The Delights of the Menzies Welcombe Hotel, Spa & Golf Club

by Carolan Nathan
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WelcombeMainFor many years as a youngster my Mum and Dad would take me to tea at this superb property deep in the heart of Warwickshire. Only a stone’s throw from Stratford-Upon-Avon the hotel offers all the many delights that country house hotels are famous for.

The 157 acres grounds themselves are glorious with many secret pathways leading to extraordinary sights of the rolling hills of this shire. Growing up in Warwickshire was for me always an adventure; the woods of Sherwood Forest that reached through bringing history alive and it was only later in life that I learned that J.R. Tolkien lived nearby and I often think that he based some of his detail on this magical area.

The origins of the Hamlet of Welcombe are lost but it was built in Anglo Saxon times. During the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, it was often visited by William Shakespeare and since then has been owned by members of high society.

In 1931 the house became a hotel with all the blandishments enjoyed by guests who visit from all over the world. The Venice Simplon Orient Express Hotel chain took over in 1983 and many opulent alterations were made to both the interior and grounds. In 2003 the Menzies Hotels acquired this fabulous property adding their unique touches to an already splendid resort.

WelcombeBedroomFor no apparent reason I was given the Countess Suite with its own library, lounge, elegant bedroom with four-poster bed and two luxuriously equipped bathrooms with fine toiletries and luscious towels and towel coats. It took me a while to walk from the bedroom to the front door but I was most pleased with my marvelous surroundings, boasting many 19th century antiques and oil paintings.

The wooden staircase from the entrance hall curves round and round and it feels like you are walking in some great house, which really you are! Just off the lounge is a sumptuous dining room with rich, red-velvet curtains that in the morning when opened let in all the sunlight and a dynamic view through paned glass windows over the rolling grounds that stretch in an endless vista before your eyes.

Dinner is quite a royal affair with fine choices of fresh fish, organic produce sourced locally and Angus beef from Scotland. There are English and European dishes prepared by the knowledgeable head chef Matthew Warburton (such a lovely English name). Dan Caprarescu, the Restaurant Manager par excellence, made me and all the dining guests most welcome.

For breakfast, an enormous range of delicious items, including fresh fruit, homemade yoghurt, eggs and freshly baked breads are laid out buffet style, although there is a menu to choose from.

WelcombeSpaPoolThe lounge with its inviting sofas and open fireplace is a great place to relax while the bar offers many varieties of drink and wines from all around the world.

A short walk takes you to a most amazing Spa that not only offers great services, but the Jacobean style building itself - all glass and turquoise - is the place to rejuvenate and luxuriate. Swimming pool, vitality pool, thermal experience rooms, gym and aerobics studio are there for your pleasure as is the spacious conservatory lounge where light lunches are served.

All this and so much more definitely makes the Menzies Welcombe Hotel & Spa a most wonderful country retreat from the world…try it you will like it!!

Special Offer for Valentine Day:
Experience a special romantic break at the Menzies Welcombe Hotel Spa & Golf Club on the 13 February for £137.50 per person or on the 14 or 15 February for £149.50 per person. The package includes a 4-course dinner in the award winning restaurant, glass of champagne, overnight stay, a red rose for the lady, full English breakfast and use of the luxury Spa (treatments are an extra charge). Upgraded rooms available from £20.

Menzies Stratford Upon Avon Welcombe Hotel, Spa & Golf Club
Warwick Road, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire

By road, rail and air accessible
Helicopter Landing Pad
18 hole championship golf course
Tennis courts for all seasons
Wi-Fi access
Extensive car parking

Tel: 01789 295252


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