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The Dodington Lodge
Ranked #9 of 10 Whitchurch B&B and Inns
Reviewed 23 September 2012

Stayed here for just the one night,having been to a wedding locally.
Price paid was perhaps I suppose about right considering not many hotels in this local area,most well know local hotel came in at twice the rate.So happy to pay as it was just b&b and one night.
Anyway I can say that it met with my expections. Certainly up to the standard of lots of other 3 star establishments.Room was a little on the small side but clean and tidy,kettle and biscuits provided.Bed was comfortable.

Breakfast experience could have been better ,but I found it more than adequate.Only one guy multi tasking,reception,breakfast and cooking.But he managed without too much of a problem,but dread to think if he could if more guests staying?

Don't expect a modern 4/5 star hotel,certainly staff were pleasant,can't always be said for lots of 4 star places.A lack of atmosphere was the most striking thing about this establishment,if thats all I can say then its not too bad is it?

Room Tip: Top floor as floor boards can creak etc.
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  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 August 2012

I have to say our experiance was great, from check in which is 2.30 although we got there at midday, the young man on reception (justin i think) was very helpful and between himself and housekeeping got our room serviced first so that we could get in there early to get changed for a wedding we were going to.
We were never just left to stand and wait and were offered food and drink while we waited.
The breakfast was very good, especially considering that all 20 odd guests seemed to come down together we did not have to wait very long for a very fine freshly cooked breakfast much better than the run of the mill buffet breakfast you get these days in most hotels.
The room was very clean and and well equipped with tea making facilities hair dryer etc..

overall a great stay and well done to all the staff for helping us out so much.

  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 6 August 2012

We stayed for one night at Doddington Lodge Hotel
Easy to park in the large car park
Reception was very friendly and efficent.
The double room was tiny and in need of updating
good breakfast in the morning.

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  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 5 June 2012

We stayed here for just one night (thank God). We booked a standard double room for £76.50 which we think is a bit steep for a standard but if you want to stay you have to pay. We were checked in by a female member of staff who had glitter make up on and bitten finger nails. We were very shocked and upset when we opened the door to our bedroom. To say it was small was an understatement. My husband had to sit down on the bed for me to get past! The bathroom door would not close shut as the door was too big for the opening. The radiator was hanging off the wall and even though it was cold and raining the heating never came on. We decided to go into town rather than have dinner and drinks in the hotel. There was only one choice on the breakfast menu, full English or full English oh with toast of course that you had to toast yourself. The coffee was gross and we were served breakfast by a Morticia lookalike with big hair and again bitten finger nails.
On the back of our bathroom door was a little sticker saying that this room was for single occupancy, clearly this room is okay for one person but definately not two when one of us is 6ft 2in and weighs 14stone.
Would never stop here again.

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  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled as a couple
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dodingtonlodge, General Manager at The Dodington Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 12 June 2012

While we as a hotel welcome reviews on our hotel both good and bad, can I ask why you feel you are able to pass personal and unpleasant comments about our staff members when, what you are commenting on has nothing to do with the service they provided. If they had provided you with bad service, I would understand you including them in your review.
The female member of staff on duty was indeed wearing glitter make up, she had done this as it was the Jubilee weekend and she thought it a nice touch to be part of the occasion, which would not impede her work. I confess your comments have caused sadness that an attempt to join in with national celebration has drawn such scorn.
What problem did it cause that the 17year staff member has her hair in a highly fashionable style that you need to pass an insulting comment about her.
You say that when you opened the door of the bedroom you were very shocked and upset, does that explain why you could not pick up the telephone or pop down to reception to ask if we had a different/bigger room. For information our Deluxe Double was available for that evening although it is slightly more expensive, unfortunate our other standard doubles had been booked by other guests. Likewise if as you allege the heating was not working in your room why did you not call down to get the problem fixed. This is an old building and sometimes the radiators do seize up, but it is a job of moments to fix it.
We make no secret of the fact that this hotel is not a purpose built hotel as such the rooms are all shapes and sizes , some small some large, however your room is a double room albeit our smallest. The sign in the bathroom does not say that it is a single room; it says that there may be towels for one person. If no one is pre booked into a room then we often only make them up for single occupancy we do this with all our rooms from the largest to the smallest, however as your room was pre booked then it had towels for two.
Breakfast – what you say is totally inaccurate and if I was to be as personally critical of you as a person as you have been about others I might comment that you might have sight problems as you walked past the breakfast table which contained: fruit juices, a wide selection of branded cereals, grapefruit segments, a fresh fruit basket; and the menu on your table detailed this and the cooked option which can be a full English if you wish or a selection of any of the components if preferred. Like many hotels of all ratings we provide the facility for you to cook your own toast, I’m not sure why this is such a problem; if you were incapable of managing this then all you had to do is ask.
As detailed above some of your comments are unnecessary personal insults, some of your problems could have resolved if you spoke to us at the time, and some of what you say is factually wrong.

