Stratford Manor Hotel
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Our Tour director arranged for us to stop and take photos of Anne Hathaway's cottage. William Shakespeare's wife. We couldn't go in but at least saw it as it is a old cottage with the country old thatched roof. Still popular in the country.
... most were the gardens. The penguins live in the walled garden which has beautiful colours and some amazing plants that I didn't recognise but appreciated their loveliness. The Kids has a good time and enjoyed the train ride albeit from the bottom of my bag because I forgot to take them out!!!
After a lovely 3hours I headed off to London and to my dodgy digs for the evening. I just looked for somewhere near Heathrow that was cheap! I checked in about ...
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 ...
... for the Merlin tour and the dungeon tour. We had some time so we wandered down to the mill and down to the trebuchet that was waiting to b e shot during the day. A wander through the castle (photography IS allowed) for about a half an hour found us ready to join the group at the Merlin Tour. It was OK, only going for about 15 minutes but had a dragon that spoke to people from behind a mirror.
Our next trek was to ...
... 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 Stratford Manor Hotel Stratford-upon-Avon
This hotel is the best in Stratford by far. I was very impressed with the room. The room we stayed in seemed almost brand new. The room is very spaceous including very comfortable beds and a lovely Sony flat screen television on the wall to watch in bed. The bathroom again seemed almost brand new. The staff are extremely helpful and pointed us in the right direction to go into stratford to get some good food. Pool facilities were excellent and breakfast in the morning was delightful. We will be going back to Statford Manor very soon. 10 out of 10!!!!
We had a short stay at the Stratford Manor and I can do nothing but praise the hotel and staff alike. The facilities were wonderful especially the equipment in the gym and the indoor swimming pool area. The grounds were vast and beautiful and made it feel like a real retreat (we had left our 4 children at home with parents and were taking the opportunity to 'chill' and this hotel was perfect for it).
4 star hotel, 3 miles from Stratford
We booked the Stratford Manor at the last minute - it was about the only hotel with a family room over Easter - and having read the reviews we weren't expecting too much. However, the children loved the pool, there's a small playground out the back and loads of land for them to run around with football goals.
Race Night was a disappointment on 1st January 2006
New Year 2005 celebration, New Years eve, lead musician says and I quote "my watch says 10 seconds to midnight" then he starts the count down, what happened to BIG BEN CHIMES. January 1st Race Night, there should have been a disco after, what happened to it. The weekend was a disaster, only being with our friends made it good.
My husband and I, plus two friends visited this hotel for New Year. Our first impression was not bad. Our first night, 30th December was not a good one, we requested, at 11pm two liquer coffees, only to be told that we could not have them, as they could not get into the kitchen to get the cream, my husband requested a Vintage Port, only to be told they did not have a Vintage Port, our friend (male) requested a Brandy, we were told the only Brandy they had in the bar was one at £19.50 per shot. The next morning we had a word at reception about the events of the night before, we were informed that in the evening there would be Vintage Port bought up from the Cellar and put behind the bar, and that there would be cream for the coffee, Well I suppose 1 out of 2 was not bad, we got cream for the coffee but still no Port.
We stayed at Stratford Manor in October 2005 and our first impression on entering the corridors to the rooms was "depressing". There were polystyrene ceiling tiles throughout (fire hazard and very old fashioned). I've never seen so much artex on the walls! The room itself was also depressing - the walls were off-white, plain and shiny - again very old fashioned. The wall pictures were very cheap looking and the furniture was dark. The dining room and lounge/bar were in comparison much more up to date, but the fact that there was no natural light in the dining room and a very low ceiling made it very oppressive and claustrophobic, especially when busy. The leisure facilities were good, but the attendants were not very sharp at spotting children in the steam room generally making a nuisance of themselves. At check-in we were not made aware that you needed a security code to leave the car park, so were stuck at the barrier and then had to drive back to reception to find out what to do. We did actually manage to enjoy our stay... but it's definitely worth noting our review if you are thinking of booking this Hotel.
The bedroom that I had recently at Stratford Manor was lovely, very clean and fresh. Reception told me that they are refurbishing some rooms, we really took to this hotel and the facilities were excellent.
The bedrooms in this hotel are very disappointing. The colour scheme is garish, the furniture is outdated and shabby, the bathroom is basic, and the bedding had seen better days.
The swimming pool was good and the staff were lovely. The restaurant and bar areas were also clean and well maintained.
Housekeeping left a lot to be desired in some areas - dead bird in flower bed at entrance hall and obvious cobwebs in lampshade near reception were there for our entire three day stay.
Great Restaurant and Bar
Stratford Manor was a great place to stay for the weekend. We had a break that included dinner and it was a lovely restaurant, very modern and nice attentive staff.
The swimming pool is a good size and I enjoyed the sauna and steam room as well. Good location, near to Stratford and also Warwich Castle which we visited on recommendation of Reception.