Historical Traveller Reviews of Menzies Welcombe Hotel and Golf Course
Location is fantastic with easy access to M40, Statford and the Cotswolds. Have stayed a few times and would recommend the rooms in the older part of the building. Rooms round the back are very small for two and can be cool in early spring. Staff and food are fine although reception suffers with the usual distractions of phones being answered whilst trying to have a conversation.
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Very much enjoyed this hotel qand will return at the next opportunity. Beautiful surroundings, rooms of above average standard, very close to theatres.
Relaxing and peaceful...
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...wonderful country retreat just a mile from Stratford. Magnificent and imposing building with high ceilings, oil paintings, leather armchairs and open fires in the reception and bar areas.
Exec rooms are huge and tastefully decorated with large bathrooms. Great countryside room views. Staff very helpful and polite. Ideal for couples visiting Stratford and Warwick. Can get up to 67% off room rate on lastminute.
Minor points - room was unbearably hot on arrival with no in room controls. Staff switched down when requested. Also, no mini bar and very limited tv options.
Fantastic...with a very small but you should probably ignore
My wife and I stayed here to celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary, having had our wedding reception here in 1996. In 1996 the hotel was outstanding. In 2006 it is still very good, but not as unique as it was - I suspect that being owned by a chain has had its effect in that the personalised service seems to have dropped a notch. Little things - in 1996 breakfast was not self service, as it is now. In 1996 the cheese course at dinner offered a choice of probably 30 cheeses from across Europe - now you get given five. That said, dinner itself and service was first class - certainly amongst the best food I have had the pleasure of tasting. We booked as suite - better to spend your money on a four poster room - they are amazing, the suite was pretty small. On our first night, we were disapppointed that the bar had been taken over by four drunk guys and a guitar, banging out "American Pie" - not what I expect from such an establishment. My complaint was excellently handled, however, and I left with a smile on my face having spent two great days there. 10 years ago this place was faultless. Now I sense it has to pay a little more heed to meeting corporate expectations. 5/5 in 1996, 4.5 today.
A beautiful special hotel
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It has taken me a while..so I apologise..My wife and I had are wedding reception at the hotel in June 2005...being one of the happiest days of my life and being the groom you always want everything to be on the ball and most of all your wife to be happy...I have to say the hotel was looking absouletely superb, the staff were extremely courteous and polite, and very attentive to our guests needs..the garden at that time of year was brilliant and the views splendid...if you are a keen golfer then make use of the fine championship course as we did the day before the wedding...the hotel has everything one could want for and the rooms depending on size are all very smart...the suites are something else and my wife did think for a short time..she was lady of the manor...for a nice relaxing stay look no further...but I do agree with one of the other reviews they should avoid trying to expand to much as this would take away some of the charm which it makes it such an excellent hotel and a special place
Wow - fantastic
We booked a last minute one night stay at this hotel and it was brilliant. We had a superior room which was worth the extra money. We booked through price check . co uk which was half the price of booking with the hotel directly. The service was good from the moment we checked in. The room was huge with beautiful furniture and the dressing room and bathroom were huge!! We did not go for breakfast as at £20 a head it seemed very expensive but it certainly smelt good!
We decided to eat in the restaurant and although slightly pricey, it was well worth the money . The service was great and the food was out of this world and they were very accomodating to the fact I had various food allergies.
The setting was beautiful and we would definately go back again.
We will be back
My partner and I booked on B&B basis for New Year's Eve, but enjoyed the hotel so much that we stayed for an extra night. The location is peaceful and beautiful, and a perfect base for exploring the Cotswolds. Our room was lovely with a huge, bright bathroom. Everything was spotlessly clean and the staff were all friendly and attentive. We particularly liked the layout and feel of the place, as the hotel still has a 'country manor house' feel, with a lovely entrance hall, cosy sitting room with roaring log fire and sofas, comfortable bar area with high-backed leather chairs and a great dining room with extensive views over the surrounding countryside. We did not have dinner at the hotel so cannot comment on the standard. Breakfast however was satisfactory - not exceptional I have to say, self service continental (too much tinned fruit I'm afraid instead of fresh)and full English, but there was absolutely no problem when we asked for scrambled egg to be made specially instead. However, this was more than compensated for by the stunning views from our window table. All in all, we will definitely be going back, and we would love to try it in the summer to enjoy the gardens AND the new spa centre which is due for completion March 2006. I secretly hope the hotel chain does not try to build on the success of this hotel by increasing its size and adding on more rooms, as I really think this would spoil the very essence of what makes it so special.
We stayed here for one night and it was absolutely wonderful and can't wait to go back hopefully, for a longer period. The bedroom was large and so was the bathroom, both decorated and furnished to a high standard. It was a freezing cold night outside and before going in to the restaurant for dinner we sat in the lounge in front of the roaring log fire, with the pianist playing in the back ground and soft lighting - I could have stayed there forever.
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We have just returned after spending a fabulous week-end here. The hotel, staff and surroundings were superb. We stayed in a suite in the main building and the extra cost was well worth it. The food was spectacular and the staff were extremely polite and attentive. They are currently building a new leisure complex which will be completed in the Spring of 2006. We will be returning again next year. Great venue for a romantic week-end. Can't wait till next time!
I stayed here for business and was astounded by the place! I stay in hotels frequently for work and leisure and this is definitely at the top of my list! My room (no. 8) was stunning, massive and had a lovely four poster bed. Dinner was amazing, everything was delicious and my dessert was beautiful!
The only thing this hotel lacks is leisure facilities but as they are building a spa centre as we speak this will soon be amended! Highly recommended for all purposes, particularly romantic / weddings etc!
Top Local Tips for Stratford upon Avon
So many hotels in the area, make sure you get a good deal.
Some pretty old buildings and nice river, but otherwise ordinary. Villages further south such as More-on-the marsh worth a visit as classic sandstone villages