Menzies Welcombe Hotel, Stratford-upon-Avon - Hotel Review

Wow! What a marvellous stay we had recently at the Menzies Welcombe Hotel in Stratford-upon-Avon. Set in over 150 acres of beautiful grounds this 4-star Jacobean-style hotel is packed with traditional charm. We stayed in a room in the main house with stunning views over the Italian gardens. The hotel also has a new wing where the rooms have a more modern feel.

The hotel is a Grade II listed building and has an interesting history. The building's façade is grand and retains most of the 19th century charm. After a quick check-in as we walked through the lovely oak panelled drawing room, I could not help but admire the beautiful wooden staircase and the paintings adorning the walls. Everything added up to the old world charm.

We were allocated 'Jessica's room' in the main wing. The room had a four-poster bed, high ceilings and was very spacious. Or I could say, it exceeded all our expectations. The room had the largest storage space I have ever come across in a hotel. I could have easily accommodated my entire wardrobe in there. I loved the ornate traditional furnishings in the room. Everything exuded a feeling of luxury. The room came with all modern conveniences like coffee/tea making facilities, TV, an Apple iMac, iPhone dock, hair dryer and iron with an ironing board. The coffee/tea making facilities and the iMac were in a separate small room. The ensuite was also very spacious, stylish and well stocked with toiletries.

Undoubtedly the best part was the location. The view from our room was lovely. I could have spent hours just relaxing with a book and looking out of the large windows. Early mornings, the view from the window transported us to another world. Mist covered gardens and the stillness brought a feeling of tranquillity. We could not have asked for more.

Breakfasts were buffet style and dinners a la carte. I felt that the choices on offer for vegetarians were limited and could have be improved. However, the views from the dining area were beautiful and we thoroughly enjoyed our meals. On all occasions that we dined in the restaurant we were lucky to get seats in the best location.

Though I do not play golf, the sight of the vast well maintained green golf course imparted a wonderful feel. There is a small man-made waterfall running down the hills ending in the lake on the grounds. Guests can visit an obelisk on the grounds which is accessible via a path behind the Spa. The gardens are beautiful and well maintained and also serve as a backdrop for many weddings. I could visualise how a photo-shoot would look in the garden with the beautiful house in the background. It is no wonder that the hotel is a popular wedding venue.

The hotel has a luxury spa with facilities which are free to hotel residents. The spa includes an indoor swimming pool, a separate external vitality pool, heated loungers and foot spas. You could also book yourself into a range of therapies and treatments which are available for an additional charge. For those of you who like a more active day, you could use the gym or the aerobics studio.

Two very minor gripes during our stay - no green tea stocked in our room and one of the lights in the room was non-functional. The green tea may have been made available on request, but we didn't ask for it. The good points far outweighed the two tiny issues and we would not hesitate in staying here again. Excellent location, a good base to explore Stratford-upon-Avon, well kept rooms and friendly staff made it a memorable stay. Thank you, Menzies Welcombe. We loved our stay.

You can check out the hotel website for information on booking and prices.

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