Macdonald Alveston Manor Hotel offers a relaxing spa retreat in walking distance of Stratford-upon-Avon
Product: Macdonald Alveston Manor Hotel Clopton Bridge, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire Price: £64.00 Rating: ★★★★☆ (4/5)
Situated in the glorious honeypot tourist destination of Straford-upon-Avon in Warwickshire lies the imposing Macdonald Alveston Manor Hotel and Vital Spa.
Nestling close to the river, which meanders through the Bard’s famous birthplace, is a location full of charm, which promises the weary traveller an oasis of relaxation and tranquility.
Alveston Manor is a patchwork of architectural styles and can trace its origins on the site back several centuries before Shakespeare stamped his literary mark on the town. The original building dates back from before the Norman Conquest in 1066 and is believed to be the site of an Anchorite cell and later a small monastery.
Inside the Grade II listed building is a hotel with split personality. Sixteenth century paneling lines the walls of the bar area while the central portion of the house is Elizabethan. One of the gables is William and Mary period while the windows in the centre of the building are Queen Anne. A modern extension and Vital Spa with indoor pool have been added to keep pace with the demands of today’s hotel visitors. Be aware that some rooms in the modern section of the hotel are a considerable walk from reception and can involve climbing several sets of stairs. Well-kept grounds offer the visitor space to unwind while the magnificent cedar tree is a dominant feature with an interesting story. It is thought that it served as the setting for the first performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The play has periodically been produced under the cedar tree in modern times.
Whatever your reason for visiting Stratford, whether to take in a play at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre or to use as a base for exploring the Cotswolds and nearby Warwick Castle, the hotel is perfectly located just a five-minute easy walk from the town.
A spa break is a treat at any time of the year but especially welcome when the weather is gloomy and you are in need of a pick-me-up. The spa is a delightful haven of peace from the minute you walk through its doors. Smiling and professional staff offer a warm welcome, along with informed advice to suit your individual spa choices.
It offers half and full-day packages as well as Elemis treatments and Jessica nail manicures. My gel nail treatment lasted a generous three weeks and I was very impressed at how good my hands looked afterwards.
Stratford is an extremely busy place all year round and Alveston Manor benefits from being very popular with visitors but this can lead to unfortunate bottlenecks at peak check-in and check-out times. A few extra hands on reception at these times would be an ideal solution. It is always good to make the right impression on arrival and departure.
There is also a £5 parking charge for the duration of your stay. This is because the hotel no longer owns the car park surrounding the building and with the spa offering great membership deals including the use of an 18-metre swimming pool, sauna, steam rooms and state of the art technogym, the spaces do get occupied very quickly.
Dining in the Alveston’s Manor restaurant is a pleasure and the chefs source organic suppliers for their vegetables and dairy products where possible. The restaurant is traditionally furnished and boasts a classic British menu with a modern twist.
Once again the popularity of the hotel can impact on the availability of dining in the restaurant – during the evenings and at breakfast time.
Stratford-upon-Avon has so much to offer the traveller and much of it is within walking distance of the Alveston Manor. Unpack the bags, unwind and then simply enjoy your stay.
- Spa half-day packages start from £35pp and full day from £64pp
- For booking information tel: 01789 413331 or visit www.macdonaldhotels.co.uk