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De Vere Cranage Estate
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Cranage
Reviewed 19 October 2012

I stayed at Cranage Hall as part of a BSI lead auditor course on a residential basis. For this purpose, this hotel is ideal, there are plenty of meeting rooms of different sizes on both floors and all have everything required including flip charts, projectors and even a rail around the room to hold flip chart pages.
The room I stayed in was in the rear extension and had everything I required for my stay. The bathroom was clean and well fitted out and the bed had just the right comfort factor.
The TV was of a very poor quality. It was an early flatscreen design and could not adjust to widescreen format. There was a shadow burnt into the screen which proved to be somewhat annoying. There are only a few channels to choose from, but evenings were pretty much used up with studying so this wasn't an issue.
There is free WIFI, but you have to log back in every 30 minutes or pay for extended use to stop this happening.
Breakfast was good with a varied selection including a special each day. Lunch is a buffet selection with a good choice and varied throughout the week. During my 5 night stay I managed to sample several items from the evening dinner menu and can recommend the chicken tikka masala on curry night as my favourite. The burgers are also very good, but don't have a starter if you want to finish one!
The leisure club has pool, jacuzzi, a good gym, snooker and table tennis. The snooker table was in a pretty sorry state. One cue was damaged and we had to take it in turns because whoever used it was severly disadvantaged. There was no white ball although there were two yellows so we just used the paler yellow one as the white!
This hotel is aimed towards meetings and conferences for which it serves well, but not really a first choice for couples or families.

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Reviewed 16 October 2012

First time at this hotel, didn't realise it was located in Holmes Chapel and really great access from the m6 motorway. Set its own grounds with good car parking. Attended a two day work event with an overnight stay. The First thing to note is the refreshment bars - superb a good selection of beverages with snacks and not your normal one cup per delegate. Breakout facilities are superb everything well thought through. Seminar rooms are air conditioned, uncluttered and well laid out. The only challenge is noisy neighbours with only a partition between you and your neighbours. If all parties behave not a problem. Hotel rooms just amazing everything for an overnight stay. Iron, trouser press, great showers and a spacious room probably the best conference bedroom I have experienced. Leisure facilities great and worth using. Food is what you would expect variety, plenty of it and of a good quality. I understand delegate rate was competitive.

Stayed: October 2012, travelled on business
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aliwack1, General Manager at De Vere Cranage Estate, responded to this reviewResponded 24 October 2012

So pleased your meeting went so well, Thanks for the review Richad Morrell General Manager

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Reviewed 15 October 2012

I spent a week here with colleagues on a training course. Really enjoyed my stay.

Nice efficient check-in with wi-fi connection details provided without me having to ask. The rooms are average, has everything you need but could do with sprucing up a bit as they are looking a bit tired. The noise from adjacent rooms was a bit of a problem during the night as I was frequently woken up by toilets being flushed. The bed was fairly comfortable and sleep quality wasn't too bad....apart from the toilet noise! Room size was ok and were kept clean by housekeeping.

Used the restaurant for breakfast and lunch and can't complain about the food. I'm not too keen on buffet style restaurants but this one was well above average.

Food and drink in the bar was a different story. They frequently ran out of beer, bottled and draught. The food always took forever to arrive, and some members of our group ended up getting their meals for free due to the length of time it took. It was also very expensive. I've never known a burger cost £14 - not in the UK anyway!

The other facilities such as the pool, steam room and sauna were really good.

All in all, an enjoyable stay.

  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled on business
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aliwack1, General Manager at De Vere Cranage Estate, responded to this reviewResponded 22 October 2012

Thanks for the review Glad you enjoyed your stay, sorry about the beer issue. Cheese Burger (100%BEEF) is large and comes with fries and salad and no more expensive then high steeet restaurants and hotels. So pleased you found food quality to a high standard. Richard Morrell General Manager

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Reviewed 10 October 2012

Cranage Hall had been a mental asylum before its current hotel incarnation & the institutional feel remains. It's best as a Conference Centre, having excellent facilites for large groups. The wi-fi is obtained through a complex sign-in system with a scratch card, which you have to ask for at Reception. There is a first-class Gym & Swimming Pool, 18 m. which is clean & well-run. The restaurant is excellent, with good staff, and a tasty buffet at breakfast & lunch. But the rooms, esp. those in the Annexe are very minimal. The insulation between the rooms is poor; your neighbours seem to be IN your room, something I hate. It's a maze of corridoors & staircases,
and you can have a very long walk to get to the main hotel. Grounds are lovely, the staff efficient & the car parking is excellent but I shan't be returning.

