De Vere Oulton Hall
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So here is our super vague plan for the first few months of travel. The aim is to avoid air travel as much as possible!
7th November - fly into Bangkok, Thailand. Hang out for a few days in the city before spending a relaxing week on the beach near Koh Chang. Then back to Bangkok to hire a card and head north ...
Checked into our Uber Modern B&B in the old walled city of York. The friendly owner has gone all out in redecorating our room in a Japanese theme and electronics and buttons galore (press button shower, smart 3D TV, silent fridge etc). The old city has a myriad of narrow winding streets and 14th century houses and, of course Minster Cathedral, a sprawling example of a 13th century ...
... another section of the wall, and also took a walk through town.
Back at the hostel, we met up with another Canadian! Vicky, originally from Taiwan, now lives in Vancouver! It was really nice to talk to another Canada. Our whole group, now 5 strong, decided to head out to dinner at a pub near our hostel. We chatted the night away, however I tucked in a bit early as I have to catch the train to Durham early in the morning.
... this is a dream guide to every place James and I plan to visit. Along with our regular Skype calls this has informed our travel plan no end. It is also a briliant source of truly useful advice! I would reccomend visiting her 'handy stuff' page if you are considering a similar trip :) Also loving the Travelfish website for quick snapshots of each country including boarder crossings, visas, transport ...
... where the famous and not so famous have studied. st Johns, Queens and Kings all have magnificent stone buildings and like Sydney uni, grass you can't walk on( well you can walk on it but don't try it someone will nab you )
ended up in the Bathhouse pub, a tiny pub with low ceilings, low light, good cider and food for dinner, with a small number of our ...
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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 !
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!
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.