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... is a family owned manor turned zoo. The beautiful place is home to the Heyworth family and was started in 1970. Forty years on the animals and the beautiful grounds go together. The zebras wander in front of the house and the giraffe house has a large walking platform around the top so you can eyeball the 3 giraffes that wander around. There are few fences and those that are there are wire and the animals are kept in by large ditches that are merely topped ...
... of the smaller animals. Very interesting. It also incorporates Dudley Castle. It was quite cold and a bit wet, so some of the animals kept to their indoor areas.
We walked from there to the Dudley shopping centre where we wandered round before catching a bus back to the boat.
We had a takeaway pizza.
No boating today
Wed 18th Sep
We used the facilities (3 cassettes!) before setting off. A hire boat crossed ...
Today was quite warm by UK standards and Derek and I had a pleasant walk along the canal in the morning before joining the Grimer family for a very tasty Sunday roast lunch. Rob and Fi then took us to Croome Park, an 18th century country house and estate where we enjoyed a walk through the house and grounds. Rob then dragged me out into the fields to go blackberry picking and Derek and I dropped in for a chat with Lesley's parents, Ray and Doreen, before supper and a chat with Rob and ...
... This was really great. The story was told by 5-6 actors who were in each of the rooms. They were really clever and the show was interactive. Levi was put in the dock in the court and charged with weeing in the well in Warwick. After he revealed that he was Australian, the judge knew right away that he was guilty. We all had to boo the accused... it was a lot of fun. There were a few times that we jumped... but on the ...
... in about 1300 and the largest remaining example of such a map. We also visited the chained library where many ancient manuscripts also dating back to the 8th century are stored. Amazing to think that such documents still exist and the artwork in the books was beautiful. After a short walk around Hereford town we returned to the Harris home for supper and photos and then said our farewells and headed back to Rob for a quiet evening ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Forest of Arden Marriott Hotel & Country Club Birmingham
I was very impressed by this hotel. affordable luxury and extremely good value for money.
We stayed here for 2 nights over the valentine period are were quite impressed. The hotel is only rated as 3 stars but I think it is as good as many similar 4* that I have stayed in. The room although a little small, was very comfortable and clean. We ate in the restaurant both nights - the frist was a buffet which I have to say was pretty appalling but the 2nd night was valentines and the whole dinnig room had been beautifully decked out and the food and service that night was top notch. The bar next to the restauarant it very casual and relaxing with a large open fire and is great after your meal. Breakfast was ok - a buffet - but was incredibly busy - I really don't like queunig for my breakfast. Overall this hotel met expectations and is reasonably priced for what you get. Not the best hotel we have stayed in by far but we had a nice time none the less
Great for families
Spent a night here with my wife and 7 month old baby and it was close to perfect for what we wanted. We were looking to get away and be waited on for a night, have someone else cook the meals and be able to take the baby for a swim.
The whole setup really was great, we had drinks, snacks, dinner and breakfast in the casual dining place (long weekend cafe bar) and although they had a smoking area at one end, this didn't appear to be blowing around the place.
Room was in great condition and we had a wonderful view over the golf course too.
Staying two nights over the August public holiday, the hotel was more or less full, most likely golfers. From the entrance, in the quiet countryside, to the hotel, the grounds were attractive. We had a run of the mill room overlooking a courtyard - we had no problems with noise. The staff were friendly and attentive. The swimming pool was more a leisure pool than a swimmer's pool, but the sauna and steam room were excellant (& hot). We stayed on a B&B rate but were offered either the buffet or the a la carte menu. Our visiting guests decided to have the buffet and this proved a good decision. The main course was a cavery with two additional dishes, nevertheless the wide ranging first course more than made up for any short comings in the second course, if the range of meats were not to your liking. The hotel uses feather duvets and pillows - and a request for non allergic bedding seemed to cause difficulties. We unlike one earlier guest found the rooms warm and wondered, without air conditioning, what temperature the rooms could reach in the height of summer. The hotel is graded as a 4 star hotel - however the house keeping department certainly didn't reach that standard and I think three and half stars would be more representative [For overseas readers the UK starage is based on facilities and not necessarily on achievement, having said that, stars in many parts of the world are given to hotels that do not have the same facilities or achieve a similar standing as in the UK]
Very goos for 3 stars!
I am currently using the wirless internet at the hotel now!
Fantastic atmosphere, great staff service, very nice (but pricy) food.
Great golf course. Also great for the non golfers with a pool and gym with all the other extras, beauty and sauna etc.
Too much to do, to little time!!
Great for golf but thats all!
We stayed at this hotel for New Year! I thought it would be along the lines of The Belfry or Carden Park. It was nowhere near this standard. We stayed for 2 nights. The food in the hotel was average. The spa was not good at all it was very small and not much happening!
The corridors of the hotel are really noisy - take some ear plugs as the corridor doors bang all night long!
When we arrived reception was very busy - we had to wait 20 minutes to get checked in.
Wouldnt go back again - definately nowhere near the standards i would expect from Marriott!
We have just returned from a weekend break at this hotel. We arrived Friday evening after a journey filled with traffic related hassles comforted by the thought that we could quickly freshen up and partake of a pleasant evening meal and relax,having reserved a table at time of booking..but alas, on arrival no booking was found. it was very busy and only a table around 2 hours later could be offered . This turned out to be a needless wait, as we discovered when we got to the restaurant that they had been expecting us 2 hours earlier! The dinner inclusive deal we booked only entitled us to a buffet dinner which included a carvery with very poor choice. Our room was a standard Marriott room ,ok'ish but looked out onto a courtyard. We stayed on the coldest weekend so far this year and we felt it, as there was only one small radiator and if you sat at the other side of the bed you froze. The bathroom extractor didn't work but was fixed very quickly once attention was drawn to it and the TV was faulty. We had a few problems with our bill but these were dealt with instantly by extremely helpful and pleasant reception staff who more than made up for the minor difficulties we encountered
Worst Marriott we have stayed in for a long time
We stayed here for one night 23rd October 2004 and found the experience poor and would not return.
The hotel was very full and perhaps struggling to maintain standards.
There was orange peel left on the floor in our room from the previous occupants, the TV was faulty, the internet leads missing, breakfast was anything but relaxing with lots of people jostling around the buffet table, the cutlery was not clean and the cereal bowls all with some water left over from their washing.
The staff were generally polite and helpful but overall it was a sub-Marriott experience.
Hidden gem in Warwickshire
This hotel is the nicest Marriott I have stayed in in the UK. Staff are so helpful and attentive and the restaurant is run with military precision - beautiful food. Clean, efficiently run and warmly welcoming - everything a fussy guest like me expects and more.
Wonderful getaway hotel
Absolutly wonderful place to go to get away from it all in a fabulous enviroment. Relaxing atmosphere. Staff very friendly. Food slightly above average. Have stayed here twice over the last 18 months.