I found out about Woodbrooke through contacts at work. The place is delightful and was excellent for an all age family re-union. Gardens for parents to walk about in, library and music room. Football, guitar, rowing boat, badminton and croquet for the the teenagers. We were disappointed we didn't find the camp fire area until the day we left nor the sitting room serving the block we were in. Oh forgot to mention swing for grown ups. Brilliant. we spent the time doing our own things and then playing games. And the free wifi for when the teenagers got bored with talking to us.
I had thought that the no-alcohol policy would have cast a bit of damper but in the end it didn't bother us. We spent more time with each other being more active than we would have been if we had all been drinking.
Meals were self service, refectory style but there were eight of us so it didn't really bother us. The homegrown veg was wonderful but what made it for my mum was the home made biscuits mid day and home made cake mid afternoon.
The young couple in the group were wowed by getting a) the largest bedroom and b) the one that Ghandi had stayed in. Everyone piled back there to watch Match of the Day.
We all wanted to come back again in the autumn when the grounds would look just stunning.
I think this is an excellent family venue. I was not disappointed. The new plans for an extension look interesting.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Why not take a short break in our peaceful urban retreat? Enjoy the 10 acres of beautiful organically-managed garden, explore the Grade 2 listed building and taste our delicious freshly prepared food. Woodbrooke is located in Selly Oak, only a few minutes by train from Birmingham city centre. Half/Full board also available. ... more less
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