We were amazed at the stunning building as we drove up the drive to this hotel. It is beautiful, as are the gardens, so hats off to the gardeners, they have done a magnificent job, but sadly that is where the praise ends. We stayed in the stable courtyard. We paid extra for a standard room rather than have a small standard. I can only say the small standard must be tiny as the standard room was very small and dark. On arrival we certainly did not receive a warm welcome, the receptionist did not even bother to give us a key card (we had already pre-paid for the hotel), so we had to pay for every drink and meal each time. She had no interest whatsoever on our arrival or departure. When you enter the building there is a large lounge area which is lovely and a library to the side and a beautiful orangery, there is also a bar with large windows overlooking the gardens. Sounds delightful eh? Not so. This bar is only open when there is a function or wedding or during the day but not in the evening when it would be so nice to sit and have a drink looking out at the beautiful gardens. The lovely library which would make a beautiful dining room and the orangery next to it a lovely restaurant/lounge/bar are also out of bounds for residents and only seem to be used for weddings. Instead, meagre residents have to eat in the BASEMENT in the dreariest restaurant I think I have eaten in for a long time. You cannot see outside, mainly I would imagine as there is nothing to see as you are basically in the cellars. "The Terrace Bar" is also in the basement and has one door outside onto a patio area. This is closed during the day, when you may want to sit outside, and open at night when I would imagine most residents would like to use the lovely large bar upstairs, which is closed. The Terrace Bar (grand name for something far from grand) is dull, dark and depressing with no ambiance whatsoever. Why this hotel seems to feel that the residents should be shoved down in the basement goodness only knows. They seem to be far more interested in weddings and functions, talking of which, do check if there is a wedding before you make a reservation, because if you are in the main building you will have no sleep!!! There was a large wedding taking place one of the nights we stayed and the noise was appalling. Fortunately we could not hear it so much in the stable block, at least not until they came to bed around 3am and banged all the outer doors and stomped up the stairs. We have stayed in a lot of hotels over the years and this is one of the worst. It has so much potential, it could be beautiful, but they do not seem at all interested in residents. On arrival, apart from no key card, we were not told what time breakfast or dinner was served. On arrival in the room, there was absolutely nothing there to give any information about the hotel, either history-wise, which would have been interestinjg or regarding bar and restaurant times. Apparently, this hotel was used during the war and there is a small room, again in the basement, where the pool table is located, which has memorabilia and photos from the second world war. Wouldn't it be nice to have some information about this? and the history of the hotel. Our room was very basic and tired and the staff are the same. There was one young girl who was on reception briefly and she was friendly, but the other receptionist seemed very unhappy in her job and was not at all welcoming. Breakfast was good and dinner half and half depending on what you ordered, but overpriced for what it is. I just feel that it is such a shame that a really beautiful building should not be utilised properly. The afternoon after the wedding had taken place we must have seen at least 20 glasses shoved in bushes, left on lawns, broken glass scattered in some places, so sad that people feel this is an appropriate way to behave in such lovely gardens. I do hope this hotel is taken over and restored to the beautiful hotel it deserves to be, but I definately would not stay again until that happens.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Stoke Rochford Hall is situated in peaceful, rolling countryside in the heart of the East Midlands Shires. The idyllic and tranquil environment offers a perfect retreat away from the demands of modern day city life. Yet its easily accessible, central location and excellent transport links mean that Stoke Rochford Hall really does have it all. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Stoke Rochford Hall Hotel Stoke Rochford
- Stoke Rochford Hall Lincolnshire