Ettington Park in Warwickshire, England
A world apart from the hustle and bustle of modern-day life, Ettington Park graces 40 breathtaking acres in England's splendid countryside. This impressive Neo-Gothic mansion, under the same family ownership since the Norman Conquest, is situated just outside Stratford-upon-Avon. Individually styled guest rooms and suites are furnished with exquisite antiques, fine paintings and dozens of friezes--all timeless havens that translate to a refined atmosphere offering a rich culture of fine wine and dining.
This lovely private estate promises the perfect refuge for those who seek to experience Shakespeare's England. Right on the premises, the ruins of the 12th century Norman church are yours to explore. Enjoy tennis, croquet, archery or fishing on the River Sour or plan a day of discovery with visits to Blenheim Palace, Warwick Castle and Holy Trinity Church. For an ultimate sightseeing excursion, treat yourselves to a romantic cruise on the River Avon.
Location of Ettington Park
Nearest Airport: BHX, GLO
Reviews for Ettington Park
I'm fortunate enough to have visited Ettington Park a number of times, having organised several business events there (up to thirty guests on each occasion). I would definitely recommend it as such (building, grounds and facilities will impress your delegates and the meeting rooms are full of character. Plus staff are always accommodating). This visit was planned by my wife as a surprise joint birthday weekend break inc. dinner and breakfast. I was genuinely thrilled to be going back for pleasure rather than business. Ettington is located in a beautiful part of the country - it's relatively easy to nip across to Stratford-upon-Avon, Oxford or Warwick, but even closer are the glorious Cotswold villages of Burford, Stow, Moreton-in-Marsh and Bourton-on-the-Water (or if you're looking to avoid the tourists, try Upper and Lower Slaughter). So plenty of options to fill your day before check-in. For me, the best thing about Ettington is the team working there. Upon arrival every the staff were gracious and very helpful (and fun!) Special mention to Daimon in concierge. I remember him from every visit - always above and beyond in terms of attention to detail and so knowledgeable about the history of the property (ask about the ghosts!). Our room was immaculate - complimentary upgrade! We were in one of the Executive Doubles. I have had a suite in the main house before (wow!) but every room is good. We were blessed with glorious weather so walking the grounds and then chilling on the veranda with a pint or a G&T was a good call. You can borrow (hire?) bikes and even prebook a picnic. We didn't partake of afternoon tea (which you might also need to book in advance) but they looked pretty tasty. Dinner was delicious - again made all the better by the staff enjoying a laugh and a joke with us. Then drinks in the Drawing Room (itself a bit of a wow factor for visitors I'm sure). Bar prices are quite reasonable - Ā£4.50 a pint at time of writing. Wonderful night's sleep. Loads of extra pillows and bedding in the room should you need it. Breakfast was huge. A few healthy options available if you were of a mind to borrow a bike or go for a walk... but the full English was incredibly good. In summary, Ettington Park remains one of my favourite UK boutique hotels. The fact that many of the staff are still there over the ten years or so that I have visited shows they must be doing something right. That and the fact we keep coming back!
franco_drums - Witney, United Kingdom
I had sincerely hoped that at the end of our stay I would be leaving a 5 star review, sadly that is not to be. I spent many hours looking for somewhere special to go to celebrate my husbands 70th birthday with his sisters and brother and eventually decided on Ettington Park. We all very much enjoy good food and wine so it was important to choose somewhere with awards for food. We arrived and we're checked in by a very pleasant member of the reception team, I think his name was Darren. That done we were shown where our rooms were by another staff member. Our rooms were on the 1st floor to where there was no lift so we had to carry our cases upstairs, weren't offered any help with our luggage, I suppose we could have gone and asked for some help but we felt that we weren't quite that decrepit that we couldn't manage. I had booked three rooms, a standard twin, a standard double and an executive double. To be honest, apart from the fact that the executive room overlooked the garden, we couldn't see any difference. Our room was no. 23 which apart from having a partial garden view, was also near the kitchens and staff entrance. The first night at 11.45 we were woken by what sounded like someone tipping a whole load of bottles into a wheelie bin. At about 2am I was woken again by voices under our window . I think something was being moved but when I looked out of the window I couldn't see anything This time I couldn't get back to sleep and eventually I dozed off about 5am. In the morning we spoke to Darren in reception who moved us into the Shirley Suite which was beautiful. Thanks Darren! Our main disappointment