettingham Park. Last year we stayed a New Hall in Sutton Coldfield where the food was dreadful and we left with the impression that the hotel was being run on a shoestring. So much so we felt Hand Picked had had its day so we gave the group a wide berth.

It was only when I received an email from them stating that my "Loyalty" points were due to expire that I booked a two night break at Ettingham Park.

We arrived after a dreadful journey through blizzards and very heavy traffic feeling utterly stressed. Despite the rain lashing down, Pete, Ettingham Park's wonderful elderly concierge, came out to greet us and take our suitcase from the car and took us through to Reception where a lovely Canadian lady checked us in. She was so welcoming and told us about the house. It really did feel like we had arrived at a stately home rather than a hotel.

We had paid for a room upgrade but as Gold card members of the Hand Picked Loyalty Club, the hotel upgraded us again to the Victoria Garden Suite which really is quite stunning. The room is a large open plan bedroom and sitting room with the most spectacular views over the grounds of the hotel. It was beautifully equipped with everything you would expect from a luxury hotel. Each day a small bottle of fresh milk was left in the fridge and biscuits were replenished. Often hotels just top up the tea bags and UHT milk but this was not the case at Ettingham Park, whatever you used, it was replaced.

The food at Ettingham Park is really superb, the A La Carte menu is really enticing. The quality of the ingredients and presentation of all the dinners we ate there were exceptionally good. The service in the restaurant and bar was exemplary, even on Valentines night when the hotel was full and three dining rooms were occupied, the service didn’t falter.

After our first night we asked the hotel if we could extend our stay and fortunately our room was available so we booked the Dinner, Bed and Breakfast package, which also included a cream tea in the drawing room. This was excellent value for money and the set menu for dinner was of a no lesser quality than the A’ La Carte.

Breakfast is a cold buffet and hot food cooked to order. I think the buffet could be improved. It’s good but not up to the standard of the dinners. Certainly the croissants and pastries were more 3663 standard than freshly baked which given the quality of the rest of the food served in the hotel was a little odd.

The pool is not huge but clean, warm and large enough to have a decent swim. It is a pity the hotel does not do spa treatments, even if they were limited such as massages.

The grounds are lovely, as are the walks around the neighbouring villages which we were fortunate enough to do in glorious sunshine in the middle of February.

Do ask one of the Pete’s (there are two, both are charming) for a history tour of the hotel and the chapel, it is fascinating. There is also a ghost tour which we didn’t do (hopefully next time we stay) but we did get a printout of the history of the hotel and its ghosts which I recommend reading.

Our stay at Ettingham Park was a revelation. The hotel was certainly one of the best we have stayed in for some time. Certainly the staff, service and dinners were comparable with Sandy Lane in Barbados where we stayed recently.

We left Ettingham Park planning when we would return for another stay. I can honestly say it really is a real gem and from our experience the jewel in Hand Picked’s Crown.

Room Tip: The feature rooms in the main house have spectacular views.
  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled as a couple
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GM-Ettingtonpark, General Manager at Ettington Park Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 22 February 2013

Thank you for completing your review and the comments you have made, we are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us and even extended your stay. We very much look forward to welcoming you back for a future stay with us. Kind regards

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Reviewed 18 February 2013

traveling around the cotswolds on my birthday checking out the antique shops,we called into Ettington Park and had tea in the drawing room,we were welcomed by the receptionist very warmly which made us feel very at home and comfortable,we had two grandchildren with us and at our request made the children hot chocolate as it was a cold day,even brought homemade cookies.After we had a walk in the grounds which are beautiful and the sun was shining so the photos we took were great.I think it was a very pleasant way to pass an hour.

Room Tip: we didn't stay the night but we looked at some bedrooms and seemed very nice.
  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 18 February 2013

I got a good deal at this hotel and was looking forward to it. Judging from the photos on tripadvisor, it looked superb. When we arrived we were not disappointed at all, I really like this Hotel. It can do with some tidying up but it really is just small cosmetic points that you will find in most 4* hotels if you can be bothered to look. Don't let little things worry you, go and enjoy the hotel, gardens, restaurant, bar and the very welcoming staff (am I getting paid for this?)
Pool and hot tub were great and empty.
The heating seemed to be on permanently which was a little annoying but all in all it made for a very relaxing get away. Go for it and try the pub down the road who don't know the meaning of the word portion control and where I couldn't move after my 'light' lunch. Try the onion rings!

  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled as a couple
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GM-Ettingtonpark, General Manager at Ettington Park Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 22 February 2013

Thank you for completing your review and we are pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us, we do hope to have the opportunity to welcome you back where you can experience our restuarant and the pool. Kind regards

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Reviewed 17 February 2013

Enjoyed a very pleasant 2-night stay. The room was spacious and beautiful, service was great, and the spa is lovely. It was the perfect setting for a romantic weekend away. Didn't eat in the restaurant in the evening (instead opting to get a taxi into Stratford), but the champagne breakfast was amazing.

  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled as a couple
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GM-Ettingtonpark, General Manager at Ettington Park Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 22 February 2013

Thank you for completing your review and the comments you have made, we do hope you will return and enjoy dinner in our restaurant. Kind regards

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Reviewed 16 February 2013

My wife and I recently stayed for dinner, bed and breakfast. We had a lovely time. The staff were friendly and efficient and the food was excellent. The room was spacious and comfortable. We certainly plan to return.

Stayed: February 2013, travelled as a couple
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GM-Ettingtonpark, General Manager at Ettington Park Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 22 February 2013

Thank you for completing your review and the comments you have made, we are pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us and very much look forward to welcoming you back for a future stay. Kind regards

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