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Neo-Gothic Luxury at the (Haunted?) Ettington Park Hotel

Neo-Gothic Luxury at the (Haunted?) Ettington Park Hotel

Escape to a fairy-tale experience at Ettington Park Hotel, nestled in the scenic countryside between Birmingham and Oxford. Unwind in the lap of luxury with Neo-Gothic architecture, gourmet dining, and a friendly staff. Indulge in a regal stay, explore lush gardens, and discover historic church ruins. Whether you seek a serene retreat or a taste of British splendour, this is your perfect getaway.

August 5th, 2023

Picture this… it’s a typical British summer day (torrential rain), you’ve spent the day outdoors at Warwick Castle (sweaty and busy inside because of the rain), and you’re desperate to feel human again.

Just a thirty-minute drive away sits a stunning luxurious stay tucked away in the scenic countryside between Birmingham and Oxford, our respite from the hustle and bustle of real life.

Arriving at Ettington Park Hotel was like stepping into a fairy-tale, where history, elegance, and friendly vibes all came together for an unforgettable experience.

As soon as we set foot on the grounds, we were blown away by the hotels jaw-dropping Neo-Gothic architecture. It was like walking through the pages of a medieval storybook, and we were totally here for it! Inside, the place was impeccably maintained, creating a welcoming and classic atmosphere.

After an epic day at Warwick Castle, we needed a chill spot to unwind. Cue the hotel's cosy lounge! With margarita served, we lounged like king and queen, basking in the relaxed vibes.

The super friendly staff were all smiles and eager to make our stay special. In a place like this you expect a level of formality, you will have customers who expect nothing less. The staff offer you the space you need, they’re always there when you need them, but they keep their distance when you don’t. The staff at Ettington made the most of every moment they were with you, making jokes, being incredibly helpful, and they dealt with every table in a unique way.

Now, we LOVE food. LOVE. There’s rarely a meal where I won’t get lost in the flavour. Thankfully, dinner here was the flavour adventure we’d hoped for. The dining hall was nothing short of regal, with its high ceilings, gilded detailing, and glorious chandeliers.

The menu was a masterpiece, offering a feast of mouth-watering dishes. The kitchen easily catered to my gluten and dairy intolerances, so I could savour all of that deliciousness without a worry. I was able to choose almost anything from the menu and they adjusted the recipe, which is a far cry from other places who make you feel like a fussy toddler.

Bed was calling after a bottle of red over dinner and what a bed it was! An incredibly comfortable four poster in the Shakespeare Suite. The room was nice, it had some detailing that gave away it’s age like the huge window and great fireplace, but there was definitely a ghost. In the middle of the night, I went to the bathroom and felt an unwelcoming presence over by the window on the chairs. I’ve never hurried back into the safety of bed quicker than that night!

Speaking of the bathroom… you know when they just get it right? Ettington got it right. Clean tiles, roll top bath, decent products, and soft fluffy towels!

Anyway, after the scary AF sleep for me, we couldn’t wait for breakfast! It turned out to be pure bliss. From all the classics like an English breakfast to a mackerel with scrambled eggs as well as a tempting array of fresh fruits and pastries, our taste buds were in heaven. Again, the attentive staff pampered us like royalty, making sure we had everything we needed to kickstart the day in style.

After breakfast we made use of the spa area with a swim and hot tub, the pool gave off modern Romanesque vibes in its size and shape. Let’s be honest, you can’t go wrong with a spa, and you feel cheated if you don’t use it.

Similarly, if you don’t explore the grounds, have you really enjoyed a luxury stay?

The grounds of Ettington Park Hotel are STUNNING! As we strolled around the hotel, we couldn't help but feel like we were wandering through a fairy-tale. Lush gardens adorned with vibrant blooms greeted us at every turn, creating a magical atmosphere that felt straight out of a dream.

One of the most captivating features of the grounds is the historic church ruins, which our hotel room overlooked. These ancient remnants added an air of mystery and intrigue that every good old estate needs. The weathered stone walls and arches still stand tall, evoking a sense of reverence for the past.

Ettington Park Hotel is a great example of the Handpicked Hotels collection. It's a place where history comes to life, luxury is ubiquitous, and the staff make you feel special. The building's beauty and interior décor give you Royalty, mirroring the splendour of Warwick Castle. Whether you're a lover of all things luxurious, or simply seeking a serene retreat, Ettington Park Hotel is the one.

Book your stay now at Ettington Park Hotel.

Penny Lee

Penny Lee

Penny Lee is a true adventurer, often found wild swimming or throwing herself down a mountain on a board. She’s effortlessly cool and creative with an eye for a good photo.

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