De Vere Oulton Hall
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... the Shambles and behind the facades of the shops. Apart from the very strong wind it was worth the climb. We visited the Chapter House with its seven stained glass windows and beautiful flooring. I even managed to spot the one and only 'green man' as I was sitting underneath it. There is a new interactive attraction called the Undercroft, this follows the 2000 year journey of the Minster and is really quite moving especially the section on Resurrection, well ...
... The Flying Scotsman, City of Truro, Evening Star, The Bullet Train. My favourite part is the warehouse which is a treasure trove of railway artefacts. Lots of models of trains and steam ships made by apprentices back in the day, dinnerware used on the first class sleeper trains. Tomorrow we are off to see York Minster and the Castle Museum, and cake at ...
The one we have been waiting for! The Ouse has some reputation and needs to be treated with a great deal of respect. It is fast flowing, tidal and not very wide in places for a big river, which then emphasizes the speed of the flow.
John and I go and have a look past the lock to see what is happening with the River and we don't like what we see! How many logs, branches and floating islands do ...
... a "duck weed" issue on the Selby Canal but were surprised on how much there was and how green it was, it didn't look like there was a canal at all, under the luminous green covering.
Selby is a very pleasant small town and we moored in the basin at the junction with the River Ouse, well placed for our for our early set off time with tide on the way up to York ...
... us", runs around with jerry cans collecting diesel from the distributors across the road and then fills up the two boats, oh well, back to "canaltime"!! There could have been worse places to stop and while away some time, as you may see from the photo.
Another glorious day in the sunshine and a fairly short trip on The River Aire to our overnight stop at Beale Lock.
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Historical Traveler Reviews De Vere Oulton Hall
Valentine's Weekend Treat
I stayed at Oulton Hall 12th and 13th February. We upgraded our room to an executive room at an additional cost of £25 per night to the regular room rate, which is well worth the extra!! Massive king size bed - spacious room overlooking the gardens.
The reception and public areas are very grand, almost palacial! Wasnt so keen on the pool area, with Blayds bar overlooking the swimmers which I thought was slightly strange!
The Bronte restaurant was excellent, faultless food, well worthy of its excellent reputation. Located slightly out of the city centre, and not ideally placed for shopping trips, the hotel is perfect for a total relaxation break!!
Bar is very pricey... be warned!
My husband and I had a lovely time here last year. The hotel staff couldn't do enough for us - even to the extent of loaning me some items of makeup from the beaticians as I had left mine at home (that saved me from having to use room service for dinner!) I would say use this hotel if you want a relaxing,romantic stay rather than as a base for sightseeing or shopping. Just pad around using the facilites and enjoy a superb meal in the Bronte restaurant and you will leave feeling thoroughy pampered.
Stayed all too briefly here for work - after a late arrival had a stunning meal in the restaurant, service and food were top notch, bar was lovely complete with hotel cat! Excellent nights sleep and a delicious breakfast, only regret is we didn't have time to enjoy all the facilities! Highly recommended!
Classic luxury hotel - go on spoil yourself!
Oulton Hall is much better than any other De Vere hotels we've encountered. Overall it is a beautiful but expensive retreat worthy of its 5 stars. Best enjoyed when you've secured a good deal thru late rooms or the like. The golf course next to the hotel (a muni not owned by De Vere) is very well kept and a snip at £11 for 18 holes. Go on treat yourself, we got a good deal and saved plenty on the room rate so that we could eat ourselves silly and waddle around the grounds like gods.
Pretty decent...worth a visit
Stayed here for a wedding which was excellent. The grounds were amazing and the hotel is really quiet but a bit far from city center. The late night room service menu was a bit expensive and the food tasted like it had been nuked in a microwave. Breakfast was execellent but extremely busy. Overall had a nice time and if I ever come back then I will try the infamous bronte restaurant.
When planning my perfect wedding I looked at various venues for the actual 'wedding night'. We were going to have the ceremony at Oulton Hall but the dates we required were fully booked. Thank Goodness! When we arrived after our fantastic day at Woolley Hall we were given the keys to what should have been the most romantic night of our lives. Instead as we entered the supposedly 5 star non-smoking room we found a dirty towel on the floor and the room absolutely stank of smoke. The windows were fully open and the fan was on, but it made no difference - my dissapointment was overwelming and I sat on the bed wanting to cry. I immediately composed myself and rang reception explaining that we specifically asked for a non-smoking room. We were told that the room WAS a non-smoking one but that it can't be helped if people do smoke in there! Apparently there were no other rooms available. As I contemplated spending my wedding night at home I sent my new husband down to see what he could do. He came back with the same reply - they could do nothing! Traumatised by this point I scooped up my wedding dress and marching down to reception blonking my wedding bouquet on the desk. 'This is supposed to be my wedding night - we booked a non-smoking room which sticks of smoke, you say that there are no other rooms available and to top it off when we walked in there was a towel on the floor!' The receptionist nonchalantly replied, ' ooh that's not very good for a 5 star hotel is it?' 'No its not!' I said. Eventually after much complaining we were finally given the room of another bridal couple who had not yet arrived, but which didn't have the priviledge of any view. Instead we had a a view of a wall - but atleast it was odour free! Exhausted after our ranglings we finally got to bed about 2.30am - our wedding night ruined. In the morning the paper didn't arrive, we didn't receive enough milk, and we got the wrong breakfast order. In total it was a complete shambles. For a 5 star hotel on what should have been the best night of my life I was more than dissapointed but also upset and angry. Dispite mentioning all this on the comment card no-one wrote to us to apologise or anything. I would seriously reconsider staying at this hotel. It ruined what could have been the happiest day of my life!
Stayed in Oulton Hall during October 2003. The hotel itself is beautiful, full of old world charm. The gardens are wonderful. It is a very magical place. Rooms were clean and spacious. It has lots of excellent facilities - golf course, leisure centre, etc. Buffet breakfast is very good. We stayed for 3 nights and loved every second of it. We will be back !
Beautiful hotel in luxurious surroundings
Just stayed at De Vere Oulton Hall and was very impressed! A beautiful stately home style hotel up a long driveway with golf course on either side. The entrance hall is stunning-you feel like royalty as you enter!
Rooms beautifully decorated and you get duvets on your bed rather than sheets and blankets. Had breakfast in the main restaurant which is beautifully furnished. Choice of cooked breakfast, continental buffet breakfast or fruit buffet. There was also a superior option of smoked salmon and eggs which you had to order. The leisure club has a smallish pool, sunbed, gym, whirlpool spa bath, sauna (which has views over the hillside and golf course) and steam room. Also had a manicure in the beauty salon which is luxurious but rather highly priced. We relied on public transport for travelling into Leeds which is frequent and the buses stop on the main road just outside the hotel. A single trip cost £1.10 and the 6 mile journey took about 25 mins. A taxi from Leeds train station back to Oulton Hall cost £9-£12. Would definately recommend this hotel to my clients (I am a Travel Consultant) and will return myself! Perfect luxury retreat for chilling out, but useful too if you would like to visit Leeds for shopping or nighlife, etc.
Heaven On Earth!
Myself and my wife stayed at Oulton Hall in January 2003 for a weekend break... We usually stay at 3 or 4 star hotels around the country, but decided to 'splash out' for a 5 star hotel, and got a bargain from the Internet - well, it was January! The place is magnificient - decor, staff, food is excellent. Rooms very roomy, with all facilities.
Swimming pool for relaxing very good. Stay here if you can!
This hotel is relaxing and set in grounds which screed out traffic noise so you get a great nights sleep. Rooms are really comfortable, staff helpful and polite.