Chesford Grange - A QHotel
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... is a family owned manor turned zoo. The beautiful place is home to the Heyworth family and was started in 1970. Forty years on the animals and the beautiful grounds go together. The zebras wander in front of the house and the giraffe house has a large walking platform around the top so you can eyeball the 3 giraffes that wander around. There are few fences and those that are there are wire and the animals are kept in by large ditches that are merely topped ...
... the two boats returned.
This was a very peaceful mooring, with little traffic noise, and just a few walkers.
No boating today.
Sun 22nd Sep
We started fairly early in order to get to Brownhills in time for a shower before church. As we arrived at the visitor mooring, a young man from another boat warned us about an underwater obstruction so we moved on a boat length and found we could moor right in to the side. ...
... was really good. We then went and had some lunch, walked the 530 steps of the towers, watched a fantastic birds of prey show and a flame-throwing trebuchet that happens to be the biggest working one in the world at the moment. It was spectacular!
We found our accommodation which is about 2 klms form the castle, unpacked and headed off into town where we had some chinese food and we are just settling down for the evening...
The drive to stay with Sheila and Charlie Peacock,wasn't to long and took us through some beautiful country side and quaint villages.
We arrived at the Peacocks late arvo to a big pot of tea that was just what we needed. After settling in Charlie took us on a walk of the this old Market Town., While Sheila cooked up a great home cooked roast, soup and desert....yum!
The town is small ...
... last year.
We went through Braunston Tunnel and halfway through met two boats coming the other way. This tunnel is a lot drier than Blisworth, but it has some minor bends where the two ends did not join up correctly.
We paused to chat to Tim and Tracey, who had borrowed Sonflower to go to the Crick festival. Then we shared the 6 Braunston locks with Grumpy Git. There were lots of boats going the other way, either to go to Crick, or heading for ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Chesford Grange - A QHotel Kenilworth
We stayed at this hotel last easter when it was still part of the Paramount group. We paid extra to have an executive room and it was lovely with adjustable beds and dressing gowns. We found the food in the restaurant excellent with very attentive service and our children loved the childrens' buffet. We were pleased that there was a non smoking section in the library area off the bar. We were not so pleased with the ignorant attitude of some smokers who sat there regardless and puffed away even though they were able to sit anywhere and our family had the choice of two seats. Saying that the staff would ask them to move to the smoking section if they noticed.
Definitely on the UP
Stayed here a few times over the last couple of years because of company policy when at conferences, not always happily - the hotel has been mismanaged for years. This hotel has gone through an AMAZING refurbishment, even relining the car park! Conference facilities are miles better, standard bedroom is very attractive, and comfortable - a huge improvement - the new restaurant is excellent.
The hotel recently came out of Paramount Group, and it shows - the staff now wear smarter uniforms and seem much happier - service has gone from average to very good. It's great to see Quintessential improving things. This hotel has been given a new lease of life and I now look forward to the next visit - our conferences are now very well run and a weekend break with my family beckons!
Great Stay... Thanks Chesford Grange
I had a very pleasant stay and the reception staff were the best i have come across by a long long way they were very friendly and went out of their way to make our stay as comfortable as possible. I would definately recommend this hotel to almost anyone who wants to have an excellent holiday.
The rooms are very tastefully decorated and gives us a very warm feeling.
Stayed in this hotel in late September and again last weekend
I'm currently staying at the Chesford Grange. The hotel is quite cosy and rabbit-warren-ey, but not claustrophobic, with lots of old leather and old rugs everywhere - fine for a winter stay. My single room is clean, but fairly small, and a reasonably small bathroom. The all-in-one plastic Corby Trouser Press and Kettle & Tea/Coffee service is standard English cheapo fare, with all else in the room not showing particular imagination or quality, consistent with the rest of the hotel.
Having stayed at Chesford Grange on previous occasions and been satisfied we could not believe what we had to put up with on our last visit in October.
4* - you are joking
Just stayed at the Chesford Grange Hotel, Warwicks in what must be the worst 4* hotel room ever. Room 8, overlooked a never ending flat roof with assorted vents one of which was the kitchen extractor. This meant very noisy extraction until late at night along with accompanying smells. So the room and my clothes ended up smelling of the menu. How can you grade it as 4* - a Travelodge would have been preferable at half the price. Why didn't I complain - because a friend had taken time and trouble to organise this 30yr uni reunion and luckily it was only for one night
Bank Holiday break at Chesford Grange
We stayed at Chesford Grange the Bank Holiday weekend at the end of August. We arrived to find that there was quite a lot of renovation work going on in the hotel, though it was to be seen and not heard, we saw men, skips and diggers but rarely heard them. We had a standard room which although well furnished was small. Everything was clean although a little cramped.
Breakfast was great, a buffet giving you lots of options. We didn't try the restaurant for dinner as it was expensive, we worked out that for myself and my husband it was around £80 for a three course meal. Starters were typically £6, main meals £20 and then wine on top from £20.
Overall we had a lovely weekend, mixing Stratford and Warwick with the leisure facilities in the hotel.
First impressions were good, premium room very spacious and modern in the new wing. Not quite as period as the brochure shows. Restaurant does not open til 7pm. Being parents of 16 month old, we had to order food from the bar. This took over 40 minutes to arrive and it was cold and under cooked (club burger was raw in centre). We had to send it back, the glasses were also very dirty. High chair straps were a disgrace! Carpet is room was covered in other folks hair!