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Head for Oxford, 'City of Dreaming Spires'. Continue on through pretty Cotswold villages to Stratford, nestled beside the river Avon, where you visit the birthplace of William Shakespeare. Tonight enjoy a Welcome Reception and light informal meal. (1 day)
Cool overcast morning for the first day of the Britain tour. Quite a good breakfast in the hotel too. They even had Frosties which I used to love as a kid but could only get through a few mouthfuls of these.
Went down to the hotel foyer for the start of the tour. Unfortunately my worst fears about the tour were realised. I'm the youngest one on …
... crunchy and soft on the inside. There was also salad. I couldn't finish it! I asked for a lemon lime frink knowing that in the past bitters is something that they don't know over here. The lady asked me if I would like bitters with the lemon lime. I was really shocked but it was lovely.
Home to bed in a room with a really annoying squeaky door that everyone in the entire building could hear I'm sure. I had a shower in a shared bathroom. When I turned ...
Today was quite warm by UK standards and Derek and I had a pleasant walk along the canal in the morning before joining the Grimer family for a very tasty Sunday roast lunch. Rob and Fi then took us to Croome Park, an 18th century country house and estate where we enjoyed a walk through the house and grounds. Rob then dragged me out into the fields to go blackberry picking and Derek and I dropped in for a chat with Lesley's parents, Ray and Doreen, before supper and a chat with Rob and ...
... This was really great. The story was told by 5-6 actors who were in each of the rooms. They were really clever and the show was interactive. Levi was put in the dock in the court and charged with weeing in the well in Warwick. After he revealed that he was Australian, the judge knew right away that he was guilty. We all had to boo the accused... it was a lot of fun. There were a few times that we jumped... but on the ...
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Quiet, clean hotel. Nice view! Fruit and vinegar not my favorite for breakfast! Not a 4.5 start hotel, but it was adequate.
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Had been to the Alveston in June 2005, and had a middling experience for £190+. Got a good deal through a well-known cheap site for £96, which softened the blow. For that sort of money, the trip we've just had was excellent. I can only echo what previous reviews say about the windows - they will soon need replacing - but the good points about this trip were -
My husband and I recently stoped at the Alvestion Manor hotel for a short break, I can only describe the improvments that they are making as wonderful, the new leisure facility is just fantasic, everyone is very friendly, and the service wonderful, the resturant was a delight to eat in and certanly deservies the one rosette which I belive they have been awarded, I would recommend Stratford as a destination, and the Alveston as a place to stay to any.one who likes being looked after
Just come back from a few days away at the Alveston Manor Hotel and what a Fantastic time, The hotel has undergone some lovely refurbishments since my last trip and they are lovely and so in keeping with the property. And I believe the restaurant has been awarded 1 rosette which is well deserved.
The Alveston Manor is ideally situated and set in beautiful grounds. The hotel is undergoing some refurbishment of public areas at the moment but this didn't affect us at all. We are a family of 3 and our 18 year old son had his own room - both rooms were clean and well furnished. I appreciated the Molton Brown toiletries! Dinner was included in our deal on one night and it was well presented but not huge portions, unfortunately my son's steak wasn't great but he of course didn't want us to complain! The cooked breakfast wasn't huge but there is an excellent selection of fresh fruits to make your own fruit salad and delicious pastries. Drinks are very expensive - over £4 for a bottle of water, and needless to say the mini-bar is a definite no go as in most hotels unless you really don't mind paying extortionate prices. There is however space in the mini bar for your own bottle or two if you come prepared! Staff were friendly and helpful and if you are looking for a hotel in a good location it couldn't be better. We did have a good deal which we through the national newspaper advertisments which makes all the difference and paid £159 per double room including breakfast and dinner on one night. A bargain! I can't comment on the leisure facilities as we didn't use them - the pool didn't look that appealing to us and seemed fairly busy.
One to recommend....
The Alveston Manor is in a lovely setting with just in minutes walk over the bridge to the town centre. We ate dinner on our first night & found it totally delicious, the best we have eaten in a while. The staff made as feel totally welcome & were only to happy to help when we asked for information on Stratford.
I would certainly book the Alveston should I return to Stratford.
Great location for Shakespeare vacation
Stayed two nights. We had the Bed, Breakfast and Dinner package. Dinner menu was varied each night and included incredible desserts. Breakfast each day was generous and cooked to our order. Best bathroom of our vacation. Great location, within walking distance of Butterfly Farm, Shakespeare houses, Royal Shakespeare Theatre and pedestrian shopping area.
A good choice
My family of five stayed at the Alveston Manor for three nights in July of 2004, taking two rooms in the more modern wing behind the Elizabethan timbered main building. The rooms were small, but comfortable and elegant. I'm surprised to see a review of this hotel which criticized breakfast, which we found to be a very ample buffet, with a hot breakfast served if you wished. The grounds are historic and beautiful, the hotel spacious, and the location perfect, right over the Avon from the public parks and the Theatre, an easy few blocks to the center of town and the many restaurants. The canal boat basin was close by, which is interesting and picturesque. I didn't see any other hotels directly in town which I liked better, and would stay here again if I returned.
Spoilt by breakfast
Loverly hotel, Beautiful room, excellent facilities,
but for £55 pppn the English breakfast would not feed a cat. One small mushroom, one small half tomato, one hard poached egg and one small slice of bacon.
A special occasion made memorable!
We booked the Alveston Manor for a large family celebration- a golden wedding anniversary. The rooms were great especially the ones in the "barn extension". The organisation by the staff from events organiser to restaurant manager were excellent. It was a lovely venue and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and the staff were very helpful. It made a special occasion a very memorable one for the whole family! Leisure facilities are now being built which will make a great hotel even better. I would highly recommend it.