The Vineyard At Stockcross
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While everyone's probably heard of the boy pharaoh Tutankhamun, some may not yet have seen the televised period drama 'Downton Abbey'. So, a few words of background might be useful.
First, I have to tell you that I didn't watch any of the programmes - period drama rarely rocks my boat. My wife Pat and millions of others did, however. If you weren't one of them, you can still watch it, for a small fee, on the ...
... dam professional by the end of it and decided to watch john and Linda's kids.. Shouldn't have done that,they made it look so easy,nothink another two or three hundred lessons won't fix. The feast was laid and Brian and Helen rolled up,we met John and Brian on a kibbutz we worked at in Israel about one hundred and ten years ago. Brian and John both drive black cabs in London ...
Gosh, it is so pretty. What's not to like? Tropical islands, sunny (usually some every day but we were there at the start of the monsoon season), sea breezes, friendly people, lovely views, etc. etc. There certainly are some downsides which mainly is the cost to get there. And once there, things can be expensive, very, very expensive but you can do a lot of the islands on the cheaper end too.
... to our accommodations in Speen, Newbury and managed to get a taste of rush hour on the M40. Arrived at the Hare & Hounds Hotel & Inn just in time for happy hour followed by an excellent meal - homemade fish pie for Linda and a Moroccan tagine for Howard. Mmmmmm, was really good! A short walk across the garden to our comfy room and restful sleep.
Tomorrow, Highclere castle (home of "Downton Abbey")!!!
I took an alternative route home, travelling on the Thames Clipper instead of the train.
On Tuesday 7th, I was up quite early, and had a message from Antonia Hartley, who had arrived from Australia on Monday. Antonia was also staying in the Westminster area quite close to me, so we met for breakfast. I told Antonia that I had missed the changing of the Guard and mentioned that I might go and watch it this morning as we were again quite ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews The Vineyard At Stockcross Newbury
Relaxation and luxury at its best!
I have just returned from a weekend at the Vineyard at Stockcross with my fiance. The service we experienced was outstanding - without exception. They must send their staff to charm school!. As for the food, we enjoyed the tasting menu which was 7 courses followed by some lovely chocolate petit fours.
I don t really know much about wines but the Sommeliers guided us through the wine list although we ended up trying lots of different wines to match the food we ate. The spa is not massive and we didn't use it anyway - my fiance had an amazing stone massage. I would recommend this hotel to anyone looking to indulge - v relaxing.
Shambolic - the worst '5 star' hotel going?
We have just returned form a dreadful one night stay in Jan. '05. The hotel is al modern sandstone with plastic windowframes, akin to a roadside Novotel. You are greeted in the lobby by a sickening smell of chlorene form the pool, and the decor is a confused mix of traditional and modern. The room we were given was filthy, dreary and overlooking a main road. When I asked to be moved I was told to 'give it a try first'!! After moving rooms we had lunch, where I was told I couln't eat a sandwich on a particular sofa because it was technically part of the bar (are you serious??). It arrived 20 minutes later without half the ingredients...The spa was equally underwhleming and littered with cast off towels and wet newspapers (nobody on duty). The real kicker though was dinner. We were told there was no availability until 9.30pm, (really?) but when we arrived famished, the place was a sea of empty tables. the 'somelier' couldn't pronounce any of the wines, had seemingly never tasted any of them, and his recommendation stretched to pointing limply at the cheapest wine on offer!! The food was lukewarm and dated - lots of cappuccino 'foam' sauces (yawn). We had to ask for our wine and water topped up three times, and the bill twice....Breakfast was offensively bad, and we couldn't wait to leave. the cost of this "luxury" for one night inc. dinner? 615. At least Dick turpin wore a mask....
Some things amazing, some things a let down
We stayed for one night in August to celebrate our first wedding anniversay and the restaurant proved one of the best we have ever been to.
We booked online via a popular travel site and got a deluxe room for 150 pounds, with breakfast. This is quite a discount on rate so it's worth shopping around.
The hotel grounds are very unimpressive but the restaurant is the real selling point, it's gorgeous!
The room was good, pretty large with walk in wardrobe and a big bathroom full or gorgeous Molten Brown products. When you lay in the bath you could see the rust under rim though - yuck. Also a disappointment was the spa area which wasn't very clean and not at all luxurious.
Our meal was unfaultable though. It's a beautiful setting, very romantic and the service first first class. Extra to all the food you chose are great little bonuses such as a tray of chocolate bites, sorbet etc. The wine choice is overwhelming but the sommelier will help you chose the right one for your food, and there are plenty of well-priced wines!
It's pretty pricey, but on Sunday's they do a cheaper set lunch, which we are planning to head back for this year.
Shining example of a 5* hotel
It's not cheap, but quality usually isn't.
The Vineyard consistently impresses me for the quality of service, food and accommodation. I'm suprised by what i have read on a couple of review here.
Rooms: The basic doubles are very small. However the exec doubles are fantastic, and the junior suite - wow. Serious luxury. First hotel i could actually live in and not go crazy!
Food: Room service is top quality - have never got a meal like this on a tray before! The restaurant is seriously good (may/may not have a Michelin star currently) and wine for all budget is available.
Excellent restaurant with very good hotel attached!
Restaurant is truly first class - well worth its Michelin star. Service extremely professional. The larger rooms are absolutely stunning - huge, very modern. My second stay was in a standard room which was on the small side and decor was too flowery and perhaps somewhat dated (four-star standard, not five).
Certainly the best hotel in Newbury - worth a premium to its competitors if you can negotiate a reasonable rate.
The Vineyard is a beautiful place to stay - the staff were warm and receptive, the food and service delightful, my room was spotlessly clean with a lovely decor. I feel that I definately got what I paid for! I would love to visit again! Cool sculptures, except that weird white one...
Overpriced and unbelievably bad service!
My husband and I visited the hotel early last year( I have only just discovered this website!). A one night stay cost us over £600 with dinner ,breakfast and drinks. The room/suite was lovely but the food was distinctly average. My jewellery case was taken from our locked room whilst we were at dinner, and to this day I have not received so much as a letter of apology from the hotel. At breakfast the service was so dreadful it was almost funny. Several of the staff were clearly in very bad moods. We waited till we had finished our cooked breakfast before getting any coffee despite several reminders. In the end my husband had to get up from the table and accost a waiter! When the coffee finally came it was slammed down on the table with such force that coffee spilled all over the cloth! Overall our stay was quite unbelievable for all the wrong reasons. We shall not be returning!
2,000 bottles of wine!
The Vineyard at Stockcross truly is a haven for food and wine lovers - there are more than 2,000 wines on the list, 800 of which are from California!!
Consume the wine with the food and it is an amazing dining experience.
I can't wait for my next visit!!
5 star I think not
It was a awful, I paid $300 and was ripped off, the service was only average and the food was cold.
I will never return
Lovely hotel - Beautifully decorated rooms, pretty location and attentive staff . From the moment I arrived on a very rainy evening and was escorted by an extremely smart doorman with a huge (!)umbrella to checkin, to the beautiful meal (do not miss the parsnip icecream!) in the restaurant, to being welcomed by all staff including Sir Peter Michael (the owner) - this hotel gets the thumbs up. The Vineyard has a huge, well stocked wine cellar and although some wines are expensive enough to require a second mortgage, they have a good selection more reasonably priced for those who aren't wine snobs!!