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Beaumont House (Old Windsor)
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Beaumont House (Old Windsor)
Advantages: good packages and facilities for families, lots to entertain kids like pool and grounds.
Disadvantages: very busy restaurant, lots of noise from being under flight path and other guests.
For a sum of £360 we got two nights of hotel accomodation alongside two days legoland entry for a family of 4, with breakfast included. We couldn't turn that one down. The only negative was we needed to pay in full at the time of booking and if we had needed to cancel, it was tough - you can't get your money back or rearrange.
The Beaumont Estate is located on Burfield Road, Windsor, Berkshire, SL4 2JJ. Sat Nav almost got us to the driveway of the hotel, and it was clear to my husband where he needed to drive to get to the hotel.
Before our visit we had been researching our stay and been very impressed by the facilities available on the site. There is a swimming pool and gym, tennis and squash courts, a football pitch, a childrens play park, and a childrens room with games. It was obviously geared up to dealing with families, and there were plenty of families there during our visit, most of whom seemed to be using the same deal we had done.
Arriving at the hotel, we could have checked in from about 2pm I believe. We didn't arrive till after 7pm as we had to pick our children up from a stay at their grandparents house first. Check in was quick, and we were presented with a kids activity pack for each of our children to use during their stay. This consisted of colouring books and pencils and a little game like you get in pubs/restaurants for children to do.
We were given two keycards for our room, a map of the hotel (needed as it is a huge hotel) and directions to our room.
At first glance, the room was pretty good. The family room we had was on the second floor. We had a double bed, and two sofa beds assembled and ready to use. Our room also had a TV, drink making facilities, safe, ironing facilities, and a hairdryer. The room seemed clean, and comfortable. It was a little crowded with both the kids beds out and we found there wasn't a lot of room to walk around.
Our window overlooked a courtyard, and had a good blind that shut out unwanted light when we wanted to sleep. However, it didn't block out much of the noise from planes from Heathrow that were going over at roughly ten minute intervals from early morning till quite late at night.
The bathroom had a bath and shower, and we were provided with large fluffy towels and complementary toiletries which were not big brands but pleasant enough to use.
The room was quite difficult to sleep in for a few reasons. For one, it was rather hot, and we couldn't open the windows much due to the noise of the planes. We were also in a room located next to a door in the corridor, and this banged lots as people made their way around the hotel. If it were this bad on the top floor, I dread to think what it would have been like on the ground floor of our block. We certainly did not find it was a restful nights sleep. We also noticed that both of our children had a restless nights sleep. Although the two sofa beds had mattress toppers on, the beds were quite hard and it was not comfortable. My eldest was not very well on the first night, so the second night I let him share a bed with my husband to get more rest while I took the sofa bed, and while I managed some sleep I felt very achey the next day. My youngest could only get comfy lying upside down in the bed. It didn't help that there was only inches between the childrens beds, and every time someone turned over, you were banging the other person.
Thankfully some other aspects of the venue were more satisfactory. We had the breakfast buffet on both days that was included in our package. We were offered a choice of tea and coffee brought to the table by waiters. We could then help ourselves to cereal, fruit, juices, cooked breakfast items, and pastries. We found that the food was cooked well, though it was a bit hit and miss to what was available to you when you got to the buffet. The first morning they had completely run out of bacon and beans when I got my breakfast even though my husband had both items on his plate. The second morning we were a bit earlier I think, and there was no milk at the cereal bar, though a waitress was walking round with a large jug to fill up the smaller jugs at the tables.
The restaurant was a bit loud and the tables a bit close together for my liking, but it was more than adequate especially considering how many people were being catered for.
We had eaten at a beefeater restaurant on our first night before we checked in, but wanted to use the restaurant on our second night. We went to eat about 8pm, but the restaurant was fully booked and they could not accomodate us, so if you want to eat in the restaurant I suggest you book in advance.
Instead, we ate our meal in the second night in the bar. We could choose from a more limited menu here, but there were options for everyone from sandwiches to curry, to burgers, to pizza. It was rather pricy, about £15 per main meal, but the atmosphere was very pleasant in the bar and it was much cooler and more relaxed than the restaurant. From my husband and youngest son eating in the bar on the lunchtime of one day, and 3 of us eating a main meal with a few alcoholic drinks, our bar tab at the end of our stay was over £100. This is what it costs in hotels though, so not out of the ordinary. The food was extremely tasty so we didn't mind paying the price for the convenience of eating at the hotel.
The swimming pool was a nice add on feature. My husband took our youngest son there for a bit in the day while my eldest recovered from being unwell. The hotel provides towels to use the facility, and there are lockers you need some change for. It was just a small fairly basic pool. Children were only allowed to use this between 7 and ten am, and 2 and 6pm. This was a bit limited really when people are buying a legoland package as we needed to leave the hotel by 9:30 and if you were at legoland till it shut, you would be there till after 7pm.
The adventure playground was a nice touch. It wasn't massive, but it had a few picnic benches located near it so parents could supervise their kids, but could also have a drink if they wanted to. I did feel sorry for the parents trying to get their kids off to sleep in the rooms above here though. It was pretty noisy.
We had chance to explore the grounds. The nature trail was a nice little woodland walk with a few things like winnie the pooh's house to spot. There were nice ornamental features like a pond and statues, and benches to sit down. The tennis courts, squash courts and football pitch were less to write home about. Apparently we could get a ball from reception to play football, but there was no-one using any of these features while we were there.
Overall, the hotel itself felt a bit like they were packing us in. The room was ok - clean and reasonably comfortable. The package we got was good value, and it was a brilliant location for being near legoland, though not so good for being a quiet break. I think part of the problem is the hotel is trying to do a little too much. I wasn't sure if it were meant to be a spa type hotel, or a budget break for families. The food and staff were great. I did not feel like it was a good place to rest between two busy days out however, and we left feeling quite exhausted. I'm not sure how big a problem noise would have been at other hotels in the area though, and it could just be that there were some inconsiderate guests about during our stay.
I think the way to judge somewhere is if you would go back again, and I have to say, if we wanted to go to legoland again, I would have no problem booking this hotel again, though I think I would try to book in earlier on the first day to get a better chance to use the gym and pool, and book the restaurant if we wanted to use it. I think I might also take some ear plugs to try and get some more sleep.
The rate we paid felt more than fair for what we experienced, and it was an enjoyable if expensive break.
Summary: Catered well for families, but was very busy while we were there.
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