My wife and I booked into the cottage suites at the hotel in company with two friends for Friday 1 November 13 and then the whole hotel had been booked for a wedding celebration for Saturday into Sunday 2 & 3 November. We all arrived together and check in at the main hotel by Chris was very quick.
We had booked afternoon tea in the Brasserie which was very relaxing with an excellent choice of teas and plenty to eat. Friday night we returned to the Brasserie for our evening meal. By that time the bridal party had arrived so they could settle in. Excellent service and good variety of food. My wife and I had the fish and chips option after our starter of course!!
Saturday of course was given over to the wedding so after breakfast we had a breath of air walking to the nearby garden centre as the weather alternated from sun to rain then back again!
The lunchtime food service was not able to provide sandwiches or light bite snacks for arriving guests but after a quick change of mind the kitchen staff were able to deviate slightly from their wedding meal duties and provide light lunch alternatives! Thanks to the duty manager intervention.
The wedding service and whole celebration was excellent and our evening table service, in particular drink waiter, Alex, was excellent. Well done everyone.
The cottage rooms have both ground floor and first floor availability. They are only a couple of minutes walk from the main hotel and there were even umbrellas both in the cottages as well as the hotel for guests use. Well done there.
Our only groan was that the bed mattress and pillows were very lumpy - not firm but lumpy.
The old rusted and no longer used water wheel all added to the charm of the place. The water swirling current at the front of the hotel lent itself to excellent photographic opportunity for the bride and groom!
The drink prices have been mentioned in other reviews and we also thought even though the hotel is in its own grounds away from the hustle of Castle Donnington the drinks were too expensive. As a plus the Hotel chain do have their own diners card equivalent which we obtained via the web site before our visit. I recommend anyone visiting to this hotel chain to join - there are some great offers once you have obtained it including reduced food, drink and stay prices.
All in all an excellent weekend started each morning with a great choice at breakfast. All that and the ghostly tower too!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set in a tranquil and stunning location on the banks of the River Trent, The Priest House's history is a rich one that can be traced back almost 1,000 years. Built around a mill tower with its very own water wheels, this 42 bedroom hotel is perfectly placed for a romantic break, an exclusive conference venue or a picture perfect wedding. We've hand-picked a fine selection of food and drink to compliment the charm and romance of our English Countryside setting. Fine dine in our beautiful dining room or relax in our newly renovated and re-named Millstream Bar & Terrace where you can enjoy al fresco dining overlooking the River Trent in the Summer months. We invite you to come and relax and really feel at home with us. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Priest House Hotel Castle Donington
- Priest Hotel Castle Donington
- The Priest House By The River Castle Donington, Derbyshire