Hubby and I went to a friends wedding in December 07. When we arrived, we were all really surprised to see such a lovely building tucked away in the suburbs of Redditch. We were greeted by a member of staff and taken through to the party. Drinks were served from a small bar area in the corner of the room.....a little strange we thought at first but then came to realise it was all part of the charm.
The drinks were rather on the expensive side, not what I expected at all....this is something you usually find at one of the large chain hotels which has in excess of 100+ rooms. Nevertheless we continued to enjoy the party and chatting to the happy couple and other guests. We had been advised to book a taxi, which we totally recommend too. It was booked for midnight, but as the party finished earlier than we had thought, we called to change to 11.30pm. After being ushered out of the room, we waited in the lobby for the taxi to arrive. Quietly sitting and chatting to the bride, asking about her day and the plans for the honeymoon. It was then a lady walked around turning off most of the lights, strange we thought but carried on nonetheless (we should have realised this was a hint). This lady (which we later found out was the owner) asked if we were overnight guests. We replied no and that we were waiting for our taxi which would be arriving in approx 15 mins. She then, to our surprise, asked us to leave telling us we would have to wait outside - but very rudely (and it was really cold). She held her had on the door which meant I and the other guests couldn't say goodbye to the Groom. I had to ask her two or three times to move her arm so that I could say goodbye.
I understand that an establishment like this may not have the same licences as other larger hotels but politeness goes a long way. We said that we were waiting for our taxi but she didn't care!
After all that, our taxi arrived at 12.45am (or thereabouts).....we were frozen!
On that basis, I am sorry to say that I wouldn't recommend this hotel. God help the staff!!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- THE HOUSE Discover our hidden gem and enjoy a truly memorable stay or event experience! The Old Rectory House Hotel is a privately owned quintessential English country house hotel in Redditch. Tucked away in the Heart of England, The Old Rectory House offers a relaxing & comfortable venue for work & play. Our quintessential Elizabethan & Georgian House radiates charm & peace, providing the perfect setting for all family occasions including weddings, christenings, birthday parties and funeral receptions and ideal for conferences, business meetings, seminars, training sessions and team building events. THE ORANGERY Our beautiful restaurant is open Wednesday - Sunday for breakfast, lunch & dinner. Advanced bookings are highly recommended to secure a table as we do get very busy. THE DAMSON COCKTAIL LOUNGE sit back and relax in our quirky cocktail lounge open for drinks 7 days a week. THE GROUNDS Our house sits in the heart of three acres of wooded gardens, with hundreds of plants and trees. Many of our larger trees including the stunning English Oaks, the Portuguese Laurels and the Weeping Ash were planted over 200 years ago. With our very own croquet lawn at the front of the house, its landscape is a perfect setting for picnicking, partying, pampering and pondering, and although it can feel blissfully set apart from the bustle of everyday life, it's within remarkably easy reach of many of the Warwickshire & Worcestershire's most exciting highlights. The team at The Old Rectory House know the estate and area like the back of their hands, so whether you need a recommendation for a picnic spot, directions for a nature walk, or a map for an all-day ramble (marked with the best local pub stops, naturally), just pop into the House for a chat. THE LOCATION The Old Rectory House Hotel is situated within a short drive of many major English tourist attractions including Shakespeare’s birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwick Castle, The NEC, Resort World, NIA, The Cotswolds and Birmingham Bull Ring Shopping Centre. It is also a short walk from the Arrow Valley Country Park, a beautiful lake and country park where you can take an easy stroll, have a serious jog around the lake or arrange to go fishing and sailing. Birmingham International Airport, Resort World, NEC & Gentings Arena can be accessed by car within 20 minutes using the M42 motorway network which is 5 minute drive from the hotel. Bicester Shopping Village is only 55 minutes from the Old Rectory Hotel London is only 1 hour 30 minutes by train which makes our hotel a perfect retreat for holiday international tourists. THE HISTORY The Old Rectory House Hotel is probably the best kept secret in the Worcestershire county, it has stood on this site for several hundreds of years and has a wealth of historical connections. The house lies between the original Roman built Icknield Street, which runs along the far boundary, and the monastic carp lakes at the rear of the property. The Doomsday Book lists a building on this site in 1086, during which time Lady Godiva's son was Lord of the Manor. The Great Grandson of Sir Christopher Wren lived in the house for over forty years and made a number of alterations in that time. He completely modernised the original Elizabethan house in 1812 by adding a Georgian facade to the front elevation of the building. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Old Rectory Hotel
- Old Rectory Redditch