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“A Re(al) treat!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Bed and Breakfast at Woodbrooke

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Bed and Breakfast at Woodbrooke
Ranked #2 of 54 Birmingham B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
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16 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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“A Re(al) treat!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2012

This is a beautiful place set in fabulous grounds just a stone’s throw away from Bournville (yes, of chocolate factory fame). You don’t have to be a Quaker to come here – I’m not- and it’s not a place where you’ll feel overwhelmed by religion or religious activity. Yes, there’s a strong emphasis on Quakerism if that’s what you’re looking for and the only slightly ‘odd’ practice I’ve come across is the bell that sounds during lunch and dinner for a moment’s silence. It’s not odd to me as I am familiar with Quakers’ silent worship but it might seem unusual to others; it’s just a few fleeting moments when you stop shovelling the food in and think about how lucky you are to be at Woodbrooke / to be alive / to have good wholesome food to eat … whatever you want. There are daily periods of worship, too, but it’s entirely your choice to seek those out if you want to partake.

There are some people here on courses - there was a school party here for a couple of days - and there are people, like me, who are on holiday, either on their own or with someone else, in order to enjoy some peace and quiet. There are also people who stay here on a long-term basis either volunteers who work here or others who are working or studying in the area. There’s a 24 hour library, several lounges, wi-fi throughout, extensive grounds, a small supplies shop, a spiritual bookshop, pianos you can play, a computer room, quiet rooms, mini kitchen areas and hot drinks machines on the go all day with bowls of fruit available if you’re peckish outside meal times. It’s highly doubtful that you’d feel hungry between meals here as biscuits are laid on mid-morning and cake in the afternoon! All food is organic, home cooked and locally sourced where possible with many of the vegetables grown on site. Food is hot, fresh, plentiful and caters for all tastes - always one meat / fish and one vegetarian option per day but, if you don't like what's on the hot board there's always a salad bar, cheese, crackers, fruit etc. and you can order packed lunches, too.

The atmosphere / ethos here is peaceful and accepting and it’s not unusual for people to be here alone. There’s always someone to talk to at mealtimes if you want to talk and I’ve met some lovely people but there is a lovely air of sensitivity that allows me to be quiet if I want to and / or to sit alone.

Accommodation is clean, warm, comfortable and well supplied - I'd be surprised if you even thought about TV while you were here but you can ask for one if you want to - even with a school party here earlier in the week and a whole bunch of people arriving last night for a conference, it is very quiet. Yes, you hear just enough to reassure you that you're not alone but no disturbances.

A great place for a retreat from the hustle and bustle of everyday life but close enough to the city and other attractions to have other holiday fun, too!

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  • Stayed October 2012, travelled solo
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AmandaSmart, Marketing Officer at Bed and Breakfast at Woodbrooke, responded to this review, 22 October 2012
Hello,

Thank you for your review and for your recommendations of our facilities, location and peaceful atmosphere. We are pleased to hear that we provided the quiet space you wanted on your break, and that you enjoyed our freshly cooked meals. We endeavour to be welcoming to everybody, and we are glad to hear that you found that during your stay.

We do hope to welcome you back to Woodbrooke in the near future.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2012

This is the most peaceful and freindly place to stay. The rooms are simple but clean and I would recommend the ensuite rooms. Theres no additional charge for singles and they have a lot of single travellers there. The grounds are beautiful and the garden room that looks over them is modern and stylish. The food is top restaurant quality and theres constant help your self drinks including a brand new very swish cappacino and hot chocolate maker. If you want peace and quiet and good hospitality in lovely settings this is perfect.

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  • Stayed September 2012, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Jane H
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AmandaSmart, Marketing Officer at Bed and Breakfast at Woodbrooke, responded to this review, 1 October 2012
Hello Jane,

We are so pleased to hear you enjoyed your stay with us - especially the new coffee machine! Thank you for recommending our ensuite rooms and found our prices for single travellers to be good value.

We hope to welcome you back in the near future.

Amanda.
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Coventry, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2012

I booked B&B at Woodbrooke for some peace & quiet to recharge after a period of stress. It exceeded my expectations: good food; beautiful gardens; helpful staff & leaflets; overall - a sense of calm and peace. Not being a quaker was no problem, I had feared it may be. Definitely worth it.

Room Tip: The rooms at the front suffer from early (5.30 am) binmen on Fridays!
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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled solo
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3 Thank Kathy F
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AmandaSmart, Marketing Officer at Bed and Breakfast at Woodbrooke, responded to this review, 1 October 2012
Dear Kathy,

Thank you for your kind comments. We are so pleased to hear that you found the peace and rejuvenation at Woodbrooke that you were looking for. We endeavour to welcome all guests, regardless of their faith, and we are glad that you experienced this on your visit.

We hope to welcome you back to Woodbrooke in the near future.

Amanda.
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Leamington Spa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2012

Wonderful. Friendly staff. Great food and rooms. Very quiet and comfortable. Recommended to all. Nice work. Lovely gardens. Very beautiful. A real sense of peace. Lovely courses also available in the study centre.

  • Stayed August 2012
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Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2012

I was working in the area for 6 months and a local told me to check this place out as I wasn't happy with my b&b. I was a bit anxious initially as I am not a Quaker nor do I have any knowledge of the culture. I thought I may be in for a bit of an attempt to convert me.
Nothing could be further from th truth.
I stayed for 6 months initially and returned earlier this year for a further 3 months. Staff and volunteers (firs) were wonderfully supportive and welcoming. The high turn over of volunteers means that there is always a new person to chat to. I met so many varied and interesting people while I was there.
It really is a home away from home. The rooms are fairly basic but very comfortable. Always immaculately clean. Wonderful views around the grounds which are a delight to walk and wind down in at the end of a busy day. The staff and firs can't do enough to help you yet they are not at all intrusive and very much respect the fact that you may just wan't quiet time.
The food is absolutely fantastic. Many of the fruit, herbs and vegetables are grown on site. There is nothing they can't or don't cook. Masses of choice and plentiful amounts. During my stays recipes were very rarely repeated so the variety was immense. You will have to watch your waistline!
Very convenient for the centre of Birmingham as there is a bus stop outside and a local station a short walk away. It is also a short stroll from Cadbury World.
Incredibly good value too. I am going back in a couple of weeks, can't wait.

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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Aberdeen, Scotland, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2012

Spent two nights, a real nice and quite place to stay in the heart of Birmingham located within a beautiful garden, beds and rooms are beautiful, nice friendly and accommodating friends and staff, they're are really welcoming at all times and ready to assist, a nice library and several open lounge on different floors, breakfasts are excellent buffet style, a place for those who will like staying in a quite, beautiful and peaceful eniroment when they visit Birmingham on a business trip irrespective of being a quacker.

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  • Stayed July 2012, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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London
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5 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 June 2012

Woodbrooke was a chance find for us but it could not have been better, delightful people (volunteers and office staff who went out of there way to accommodate us and meet our needs), fabulous buffet food and a beautiful grounds. We so enjoyed our stay and felt calmed and energised by this lovely place.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Fuffcat
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Additional Information about Bed and Breakfast at Woodbrooke

Property: Bed and Breakfast at Woodbrooke
Address: 1046 Bristol Road | Woodbrooke, Birmingham B29 6LJ, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > West Midlands > Birmingham
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 54 B&Bs / Inns in Birmingham
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — Bed and Breakfast at Woodbrooke 2*
Number of rooms: 70
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 home cooked 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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