Booked for New Year back in July 2011. At time of booking was explained that the evening would consist of sit down meal with Buffet Main, plus live Entertainment and Disco. The rooms are tired and dated with the Bathroom paint peeling and blistered. Overall though the rooms where comfy. On arrival at the Gala the room was decorated ok not out of this world as with some functions we have been to in the past but ok. The food was excellent and enjoyed by all in the party, then everything went down hill from there. The live entertainment was dreadfull one man and his sound system singing swing and sixties. This may be ok if your of a certain age but as the evening consisted of a mixture of ages this was unacceptable. He created no atmosphere to the point when people are choosing to leave the function and sit in the bar untill he had finished. At this point we found out that the same guy was booked for the previous year and people left the function untill he had finished then also. I approached the manager who listened to my complaint as family had travelled over 300 mile and we paid near £200 per couple to listen to a second rate pub singer who wouldn't cost the rates that where being charged for the evening. The manager apologised for the fact that the evening hadn't matched our expectations. But to our horror on returning to the function the manager was sat with the singer enjoying his evening and then the entertainer then got back up to do another session. He sang right up to 11.50pm then a disco took over to see in the new year, the only problem was that the dj missed the new year no countdown or chimes just a "oh by the way its new year". This was in a way comical as everyone froze in disbelief as this was the main reason why we were there, the dj then played old disco classics and repeated some of the songs he played only 10mins before this finally cleared the dance floor.
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- An elegantly restored country house, the traditional style creates a delightful and tranquil environment echoed in the peaceful gardens and patio areas. There are 50 en suite rooms and guest facilities including an indoor swimming pool, sauna and gym. Dine in our restaurant with its original fireplaces and views across the gardens or recharge your batteries in the Lounge Bar. Whatever your requirements, our experienced staff will be on hand to discuss your needs throughout your stay. Our personal attention to those little extra details, along with the courtesy of our staff, will leave you confident that your stay will be an enjoyable and memorable one. ... more less
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