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Short stay: Macdonald Ansty Hall, Ansty, near Coventry, UK

Ansty Hall lies in the village of Ansty, which despite being just 300 feet above sea level, is one of the highest points in Warwickshire. It was built in the 17th Century for Richard Taylor, a supporter of Oliver Cromwell during the English Civil War, and passed to the Adams family in the late 18th Century. Descendants of the Adams family remained in residence until 1965 but today this Grade II Listed building, situated close to Coventry and Rugby, is one of almost 50 Macdonald Hotels & Resorts. ansty-hall The welcome We arrived quite late in the evening to a warm welcome and were given keys to our room (Room 1) on the first floor. The whole process was quick and efficient which is always appreciated with a late arrival! The room Stylishly furnished and in keeping with the property, our room was spacious enough to accommodate not only a large double bed, but also two singles for our children. room-1 Historical pictures on the walls included prints of Queen Victoria’s visit to Warwickshire (and more specifically, Warwick Castle) in 1885, as well as the Pilgrims Rest and other buildings in Coventry. There was a desk area so that I could work, comfortable seating, a wardrobe with built-in safe, trouser press and so on. We didn’t spend a great deal of time at the room as we were in the area for a sailing event but, had we done so, there was a large flat-screen Samsung TV also. The bathroom The bathroom consisted of a standalone bath, separate shower, single basin, heated towel rail and WC. bathroom Bathrobes were provided, as were toiletries from Arran Aromatics. bathroom-and-shower bathroom-toiletries The facilities The hotel is popular for meetings and events (with the ability to host events for 2-150 guests), and lies within 8 acres of grounds and woodlands which are tranquil and ideal for a relaxing, short walk. ansty-hall-grounds And behind the gardens you will find St. James’ Ansty church, making this also a popular wedding venue since it’s an easy stroll from the church to the hotel. ansty-church We dined at the hotel’s Shilton Restaurant where we were looked after in the capable hands of Elio. The restaurant deservedly holds a prestigious AA rosette. To give you an idea of the food to expect, here are just some of the dishes we enjoyed: Rosti black pudding, poached egg, crisp prosciutto ham, rocket rosti-black-pudding Goat’s cheese, red onion and pear tart with watercress, fennel, radish and walnut salad goats-cheese-red-onion-and-pear-tart Pave of Scottish beef ‘Rossini’ 58degrees with rosti potato, calves’ liver pate, Madeira and oyster mushroom jus (the hotel uses grass fed Scotch beef matured for a minimum of 21 days) pave-of-scottish-beef-rossini Breast of free range chicken, pan fried gnocchi, courgette, tomato and saffron sauce breast-of-free-range-chicken Desserts on offer included Belgian dark chocolate truffle, salted caramel ice cream and caramel popcorn, a cherry Bakewell with white chocolate mousse and Morello cherry sorbet, and a Crabbie’s ginger ale and pear jelly, toasted oat ice cream and warm ginger parkin, but we were too content to be tempted! Instead, we took a short walk outside and the boys had some ‘Halloween fun’ making shadows on the flood-lit manor house! playing-with-shadows Other nice touches Staff were friendly throughout and there was fresh fruit and complimentary water in our room on our arrival. fruit Cost Advance purchase rates start from £111 per room including breakfast. The best bit It would have to be a toss-up between our bed (which was so comfortable!) and dinner in the restaurant, with the latter perhaps just shading it. The final verdict A conveniently located hotel, close to a number of central locations, including Rugby, Coventry and Stratford-upon-Avon (Shakespeare’s birthplace). We were actually there to attend a sailing event at Draycote Water that our children were taking part in. Draycote is a lovely spot and only about half an hour’s drive from the hotel. draycote-water-sailing Unfortunately, there was very little wind for sailing but it didn’t stop them trying to have a little fun on their boats! draycote-water Disclosure: Our stay was courtesy of Macdonald Hotels & Resorts.

Paul Johnson

Paul Johnson is Editor of A Luxury Travel Blog and has worked in the travel industry for more than 30 years. He is Winner of the Innovations in Travel ‘Best Travel Influencer’ Award from WIRED magazine. In addition to other awards, the blog has also been voted “one of the world’s best travel blogs” and “best for luxury” by The Daily Telegraph.

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  1. My husband and I stayed at this hotel several years ago and had a fabulous time too. The staff were very accommodating and the rooms very comfortable, the food was fantastic. We had a really relaxing time over the Christmas period. The added bonus was that it snowed heavily and it all looked so magical.

  2. Looks good and I have to say I have always been impressed with Macdonald resorts. I stayed at their Aviemore one once and they combined comfort and excelent food with a relaxed atmosphere.

  3. Hats off to the hotel companies who have not just rescued these country houses and preserved our heritage they’ve given them a new lease of life too.

    It is all too easy to underestimate the effort and money it takes not just to preserve these artefacts of our history but also improve them to match our sky-high expectations in the 21st Century.

    We could do easily have lost so many of these fine houses.

  4. Beautiful building, I love these older, regal looking listed properties. A warm welcome is always nice to get, and it’s the small touches that I tend to find memorable in making a stay somewhere more pleasant, like complementary water and some fresh fruit. Actually, I don’t think I’ve been anywhere that’s had fresh fruit waiting in the rooms. The rooms like very comfy and I’m impressed by the grounds this place has, what a lovely way to spend some time relaxing by walking through the woodland and getting some fresh air. I’ve been meaning to do a short break in Coventry for ages as I’ve never been, and it’s only about an hour and a half in the car so I’ll keep this place in mind!

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