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Hotel Highlights

  • Lovely rooms, central location, fantastic value for money
  • Buzzy little bar and bistro, passionate staff
  • Perfect for a weekend of theatre and window-shopping

Overview

A buzzy, bijou bolthole, The Church Street Townhouse hotel in Stratford's historic heart puts a modern spin on the boutique inn. This lovingly restored grade II-listed getaway features boudoir-chic bedrooms, all-day bistro dining, fantastic staff, a cosy bar and a loyal local clientele – and you get all this for a song.

Smith Extra

Here's what you get for booking The Church Street Townhouse with us:

A chilled half-bottle of champagne in your room's mini-fridge on arrival

Special offers

Exclusive rates, packages and special offers at The Church Street Townhouse

Pre-theatre dinner, bed and breakfast package

Facilities

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The Church Street Townhouse Hotel – Stratford-upon-Avon – UK

Need To Know

Rooms

12. All have drench showers; three have baths too, so if you have a preference, specify this when booking.

Check–out

11am. Check-in, 3pm. Church Street is happy to be flexible whenever they can be though: just tell reception what your timings are and they'll try to accommodate you.

Rates

Double rooms from $130.56 (£83), excluding tax at 20 per cent.

Also

Help yourself to a tasty wee tot from the pretty decanter of port and generous stack of shortbread in your room.

At the hotel

WiFi throughout, library of DVDs to borrow. In rooms, iPod dock, flatscreen TV, teapigs tea, coffee and kettle, mini-fridge with free bottled water, hair straighteners, hairdryers, ironing boards and irons.

Our favourite rooms

Each room has similar boudoir-chic decor, with red, black and pewter accents on a palette of warm neutrals. If you can't do without a bath, go for rooms 2, 3, or 12. At the back of the building and heavily beamed, we love Large room 3's scene-stealing roll-top tub, curtained off with theatrical red drapes. For plenty of space and natural light, pick double-aspect Large room 12. Medium rooms 6 and 7 overlook Church Street's half-timbered alms houses, with pretty ogee window seats. Room 2 has a claw-foot tub in the bedroom. Room 1 is closest to the bar, so it can get noisy on some evenings (the hotel holds music nights on Wednesdays and Saturdays).

Packing tips

Don't heft heavy hair-dressing tools all the way here: rooms are kitted out with hairdryers and ceramic straighteners. Reception can provide simplified Stratford street maps, too, as well as cotton totes for any suitcase-bursting impulse buys.

Also

The hotel's restaurant is very popular, so reserve a table when booking rooms to avoid disappointment (you can always cancel it later). Two-night minimum stays apply on Friday–Saturday nights, but you can add on Sunday night for just £50.

Children

This urban escape is not really suited to children – leave the kids at home!

Food & Drink

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Hotel Restaurant

Chef Richard Hancox (formerly chef at Palace Restaurant and Turner's Restaurant, Birmingham) mans the helm in Church Street's clutch of diminutive dining rooms, whipping up a monthly changing all-day menu of great-to-eat treats, from breakfast to bar snacks via Sunday lunch or afternoon tea. Imaginative twists elevate the everyday to excellent: we loved the 'three-bites' bar pies, crisp corned-beef-hash-patties; and killer club sandwiches.

Hotel Bar

The Blue Bar's pewter-topped counter is a beacon for cosy nights in, where glasses are raised and ivories are tinkled by local music students at 5.30 every weeknight. Friday night's champage happy hour from 5pm is hugely popular, with bottles of bubbly for just £20. You can also take drinks by the fire in the quieter, wood-beamed Library Bar.

Last orders

For food in the restaurant, 10pm. They ring the bell in the bar at 11pm (midnight on Fridays and Saturdays), but guests can ask the night porter for drinks to take to their rooms.

Room service

None, but there's water, milk, port and shortbread in your room; when it's not busy, you might persuade staff to let you nibble something from the bistro in your boudoir.

