Covid-safety first at this Warwickshire hotel.
Being a seasoned conferencier, I am checking in and out of hotels up and down the UK on a regular basis.
Just a 40 minute drive from my office in Leicester, Chesford Grange in Warwickshire was the perfect getaway for a short break with a bedroom view overlooking luscious green scenery and a glimpse of the river Avon.
Chesford Grange, a traditional English country manor, is set in 17 acres of land surrounded by huge trees and nature trails, which also makes it perfect families looking to explore.
As I approached in the car, there were plenty of sign posts and it was easy to spot. With other hotels in close proximity I was feeling rather satisfied with my choice as I slipped off of the main road and headed away from the main hustle and bustle of commuters to a quiet paradise.
After a recent reception revamp last year, the space is modern and sleek while paying homage to its history with dark woods and subtle floor tiling.
The rest of the hotel mixes the contemporary with traditional placing colourful furniture and artwork among ornate fireplaces, Georgian style wood wall panelling, and a grand staircase.
With current restrictions, the first job on the list was already planned. Dinner was booked for 7pm when I reserved the room and with ease, I reserved a breakfast time and set off down to the leisure room to book in my swim slot.
Into the dining room, there was plenty of space and a familiar buzz of both visitors and conferences enjoying the evening. The French windows in the light, airy and stylish restaurant provide wholesome views of the nature outside.
The choice was difficult but I settled on a chicken, ham hock and leek pie and was rather glad I did. Accompanied by mash potato and fresh butter beans, the pastry just melted in the mouth. I felt it would be rude not to partake in a slice of vanilla baked cheesecake which was topped with a fresh and vibrant red berry compote. As I sat enjoying the opportunity to people watch, the plates of food were fast coming out of the kitchen and each one looking as delicious as the next.
Full from an evening of treats, it felt luxurious to lie down on soft bright white sheets. With a desk to sit with my laptop and a sofa to retire to with my book. All amenities were provided and there was nothing more a girl could want.
Keeping my work-life balance with a healthy mindset, the pool was booked for 8am. There was a maximum of seven people allowed at any one time and this meant we could safely and comfortably enjoy the exercise. From the pool you could see into the gym. With TV’s to keep you entertained while working out, the machines had everything one could wish for. There was a soft scent of sanitiser and the feeling of assurance that everything was being well maintained.
If you are looking for attentive staff then this certainly ticks the boxes. There was nothing of too much trouble. If you were to take a seat in the bar they were with you to take your request. I even got to see one of the staff nipping to the front desk to take any requests from staff for a tea or coffee keeping them happily replenished and upbeat.
While you’re in Warwickshire, you can soak up some rogue and romantic historical tales at Warwick Castle, Kenilworth Castle, and Shakespeare’s family homes. Gardens are plentiful with Charlecote Park and The Mill Garden both banking the river Avon. Rent a canoe at St Nicholas Park or visit The Mad Museum, Hatton Adventure World, and Cadbury World. Warwickshire is full of specialist boutiques, with Bicester village not too far away.
Written by Sally Smith