Manor Life (Part 1)

Mimi ON May 10, 2010 AT 2:57 pm

Barcelo Billesley Manor Hotel

By Tamara Hinson

Located five miles from Stratford upon Avon, the Barcelo Billesley Manor Hotel sits in 11 acres of land, right in the heart of Shakespeare country. Arriving at this Elizabethan hotel, it’s hard not to be impressed by the ivy-covered frontage and immaculately manicured grounds. If you like your weekend breaks with a splash of history, it really doesn’t get any better than this – William Shakespeare’s granddaughter is even said to have married in one of the out buildings, (I’m assuming money that either money was tight or the main house wasn’t built yet) and there’s a buried medieval village within the grounds. 

Inside the hotel, the rooms – there are 72 of them, laid out over several floors, with some located within the hotel’s recently-converted barns – were well-equipped and spacious, but I couldn’t help but feel they were crying out for a little TLC. The dusty bowl of pot-pourri had definitely seen better days and whenever I used the tap in the bathroom, the plumbing beneath the bath started making noises that made me think of that scene in the Shining where the boiler becomes possessed.

Barcelo Billesley Manor Hotel - Bedroom

On a more serious note, the hot water turned out to be just that. Within seconds of turning on the tap, the water had reached a ridiculously scalding temperature that meant the mere process of running a bath left me with several blisters. Considering the hotel considers itself to be family-friendly, I would have at least expected a few warning signs as it seems highly unlikely nobody mentioned the issue before. Anyway, rant over. Apart from the scalding water, the rooms were fine – refreshingly spacious with huge beds, high ceilings and lots of natural light thanks to the large windows overlooking the grounds.

After a long soak in the tub, I headed for dinner, which also provided the perfect opportunity to have a quick look around the rest of the hotel. Despite the aforementioned complaints about the room, the main areas of the hotel have been well maintained - the owners have obviously tried hard to retain the building’s sense of history, and the whole place has the feel of a large, lovingly restored family home.

Click here to read the rest of Tamara’s review…

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