Smith Insider

Dress code

Channel the bard with pearl earrings and yellow stockings. Or, if you're not an attention-seeking thesp, just come as your good self.

Top table

Mr & Mrs Smith like the raised banquettes in the Blue Bar for champagne happy hour; the tables for two flanking the main entrance; and the pew-enhanced corner table with kitchen views in the Red Dining Room.

Local Guide

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The Church Street Townhouse Hotel – Stratford-upon-Avon – UK
Eat, drink, see, do: local favourites and more…

Worth getting out of bed for

Once the curtain's fallen at the RSC theatre and you've wandered the world of William Shakespeare, Stratford is perfectly placed for exploring the Cotswolds and surrounding countryside.

If a day at the races gets your heart a-flutter, there are courses Stratford, Cheltenham and Warwick – also home to the spectacular 1,000-year-old Warwick Castle, complete with jousting, turrets and ghosts.

Local restaurants

Wander up Sheep Street and you'll find several of Stratford's most enticing eateries, including all-day bistro and wine bar The Vintner (01789 297259); Modern British brasserie Grants (01789 290008) and fine-dining restaurant Lambs (01789 292554).

Local bars

For post-theatre drinks, stars of stage and screen head to the Dirty Duck (aka Black Swan) overlooking the Avon (01789 297312), or the Arden members bar opposite the theatre. You'll often find cast and crew propping up Church Street Townhouse's pewter bar, too (we've already spotted Tim Minchin and Chuk Iwuji).

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Half-timbered town centre

The Church Street Townhouse

16 Church Street, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire CV37 6HB, United Kingdom

Planes

Birmingham international airport is only 24 miles away (about 40 minutes by car).

Trains

Chiltern Railways trains run from London Marylebone to Stratford-upon-Avon every two hours, via Warwick and Leamington Spa; there are also services from Paddington. There are also regular services to/from Oxford and Birmingham. Stratford station is a 12-minute walk from the hotel (or, if your luggage is heavy, there's a taxi rank at the station). In summer, you can also arrive by steam: the Shakespeare Express takes a scenic 60 minutes to chuff its way into Stratford from Birmingham via Henley-in-Arden (www.vintagetrains.co.uk).

Automobiles

Stratford is an hour's drive from Birmingham city centre. For pick-ups and drop-offs there is on-street parking just outside (limited to maximum two-hour stays during the day). Otherwise, the hotel has an arrangement for reduced-rate overnight parking with a local NCP carpark just behind Church Street.

Reviews

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The Church Street Townhouse Hotel – Stratford-upon-Avon – UK

Anonymous review

by Tom Harrow , He knows his wine

Peppering a review of a lodging house in Stratford-upon-Avon with Shakespearean lines may be mawkish. But when observing reverence to the town and its most famous son, I remind myself that an honest tale speeds best, being plainly told… Ahem. Even with Mrs Smith heavily pregnant, Church Street is a mere 10-minute stroll from the station (possibly less if I'd offered to help with our bags…
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The Church Street Townhouse

Anonymous review by Tom Harrow, He knows his wine

Peppering a review of a lodging house in Stratford-upon-Avon with Shakespearean lines may be mawkish. But when observing reverence to the town and its most famous son, I remind myself that an honest tale speeds best, being plainly told… Ahem.

Even with Mrs Smith heavily pregnant, Church Street is a mere 10-minute stroll from the station (possibly less if I'd offered to help with our bags). It’s a pleasant surprise to see such satisfyingly atmospheric Tudor dwellings existing outside Elizabethan dramas and the architectural plans of Premiership footballers. Behind decorative ogee windows of a grade II-listed townhouse overlooking half-timbered Church Street awaits a modern medley of duck-egg blue Farrow & Ball paintwork, plush cushions and scrubbed wooden tables. Imagine an abridged Soho House for Stratford (complete with super-kingsize beds, pewter-topped bar and flatscreen TVs, of course) and that should set the scene.