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Reviewed 14 January 2012

We found our room at Dodington Lodge to be clean and the bed comfortable, and the traditional English Breakfast delicious. There were other healthier breakfast options available of which western U.S. citizens seek. The geraniums & other flowers were delightfully arranged all around the exterior of the hotel. Our 2nd floor room did not receive Wireless Internet Service, yet I was able to come down to the restaurant, where Ian was rather accomodating in talking me through the steps I needed to take to WiFi connect to the internet there.

We benefited from Rachel arranging our taxi both from and back to the train station. Both Sue and Martin of S&M Taxi were gregarious people!

We enjoyed the rented 'bicycles for hire' that Rachel arranged through 'Bicycle Buzz' in Telford. The bikes enabled us to peruse the countryside while enjoying the freedom of mobility that neither walking nor automobile rental can compare. We were able to visit the Whitchurch Historical Center, Blakemere moat (Birthplace of Shakespeares 'Lord Talbot' in the play 'King Henry the Sixth' & also known as 'The Constable of France' in his play 'King Henry the Fifth' , former castle site for Baron Strange of Blackmere), find the 'Mercian Way' Bronze Statue Marker, view flocks of sheep & see Workhorses, observe people training their dogs, and pop in on a local football game!

We also were more easily able to visit St. Alkmunds church to pay our respects at the tomb of the 1st Earl of Salop (Shrewsbury) a.k.a. 'Lord Talbot' above, find the 'Old Town Hall Vaults' birthplace of Sir Edward German (where we had a satisfying dinner, and quaffed down a pint of CAMRA Ale), and were able to get around the town to become familiar and acquainted much more timely on bikes than on foot. This was thanks to Rachel going out of her way to have bikes delivered from a town over 20 miles away and have them available for us to use the minute we arrived!

The Dodington is within easy walking distance to all of Downtown Whitchurch and we did just that the morning of our departure.

Lovely little shops dot the town. We marvelled at the window displays in the bakery, deli, and butcher shops! We walked the JB Joyce Clock Trail, found the Ralph Caldecott plaque at his former workplace, found the first Secular elementary school in England, and the 1st Century Roman site of 'Mediolanvm' & 2nd century sandstone wall. Next time we'd make time to go golfing at the nearby highly rated course & attend a Play at the Talbot House Theatre.

We were looking for a one-day overnight side trip, and a 'Countryside' small town experience well outside of London. We found a Superb one in Whitchurch, Shropshire and Dodington Lodge was just the place to stay!

Room Tip: There are several small flights of stairs to the upstairs rooms...which was fine for us, yet if that...
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  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 18 September 2011

Having recently stayed in 2 well know 4 star hotels and had grim experiences in both I wasn't optimistic about staying in a 3 star hotel! However, I needn't have worried - first impressions were of a friendly and clean establishment and during the whole stay the staff were without exception extremely friendly and professional.

The bedroom was also spotlessly clean and tidy and the food (we had breakfast and ordered sandwiches) was excellent.

My only gripe (hence the 'but' in the title) was the bed - why oh why do so many hotels and B&B's in the UK go the great lengths to provide flat screen TV's, tea and coffee, fridges, minibars, fresh flowers etc etc only to disregard the most important part of a hotel room - the bed!!!! The mattress on this bed should have been retired a long time ago - 2 very large-person-sized hollows made for an uncomfortable night and a tiring journey home as a result.

This seems to be a very British problem and I really wish the UK hospitality industry would pull its socks up in this regard - I've never had so many sagging/old beds in any other country - but in the UK even the 4 and 5 star establishments seem to think its OK to give their guests cheap, sagging, old mattresses! OK rant over!

Would I go back to the Dodington Lodge? Yes definately, but maybe in a different room in teh hope of a mattress that is at least flat and hopefully rather more comfortable!

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 31 May 2011

The Doddy staff were friendly and welcoming, it felt like home seconds after I arrived. The food was excellent, the service grand, the lcation perfect for my trip.
The room was immaculate, peaceful at night an dreally comfy.
I had a grand stay and would recommend it to one and all!

  • Stayed: May 2011, travelled with friends
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Address: Dodington, Whitchurch SY13 1EN, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Shropshire > Whitchurch
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #9 of 10 B&Bs / Inns in Whitchurch
Price Range: £72 - £90 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — The Dodington Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Dodington Lodge is a friendly family run small hotel located on the outskirts of the market town of Whitchurch. The Hotel was originally built as a private residence and such is not a purpose built hotel. We have 10 very different shaped rooms; some are small like our compact double room 6, while others are extremely large like our deluxe room 1. Given the age of the building and its listed status many of the walls and ceilings and in some rooms the floors are a little uneven. All rooms are en-suite and include Refreshment facilities and Free view TV as standard, with free Wi-Fi available in the Public Areas and most bedrooms.The hotel is ideally placed for exploring the Shropshire, Cheshire and Staffordshire countryside. Manchester Airport is our nearest at 1 Hour away. The Roman towns of Chester and Shrewsbury (Wroxoter) are only a day’s march away (or about 30 minutes drive). If you like walking The Sandstone Trail begins (or ends) in the Whitchurch Jubilee Park, which is located a few minutes’ walk away from the hotel. ... more   less 
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