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A very big house in the Country!!
Tortworth Court Four Pillars (Wotton-under-Edge)
Member Name: kellylouj
Tortworth Court Four Pillars (Wotton-under-Edge)
Advantages: Relaxing retreat, plenty of onsite facilities.
Disadvantages: Can be high prices.
As my partner reguarly works away mid-week, this week I had the chance to travel with him as it was my Birthday and had a few days off work.
The hotel that his company usually book him into was full for the date that we required so we found this one for the bargain price of £70.00 on late rooms.
Tortworth Court is located on Tortworth Road in Wooton under Edge and is just off the M5 Junction 14.
The hotel is clearly signposted and is tucked away down a country road.
The hotel has a long drive leading to the hotel with speedbumps and narrow roads it is a challenge to actually get there.
The magnificent Grade II Victorian Manor is so grand you feel as if you are visiting the gardens and simply parking outside, it definately differs to the hotels I have previously stayed at.
As you arrive at the hotel entrance there is a sign advising you to use the drop off bay when checking in to allow you to check-in and be advised of the best parking space to your room.
There are a minimum of 2 staff members at reception and is open 24 hours.
There are 189 ensuite rooms within the property offering an affordable option to every guest.
Just 25 minutes away from Cribbs Causeway Shopping Centre and 15 minutes from the office.
As you arrive at receptio there is a member of staff ready to assist you further.
We were checking in later at 6pm, check-in is from 2pm at the hotel so we found we were not queing when we arrived.
We were served by a helpful young lady who ensured that we had all of the information that we required, offering complimentary newspaper and an early morning wake-up call which we declined.
We were advised that breakfast was to be served in Moreton's the restaurant opposite reception between 06.30am and 10am.
Check-in is a similar to all other hotels I have stayed at usual completion of your home address, car registration, pre-approved card for charges and authorisation if you wish to use the Express Check-out service.
Express Check-out is a free service to all guests which involves your bill being posted to your door early in the morning with the list of charges, provided that you are happy with the charges then the card that has been provided at the time of check-in will be debited after 9.30am allowing you to leave the room without having to visit reception.
We were then provided with our room number and advised how to access the room from reception along with a map of the hotel grounds and the nearest car park to our room.
We had managed to book an executive room at the hotel which was located on the first floor, whilst finding our way to the room I was starting to have my doubts as it smelt like a community hopsital obviously an overdose of Zoflora, which I have to admit is not the best aroma!
Our room was located at the end of the corridor 239 right next to the fire escape.
All of the rooms are key card entry and you can opt to have one or two keycards during your stay.
We entered the room and were greeted with plain magnolia walls and a deep red carpet traditional of Victorian Buildings and various historical pictures decorated the bland walls.
Immediately as we entered the room on our left was the tea and coffee making facilities for two.
Directly next to that was the double wardrobe that contained an ironing board and iron, trouser press, luggage rack, combination deposit safe and spare blanket and there was plenty of storage space left.
To the immediate right as you enter the room is the ensuite bathroom which is decorated in a pale green and white colour. Traditional bathroom suites fill the room with a full size bath and overhead shower, toilet and vanity area with complimentary toiletries, an adjustable towel rail heats the towels to follow a long soak in the bath.
The main bedroom area contains a huge bed which was my only disappointment in the room when I discovered that it was in actual fact two queen sized beds joined together I felt like I WAS all alone in bed it was huge!! This had two single quilts so I was disappointed that we had been misled to believe this to have been a double bed.
All of the furniture within the room is co-ordinating mahogoney furniture which enhanced the traditional feel of the room, along with the many lamps that were featured in the room to offer ambient lighting.
A work area complete with internet access is located at the foot of the bed with complimentary stationary.
A colour television is also in every room completed with all terrestial channels and some satellite channels.
The room was very quiet compared to other hotels I have stayed at where the banging of doors can be heard all the way down the corridor but the only noise that could be heard from our room was that of the gravel when a car used the car park outside the window.
As this was somewhat of a birthday treat I decided to get pampered and Mark treated me to a Swedish Full body massge lasting an hour, ideal! He would be in work and I would be a lady of leisure.
The Lantry is the formal name for the Spa Retreat located at the hotel and is located just a few metres away from reception adjacent to Peels Leisure Club.
Appointments are essential and can be made directly at the Lantry or at the Leisure Club during opening hours.
The massage lasted for an hour and was at a cost of £35 which is pretty good value as it was one of the best massages that I experienced to date.
There are two treatment rooms within the Lantry and they use Elemis and Jessica products only.
They offer a full range of treatments and there are also special pamper breaks advertised on the website at great prices.
*~*Peels Leisure Club*~*
Located on the ground floor adjacent to the Lantry the leisure club opens most days at 6.30am and closes at 10pm.
Children under the age of 16 years are not permitted unless supervised by an adult.
Lockers are located in each changing room and require a £1 deposit and towels can be collected from reception once you have provided your name and room number.
The ladies changing rooms are located on the first floor and considering this is a 4* property I felt as if I had stepped into a basic Leisure Centre with poor changing facilities.
The changing rooms are small and pretty basic offering 3 hairdriers for users and a small vanity area.
The actual changing area consists of 3 cubicles and a small communal changing area opposite the lockers, the showers are basic and communal with one shower screen in the area for someone wanting some privacy.
Compared to other properties I was very disappointed with the changing facilites, however I do have to comment on how clean they were kept.
Directly next to the ladies changing rooms was a sauna and a steam room which was mixed but a little on the small side, the sauna was empty when I used it and I was able to lie down fully whilst relaxing, but the noise of the women's changing rooms spoilt the relaxation as you could hear every word of the conversation.
The steam room was a little on the tacky side with cheap plastic seats lining the room it was not at all comfortable and relaxing.
To access the swimming pool you had to walk outside down the stairs and into the pool area which was pretty chilly this time of the year, the pool was heated although not very generously but again it was really clean, spotlessly clean in fact and I got to swimming a good few lengths. The maximum depth of the pool was 1.2 metres so was ideal for a shorty like myself!!
Overall Opinion 4/5*
This hotel is immaculate and the staff and friendly and efficient offering you the best service possible.
Breakfast was complimentary in the price however we did not experience breakfast as neither of us were hungry so are therefore unable to comment on the dining services at the hotel as the evening before we ate out.
The hotel is in a great location for many of the sites in Bristol and ideal for the short commute to the office for my partner.
If you need to stay in Bristol check this place out it is superb!!
However this is more a couples hotel, there are no child friendly facilities and I would expect them to bore very easily.
Summary: Ideal for a romantic break away.
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