Given the general civic Ye-Olde-ification, the Church Street Townhouse is refreshingly contemporary; our room's original features (pendulous beams for the most part) are complemented by a muted grey and aubergine scheme with fittings and fabrics in vibrant scarlet and silver. I had already determined to self-medicate a heavy cold with fortifying liquor, so the mini port decanter on the sideboard is an especially well-received touch. What is truly inspired? A bath rack across the freestanding Victorian tub, which ingeniously is fitted with glass-holders. Imbibing while soaking: surely the ultimate in luxury? ‘I look forward to a most dissolute convalescence,’ I slur to Mrs Smith through the soap suds.

An early-week visit in spring treats us to sunshine and a soft breeze that propels the ducks chirpily along the Avon. A meander down Henley Street takes us to the birthplace of the Bard (not Rabbie Burns, for any obdurate Scots), where we even get to enjoy two local thesps making an admirable stab at scenes from various of the plays on request. (It also proves a good opportunity to enlighten Texan tour groups of an important fact their official guides had failed to mention: Ben Affleck is directly descended from Richard Burbage.) A two-mile circular walking tour takes in a number of historical buildings, from the 14th to the 19th centuries (many of which have not become a Bella Pasta), and at the Swan Theatre, an abridged version of ‘The Tempest’ using puppetry is a great success. ‘Similar to the Townhouse,’ Mrs Smith muses, ‘It re-imagines the original spirit through the lens of modernity.’

Co-owned and run by Rachel Hawkins and her aunt Sue (the dynamic duo behind the first incarnation of the fabulous George in Shipston on Stour), Church Street Townhouse displays passion and an attention to detail at every turn, from the etched-glass port decanters to the monogrammed cotton tote bags; an antique-dealing family elder was even drafted in to source the pewter coffee pots and modishly mismatched silver candlesticks dressing the dining room. They first opened the hotel in the summer of 2010, but before that it had housed accountants upstairs and a dental surgery beneath, so had we visited a few summers ago, it might have been slightly less geared at pleasure-seekers. (Over a third decanter of port, I am left ruminating in the bath whether I'd have preferred having my cavities drilled before or after being admonished for another late tax return?)

We eat dinner at Church Street Townhouse both nights, once in the restaurant and the next, well, in bed. (We beg them to break their usual no-room-service policy on our second night due simply to sloth – or as Mrs Smith observes, ‘The exhaustion incurred by carrying your child for eight months – and the hotel’s impressive DVD library).

The menu provides hearty and wholesome country classics, and mustard, so I discover, of sufficient potency to unblock the most stubbornly congested sinuses. Prices are commendable and my amontillado only half a degree too warm. (Captious, moi? It is the nature of my job as a wine connoisseur.) Reassuringly busy, the atmosphere in the main bar shows it is a popular rendezvous with locals, while residents can enjoy after-hours digestifying in the library. After an unsparingly sturdy dinner and yet more port, sleep comes easy here. Thanks to Tudor walls thicker than Henry VIII's calves, the revels from the bars beneath are deadened entirely and the beds are very much the stuff as dreams are made on.

Rachel and her delightful team are obliging throughout our stay. Friendly, vivacious and helpful with itineraries, restaurant and bar recommendations, they even rise to the seemingly Sisyphean task of refuelling our room’s decanter. And of course parting is such sweet sorrow (‘Oh, you’re not going to put that in there,’ groans Mrs Smith as I mutter it on check-out), and Mrs Smith and I make a pact to return for an RSC-filled weekend. And prithee, one last challenge. Did you spot every Shakespeare reference slipped into this text? Now remind me: is levity, gravity or brevity the soul of wit?

Reviewed by Tom Harrow

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith hotel with us, we'll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in The Church Street Townhouse's Guestbook below.

 

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

Rooms were a great size with lovely decor. Breakfast was also great. Staff were really friendly and very helpful with anything we needed.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

Lovely staff. Even though the building is old it has a modern twist. Bar area is nice and cosy. They allow dogs in the bar which is nice too. Dinner was good as was breakfast.

