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Luxury in the Yorkshire Countryside
Wood Hall Hotel & Spa (Wetherby)
Member Name: Ducky78
Wood Hall Hotel & Spa (Wetherby)
Date: 28/09/09, updated on 28/09/09 (53 review reads)
Advantages: A lovely getway venue
Disadvantages: The price
I have to thank my best friend for introducing me to about Wood Hall. She contacted me to tell me that she had found the perfect location for her wedding. It was really important to her to have a beautiful Yorkshire venue which really did feel English, especially as she now lives overseas. Wood Hall was definitely a winner in so many ways.
Arriving at Wood Hall is an experience in itself! Wood Hall is located just outside Wetherby in Yorkshire. As you get to the hotel drive, you have to drive along a narrow road that seems to be cut into the hill and looks over the stunning scenery without anything that really disturbs the views at all. You really do feel that you are arriving at a very private retreat.
The hotel used to be a retreat for a wealthy family and is set in acres of land that seems to be very secluded from the rest of the world. It feels very private as you arrive with nothing overlooking you. The only thing that the hotel overlooks is the lovely scenery. The front of the hotel has a lovely pebbled driveway to the front that was used for the wedding once the ceremony had finished. The walled garden to the side has the same fantastic views and is a lovely place for both photos and for champagne and canapés. We were lucky enough to have a lovely sunny day and the whole wedding party really did feel like they were at a party at a grand country house.
As well as the stunning grounds, the venue itself stands up well. It has been maintained to a high modern standard. As we arrived in reception to check in we were greeted by a member of staff who dealt with our arrival a d check-in with ease. She then showed us to our room which I felt was a lovely personal touch which meant that you weren't being pushed from one member of staff to another. This was the standard of service that we received throughout our stay- personal and attentive at all times.
Our room was a lovely double room that was well decorated and modern. A large, comfortable bed with clean, modern-style linen took up most of the space. The bathroom was small but perfect. I don't get to have a bath very often so the luxury of a nice bath, with excellent toiletries was a real treat. The attention to detail was just stunning. I remember being really impressed by the quality of the glasses that they left in the bathroom for us to use. Not just the cheap glasses covered in a plastic bag to show that they were hygienic but heavy, well shaped and designed glasses.
The wedding was held in a room that they used for the wedding service itself - it was lovely and intimate and really just helped to make the day special. The room available for the wedding breakfast was well thought out. The food was lovely. The staff really did help to make the day special for my friend and her husband. They still talk about it now.
The evening event was a disco, more food and music. However, because it was such a lovely night there were a number of us who just hung around in the grounds, chatting, drinking and having a lovely time. It was one of the most beautiful weddings I had been to and the relaxed feeling of the event had a lot to do with the stunning venue.
We stayed for two nights and the breakfast is highly recommended with a really good choice of breakfast items including full English, continental, mueslis etc. The rooms that we had breakfast in looked over the stunning scenery so even on your last day, you can just keep drinking it all in.
Wood Hall is part of the Handpicked Hotels chain and it is really clear that the chain prides itself on quality and beautiful locations. Our stay was for two nights. Wood Hall is not cheap - the drinks and food are expensive. However if you want to spoil someone this is the place to do it. The Handpicked Hotels website has lots of useful information and great pictures. If you sign up to the mailing list, you get some great deals emailed to you for all of the Handpicked venues.
Summary: A wonderful place to escape to!
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