Our second visit here. Once again we paid for an historic suite which gave us a lovely room overlooking the (frozen) lily pond and plenty of space. Slippers, towelling robes etc all supplied. It also gave us access to the Orchard Restaurant for evening fine dining and waiter service for breakfast. The dining in the Orchard is a highlight for us - for others it may not be so important. A lovely slow paced dinner and a bottle of wine with coffee and petit fours is our ideal evening, whereas others seem to prefer to eat and get across to the Pavilion to reserve their table for the evening for quizzes, dancing and entertainment - each to his own.
As previously the dining was lovely - service was impeccable. We did witness some challenging behaviour from some tricky customers but the team never wavered in their excellent customer service and are to be congratulated for this. We did hear one or two comments that food quality in the main buffet restaurant was only average, but we have no experience of this. We didn't go across to the entertainment every night but we did go to see the entertainment team on the final night, and enjoyed the evening. Especially the Mr & Mrs game at the beginning of the evening, which due to the honesty of the guests taking part, was extremely funny. I do think guests should be aware though that The Players are no longer here and we missed them. They added something quite unique to the stay with their Murder Mystery and Book at Bedtime - not something we have come across anywhere else. Warner did notify us beforehand that they were no long resident here. The weather was quite cold while we were here but our room was warm and cosy and extra heaters were installed in the communal sitting areas and it did not feel cold inside. All in all we enjoyed our stay again but I do think you get what you pay for with Warner. A stay in a standard room and eating in the buffet restaurant might feel like a very different holiday. Do your homework before you go and decide where your priorities are.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- You'll be swept off your feet by the 18th century charms of this Grade I Georgian Historic Hotel, with its landscaped gardens, elegant drawing rooms, imposing staircases and fantastic views. Midweek and Weekend breaks inclusive of breakfast and 3-course dining, live evening entertainment and extensive leisure activities. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Holme Lacy Hereford