Review: Ansty Hall, Warwickshire

With an award-winning restaurant and set in the heart of Shakespeare Country, this four-star hotel has everything you need for a magical break

Nestled in the heart of Warwickshire, the historic Ansty Hall plays the most delightful host for a romantic weekend away. Originally built in the latter part of the 17th century, the hotel is steeped in a rich history, emphasised by the beautiful old brick buildings and decor. 

You might feel like you're deep in the countryside with the green and woody surrounds, but the hotel is actually only a convenient 10-minute drive from the M69 motorway. We drove straight up the regal, lengthy driveway and parked in the large car park. The reception staff are very pleasant and showed us to our rooms, which were large and full of all the modern conveniences, including the ever welcome biscuit and tea-set.  

After freshening up, we headed to the hotel’s Shilton Restaurant – which boasts a prestigious AA rosette – to sample some of the fine food that was on offer. For any guests booked on a dinner, bed and breakfast rate there is a £25 allowance, so we dived straight into the delicious and extensive menu. I chose the lamb, which was incredibly tender, and the waiter – who was quite the sommelier – was quick to offer compatible wine choices.

At the end of our meal we were shown to a table in the beautiful hotel grounds, with our bottle of wine neatly following in a silver ice bucket stand. We sat overlooking the eight acres of spectacular landscaped gardens, which were perfect for a mid-summer evening stroll. The hotel is a popular wedding venue, and we had the pleasure of watching a newly-wed bride and groom share a dance on the veranda outside The Orangery.

The Orangery is a unique reception venue, situated in the heart of the idyllic gardens, which offers the chance to extend a summer wedding outside. The hotel has a fantastic wedding planner named Helen, who is happy to take any questions, and who can further explain the number of luxury packages on offer.

For a weekend break, perhaps as a relaxing planning vacation before the big day, or for some respite in the months that follow, Ansty Hall is perfect. If you want to venture further afield, the hotel is in a great spot for a countryside ramble or even a spot of golf. The surrounding area also boasts the historic Warwick Castle, Cadbury’s World chocolate factory and for any literary buffs, a trip to Shakespeare’s home, Stratford-upon-Avon is a real treat. 

If none of that takes your fancy, you can just sit back and relax in the hotel’s majestic luxury and drink in the undiscovered treasures of this historic manor house retreat. 

For more information please visit: macdonaldhotels.co.uk

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