This beautiful hotel was the location for my sister’s hen party, and we opted for the ‘One Night ‘S’ Factor Spa Break’, which includes bed and breakfast, 3 course dinner, a bottle of champagne in the room, a 25 minute back massage, £10 Spa Voucher and full use of the spa facilities (including robe and slippers – the most vital part of any spa day!)
The hotel is really nicely situated; only about 5 minutes from the M40 but surrounded by beautiful countryside. The extremely well kept grounds spread for 83 acres and include a 9 hole golf course and a picturesque lake.
The spa is very popular and I found it to be pretty busy (to be expected for a weekend I guess) at all times. They have an indoor pool area with loungers, steam room, sauna and jacuzzi, which we spent most of the afternoon in. We were a group of 9, and we had our complimentary treatments two at a time, so there were always a good few of us relaxing by the pool drinking champagne. It was a very chilled area, and I was very surprised that they allow champagne by the pool, but we definitely weren’t complaining!!
The outdoor pool was closed, but the outdoor hot tub looked extremely appealing. Unfortunately it was very crowded all afternoon, and I didn’t fancy causing a bit of a scene attempting to get in and out of it, so I gave it a miss.
The hotel also offers a gym, squash courts and tennis courts, but being there on a hen party doesn’t really allow for these types of activities!
My room was probably the biggest hotel room I’ve been in! There was so much space so I had no trouble manoeuvring around and could spread my stuff around all over the place!
The bathroom was very accessible; they possible went a little bit overboard on hand rails and grab rails, which made it practical but quite clinical looking. However, it did mean that I was able to have a shower (something that quite often is impossible in hotel bathrooms), and I even managed it after quite a few glasses of champagne, which is even more impressive!!
The food was the only slight disappointment of the hotel. It was good, but it wasn’t amazing. We chose our dinner from a set menu and had about 4 options for each course, and for breakfast there was a buffet style selection of all the usuals; cereals, fruits, pastries, cooked breakfast, juices etc etc. There was absolutely nothing wrong with any of the food, but it just didn’t ‘wow’ me!
In terms of accessibility around the hotel, it is very well catered for wheelchairs. There are quite a few areas where there are steps, but there was always a portable ramp on hand that a member of staff would put into place. We were staying in the newer part of the hotel, which didn’t have any steps at all, but the older part is a sort of country manor type building, so naturally has quite a lot of steps and staircases.
The staff were all so friendly and helpful. The atmosphere of the hotel is extremely relaxed, which was absolutely perfect for our weekend. It is perfect for a group getaway; there were quite a few other hen party/birthday party groups on similar packages to ours and I think that it provides for this type of mini break extremely well.
As my first spa experience as a wheelchair user, I found Ardencote Manor to be ideal. I was able to relax and enjoy what it had to offer, without feeling like I was a burden or was being stared at by everyone. I would love to return for a mid-week break when it would hopefully be a bit quieter and I could really make the most of all of the great facilities here.