I’ve mentioned before how I like getting away; even just a one night stay away from home can feel like a lovely break from the hustle and bustle of normal life.
I’m also a big fan of bargains, so it goes without saying that voucher sites like Groupon, nCrowd and Wowcher are my friend.
I bought a voucher from nCrowd back in January for this hotel, at the bargain price of £89 for an overnight stay, 3 course evening meal and breakfast. It was valid until end of August so we decided to wait until summer and combine our stay with some outdoors activity and culture.
The outside of the hotel is very impressive, in mock tudor style with pretty gardens and outdoor seating.
Inside, the lounge and bar areas are nicely decorated with a cosy homely feel in a traditional style which matches the exterior.
I’ve read reviews that drinks are expensive, but being a city girl they seemed just usual to us! We got to the hotel about 5pm, after we’d been to Beeston Castle, and we sat outside in the sunshine just chilling and enjoying the views.
Most of the hotel bedrooms are on the rear of the building, overlooking maize fields – this was the view from our window.
Dinner was a mix between restaurant offerings and very good pub grub – all really well cooked and presented. My rabbit terrine starter was something different to what I’d usually have, I really enjoyed it.
Husband had smoked salmon. For main course I went with chicken and smoked bacon pie which was served with chips – it was creamy and meaty and delish, and for dessert I had a strawberry yummy-ness! No other food photos, I was too busy enjoying it!
So much good food and fresh air (ok, and wine) took it’s toll and I was in bed (and asleep) by about 10.30pm.
Breakfast was served between 8am and 10am and consisted of the usual breakfast fare – English buffet, cereal, croissants, fresh fruit and yoghurts. I’m not a massive English breakfast fan, although I do normally have a few bits, but I was feeling virtuous (!!) and so only had some cereal and two croissants with jam (which were some of the nicest butteriest croissants I’ve ever had!) and a nice cup of tea.
Some of the TripAdvisor reviews complain that the hotel is rundown and needs attention. There’s honestly no pleasing some people! In places the woodwork and paintwork could probably do with a bit of TLC but on the whole it was a lovely lovely place, and so nice to get away from the city and soak up the countryside.
It’s a deal I would look out for again, and would definitely book another stay.