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Billesley Manor Hotel
Reviewed 12 December 2007

it was lovely even in the pouring down rain. Our room wasnt in the main building it was about a 2 minute walk but it was ok. The room itself was lovely, comfy bed, tv, wardrobe etc. it was a really cosy room. The bathroom was lovely it had a lovely glass sink and plenty of mirrors, only downfall was i had problems gettin the shower to be the right temperature other than that it was lovely. We actually went there for a christmas party..... the dining room was very nice the tables were all well presented. The food was very nice but hte portions were quite stingy, for example the vegetables there was a bowl to go round 8 of us, other than that the food was lovely. There was music afterwards but that only went on till midnight which was a bit of a let down. We were then told to sit in the main bar but there werent even any quiet music in the back ground but generally the place itself is lovely. Would recommend for others and would return for a special occasion.

  • Stayed: December 2007
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Reviewed 3 December 2007

We have just returned from a wonderful "Superbreak" Spa weekend at Billesley Manor in Alcester.
The break was for myself, mother and two sisters to celebrate our Mothers 60th Birthday. The Hotel is in a wonderful setting and the Spa staff could not help any more if they tried.
The hotel rooms were great. the two twin rooms that we had were more than we expected even though we had to go up the small narrow stairs to them ( it added to the adventure!! ).
We ate in the restaurant on Saturday evening and the food was fabulous. I really enjoyed the Chocolate Cappuchino pudding MMMMmm.
My Mother enjoyed the stay so much that we are planning on doing it again next year.

Well done Billesley Manor.

  • Stayed: December 2007, travelled with family
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Reviewed 27 October 2007

A beautiful looking hotel set in the most wonderful grounds. We arrived and were shown to our room - not attached to the main manor but a converted out house that looked great from the outside - inside however it looked like a very tired travel lodge with the most shocking carpet I have ever seen - worth going just to claim you've seen it. The premier room was a good size but extremely bland- lacking in any character.

We headed to the spa - swimming pool fine and a small steam and sauna too. Nothing special.

We had booked a meal in the restaurant and went for a drink before hand at the bar- beware!!!! A gin and tonic and a beer costing £12. Not for the thirsty traveller. Most spirits only sold in double measures for £5.75.

The meal... we were shocked - expecting a 2 rosette quality meal. I started with a very bland haddock risotto - the haddock had obviously swum off to another plate and was compensated with copious quantities of cream - not pleasant. The second course a slow cooked beef - this really was an eye opener - slow cooked it might have been - but did they start cooking it a year ago? Hard, rubbery and tasteless - I could not eat it. We did not stay for dessert.

Overall it was a really dissapointing experience for us and we would not reccommend a stay there- it is not good value for money and although the staff we encountered were pleasant, it lacked any care or personality. They forgot to take into account I requested a wheat free breakfast when I booked too. There are lots of great value, memorable places to stay in Warwickshire - keep looking because this one failed to make an impression on us.

  • Stayed: October 2007, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 October 2007

My friend and I had promised ourselves a relaxing spa weekend for many months and we decided upon a Capital spa break at a Paramount Signature hotel. We booked through their website. We decided on Billesley Manor as from what we had researched, the hotel looked beautiful.
As much as possible, we tried not to read too many reviews on Trip Advisor as we wanted to judge the experience for ourselves.

Our package included 2 nights with dinner, bed and breakfast, full use of the facilities and 2 complimentary treatments in the spa for a special rate of £350. We were also given champagne and chocolates on arrival in our room.

We arrived at 2pm on Saturday having driven through the lovely Warwickshire countryside. On first impressions, the hotel did not disappoint us and things seemed to get better and better.
The gardens were immaculate and the Elizabethan house was beautiful.

Our room was large with possibly the biggest bed I have ever seen and our room was conveniently placed in the main building close to the swimming pool and spa. I would recommend a room in the main building.

