Thoresby Hall Hotel

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Mar, 2014

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This was my fourth visit to Thoresby, and I have never been disappointed. Friends and I booked a special offer in "Saga Magazine" which gave us a free 2-course lunch in the bar-café each day, as well as a price discount, and up-graded rooms. There are various levels of accommodation, all very clean, comfortable and stylish; we had the opportunity to view the most luxurious suites, well above our budget, but perfect for a special anniversary. Some rooms in the new buildingare a considerable distance from the main facilities, and one friend claimed it was half a mile to the restaurant – she wore a pedometer!

My only criticism is that rooms for single occupancy come at a high price, a £50 supplement per night! Warner need to address this point, as it has certainly discouraged many of my friends from booking. All their hotels have the same rule.

We chose a "Tribute to Take That" weekend, and were impressed by the quality of the act. Each Warner hotel also has a resident entertainment team who are professional and enthusiastic. Free activities are available, including quizzes, archery, bowls and tours of the extensive grounds. Especially interesting was an illustrated talk by the head gardener on the work done to restore the house and grounds to their original state after years of neglect.

Thoresby Hall is a beautiful, stately house, now transformed into a baronial hotel with every modern comfort. Breakfast and dinner are served in light, spacious rooms arranged round what was once an open, stone-walled courtyard, now roofed with glass and transformed into a pleasant restaurant. The food is good and varied, with special dishes cooked to order, plus a wide choice from hot and cold buffets. Young, friendly waiters were typical of the entire staff who make you feel welcome.

The Spa and pool are one of the main inducements for many guests, and a wide range of treatments are available – it's advisable to book in advance, but if you are lucky, you can book on the spot.

The courtyard of old mews buildings adjoining the house make a pleasant stroll, and you can enjoy the café after visiting the artists' studios and trendy shops. Coinciding with our stay, a country fair was taking place, for which hotel guests could buy a discounted ticket, and there is an antiques centre and Sherwood Forest visitor centre just a few miles down the road. Plenty to occupy a short break.

Gwenda Jones

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