Amazing Alvaston Hall
Thinking of booking a break at a Warner Leisure hotel? Sally Evans tells us why Alvaston Hall Hotel, Nantwich, offers excellent value for money.
I was looking for a short break that mum and I would both enjoy, the criteria being a nice setting, a spacious room for us to share, good food, a pool for me as I’m a keen swimmer and some evening entertainment on site would absolutely seal the deal. A break at Alvaston Hall appeared to offer everything on our wish list and more, and so we opted for a three-night stay earlier this month.
As you approach the hotel through the lush grounds with mature trees and beautiful gardens, the striking Grade II listed half-timbered country house comes into view. The reception area is located in the oldest and grandest part of the original Victorian farm house, we were afforded a warm welcome and quickly checked in. We stayed in a Signature room in the Fairways which was immaculately clean, the bathroom had a huge walk-in shower and we had French windows opening onto a little patio overlooking the golf course. The room was spacious and airy, the beds were comfy and we had tea and coffee making facilities with tasty biscuits, replenished daily.
If you enjoy good food, you’ll be in foodie heaven here – breakfast and dinner ware served in the Grove Restaurant, which doubles as the cabaret hall, guests are allocated a table for their stay. The food is excellent and there’s so much to choice, guests can order from the menu or help themselves to the extensive buffet which offers dishes for every taste. For breakfast, there’s everything from cereals and pastries as well as a plethora of fresh fruit, yogurt, cold meat and cheese. The buffet offers a full English, smoked mackerel, Eggs Benedict and more, or you can request an omelette of your choice. With tea, freshly ground coffee and toast brought to your table, it’s a great way to start your day.
The dinner menu changes daily and offers a large selection of starters and salads, Asian dishes, traditional English dishes, such as pie and mash, fish and chips and carveries with a generous choice of meat, vegetarian and gluten-free options. A favourite dish was the succulent lamb roast, a special from the menu, which was cooked to perfection and absolutely delicious! Desserts are scrumptious and there’s a well-stocked cheese board on offer for the more savoury palate. To top it off, there’s a good reasonably-priced wine list and there are several bars offering beverages, hot and cold, within the hotel. We were spoilt for choice on more than one occasion, in fact we remarked more than once that the dishes we tried were equal to, if not better, than we’d experienced in five-star hotels – our compliments to the hardworking chefs! .
After dinner, we were impressed by the evening entertainment and by the in-house entertainment team, the Blackjacks and the Allstars. Their enthusiasm was contagious, every night they put on a vibrant show with great singing and dancing, we took to the dance floor with other guests and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. We also enjoyed watching a tribute act to Status Quo, and we were soon Rockin’ all Over the World with the best of them…
What’s on offer? Indoor activities include dance classes as well as line dancing sessions. There’s also speed painting, crafts, bingo and a variety of fun, interactive quizzes. Water babies will appreciate the heated swimming pool, the aqua aerobic sessions and the jacuzzi and sauna area in which to relax. Spa treatments are also available, you can book in advance or during your stay. Outdoor pursuits including archery, croquet and golf – the nine-hole golf course is a real bonus and costs only £5 pp. We went along to Dicey Horse Racing, we didn’t know what to expect but within minutes we were so glad we’d made the effort because it was hilarious! Hosted by Stephen (who’s a really good sport), and his team, they had us in stitches with their goofy antics, terrible accents, corny jokes and relentless banter. We actually won a few pounds too – it was a real tonic and we’d definitely recommend it!
I admit that I had a preconception that Warner Holidays catered only for the over 70’s, but I can honestly say that I couldn’t have been more wrong. Yes, there are a lot of mature guests, of retirement age and above, but they are also fit and active – looking for a fun-filled holiday where there’s something for everyone to enjoy. The hotel is large and was full to capacity but we never felt that we had to queue for long and there the pleasant members of staff we encountered were always more than happy to help and offer advice.
For those wishing to get out and about but don’t feel like driving, day trips by coach are available to the historic towns of Chester and Shrewsbury, costing around £20 per person.
With 14 hotels and holiday villages scattered across the UK, adult-only three or four night breaks offer guests great food, entertainment and hospitality in a safe and relaxing environment. Three night break start at £268.99 per person and a star break weekend with singer, Rebecca Ferguson, start from £289pp.
To book or check out last minute deals for Candis Club Members please visit www.warnerleisurehotels.co.uk/phc and quote PHCCANDIS or freephone 0333 202 0304