De Vere Oulton Hall
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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.
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... catch up with him and Avril over team and cakes in the garden (a 20 degree evening in April - a real treat) and to hear what they have been up to.
Friday was a bit frustrating as we had hoped to get some shopping done for the girls but our efforts went unrewarded. We also spent a few hours in IKEA looking for stuff for the new house and came away with ideas and questions but no actual purchases. We had a very slow journey back to Blyth due to traffic ...
... odds and ends all hand made. Then went to Silkstone to see Targets dad Boydie and the boxer family. Had. Few more laughs and then back to Tankersley Manor where we met up with Margaret and Robert for dinner. Weather is terrible cold and wet and forecasting snow for tomorrow . Barnsley is a pretty place with lots of gardens and as it is spring tulips and daffodils sway gently in the cold winds everywhere ...
We woke reasonably early again today after we both slept like logs, we definitely needed a good nights sleep. We are slowly adjusting to the changes of a UK lifestyle and way of living but it is still going to take some time, especially getting settled into our new home for the next 6 months. We had breakfast and we went for a walk around town to get our bearings which I am really glad we did, doing ...
... I had a few pints which were only £2 each and Jenna and I got to meet some of the people who will be part of our family for the next 5 months. They were all lovely and made us feel welcome. Nikki dropped us back at Kay's where we hade toast for tea. Due to the houses being small they don't have pantry's like we do at home and the fridge and freezer are practically non-existent. We will have to do some of our own shopping next week so we can find food we can live ...
... BA, it said that my seat allocation for the second flight was in row 78! Strange, as most planes I've been on before only have maybe 38 - 40 rows. Maybe it's a very, very long plane? When I looked at the plan of the plane, I've been allocated an upper deck seat! It's one of the new air buses. Should be interesting. Hope it's a first class seat but doubt it!
Packing done. Now for the "What have I forgotten?" ritual!