with this hotel was the food. For somewhere with 2 AA rosettes it was pretty awful and certainly not worthy of 2 rosettes. Where do I start? The menu. We were on a dinner bed and breakfast basis which included a three course set meal but with the option to choose from the A la carte menu and pay the difference. The set menu was very limited, 4 starters, 4 main courses and 4 desserts or cheese. The first evening 3 of our party of 5 would have liked the duck but by the time we came to order there was only one left so the other 4 had the belly of pork. When it arrived it looked very unappetising and was more like pulled pork which had been mounded into a sort of dome shape on a bed of mustard mash with a few tiny vegetables served in a dish and surrounded by some sort of jus. The person who had the duck said it was ok. The dessert of a chocolate sundae was a perfect ball, so perfect was the shape that we wondered if it had actually been made on the premises. Very sickly and was on the menu each of the three evenings we were there. The following evening we all chose the lamb but again it was slow cooked and pulled and mounded into a rissole shape, poorly presented and not much flavour I'm not a fan of mashed potatoes so ordered hand cut chips instead, they were awful, overcooked and soggy. We were rather dismayed when on our third and last evening we found the menu exactly the same as the previous evening. For the starter two of us chose the white prawn an chorizo risotto which we had actually thoroughly enjoyed the first evening. Not so this time- the portion was half the size and there was no chorizo, had they run out perhaps and were stretching it into two portions? We all had chicken. I'm not keen on chicken and wouldn't normally ever order it in a restaurant but having already had the lamb and the pork and not fancying the cod which had also been on the menu each time left no other choice apart from the A la carte but there wasn't anything on that menu that any of us wanted. The chicken was passable but no better than one would find in the average pub. The service was ok but not up to the standard one would expect from a 4 red star establishment , the young waitress hadn't a clue how to serve wine. We did however have good service from a friendly young waiter called James who did seem to know what he was about. On our final evening we had already waited half an hour for the desserts when my husband got fed up with waiting and went up to bed. Breakfasts weren't much better although I didn't enjoy any of mine. I had eggs Benedict the first morning which weren't good, kippers next which were positively dire and undercooked bacon the third morning. I asked the waitress if I could have my bacon cooked more but she thought I meant I wanted more bacon. When I tried to explain it wasn't cooked enough, she just didn't understand so I gave up and left it. Also the same waitress , when asked for mustard, came back with brown sauce which she thought was mustard. Was the Chef on holiday perhaps ? On a more positive note, the staff were all very pleasant, especially the two already mentioned and also the restaurant manager? on at breakfast who obviously knew a thing or two. The hotel is a lovely building set in 40 acres surrounded by beautiful countryside and we were lucky enough to have perfect weather. Sadly I couldn't recommend this hotel, it's poor food completely let it down but fortunately we still managed to have a good time
Jane S - Margate, United Kingdom
Wonderful staff and location for a long weekend in the cotswalds. Professional staff was always on hand to help. Nice breakfast was served daily, and that made the stay seem even nicer. We had a nice room with a bathroom upstairs, comfortable beds and spacious.
fabfamvaca - Bucks County, Pennsylvania
What a fantastic venue for any occasion or just a drink with style. I can recommend all meals from Breakfsat, Lunch, Dinner and even afternoon tea. They make you feel like royalty with their impeccable manners and detail. Food is of a vey high standard as are the rooms. Recommend the Suites such as_ Shirley Suite, Shakespeare suite and the Kingsman Suite which has a quirky upstairs Bathroom. I have also attended a few weddings here and have never been disappointed. this is one of my favourite places close to Stratford on Avon but close to the Cotswolds too
tanya_turner69 - midlands UK
From entering the building on arrival and being greeted by Damian, the friendliness of all the staff was outstanding. We had stayed there previously as a family but last weekend we were a party of 8 people - from 6 years old to 57, from Canada, Spain, Scotland and England - together for a family reunion. Nothing was too much trouble for the staff. Our rooms were comfortable, clean and quiet. The grounds were fabulous and those for us who took advantage of the pool, steam room and sauna enjoyed those. Our evening meal at the hotel was first class and unhurried. The serving staff were attentive, although there was little wait for dessert but nothing that spoiled the evening. Breakfast was enjoyable with plenty of choice. Thank you for a memorable and relaxing stay.
Phil B - Harpenden, United Kingdom