Ettington Park Hotel
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This morning we headed off early, leaving the Lakes District to venture back down through the heart of England.
We stayed on the M6 thankfully as we had to get around Manchester, Birmingham, Wolverhampton, Liverpool and Nottingham! Far too populated and far too many roundabouts if we had to go through those cities!!
It only took us about 3 …
... C.S. Lewis and seeing places and events that were written into the Narnia books. A supper of wine, cheese and crackers as the sun went down capped off a "brilliant" day. (A very British word). Helpful fact for all you Thames cruisers- you are only allowed to moor at a spot for 24 hrs, who knew! We found a scrap of paper attached to the side window informing us of that fact and warning of a £100 fine for non-compliance. (To be continued ...
... of us getting side-on in the current before a lock. It took 6 of us on 2 long lines to get the stern back in the right direction. Our skipper, Earl, did a superb job and we had no issues as the crew got used to casting on and off at the various locks. By the time we reached the last locks the lock keepers had gone home for the night but with easy instructions posted on ...
... and walking. It was a pretty neat thing to see. We wanted to go the Covered Market for milkshakes, but everything here apparently closes really early. So we continued on our search for other things. We found Christ's church pretty easily. This is where a ton of Harry Potter was filmed. Including their first flying lesson (which we saw the grass for!). Then we passed George and Danver Ice Cream shop and decided to get a snack cause we'd heard this place ...
... br> On Tuesday I went to my first promenade performance called In the Beginning was the End at Somerset House. It was definitely the weirdest play I've ever been to. You basically walk through different rooms all over a building, and people spoke to you in different languages. There were creepy messages about technology everywhere. There was also a part where 10 people randomly stripped naked and slowly walked up stairs and then stopped and stared at you. It was incredibly weird. ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
This hotel is absolutely wonderful and one that we will come back to next time we're in England. The manor house, the grounds, the ruins - all made it memorable. But what made it truly special were the staff. Pleasant, discrete but very really friendly. they really made it a special stay and for that we thank them.
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My husband, his business partner and his wife and I stayed here for one night. Whilst on arrival the setting is beautiful there were many disappointments.
Nice but a bit of a rip off
There is no denying that this is a beautiful hotel. We stayed in the modern wing, in which great effort had been made to ensure that it integrated well with the rest of the building. The room was a little on the small size and terribly overheated, with a rather pathetic shower. We stayed as part of a wedding party and were charged a "reduced" rate of £140.00, however it was not mentioned at the time of booking or on the website that this figure did not include VAT and we would be charged VAT on all drinks charged to our room at the point of sale. This left many members of the party with bills that made our hangovers significantly worse and soured an otherwise good experience.
This is very beautiful hotel with some gorgous rooms.
From the minute we were going up the drive of the the hotel everything was perfect - location, building, staff, decor, ambience, our room, food.
Does not worth the price
The room was filthy, dust on the nightstands. Only one reading lamp in the room (and they knew we were 2!), the room service menu was so filthy with food remains you could just eat from it instead of ordering. The shower temperature could not be adjusted. Should I continue? - My suggestion is: find another hotel!
All in all I would highly recommend this hotel. We stayed one night for our wedding anniversary and had decided to treat ourselves to a really good hotel in the country, in its own grounds, with a pool and a good restaurant. Basically we wanted something a bit special. And with Ettington Park we definitely got it.
Beautiful & tranquil setting ~ overpriced & dreadful room. The elegant restaurant, however, served wonderful food.
I contacted the staff at Ettington Park Hotel to make reservations during an upcoming visit to England. My husband and I had seen this Hotel from the road on prior visits and were anxious to spend a night there. The reservations were made through e-mail and the reservation clerk was extremely polite and helpful. She guided us to a room that was just perfect and met all of our expectations. Although it was in the dead of winter, one would have thought it was peak season. The bar was well staffed; the restaurant was operating at 100% and the attention to our needs to ensure a great stay was exceptional. This Hotel, which looks like a castle, has atmosphere, history, service, and upon reflection reminds me of a piece of wonderful English history. My husband and I will definitely return. It is a little pricey but everyone should treat themselves to this exceptional respite.
Fawlty Towers Lives
Dreadful stay, the room was a disgrace with frayed curtains and a dirty, ill fitting carpet with burn holes in too. The staff were uncaring and rude. Complaints were not dealt with properly. Security is very lax. The restaurant has been through several cooks recently and the food is dreadful. The grounds are lovely but this hotel has suffered a huge drop in standards in the last six months due to a dreadful, rude, ignorant manager who has no customer skills whatsoever....
Beautiful hotel and setting....a little overpriced...
The location and hotel is breathtaking. While I enjoyed my stay there I would say that I think this hotel is a little overpriced. They "nickle and dime" you a bit...when we got our bill we were a little surprised at how we were charged for some of their "conveniences"....I'd recommend either booking one of their b'fast and/or dinner packages or having dinner and elsewhere....