Situated in eight acres of grounds in the rolling Warwickshire countryside, Macdonald Ansty Hall is a Grade II Listed Georgian mansion dating back to 1678. This was our second pay a visit to to this 62-bedroom Macdonald Hotels & Resorts hotel, possessing stayed a couple of years previously (click right here for that assessment).
We have been warmly welcomed on arrival. Verify-in was effective and effortless and, in no time at all, we have been getting directed up the stairs towards our two rooms. So generally, the verify-in approach is a strictly grown-up approach that does not involve the young children but, as we began to make our way upstairs, the receptionist explained to our boys how to get on the WiFi – “…in case you want to play Fortnite…”, he stated, which clearly brought about a couple of smiles and created a exciting rapport with them.
We stayed in the Dulverton Suite (space four), a spacious and standard suite in the primary developing.
There have been comfy chairs against the backdrop of a fireplace on which to relax…
…and even some towels arranged into an elephant. It would possibly be extra fitting on safari but hey – why not – it is just a bit of exciting, right after all!
The suite looked out more than the lawned gardens to the rear of the home exactly where there are also some tables and seating for these sunnier days.
As opposed to our final pay a visit to exactly where we stayed in a loved ones space (this was currently booked this time about), we also had a second twin-bedded space, space 27, just a quick way down the corridor, to accommodate us all.
The bathrooms provided ample space also, and have been completed in neutral tones that ought to appeal to all.
Elemis toiletries have been supplied.
The AA rosette Shilton Restaurant is led by Head Chef Christopher Owen who joined Ansty Hall in 2018, bringing with him extra than 25 years of culinary practical experience. The restaurant serves standard English cuisine with a twist, while nevertheless employing the Macdonald Hotels & Resorts’ commitment to utilizing cautiously-chosen suppliers utilizing fresh, all-natural components.
The restaurant provides each table d’hote and a la carte alternatives (and, if you ask nicely like we did, they could just combine the two!).
I had the Stornoway black pudding, pan-fried pigeon and fried egg. I haven’t knowingly had Stornoway black pudding ahead of (as opposed to other varieties) and I have to say it was exceptionally very good (so very good that I chose it for breakfast one particular morning, as well!) and complemented the pigeon effectively.
My wife was incredibly pleased with her caprese salad with a basil dressing.
Also very advisable from my older son was the John Ross Jr Scottish smoked salmon with pickles, caviar and herbs.
For my primary I had the breast of no cost variety chicken with wild mushrooms and a tarragon cream sauce, sitting on fondant potatoes – fairly a wealthy sauce but incredibly tasty.
My wife chose the healthier alternative of pan roasted wild haddock which looked equally enticing and came with gem lettuce, peas, leeks, preserved lemon and pancetta.
For these of who could nevertheless handle, we rounded our meal off with a refreshing standard lemon tart with a raspberry sorbet.
In the mornings, the Shilton Restaurant is also exactly where breakfast is served. There are some continental buffet alternatives on display…
…plus you can order from a choice of cooked alternatives. As pointed out, on one particular morning I went for the complete English so that I could savour a tiny of the Stornoway black pudding after extra!
With all this meals, you will no doubt want to stretch your legs and wander about the grounds in order to function off some of the excesses. There are lawned locations to the front and rear of the property…
…as effectively as a smaller church if you wander far adequate. The position of St. James Church, on the edge of the hotel’s grounds, signifies that Ansty Hall is also a incredibly particular wedding venue.
Guests can spill out from the church straight into the hotel’s gardens and nearby function rooms permit for evening wedding receptions that cater for something up to 150 people today. Of course, these facilities can also be made use of for conferences, as well.
Other good touches
In our suite was a bottle of wine and bowl of fruit which was a good tiny treat on arrival.
There was also a beautiful plate of chocolates and strawberries which I managed to photograph just ahead of our hungry boys started to devour it!
The hotel enjoys a central place that is around 25 miles to the east of Birmingham and lies nearly midway among Nuneaton (7 miles to the north) and Coventry (7 miles to the south-west). Becoming so central, there are a lot of areas to love that are inside effortless driving distance – Cadbury Planet, Drayton Manor and Warwick Castle to name just a couple of.
We have been truly in the region so that my sons could take component in a sailing occasion at Draycote Water just 15 miles away. The hotel had ample parking for us, even although we have been taking up two spaces with our trailer and it felt incredibly safe with a barrier on entry.
Draycote Water is a 240-hectare reservoir with its personal nation park which includes a visitor centre, bird hide and circular trail, not to mention a sailing club on the southern side of the lake. Our boys are pictured in the centre right here (the blue and white striped spinnaker), racing in the RS Feva class.
Versatile dinner, bed and breakfast prices for a Classic Suite start out from £242 per evening.
Early saver Classic Area only prices start out from just £103 per evening.
The greatest bit
As soon as once again the meals was a important highlight of our keep. We genuinely enjoyed our dinner at Ansty in a relaxed and informal setting.
The final verdict
Ansty Hall enjoys a central place and will appeal to a wide variety of guests. We stayed as a loved ones but there have been also a lot of couples staying, as effectively as a quantity of Japanese vacationers who have been on a UK tour staying on one particular evening throughout our keep. The venue will also suit enterprise travellers who will need meeting and conference facilities, as effectively as leisure and wedding guests.
Disclosure: Our keep was courtesy of Macdonald Hotels & Resorts.