- Style Eclectic elegance
- Setting Working Worcestershire farm
A marvel of a medieval mansion in the Cotswolds, the family run Eckington Manorhotel has been handsomely updated with modern fittings and decor. Set on 260-acres of working farmland, there is a famed cookery school located just across a courtyard and the rolling fields provide the perfect environment for long hand-in-hand walks in the country.
Need to know
- Rooms Fifteen: five in the main house (two of which are singles) and four in the Cyder Mill and six in the Milking Parlour (including one suite).
- Rates Double rooms from $178.27 (£108), excluding tax at 20 per cent.
- More details Rates include full English/Continental breakfast.
- Facilities Free WiFi, on-site parking. In rooms: flatscreen TV with Freeserve digital channels, free bottled water, king-size beds, tea- and coffee-making facilities, White Company toiletries.
- Check–out 11am; earliest check-in, 3pm. Eckington Manor can arrange late check-in (after 5pm) with at least 24 hours' notice.
Children Over-eights are welcome at the hotel, and extra beds can be provided for an additional £18 a night (including breakfast).
In the know
- Our favourite rooms Room Five is spacious and striking, and comes with an original-beamed sloping ceiling; there’s also a huge TV that begs movie-watching from bed. Room Three has a spectacular weeping willow-embroidered silk wall feature commissioned from Fromental, as well as cute purple love chairs and a lovely mosaic ensuite. The Deluxe Suite in the Cyder Mill – beautifully renovated barn – stretches the length of the building.
- Packing tips Bring a pair of walking boots – the surrounding countryside is far too beautiful to resist.
Food and drink at Eckington Manor
- Hotel restaurant The restaurant at Eckington Manor is open on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights (and for lunch Thursdays–Sundays); the home-grown and locally produced delights are served in the dining room at Lower End House. Cold 'supper trays' – consisting of a posh Ploughman's – are available every night, and evening meals for groups can be arranged in advance. Breakfast includes home-made, home-grown everything – from muesli, bread, preserves and marmalade to tasty eggs and award-winning breakfast sausages. Much of the meat is from the farm. If you'd like to get more involved and cook yourself, Eckington Manor Cookery School is located above reception.
- Dress code Whatever you like, with an apron thrown on top. There are wellies to borrow (as originally sported by the cast of The Apprentice who filmed here).
- Top table There’s a communal dining table in the house.
- Last orders Breakfast is served in the cookery-school dining room till 9am in the week, and till 9.30am at the weekend. The bar area is open from 6.30pm to when the last guest heads up to bed. Restaurant: Thurs–Sun, 12 noon until 2pm; dinner, Thurs–Sat, 7pm–9pm.
- Room service Officially, room service is not available, though we’re sure that staff will rustle up a snack for you if you give them enough warning.
- Hotel bar Eckington Manor is fully licensed, and there’s an informal bar area, complete with cosy wood-burning stove, in the large main hall. Guests can help themselves from the fully stocked honesty bar.