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As of today, not much much other than the usual. I have a new client, Halfords, so that's why I'm in Birmingham travelling home each weekend. However, the plan is that from around May next year, we go off driving around the European land mass visiting hot countries when it's cooler there and colder countries when it's hotter. We are spending the next few months planning so there's not much detail to be seen here yet. Watch this ...
... haven't had internet at my flat for the past two weeks already if not more. I check tickets for the train and they have gone up BUT I have received a message from a host, so now I have a dilemma. No time to think, it begins to look dicey where I am standing and all the cabs have now moved on, and so shall I are my thoughts. Still not finished with my booking, I head to another bar, closed of course, near my place. Roughly 45 min later and after the day now passed by, I end ...
... whilst searching for somewhere to have breakfast. As you may now be aware, I quite like a hearty breakfast before a ride and I'm not a great lover of porridge. So faced with the prospect of a bowl of Museli (Swiss for rabbit food) or Grenola (Swiss for rabbit food with bird food in it) I hurried towards the welcoming aroma of sausage meat and pastry. What a sight to behold. Tray after tray of little parcels of puff pastry, lovingly wrapped around succulent sausage ...
... from July 12 to 19...no WiFi on the canal boat! More anon after the canal trip from Whitchurch to Llangollen.
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Be back in one week with MORE! See you then.
Naomi & Andrew
... Saskia, who had a cold, sat down on the top of the ridge and refused to move any further. Nick had to go back and rescue her, whilst I bribed her with apple juice and snack-food.
We had to hold onto our hats for the toposcope summit photos, as the wind was whipping them from our heads. We made our way back down, past St Ann's Well and, after trying several pubs, ended up at the Unicorn with Janet and Jeff for lunch.
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Historical Traveler Reviews The Abbey Hotel Malvern
The Abbey looks a great hotel from the outside, and my room was very nice as it was in the old part of the building. However, this hotel seems to care more for the party and function goer rather than its own residents as on both nights of my stay there was a function right next to my bedroom until 1am, with thumping diso base sounds.
Stayed here to attend a friend's 60th birthday party. Reception was efficient but not terribly friendly. As a single traveller I was expecting a poky little room somewhere but, no, I was put in an enormous well-equipped room, complete with king-size bed, huge bathroom and wonderful view to the hills - felt I could reach out of the window and touch them. The food at dinner was standard mass catering, OK but not exceptional but breakfast next morning was wonderful - we were in the Garden Room off the main restaurant, with a magnificent view of the Abbey through the creeper-clad windows. Plus the pealing of the bells! Expected my bill to be well over £100, perhaps nearer £200 with single supplement, but no, it was £50 - excellent value.
Having read some of the bad reviews AFTER booking I was a little worried about this hotel. I was pleasantly surprised. We requested a quiet location and we got that. A view would have been nice but you can't have everything. Peace and quiet is much more important. If we wanted a view we could walk or sit somewhere else. We were at the foot of the Malvern Hills after all.
Arrival: Access to car park via multiple coaches a little difficult so needed to walk from rear of hotel with bags to reception Up hill!- but that's Malvern!). Reception: Bland and professional but not warm! Room: The hotel (original section) has a wonderful setting, however the 50/60's concrete, steel framed window extension wants knocking down and starting again- guess which room I was in! None the less it was simple but dated. Meals - Very good and entertaining with eccentric waiters although a little slow. Bar busy with all sorts going on! from weddings to business meetings to loud oversees visitors! The G&T was however welcome and nibbles at the bar varied and tasty. Lovely views from the bar through the ivy clad leaded windows over the Worcestershire plain.
My husband and I chose the Abbey Hotel in Malvern as our wedding venue because it was convenient (we live in Malvern ourselves) cost effective (we had our room for the night for free) and our organiser was helpful and friendly. We never regretted it one bit. The whole 3 days we were there everything was perfect. The staff were very attentive and looked after our guests beautifully, they made it feel very special, and everything we had planned before the day went like clockwork, I didn't have to worry about a thing. I could just go ahead and enjoy the day.
This hotel seems to have mixed reviews. I suppose it depends on what you are looking for. We stayed recently over a weekend and were very happy. Room in the original wing of hotel had a spectacular view and the creeper clad walls and windows gave it a very nice ambience.
Hotel with a big heart
In the heart of England you'll find Malvern and in the heart of Malvern you'll find the Abbey - a great hotel with a big heart - comfortable and convenient and, above all, staffed by a team of people for whom nothing seems too much trouble - always a friendly welcome. We keep going back - it's a great place to relax - old fashioned standards but with all the creature comforts you'd expect. Convenient for everywhere and everything - brilliant.
Stayed at the Abbey recently to do some walking on the Malvern Hills.
Well enough said, we walked out!! We had booked into this hotel for Dinner Bed and Breakfast after seeing its web page. It was to be a special break and I had asked for one of the best rooms, can't remember if they call it superior or executive but it was neither. The bedding was torn and the room was small, cramped and looked out over roof tops - I had been promised a 'spectacular view'! and the bathroom was to say the least dated. When we arrived we were told we could not eat in the restaurant until at least 9pm because a coach party was in and when the receptionist phoned the restaurant manager to book us in it was very apparent he was not pleased, she asked if we would be prepared to eat in our room. We phoned a hotel we had stayed in before The Evesham Hotel (very highly recommended) and walked out of the Abbey. I suggest you don't even bother booking in!
First the pluses: the old stone-and-ivy exterior is attractive and the location is fine, being right in the center of Malvern adjacent to the Priory. And the hot "English Breakfast" is good by continental standards, though it never changes so for multi-day stays get used to having the exact same thing each morning. Now the minuses: most everything else. I've stayed at the Abbey several times this year and each time has been a disappointment. The rooms are small and worn, and every room I've stayed in had at least one thing not working (the TV, the phone, the heater, etc.). The service is uniformly indifferent at best. Simple services like wake-up calls are a failure: on one recent trip, I received my wake-up call on exactly one of the five mornings I requested it. If special events (parties, etc.) are being held at the hotel, be prepared to hear them in your room all evening as any kind of soundproofing is non-existent. All in all, I've stayed at worse hotels, but for the price you should be able to do a lot better than the Abbey.