Don’t expect

Furniture in our room needed refurb. Room was quite small but the bed was king size so glad of that.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

Lovely room with a window seat so you can watch the tourists go by! Little bottle of port in the room. Buzzy atmosphere in the bar with live music on a Sunday night.

Don’t expect

The bar staff also manage check in and it feels a little awkward when they are busy at the bar but you want your key!

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

I liked the lovely clean room with a huge comfortable bed. There was champagne in the fridge and a small decanter of port. The room was also very quiet, with no noise coming from other rooms. 

Don’t expect

I thought there could have been much better lighting in the bathroom as it was difficult to put on makeup in the dim lighting.

Rating: 9/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

We went to the same place last year  and the young lady recognised us. She is now manageress. She is delightful, very friendly and also extremely hard working. We stayed in the same room as last year, Room 3, which is all oak beams and Stratford character. It was a Sunday night so there was music in the bar till late, and a great atmosphere. I have already recommended it to a friend.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

I liked the very friendly and helpful staff throughout; large and non-standard characterful room and very large bathroom; great bed; and great shower. Breakfast was fine and dinner was also great.

Don’t expect

Nothing really that can be done about this but the bar was very full on Friday and Saturday nights and it was hard to find somewhere to sit down.

Rating: 9/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The hotel is ideally located for getting around. It is decorated to a high standard throughout. The extra touches such as the decanter of port and shortbread make it feel more special. The breakfast menu was varied and the service friendly. Reduced parking was available at a nearby car park.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The location was good.

Rating: 1/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

There's a relaxed vibe at this hotel. The young team are pleasant, cheerful and chatty. The food is nice and they have a good barman. We left feeling very peaceful.

Don’t expect

There could be better lighting on the stairs, which are quite steep. I would suggest a little more tlc on the sealants in the bathroom. All in all though a great bolthole in a busy town.

Rating: 8/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

I loved the luxurious rooms, central location, and champagne happy hour in the bar on a Friday night!

Don’t expect

I thought the food in the restaurant was a bit over-priced for what we got.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

This hotel is excellently situated for exploring Stratford-Upon-Avon (particularly everything related to Shakespeare). It's quite close to the center of town and the building itself is quite old. It's been decorated with very trendy and modern decor though so the inside is not at all outdated. The staff was quite helpful and if you have a room facing the street like we did you overlook the grammar school Shakespeare attended, which we thought was very cool. Overall, we had a great time and highly recommend staying here!

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

I just loved the decor of the place and such a friendly atmosphere. And the food was just absolutely delicious.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

I loved the laid-back atmosphere, the live music on Sunday night, the port decanter in the room and the first-class, top-notch food at breakfast and dinner.

Don’t expect

The sunlight through the curtains in Room 7 first thing in the morning rather spoiled our idea of lazy Bank Holiday weekend lie-ins!

Rating: 10/10 stars

GoldSmith

Stayed on

We loved

Everything is nicely designed, including the hotel bar which is a really nice space, and the port and biscuits in the room are a nice treat.

Rating: 9/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

I liked the wonderful attentive, cheerful staff and delicious food: breakfast and dinner were fantastic.

Don’t expect

Beds were very hard.

Rating: 9/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on no

We loved

The rooms were beautiful! The restaurant is amazing; there is no problem whatsover if you have food allergies (my wife is coeliac).

Rating: 9/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The décor, the food was very good, and the students playing the piano at 5.30pm was so lovely and relaxing. Our room was lovely (10) and the biscuits and champagne in the room were fab. Thank you.

Rating: 10/10 stars

SilverSmith

Stayed on

We loved

I liked the central location and little extras like a decanter of port. Rooms were well appointed and breakfast was good.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

I enjoyed the service, all the extra little touches and the restaurant food.

Don’t expect

It's not their fault, but it's a shame there isn't onsite parking.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

I liked the very friendly, helpful staff; the lovely places to sit and relax; and the very comfortable beds.