The leisure facilities themselves were good. We made use of the gym, swimming pool, sauna and steam room several times and found them to be spotless, well maintained as well as not too busy (there were also specially designated times for children) and with friendly staff.

The restaurant was also a good experience. Service was wonderful at both dinner and breakfast with a good choice of meals. Quite often when I have had meals included in a hotel package, there is a very limited menu but this was very good. The restaurant itself was beautifully housed in what would probably have been a dining room when the house was first built.
Even with the hotel being full on our first night, there was a sense that we were the only people in there.

I have stayed at 4 and 5 star hotels in the past that have perhaps had larger rooms and more amenities but I loved the intimacy and character of Billesley Manor and I cannot recommend this hotel highly enough for a relaxing weekend away.

  • Stayed: October 2007, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 14 October 2007

never a four star in terms of quality, the staff were pleasent although mostly foreign, our room was at best basic but clean. the breakfast was good,but, never had a meal as it was too expensive.we paid £8 for a taxi to go into stratford each night as it worked out cheaper than staying in,got caught only once for a drink in hotel bar a baileys and a bacardi and coke was £15.40p

  • Stayed: October 2007, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 13 August 2007

We stayed at this hotel for Friday and Saturday night which was a mistake. We were shown to a room on the second floor which was situated up a very narrow, winding staircase. This was difficult for my husband so we asked to be moved and Nicola, the receptionist, was most helpful and gave us a room on the first floor which was a bigger and better room too. We had arranged a dbb rate and had decided to stay for an evening meal because the hotel has been given two AA rosettes. The menu was most unappealing and the meal was a big disappointment. The next evening we were presented with the same menu which, when pressed, we were told only changed on Wednesdays. We ordered loin of pork for our main course but when it arrived it was belly of pork which meant it was a thin slice of pork between two thick pieces of fat. I can only think the AA haven't visited for some time or the chef has changed.

There was a wedding at this hotel both days and the guests all seemed to congregate below our bedrom window and were swearing and talking loudly into the night. When they were retiring to their rooms there was a lot of noise outside our bedroom in the corridor which kept waking us up.

Breakfast made us feel like we were in the rush hour. Our waitress was surly and rushed around at break-neck speed putting things wherever there was a space which at one point meant putting the toast rack in front of my wife where her plate should have been.

All in all out stay was miserable.

  • Stayed: August 2007, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 August 2007

Looks great from the outside. Horrible on the inside, especially for the price. We were given a room with a double bed on the 3rd floor which was unacceptable (dirty I might add.) I asked to be moved and was shown a room on the first floor which was renovated in about 1970, but with a king bed. Then, since I had read information about the hotel, we asked to be moved to a "barn room" which was passable. Although mediocre at best. These rooms were all the same price and varied wildly in amenities and room quality. The hotel itself was tired and tacky. Although most of the staff was nice, they were undertrained. This was truly a low point of an otherwise fabulous vacation.
Meg

  • Stayed: August 2007
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Additional Information about Billesley Manor Hotel

Address: Billesley | Near Alcester, Stratford-upon-Avon B49 6NF, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Warwickshire > Stratford-upon-Avon
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Spa Hotel in Stratford-upon-Avon
#11 Luxury Hotel in Stratford-upon-Avon
Price Range: £87 - £235 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Billesley Manor Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 72
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The 16th Century, four-star Billesley Manor Hotel has 72 bedrooms and sits in 11 acres of beautiful countryside just outside the medieval town of Stratford-Upon-Avon. Visit the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, discover the myths and magic of Warwick Castle, then enjoy a quiet moment in the hotel’s library, where legend claims that Shakespeare penned As You Like It.A beautiful country retreat with a Health & Leisure Club that features an indoor pool and outdoor tennis court. The hotel also has a listed 100-year-old topiary garden and fountain. The 2 AA Rosette Stuart Restaurant serves modern British food made from seasonal, local produce. ... more   less 
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