Just had one night here with my husband. I knew it was a christian retreat before I came and that there was no television in the room. I booked this stay because I was interested in the history of the place. It has a beautiful historic church and a lovely panelled library. It also has an historic fireplace in the piano room, but unfortunately thats where is stops. Some lovely windows which gives glimpses of its history but not much more. We were however not at all satisfied with the food. This place is really isolated and on the drive in we never saw a pub in order to purchase food. When we arrived about 5.00 pm we asked to book a meal and was told the chef might have gone. Lucky for us he had not and he said he would prepare us a light supper. This was a small cheese salad for me (vegetarian), lettuce, tomato, cucumber, cheese and coleslaw, plus loads of olives which I hate. My husband had the same but with meat instead of the olives. It was small and had no potatoes and no bread. We were not full. The waitress then said she would bring dessert, again no choice and we had a slice of what looked like a chocolate cheesecake, I would never had ordered this myself but ate it because I was hungry. The next day when booking out we were charged £19 for this, definately not worth the money. Also the breakfast was the worst I ever had. We were told breakfast was 8.30-9.00 but when we sat down the chef had not arrived and the waitress offered to cook us scrambled egg on toast. The chef did arrive then and we were asked if we wanted bacon and mushrooms as well. When the meal arrived I had scrambled egg and mushrooms it did not even look like scrambled egg. it was not yellow, it was slimey and tasted horrid I could not eat it. So after paying £90 to spend the night here my breakfast consisted of 2 pieces of toast which I made and a few mushrooms - not impressed. Another couple of negatives, only one bath towel in the room and no toiletries except for soap. There is nothing to do here and we stayed in the garden until about 8.45 pm, and then went to bed at about 9.00pm. We stay in hotels regularly and expect better treatment when we are paying £90. On a more positive note it was peaceful, the staff were friendly, the gardens were lovely and had beautiful rabbits running everywhere, they are what kept us amused. I do not mean to be negative this is a christian retreat where people come I assume to pray and have peace and if this is what you want you will not be disappointed but it was not for us especially at £90 a night.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A Tudor manor house once owned by Thomas Cromwell, set in lovely rural countryside with elegant ensuite accommodation, close to the market towns of Oakham and Uppingham. Easily accessible via the A1 and A47 between Leicester and Peterborough. There is also a converted Georgian stable block, glorious gardens and magnificent medieval Chapel, still used for daily services. Single, twin, double and family rooms available. Attractions nearby include Rutland Water, Richard III museum in Leicester and lovely market towns featuring individual shops and restaurants. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Launde Abbey Leicester, Leicestershire