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  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled on business
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aliwack1, General Manager at De Vere Cranage Estate, responded to this reviewResponded 12 October 2012

Without sounding confrontational Cranage Hall was not a mental asylum it was a fine NHS Hospital for people with learning difficulties. The hotel was built on the site from new and intetgrated tastefully with the manor house which is now the reception.
So pleased you enjoyed first class service and great food all with complimentary parking in great grounds (Surely worth the small walk to your room) Hope to see you soon Richard Morrell General Manager

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Reviewed 8 October 2012

Stayed overnight following our son's wedding nearby. Impressive facade and grounds; the hotel is large and slightly impersonal. The rooms are large and very well equipped and immaculately presented. We had a good bath and a quiet night’s sleep after an exciting day. Breakfast comprised a huge range of dishes with the traditional options well cooked and plentiful. The staff were very friendly and there were no unpleasant surprises with the bill.

  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled as a couple
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aliwack1, General Manager at De Vere Cranage Estate, responded to this reviewResponded 12 October 2012

Great review and typical of what 99.9% of our guests experience, thank you so much and hope to see you soon Richard Morrell General Manager

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Reviewed 6 October 2012

I recently spent a week here along with a number of colleagues on a management traing course. The facilities for this type of event are excellent, very large rooms, very well equiped and excellent staff to assist with extras that are required and nothing is too much trouble.
The Gym and swimming pool are excellent and the gym is very well equiped.
The rooms are OK but it's like sleeping in an office, it has everything but lacks any nice touches or atmosphere, it's just a box a very drab box. The sleep quality was not good, this was due to other guests making a noise either by letting doors slam, talking in the corridors, talking in their rooms or by going to the toilet. The sleeping part of the hotel is just like a cheap budget hotel with no noise insulation at all, I could hear very clearly the people either side of me and above going to the toilet, it sounded like they were in the room with me.
It's also worth noting the rooms had no air conditioning so if you were staying here in the summer it could get very warm as the road noise was too high to leave the window open all night.
The breakfast in the morning is a buffet style and has everything you could possibly want, cannot fault this at all.
The service in the general hotel is auwful and mainly provided by very young inexperienced staff.
House keeping, my room had been cleaned but no soap or shampoo in the room so I had to ask, next day same problem again, others in my group had the same experience.
The bar was a disaster, they kept running out of beer even on the day they had a delivery, the food service in bar has to be one of the worst I have ever experienced and please look at my Trip Advisor name so I have been doing this for a while, A number of us ended up not paying for the food becuse it took so long to arrive. The quality of the food was average at best, £14 for a dry bun with chicken a couple of pieces of lettuce, a slice of tomato and cue with a few chips and a coleslaw, nobody asks if you want any sauces etc.
If your looking to plan an event then this place is good, if your looking for a nice country hotel for a weekend away then I would not. In the room was a survey to complete with a free stay as a prize, I did not complete this as I was worried I might win.

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  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled on business
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aliwack1, General Manager at De Vere Cranage Estate, responded to this reviewResponded 12 October 2012

Sorry we did not meet your expectations. We have no need for air con in the rooms noting fully ventilated. (we would ove a hot summer!!!)
We clearly were not at our best but the evening meal was not the fault of the team as you already know. Please can I clarify only one beer run out and the issue was resolved straight away. I will contact you and restore your faith in all aspects of our service at Cranage Hall. Richard Morrell General Manager

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Reviewed 29 September 2012

Very pleased with my experience here, really nice hotel, friendly staff as well. The rooms are good however the best features are the great gym and fantastic swimming pool facilities.
This is a really nice place for a getaway.

  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled solo
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aliwack1, General Manager at De Vere Cranage Estate, responded to this reviewResponded 2 October 2012

Glad you enjoyed your stay and look forward to welcoming you back very soon
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Address: Cranage Hall Byley Lane, Cranage, Holmes Chapel CW4 8EW, England (Formerly Cranage Hall)
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Region: United Kingdom > England > Cheshire > Holmes Chapel > Cranage
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Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Cranage
Price Range: £77 - £116 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — De Vere Cranage Estate 4*
Number of rooms: 151
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