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Littlecote? Not what I expected.
Warner Leisure Hotels
Member Name: fredderfy
Warner Leisure Hotels
Advantages: Good food, great room, nice hospitality
Disadvantages: Disabled access was poor, gravel made it hard for us to get round, entertainment was for oldies
A couple of weeks ago I went to Warner Leisure Hotel at Littlecote House near Hungerford.
On arrival we were met in the bar with some bucks fizz and were asked to wait their whilst our rooms were ready for us. Once the rooms were ready we were given our keys in envelopes along with a program of what was happening that weekend and set off to the room! I was gobsmacked at how beautiful it was. We were in room 227 and had a terrace! There were twin beds, a table and some luxury chairs, a flat screen LG tv on a lovely wooden desk which had a hairdryer built into it. The wardrobe and bedside tables matched the desk, and had enough space for storage. Our room included a mini fridge, which we used to cool our own alcohol and beverages. The en suit was lovely and cleaned to a very high standard, with toiletries replenished daily.
Where the window sat, was a curtain which went the whole way across the width of the wall, which I later tried to pull open to let more light in, only to find it was a wall. However, I discovered that what I thought was a window was infact patio doors, leading out onto our terrace! Complete with wooden seats and table! We had daily visits from the local peacock and ducks, which once or twice made an appearance in the room itself, and were hastily shooed away before they decided to deficate.
The bar staff were very helpful and polite and were ready to assist you when needed. However, drinks were very overpriced, as was food. We found that we could buy certain alcohols cheaper than we could buy soft drinks, which wasn't particularly a good thing, which resulted in us drinking our own drinks.
Our stay was for 7nights 8 days, to which they had menus which were the same on at least 3 occasions. Whilst the food is quite fancy and lovely, for someone who likes pub grub, there wasn't always something on there which I liked. Although they did accomodate this buy cooking me sausages chips and green beans on the day when there was really nothing I liked. There also wasn't a very good array of vegetarian food. There were usually 2 veggie options per day, and obviously on the days when the menus were repeated, this either meant the veggies had to have the same meal or a meal they perhaps didn't fancy.
Breakfast, however, was quite lovely. There was a wide selection of goodies to choose from, including cereal, porridge, fresh fruit, freshly cooked pancakes made to order, full english breakfast or bread rolls. The staff were lovely and very attentive.
Littlecote House is beautiful and well worth a look around. It supposedly a haunted house because the man who lived there found out that the baby his wife had, was another mans baby so he threw the baby into the fire. Although there is a bedroom featured in the haunted house, this is not the bedroom in which the baby was murdered in (which I don't think they state but we found out through one of the members of staff). There is a bowls court and a tennis court. A small animal enclosure with goats and guinea pigs in is also there. They have a stumpery and a pottery barn where you can do some pottery. There is also a lovely swimming pool with sauna, steam room and jacuzzi which we made use of.
Our party had a few disabled people in wheelchairs and access was quite hard to places. The majority of the paths are gravel which proves hard to push wheelchairs in, especially up some of the hills. We also couldn't get to much of the house as a lot of it had steps, and there was no lift to enable us to get to the top of the house. The snooker room was also moved since our previous visit, which is now in a room with steps, which made it hard for us to get into. We had to do some proper step negociation whilst we were there to enable us to use the facilities.
The entertainment was a real let down. We were quite a young party, the youngest being 20. Obviously we knew that the entertainment wasn't going to be catered specifically for younger people, we were quite bored when we realised it was more for people in their 50's - 60's. Every night there was an hour or two dedicated to ballroom dancing, and then there was a quiz, which was okay. Then on the weekend we were there they had tribute bands to take that and westlife - they were okay. Not the best. We also had a comedian in the week, who wasn't funny at all, and the people who performed (warners entertainment team) were shockingly awful. Come 11pm was disco time, which was more our thing, but we had problems with the DJ. They were asking people to request songs but were telling us that they didn't have the songs we requested, or they just didn't want to play it. It seemed like they didn't have any songs from the late 90's - 00's. We were thoroughly disappointed.
Overall, we did enjoy our stay but moreso for the weather and the offsite activities we engaged in. The breakfasts were lovely and their hospitality was warm and friendly. It was the gravel/disabled access and entertainment that let it down.
Summary: Nice but will go back when I'm 50+
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