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“Home from home”
Review of Riversholme

Riversholme
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Riversholme
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Rocester
Newcastle, England
1 review
“Home from home”
Reviewed 14 October 2006

This place is lovely - we booked for dinner, bed and breakfast after a thrill seeking day at Alton Towers. Room was big and unusually decorated. My only criticism would be that bed was on the small size for a double. The staff were lovely especially the barman. The restaurant was small but you were able to talk without worrying that everyone else could hear your conversation. The food was divine - seasonal produce, interesting combinations and just as much attention paid to the accompanients as the main event. Portion sizes were big. They also have an elaborate whiskey collection and sample menus so you can try a few. All in all I would heartily reccommend Riversholme. A real treat!

  • Liked — The staff
  • Disliked — SSize of bed
  • Stayed October 2006, travelled as a couple
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Rochdale, England
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 625 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 October 2006

We stayed one night and were impressed by the large en-suite room (6), the friendliness and the cooked breakfast.
There is a small bar with speciality malt whiskies and bottled beers, and the restaurant is apparently an award winner.
The bed and bedding were quality, and there is ample car parking.
Only drawback is no lift (if you're elderly or have difficulty with stairs).
We'd certainly return.

  • Liked — Lovely room and furnishings/bathroom
  • Disliked — No lift
  • Tips/Secrets — Try it !
  • Stayed October 2006, travelled on business
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Thank wroughtironron
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Somerset
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 October 2006

Stayed at this hotel the night before a visit to Alton Towers. Staff were really pleasant and we had breakfast at the hotel which was excellent. Alton Towers is about 10 minutes drive away so if you want to get there for the theme park opening it's perfect. We did not expect the hotel to be as charming as it was being in the same town as a major company HQ and the very popular Alton Towers but it was.

  • Stayed September 2006, travelled as a couple
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1 Thank mise_fein
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London, United Kingdom
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87 reviews
66 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 September 2006

We stayed here on their 2 night deal including room, breakfast and dinner on one evening for £179 per couple. 4 of us stayed and 4 of us had a great time. We were visiting Alton Towers so wanted somewhere close by, the Riversholme is just 10 mins drive away. We notified the hotel of our intended late arrival on Friday evening and this was not a problem when both couples arrived after 11pm. We were welcomed and even served a sneaky drink in the bar (late!). The rooms were lovely though the decor was a little tired compared to some contemporary luxury hotels. We had one large room on the ground floor overlooking the front which had 2 double beds and a fireplace but a rather odd bathroom added into the corner of the room (room 4). The other couple were in a more standard type double room on the second floor which also had a fireplace, high ceilings and a nicer bathroom with bath as well as shower (room 8).

Breakfast both days was a real treat, good portion sizes, very quick services and lovely food.

Dinner was exceptional. We were seated with an aperitif in the bar to peruse the menu and shown through to dinner once we had finished our drinks. Every course was fabulous and for us was included in the price of our stay, otherwise would be £27.95 for 4 courses which is fantastic value given quality and presentation of food. Very good London restaurant standard.

We finished dinner with drinks and coffee in the bar where we stayed sampling their extensive malt whisky selection until 1am.

For a great convenient hotel to Alton Towers for adults - this is the place to stay! We'd definitely return and the service can only be described as fantastic!

  • Liked — the staff and the food
  • Disliked — the smell of pot pourri
  • Tips/Secrets — ask for a room on the top floor
  • Stayed September 2006, travelled with family
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Thank Maldivesgirl
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Aberdeen
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 July 2006

We stayed here (2 couples) for 2 nights in late June for a trip to Alton Towers.

The accommodation was just lovely! The Riversholme is a large house which is beautifully decorated to make the most of it's classic features. We stayed in room 8 which was stunning with lovely views and plenty of space for storage and for just moving around. There is also ample free parking.

The staff are extremely pleasant and were willing to help us find restaurants etc (recommending very good ones). For the first night we ate at the Riversholme restaurant which was delicious with good portion sizes for very reasonable prices. Breakfast was included in the price of our rooms and again, did not disappoint.

Overall, We could not find fault with this hotel. It was a thoroughly enjoyable stay in a very pleasant area (Take a walk around the JCB headquarters lake which is just across the road from the hotel - it's lovely!).

I highly recommend this hotel, especially if you want something with a lot more character than a Travel Inn - you will not be disappointed! Also, it is an ideal location for visiting Alton Towers (around 5 mins drive away) but be sure to beat the traffic!

A +++++

  • Stayed June 2006
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1 Thank lfjohnston
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Edinburgh
Level 6 Contributor
153 reviews
45 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 211 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 June 2006

We stayed a Fri/Sat night at Riversholme on a 2 night special offer of just £179 which included breakfast both mornings and dinner for two on the Saturday night. Staff were friendly and the room was extremely spacious. The bathroom was basically a separate cubicle built into the corner of the room which while compact was perfectly adequate. On the ground floor of the hotel there are 2 little lounge areas with a bar where you can sit with a pre dinner drink while perusing the menu. Food was excellent and for just £27.50 a head very good value for the quality produced.

A few minor niggles:

While the hotel is very handy for Alton Towers the actual location in the town of Rocester is not particularly scenic. There are a lot of very pretty villages on route including Alton itself but Rocester is a bit disappointing. It's also a pity that the hotel doesn't have a particularly big garden that you can sit out in and enjoy a drink (the weather was fantastic while we were there) but is off the town's high street with a housing estate at the back of it.

You're allocated a time to eat dinner and we were first at 7:15 which was a little early. We were the only people in the restaurant until we'd finished our main course so the atmosphere was a little souless.

Plastic cups in the bathroom - I know it's a minor point but for this type of small country hotel it's a bit naff.

  • Stayed June 2006
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2 Thank ElleGolightly
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London
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 April 2006

Stayed here, whilst visting Alton Towers. Location is fantastic as Alton is only a 15 minute drive away. The room was spacious, clean and of a good quality although the bed in the suite is small for someone over 6'. We dined in the restaurant in the evening and it was good value and the food was excellent. Overall if you are visiting Alton Towers and want a quality hotel it should be considered.

  • Stayed April 2006
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2 Thank LondonAdw
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Property: Riversholme
Address: High Street, Rocester, Uttoxeter ST14 5JU, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Staffordshire > Uttoxeter > Rocester
Amenities:
Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Rocester
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 8
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Bed & BreakfastFormerly a HotelUnder New Management April 2012 ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Riversholme Hotel Staffordshire
Riversholme Rocester, Staffordshire

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