Don’t expect

The food could be better; there were too many deep-fried things on the menu.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The hotel is quirky, comfortable and charming and there's warm service from everyone. I enjoyed the lovely touches like fresh milk in a little fridge in the room (and a half bottle of fizz – thank you, Mr and Mrs Smith!); excellent breakfast, which was included in the room price; food, which was very good in the evening; and the bar, which had a great buzz the night I arrived, which turned out to be because it was champagne happy hour. It's a great location, especially if you are going to the theatre.

Don’t expect

I really wanted a room with a bath, and it wasn't clear from the booking whether I had one - and I didn't. The bathroom was lovely (good toiletries, etc, and fluffy towels) but I would have enjoyed a soak!

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

I enjoyed the perfection in little details, such as the fresh milk in the fridge. The staff was all friendly and helpful. It has the best food in Stratford, great house wins, excellent service and lovely rooms. It's close to the theatre and has a great atmosphere.

Don’t expect

The pianist on our first night was truly dreadful. He didn't appear on the second night so perhaps this was an unusually bad choice by the hotel. It would also have been lovely to have had a fire burning in the old kitchen grate near our comfy armchairs in the public lounge area.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

I loved the charming staff and rooms.

Don’t expect

The parking could be better.

Rating: 9/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

There was not much we didn't like about this hotel. It is a real gem. The staff was the real star. From the moment that we arrived to the moment that we sadly left, the staff were wonderful: friendly, courteous, helpful, going out of their way to ensure that we had everything we needed and were relaxed. We had Room 3, which was spacious and comfortable and, thankfully, quiet. We slept well on both nights and really appreciated the provision of water and fresh milk in the 'fridge. Also very welcome was the fresh ground coffee instead of those ghastly packets of instant so loved by the chain hotels. Food in the restaurant in the evenings was fine without being exceptional. A limited menu always bodes well and our food was well cooked, nicely presented and had taste. Breakfasts, so often the Achilles' heel in hotels, was excellent and freshly cooked to order. We enjoyed the atmosphere in the Piano Bar. This really is a lovely place.

Don’t expect

The lighting in the bedroom, in common with most hotels, was poor. Two of the existing lights did not work, which did not help. I always carry a reading light when I visit hotels these days so was, at least, able to read. There were six mirrors in the bedroom but poor lighting made most of these just ornaments. Little bottles of ersatz marmalade really let the breakfast table down. On both days we had to ask for marmalade as none had been put out. With a good kitchen surely it is not too much to ask for some proper homemade marmalade?

Rating: 9/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

We really enjoyed our stay, we like everything – the very good vaule for money, friendly staff, beautiful decor and fantastic food.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

I liked pretty much everything; I will definitely go back. It's extremely convenient for the theatre and town center, and very comfortable. There are lots of nice touches like the fresh milk in the fridge, the port and the individually wrapped biscuits. Excellent breakfast. Very stylishly decorated bedrooms and well equipped bathrooms with lots of towels.

Don’t expect

The bedrooms were a little chilly (it was late October and the heating was not on in the rooms) although not cold, especially the larger of the two bedrooms.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

I liked the great atmosphere and excellent service; it's very stylish.

Don’t expect

The room was starting to look just a little tired; lovely decor but could do with a refresh.

Rating: 9/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

I liked the friendly and welcoming staff, fantastic room, and great atmosphere – especially the hour of piano playing in the bar.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

We stayed in Room 2, which was beautifully decorated with luxury oozing from every corner. The giant bed was such pleasure to sleep in and the whole atmosphere was very relaxing. The bathroom was my favourite, with a standalone bath and Aromatherapy bath products… what more could a girl want?

Don’t expect

The gap under the door meant that noise travelled far.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The hotel was beautiful and right in the centre of town. The staff was very friendly and helpful; they always had a smile. It is the little things that make a short break special, like the toiletries in the bathroom and fresh milk in the fridge. The room itself was comfortable with a huge bed and wonderful pillows and duvet. The restaurant was buzzing on the Sunday night and complimented by live music, nothing too intrusive but added to the already wonderful atmosphere. Each evening there is a pianist from the local school who was also very good and added to the overall experience of our stay.

