Ettington Chase Hotel
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... Barbara , JohnCarlo and their beautiful son Giacomo. So much to talk about and share ideas about our "orto" veggie gardens. So you will see who gate crashed their "orto" later on!! To be able to swim every day in the pool and then have a leisurely lunch is something we could get quite used to but there is always reality to bring us back. The dinners at the restaurants at night were fabulous One of the restaurants we went to was one we have been to every time (and more than ...
... br> Friday had its ups and downs...I started out the day by getting off the tube, face planting it, and swelling up my knee (on the plus side, about 500 British men came to my rescue with an "are you alright, love?") After that potential disaster, I went to Leicester Square and stood outside Capital Radio for a few hours in hopes of getting to meet Demi Lovato. She had tweeted the night before that she would be there and wanted to "hang out" with ...
... 15 to get in, we look at each other then Paul says "So who is this Shakespeare dude anyway? Did he write stuff?". Call of the day, Vicky and I crack up laughing, we buy a feather pen (like they used in Kensuke's Kingdom - kids will love it), Vicky and I look around, Paul reads a little and finds out more about the 'Shakespeare dude' (it was Paul who told me about his death by syphilis - not that I should reveal my sources of my wealth of historic knowledge - ...
... seen before. We had free time and went to Carluccios for lunch of Nicoise Insalata which was lovely and washed down with Peroni on tap. After lunch we went over to the river to watch the long boats coming through the locks. Fascinating watching a young slight girl putting all her weight against a huge beam, digging her boots into the bricks raised up to give the necessary grip to force the huge ...
... than you can say for all but two characters, and can say I've seen it. I think only Timon of Athens and the newly found play, Cardenio remain in the Shakespeare canon for me to see for the first time.
One thing you can say: the curtain call takes on a whole new meaning in a production like this. I think the entire audience was quite happy to see all those blood-soaked dead bodies get up and smile cheerfully!
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What a great find
I have just spent a very relaxing weekend at Ettington chase. The facilities are excellent value for money.
The buffet breakfast and leisure facilities are superb. I could not fault the staff they were both friendly and attentive. This is my first stay at Ettington chase and i will definatly be returning.
I stayed at Ettington Chase for a weekend away and immediately upon arrival was impressed by the scenic grounds in which it is situated. The staff were all more than willing to help and the leisure facilities, food and overall atmosphere were all out of this world. I would definately have no hesitations in returning.
Institution in the middle of nowhere!
We found the hotel lacking in character and more like an institution. Our double bedroom was small, with the bed pushed up against one wall causing me to have to crawl up the bed to get in!
The breakfast was adequate but the restaurant impersonal with everyone sharing huge circular tables. On arrival we were told that the restaurant was closed for the weekend. Bar snacks were available in the bar area but tables to eat on were in short supply. We had to eat over the road at the Chequers Inn which fortunately saved the weekend as it was excellent!
The leisure facilities available were its saving grace, but if you were here for a romamtic weekend, forget it! Boring conference weekend? Perfect!
Clean, friendly and spacious.
Set in enormous, well-kept grounds, this hotel is actually a conference centre as well. It therefore lacks a little character, but is clean, friendly and has a swimming pool, sauna and jacuzzi, as well as a therapy centre for massage etc. It is 5 minutes walk from the village of Ettington, where there are 2 nice traditional pubs, serving good food...one is Chequers and one is the White Lion.
Comfortable beds, clean, overly powered shower which kind of sand-blasts you clean, TV, tea and coffee making facilities (ie kettle and cups and spoons!).
Very nice buffet style breakfast.
Cost me £60 per night for a double room in Sept 2005.
Decent conference venue
As a conference centre, which would seem to be its primary role, Ettington Chase is excellent: good facilities, good service, good food.
As a hotel? Less impressive. Bedrooms are relatively large, quite comfortable, but pretty spartan - think slightly-more-upmarket Travelodge, and you wouldn't be far wide of the mark. And the overall ambience (full of often large and loud conference groups) would certainly detract from it if you were travelling independently.
This is a conference centre, with the good rooms and facilities of a plush modern hotel, but with the larger size and slightly impersonal ambiance of a conference centre. It is clean, well-maintained and decorated, with extensive lanscaped grounds.
Great place to stay
We recently stayed at Ettington and had a fantastic time, excellent value for money considering all the amneities available and the brilliant breakfast. The staff are all very friendly and helpful and we will definately be returning
I stayed at this hotel for a weekend in October-04 and would highly recommend it for a relaxing weekend.
It's true that this hotel does have a slightly impersonal feel to it due to the sheer expanse of the place (it's huge!). However, you can't fault it for comfort and the amenities (pool, snooker tables, gym are superb). The breakfasts were out of this world, but expect to share your table with lots of others!
It's an easy 10-minute drive into Stratford-upon-Avon, so a good base for exploring the area.
This hotel is clearly geared towards conferences and as long as you take that on board this is a great hotel. The bar was not open when we arrived but they quickly and happily arranged drinks for us, the restaurant was not open on the Friday and Saturday evening which for us was not a problem as we had been warned that might be the case and we had planned to eat out anyway, however other guests that had come for a weekend leisure break were clearly disappointed.The staff were all very friendly and helpful. The rooms are clean and comfortable with large beds, the leisure facilities are wonderful and the breakfast is very tasty and plentiful. A good spot for exploring Stratford and the surrounding area but peaceful if you do not want to be in the hub of it all. Would I stay here again? Yes
Not Child Friendly!
Ettington Chase is a nice conference hotel.Good facilities etc BUT try booking a room at the weekend when they cater for families having a night or two away when they do not have conferences going on and although they make a point of saying they have superb leisure facilities ie pool etc Children are not allowed to use them. They dont tell you that until you have arrived. appalling!!!
Do not use this establishment