As busy working parents we really appreciate our weekends. They’re precious days to spend time with each other and our Little Mr as our time during the week as a family is limited. We always try to make sure that our weekends are family days with trips out and new adventures having fun and enjoying each others company. Imagine my delight when we were invited back to Chesford Grange Hotel (where Little Mr had his first ever dip in a swimming pool last year) to review their Warwick Castle family fun weekend package.
Chesford Grange Hotel is a fantastic four star hotel ideal for families wanting a hassle free fun filled weekend, great for couples who want the serenity and relaxation of the Spa and grounds and perfect for friends who want to eat an amazing 3 course dinner in the restaurant and catch up over a bottle of wine or two.
As we had been to Chesford Grange previously, I was expecting the same standard of service that we had received before. We really enjoyed our stay last year and you can read it here to see how we got on with our Little Mr aged just 4 months. I was keen to see how the rooms looked one year on and if the menu in the restaurant had changed. I was also keen to get Little Mr back in the pool so was looking forward to having a splash around with him.
After a delayed arrival due to torrential rain and a busy motorway, we checked in and went straight to our room. Our room was a good size with a king size bed and as we were on the ground floor, we had views over the lawn. Little Mr was delighted that he could see lots of rabbits playing together and was in awe of them all. We were also very appreciative of the wine left for us and the box of chocolates, yum!
Younger guests staying at Chesford Grange get a Quackers goody bag which contains pictures to colour in, a flag complete with crayons and a helter skelter beaker for unlimited squash during their stay. We also received an exclusive to Chesford Grange, Warwick Castle goody bag which contained a pen, a pencil, a wristband and a notepad and pen set.
As time was getting on, Little Mr had a bubble bath in the clean and sparkly bathroom and we ordered some room service. The hotel had kindly put a cot in our room for Little Mr so we were all set for a peaceful nights sleep. I’m usually very wary of hotel travel cots but the one we had in our room was a Mothercare branded cot and seemed to be in excellent condition. Little Mr had his milk and a knock on the door brought us our room service.
We ordered a Grecian Grazing Board to share, a desert each and a drink. All bought to us by a very helpful waiter and within 15 minutes of ordering. My word, the food was delicious. We were supposed to be sharing the grazing board but I ate most of the humus and pitta bread, it was lovely. Our deserts were very moreish and we were pleased with what we had ordered.
The hotel was busy but we didn’t hear any noise from other guests so we all slept well and refreshed for a day of family fun at Warwick Castle.
Breakfast at Chesford Grange is served in the River Room between 7am and 10am Monday to Saturday and 7:30am to 11am on a Sunday, which is great news for those who are lucky enough to get a lie in (what is one of those again?!) There is a large selection to choose from at Breakfast including croissants and pastries, yoghurts, fruits and cereals, full cooked breakfasts, a selection of breads and plenty of hot beverages and juices.
Little Mr ate a croissant and some cereal whilst I enjoyed cereal and some toast. Hubby of course had a full English breakfast which he reported to be delicious! We were served tea and coffee from the waiting staff and everyone was very friendly to a smiley Little Mr who insisted on waving at literally everyone.
Our weekend package at Chesford Grange included a free 2 day ticket to Warwick Castle so we jumped in the car and drove over to the Castle. Unfortunately for us the weather was rubbish and we got absolutely soaked. We did enjoy walking around the castle when it was dry and Little Mr and hubby collected stamps for the activity pack certificate. I’m going to write up a separate review for Warwick Castle as we did enjoy it but would probably leave the pushchair at home next time as there is no where indoors or under cover for pushchairs when it’s raining.
We arrived back at the hotel in time for a quick shower and a change of dry clothes before heading down to the restaurant for our dinner. The package we were staying under included dinner for the adults on one evening (children aged 5 and over pay for evening meals) however under 5’s stay and eat free. I was worried about what was on the menue for Little Mr but shouldn’t have worried. It was a self serve buffet for children with favourites such as sausages and mash, fish goujons and chips with childrens favourite vegetables, peas and sweetcorn. A tired Little Mr ate a handful of vegetables with some chopped up sausage and seemed to be happy with that.
Hubby and I were quite hungry as we had declined a big meal at the Castle in favour of our forthcoming 3 course meal. I was delighted to look on the menu to see that it had changed and spent a good ten minutes trying to decide what to eat. For Starters, hubby ate bubble and squeak, poached egg and crispy bacon whilst I tucked into beetroot, goats cheese and walnut salad. Both were incredibly tasty and enjoyed.
For mains, the menu was varied and looked rather appetising. We both ordered the same meal of Chicken Schnitzel, parmesan and lemon, cranberry compote with new potatoes. I really enjoyed this dish. It was full of flavour, cooked well and was just the right size. For dessert, hubby enjoyed a chocolate and vanilla ice cream with chantilly cream and a double chocolate cookie whilst I polished off the classic creme brulee. The food was delicious and we left the restaurant with full bellies and smiles on our faces as we had really enjoyed it. Drinks aren’t included in the package but are reasonably priced.
We took our tired Little Mr back to the room with an alcoholic beverage each and plans to relax and a browse of the room magazines. It’s funny sleeping in the same room as Little Mr these days, I’m so conscious of him waking up we spent the evening in the dark watching a TV programme on the tablet. We took full advantage of the hotel’s free WIFI which is brilliant and ideal for families wanting to share their weekends adventures online.
The following morning, we had a lazy breakfast (again it was rather delicious) and decided to use the leisure facilities and get Little Mr back in the pool. One of the things I really like about Chesford Grange is that you can wear your robe in the bar. Just to clarify, I didn’t but you can do so if you wish. No-one bats an eyelid and it really is a testament to the relaxed vibe of the hotel. As our room was on the same floor as the leisure club, we changed into our swimwear in our room and popped our robes on for the short walk to the pool.
The pool wasn’t overly busy with around 6 users in the water. We took Little Mr in for a splash around and he seemed happy enough to be in the water. The pool temperature was just right and we were able to use both the small pool and the main pool with no issues.
Once again, we had a very enjoyable stay at Chesford Grange. The staff are friendly and helpful, the hotel is clean and well maintained and the food is delicious. It really does have everything you need from a hotel. We have really enjoyed staying at the hotel for a second time and wouldn’t hesitate in recommending it to other folk who are in the area and need somewhere to stay.
The Warwick Castle Family Fun weekend packages starts from £250 and includes accommodation for 2 adults and 2 children, a free 2 day family pass to Warwick Castle, breakfast on both mornings and dinner for the adults on one evening (children aged 5+ will need to pay extra) Children will also receive the Warwick Castle goody bag and the Quackers activity pack and beaker.
You can check out available dates and prices on the Chesford Grange website here.
It is also important to note that during the school holidays, there is a games room available for use by younger hotel guests which includes table tennis, a pool table, board games and a mini cinema showing a range of children’s films.
We would like to thank Chesford Grange for their hospitality during our stay. Everyone was very friendly to us and were very attentive to our needs. As far as I am aware the staff who attended to us didn’t know we were reviewing the hotel (bar the receptionist, PA Elaine and the Hotel Manager) and we were treated with top quality customer service which we appreciated and made us feel quite special to be spending time within the hotel.
Disclaimer: We were invited to Chesford Grange for the purpose of this review. All words and images are my own and this forms an honest and reliable review.