Don’t expect

The only coffee in the room was ground coffee and I would have liked instant in the morning; I asked but was told there was none. I think a couple of sachets in the rooms would be nice.

Rating: 7/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

I liked everything!

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

I liked the great service, wonderful food and brilliant entertainment on a Sunday night!

Don’t expect

Not a lot!

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

I liked the roll-top bath, friendly staff and little touches.

Don’t expect

The room was very hot, but the staff did bring another fan (it was too noisy to sleep with it on, though).

Rating: 7/10 stars

SilverSmith

Stayed on

We loved

I liked the lovely, imaginatively designed rooms and bathrooms. The great staff is helpful, friendly, efficient, charming and welcoming. Food is fab from breakfast – eggs benedict and bloody Mary – to supper and everything in between. The restaurant was relaxed and the bar buzzy; the Champagne happy hour a great way to start weekend. What's not to love? It's a great position for the theatre, river and town. There are thoughtful touches in the rooms: decanters of port refilled daily, homemade sweet bites, water, proper milk in fridge, good tea and fresh coffee.

Don’t expect

Bathrobes in rooms would be a good idea; parking, if you arrive late, is a pain (but get there for Champagne and that's not a problem!)

Rating: 9/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

I loved the location.

Don’t expect

It was very warm, though there were fans in the room.

Rating: 8/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

I liked the very friendly and helpful staff, a buzzy interesting bar and dining area, good food and a lovely room with complimentary port. We would recommend room 3, although it may become rather too warm in summer.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

Small boutique hotel with a great romantic room. Large room and bathroom with a tub that was very romantic. Great natural lighting in the bathroom! Located very centrally for touring and seeing the sites. Restaurant was great with good service and quality of food.

Don’t expect

Hard to stop and drop off luggage with it being downtown; parking was a bit far and hard to locate.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

Excellent service and lively atmosphere with David leading a young and enthusiastic team.

Rating: 8/10 stars

SilverSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The building has been renovated to a very high standard with a great bar area. It is very lively on Friday night, not just for the 5pm–6pm happy hour. The 20 bottles of champagne during happy hour were great. The dinner was also good, but dont expect a quiet meal since you dine right beside the bar. Breakfast was very good and they were very accommodating of changes in the menu. The full English was superb with locally souced ingredients.

Don’t expect

Advice on the location of certain rooms and the noise associated with them.

Rating: 6/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The hotel was in a perfect location, especially for going to the theatre. The bedroom (room 3) was very comfortable and had a fabulous claw bath and drench shower. I totally appreciated the fresh milk in the fridge for tea or coffee in the room and even more so the port and biscuits that were complimentary. All the staff were very friendly and helpful. There's a fun, lively bar and delicious food in the restaurant… you need to book for the restaurant, as it is very busy.

Don’t expect

The mirror lighting to do one's make-up! The bedside reading light was fit for romance but not for reading!

Rating: 9/10 stars

SilverSmith

Stayed on

We loved

Lovely, vibrant atmosphere, especially in the bar/restaurant with the live band playing. The staff is helpful and friendly and the hotel has a very relaxed feel. We ate in the dining room and the food was locally sourced and superb. We'll definitely be returning.

Don’t expect

We had Room 1 on the ground floor which was noisy; will be asking not to be on the ground floor next time.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

Great views of quaint Stratford-upon-Avon from the window seat of Room 7, including the black-and-white buildings opposite that resembled something out of Harry Potter as well as the local church just down the road. The bed was extremely large and comfortable for a lazy day watching the television and enjoying the in-room champagne and port. The décor of the property and room were impressive but friendly and the staff are very warm and polite.

Don’t expect

In the future I will want to stay in one of the top category rooms with the free-standing bathtubs, in order to enjoy the larger room type.

Rating: 10/10 stars