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“Beautiful hotel, beautiful grounds”
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Swinfen Hall Hotel
Ranked #2 of 7 Hotels in Lichfield
Certificate of Excellence
London, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
104 reviews
84 hotel reviews
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“Beautiful hotel, beautiful grounds”
Reviewed 17 June 2012

A gorgeous Georgian manor house that's now a wonderful hotel, Swinfen Hall is an absolute treat. Friendly staff throughout make you feel special and the public rooms are just amazing, with many mementoes of the family that used to own the property on show in the bar and dining rooms. Our bedroom (the cheapest double but still pricey!) was spacious with great views over the main drive and a good-sized bathroom. The bed was very comfortable and we had free apples, water and biscuits. Tea and coffee facilities were available in the room including a cafetiere and proper milk in a flask rather than those awful plastic pots.

We didn't eat there in the evening but breakfast was impressive - some continental offerings and then a choice of various cooked dishes. Nice to go to a place without the buffet!

The grounds are lovely and include a deer park. We borrowed some boots and went out for a walk around them after breakfast.

Perhaps the only downside of our stay was the bathroom was a bit dated but it was clean - and that is a very minor downside!

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Stoke-on-Trent
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Reviewed 12 June 2012

This is a well-known and classy wedding venue hotel set in its own parkland but I decided to take my wife there for her birthday dinner. As the car nosed up to the electronic gate it swung silently open; a young lady was waiting on the hall steps to welcome us. Tish was in her sparkly smarts; I never wear a tie for dinner but on this evening I donned a blue linen jacket - smart casual is fine for Swinfen and you will not feel out of place.

We took (excellent) aperitifs in the lounge before choosing a Chassagny Montrachet from a better than average wine list. One of the reasons I had chosen Swinfen was that it does tasting menus for vegetarians as well as meat-eaters - as a veggie, Tish is often disappointed by veggie choices even in good restaurants. We were not disappointed by Swinfen. Attentive staff served dinner in a beautifully-panelled dining room. The tasting menus were varied and delicious and featured amuses bouches, starters, mains and desserts (I think nine courses, from memory).

My courses were lovely and the veggie tasting menu was a big hit with my birthday girl. Outside in the gathering dusk of a late May evening, a fountain played in the par-terre and in the meadow beyond more than 20 roe deer grazed and nuzzled against the post and rail fencing.

The staff were delightful and keen to tell us about the hall's gourmet evenings. Expensive? Of course it was expensive! But as a venue for a memorable birthday dinner it was just about perfect and she-who-must-be-obeyed was purring with delight at the end. I drove her home through the Staffordshire night, brownie points safely sitting in my top pocket.

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Derby, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 11 June 2012

We chose Swinfen for my daughters wedding because of the beautiful building, extensive grounds. and easy to access location. For the occasion we chose the exclusivity package which meant our family and friends were able to stay over in the lovely rooms (well worth it if you have guests travelling from a long way). Couldn't fault the location, service or quality of food.

Despite the appalling weather it was a great day for everyone and the staff did a wonderful job throughout.

I would recommend this as the ideal wedding venue and suggest anyone interested arrange a visit as you will not be disappointed.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 30 May 2012 via mobile

Food was excellent, the rooms were a high standard with particularly nice bathrooms.
The one downside was that my room was very warm and the hotel didn't seem particularly bothered and no fan was available.
I found out why it was so warm in the early hours when a heater was clicking - it had been switched on full despite it being >20 degrees C outside...
I would return but based on service I would need it to be excellent next time to be convinced.

  • Stayed May 2012
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Penkridge
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Reviewed 13 May 2012

We held our wedding reception at Swinfen Hall, all our guests commented on how helpful the staff were, the service was outstanding as was the grounds. The whole day ran smoothly, we have now held two family occasions at the hotel and we would recommend it to everyone.

The food was amazing, we before the wedding everything we asked for was carried out for us, the bedrooms were large and comfortable.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with family
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London
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11 reviews
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Reviewed 30 April 2012

One of our sons held his wedding reception at Swinfen Hall and we were ansolutely delighted with this hotel. The staff were friendly, helpful, and very professional. They went out of their way to make everything go smoothly, even managing to accommodate two extra places for guests we had thought were not coming. With only about an hour to spare the staff conjured up two extra seat covers, name places and reprinted the table plan, thus saving us from acute embarrassment!
The food was outstanding - to serve up perfectly cooked Pave Aberdeen Angus Steak to around sixty guests was no mean feat!
It was so special to have the whole hotel to ourselves for the occasion, and I would highly recommend this venue.

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Bridgend, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 April 2012

We were married at Swinfen Hall last year and cannot praise the staff enough!! We had the most fabulous day, absolutely everything was perfect, the food, the location , music and the rooms. Since then we have been back several times and each time we have had the most amazing time. The food is exceptional and the staff very attentive without making you feel uncomfortable. I can recommend this venue whole-heartedly for any occasion, whether it be a wedding or for one of their legendary theme nights or any other time for that matter ..Well done to all the staff !!

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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: Swinfen Hall Hotel
Address: Swinfen, Lichfield WS14 9RE, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Staffordshire > Lichfield
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 7 Hotels in Lichfield
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Swinfen Hall Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 18
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Swinfen Hall Hotel is a beautiful Georgian manor house set in 100 acres of parkland incorporating formal gardens, a private deer park, wild hay meadows and woodland. Although the hotel has been described as 'an architectural gem' and is blessed with a wealth of historic features, we also embrace the creature comforts of the here and now. Flatscreen TVs, DVD players, IPOD docking stations and free wi-fi are standard in all our bedrooms alongside bathrobes, mineral water, a good selection of guest amenities and a well-stocked hospitality tray. In addition to our AA 2-rosette Four Seasons restaurant which is open for lunch and dinner, we have a Bar and Terrace menu for light snacks and offer a delicious traditional Afternoon Tea. We also have a magnificent oak-paneled Edwardian ballroom with a raised stage and fully-sprung dance floor, which is a wonderful venue for wedding receptions, presentations and private parties. We are proud to be an AA Inspectors Choice Red Star hotel - come and visit us and see what this means. Our little oasis of peace and calm lies on the A38, two miles south of the historic city of Lichfield, ½ a mile from the M6 toll road and only 20 minutes from the heart of Birmingham. ... more   less 
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