We returned to this hotel having had a very enjoyable stay about eight years ago. On the plus side, the bedrooms have been refurbished. Unfortunately the product has otherwise deteriorated in several respects since our last visit.
Whilst the food was ok, it was not of two rosette standard. My husband's main course was a miniscule portion of lamb. Far smaller than anything we have ever seen in any other fine dining restaurant. We ordered a £42 bottle of wine from what is a very expensive wine list. The wine was open on our table when we were seated. We were not given the opportunity to taste it. When we poured it for ourselves it was undrinkable. The front of house manager (there being no sommelier) initially stated it needed for breathe for 15 to 20 minutes. When we pointed out that it had already been open for 20 minutes, she offered us a glass of house wine while we were waiting but insisted that it was not corked. After a stand off, she reluctantly agreed to replace the bottle. We than had to ask twice before the replacement was actually brought to the table. By that time, our starters had been eaten and the whole experience was totally unsatisfactory. The two glasses of dessert wine we ordered were clearly from a bottle that had been open too long. We were so fed up that we didn't bother complaining again. We ate out in Ludlow on our second night and had a fabulous meal at Koo Japenese Restaurant.
The bathroom to our bedroom (no. 22) is spacious with two sinks and has been refurbished. The plumbing is however dreadful. The water pressure is so weak that I had to bend backwards in the shower to get my head under the dribble of water. The water inexplicably stopped altogether whilst I was trying to rinse shampoo from my hair.
The pool area (new since our last visit) is very nice although the water temperature was too cold. A view shared with other residents who were using the facility at the same time.
All in all, whilst this is a hotel in a lovely setting, the impression is given that the management are cutting corners to avoid expenditure. It simply isn't acceptable given the prices being charged.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Overton Grange is a privately owned Country House Hotel located in Ludlow, Shropshire. Built in 1905, this beautiful wood-panelled Edwardian house is situated in a truly idyllic setting and provides the ideal place to escape the everyday. Settle in the Library, or Lounge, perhaps by the log fire, (wifi available in the lounge) looking out over stunning Shropshire countryside and gardens. Take the opportunity to enjoy our beautiful new Indoor Pool, Sauna and Health and Beauty facilities - treat yourself to a massage or treatments. Ideally located, we are a level walk from the market town of Ludlow famous for its Gastronomy, Shakespearean plays, bi-annual Food Festivals, Medieval Xmas Fayre, Arts and Antiques Fairs and fresh local produce market. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Overton Grange Ludlow
- Hotel Overton Grange
- Overton Grange Country Hotel Ludlow, Shropshire