It's a Mitchells and Butlers' "Innkeeper's Lodge".
An attractive former coaching inn with a large car park at a traffic light junction in the attractive and historical village of Dunchurch, near and south of Rugby.
We chose it because it was an overnight stop on a route between Lancashire and NE Essex/Suffolk..
Easily found from leaving junction 1 of the M6 even after negotiating Rugby.
Very busy with people eating, drinking at the bar(where else?) and waiting for service.
There is a signed booking-in hatch at the little office room next to the kitchen area access.
We did have to wait with luggage until one of the waiting staff got another member of waiting staff to sign us in.
Rather impersonal and production of debit card.
No welcome and just asked if we were eating in.
Some managerial hotelier non-waiting presence would be usual in hospitality trained staff.
Our room was spacious and comfortable.
IKL used to have armchairs in rooms until recently, but they disappeared with the toiletries so bring all that wash stuff.
Towelling was adequate.
The en-suite shower was walk-in and very effective..
There is no ventilation in that WC/shower room and the one sash window does not open.
It is painted shut.
Yes, there are safety constraints, but it would help. Odours and steam?
The bedroom has secondary glazing, but we wanted fresh air so left the sash window partially open. Yes, this one opened.
Despite being at a junction on the Daventry road, traffic was light in the early hours and we slept soundly in a comfortable bed.
Excellent TV did not receive any BBC channels until the following morning.. Transmitter or premises' antenna connections?
The free Cloud WiFi could not access the internet most of our short visit.
Connectivity remains a Cloud issue. Luckily this was not essential to us.
Breakfast was, thankfully, typical of the better IKL "inns" and proper coffee dispensers. Cooked breakfast options at a price.
Very good room at a very reasonable price.
If only we had been aware of IKL bargain offers a day later which were even cheaper.
We cancelled our dinner reservation in pique and ate in another better place in the village.
The very busy and large eating area is the local draw.
Industrial catering and great value.
Finally and of national significance, there is a wall-mounted reference in the bar to the fact that Guy Gibson, VC, knew the Dun Cow, when visiting his brother who lived nearby.
We still mourn RAF Bomber Command aircrew losses.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- If you're looking for some country village charm, this attractive lodge has it by the bucket-load. Offering some of the most welcoming accommodation in Warwickshire, it's a beautiful place to sit back and relax. It's also an ideal base for visiting Coventry and Leamington Spa.The lodge has 16 comfy en-suite rooms and a cosy pub with a crackling log-fire. So you're in just the right spot to tuck into heart-warming, seasonal food and well-kept cask ales.With its village green, stocks and historic features, Dunchurch has a fascinating heritage - mainly due it being an important staging post for hundreds of years. Notable visitors include Guy Fawkes, Princess Victoria, the poet Longfellow, the highwayman Dick Turpin and Winston Churchill.Now a designated conservation area, it's close to several popular attractions. Lose yourself in Coombe Country Park, take a tour of the famous Rugby school - birthplace of the eponymous game - or explore the 10 managed acres of Ryton Organic Gardens. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Innkeeper's Lodge Dunchurch, Warwickshire