The first thing you notice as you meander up the driveway to Menzies Welcombe is just how grand the building is. Like something out of a historic film, you could happily imagine yourself running up to it to be greeted by your very own Mr Darcy!
Thanks to the architecture the hotel has that wonderfully old fashioned grandeur that continues into the reception area with a log fire to welcome you in the winter months. Moving into the rest of the hotel however, it has all been sympathetically renovated so it’s all contemporary, but still suitably in keeping with the history of the place. For groups of spa guests however, there are spa apartments in a separate building in the hotel grounds, and these are ultra modern and spread over two tiers complete with up to three bedrooms, a living room, and their own outdoor spaces.
Again in a separate building to accommodation, the spa is housed in what used to be the stables. It still has references to its past with details such as the former mounting blocks serving as décor while the pool forms the central focus of the space, surrounded by glass. There is a gym and fitness facilities, and an outdoor hydro pool, as well as lots of space to sit and have lunch in your robe – it’s all very peaceful.
The Trevelyan Restaurant is the hotel’s main dining area, which enjoys a view of those all important grounds (we will get to those in a second), and offers a fusion menu if British and European fare. You can’t really visit a place like this though without having afternoon tea, can you?
The grounds are beautiful, combining ornamental gardens complete with box hedges, alongside untamed woodland, which you can explore thanks to a series of walking routes. The hotel is also only a 10 minute walk (give or take) from Stratford, so that’s definitely worth exploring!
Happily, this is a spa destination for multiple occasions. The spa apartments make for a wonderful group getaway with friends, while the hotel is definitely the route to go down for a romantic weekend with your other half. All of that said, because the spa is a little bubble in its own right, you could happily visit for the day as well!
If you’re in a group then book to stay in a spa apartment for overnight breaks.
Take advantage of the gardens and go for a stroll.
Have lunch in your robe by the pool … in fact there is really no reason to change out of your robe all day!
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