Worcestershire, United Kingdom

Eckington Manor

Rates from (ex tax)$105.03

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (GBP99.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

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.

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Facilities

Photos Eckington Manor facilities

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).

Check–Out

11am; earliest check-in, 3pm. Eckington Manor can arrange late check-in (after 5pm) with at least 24 hours' notice.

Rates

Double rooms from $105.03 (£83), excluding tax at 20 per cent.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (GBP99.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates include full English/Continental breakfast.

At the hotel

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.

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.

Children

Over-eights are welcome at the hotel, and extra beds can be provided for an additional £35 a night (including breakfast).

Food and Drink

Photos Eckington Manor food and drink

Top Table

There’s a communal dining table in the house.

Dress Code

Whatever you like, with an apron thrown on top. There are wellies to borrow (as originally sported by the cast of <i>The Apprentice</i> who filmed here).

Hotel restaurant

The restaurant at Eckington Manor is helmed by wife and husband chef duo Sue and Mark Stinchcombe, the latter the winner of MasterChef the Professionals 2015. It has a farm-to-table ethos and is open for dinner from Wednesday to Saturday; the home-grown and locally produced delights are served in the light-filled and laid-back dining room above the reception. If you arrive on a sunny day head to the outdoor terrace for lunch or afternoon tea. Cold 'supper trays' – consisting of a posh Ploughman's – are available every night (it's advised to order these in advance), 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.

Hotel bar

Eckington Manor is fully licensed, and there’s an informal bar area close to the restaurant, which is popular for pre-dinner drinks. A fully-stocked honesty bar can be found in the large main hall, where guests can get cosy on comfy sofas beside a wood-burning stove.

Last orders

The Restaurant is open Wednesday to Saturday from 6.45pm-9pm and for Sunday lunch; reservations are required. Breakfast is served in the dining room from 8am to 9.30am Monday to Saturday and from 9am to 10.30am on Sundays.

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.

Location

Photos Eckington Manor location
Address
Eckington Manor
Hammock Road, Eckington
WR10 3BJ
Worcestershire
United Kingdom

Planes

Birmingham International is 45 miles away, and is linked up with Aberdeen, Belfast, Edinburgh and Glasgow by BMI Baby (www.bmibaby.com). Taxis and hire cars are both available.

Trains

First Great Western runs a direct service from London Paddington to Pershore (four and a half miles from the hotel). The station also serves Worcester and Oxford.

Automobiles

Cheltenham Spa and the cathedral town of Worcester are both around 25 minutes away. There's free parking.

Worth getting out of bed for

With its state-of-the-art facilities and proximity to some of the freshest produce in the British Isles, the Eckington Manor Cookery School, just across a courtyard, is the perfect place to come and brush up your culinary skills. One-, two- and three-day courses, catering to all levels of ability, can be booked. If you don’t fancy slaving over a hot stove, then we recommend long, leisurely walks in the nearby Bredon or Malvern Hills, shopping in Cheltenham or visiting the local Georgian market town of Pershore, which is home to a a magnificent abbey, specialist shops and restaurants, and a thriving theatre. Cheltenham Racecourse (01242 513014) is a mere 20-minute drive away, for those who fancy donning some eye-catching headgear and watching the races.

Local restaurants

Belle House (Bridge Street, Pershore; 01386 555055), was originally run by Eckington's owner Judy but now in the capable hands of chef Steve Waites, offers Mediterranean-inspired cuisine made with fresh, local ingredients. It also operates a lovely deli. Russell’s of Broadway (20 High Street, Broadway; 01386 853555) serves up a quality Modern British restaurant at very reasonable prices.

Reviews

Photos Eckington Manor reviews

Anonymous review

Very precise instructions (turn right at the third pony) lead us to a farmyard on the edge of the Cotswolds. Around it are half a dozen buildings, and we're wondering which one houses the cookery school. Is it the bally-well-ancient timber-framed beauty of a mediaeval hall with a tiny formal herb garden laid out in front? Is it the handsome but scaffolding-festooned red-brick outbuilding opposite? Perhaps the pig stys? Parking up, we fix our culinary hopes on a converted Dutch barn, all clean lines, wood and glass. Entering, we find ourselves in a reception-cum-shop, appropriately full of choice edibles and kitchenalia, with stairs leading to the state-of-the-art cookery school above. The welcome we experience, from mother and daughter Judy and Jane, is so enthusiastic and friendly that, once we're in the privacy of our room, Mr Smith derides me for believing they haven't rumbled our reviewer status. I stick to the script: I guess some people are just genuinely nice.

We're sleeping in the bally-well-ancient part of the set-up, Eckington Manor , a boutique bed and breakfast in its own right, with two singles, three doubles, a connoisseur's honesty bar and a big sitting room that is has its poshness tempered by cowhide rug, dog-picture tapestry cushions and a leather piglet. In the gleaming country kitchen, used for events, there's a collection of antique farm tools framed on the wall; upstairs, we find a handful of not-very-agricultural design features, such as a turquoise devoré chaise-longue and a chandelier made of antlers. Room 5 doesn't need any design features. It has great 800-year-old beams A-framing the eaves, and a monumental, asymmetrical stone chimney-breast, on which hangs an outsized flatscreen television, pointing straight at the bed. We're here to learn the finer points of Indian cookery, not to snuggle under the duvet watching telly, but we end up doing both, and walking up a big hill. And going to the weirdest pub in England. But first: mackerel masala.

Eckington Manor Cookery School has one super-skilled chef, teaching everything from Indian, Thai and Italian to mastering an aga and bread-making, as well as special classes for men, youngsters and beginners. We're uncertain about how one person can be an expert on rustling up jalfrezi and ciabatta – even if he is from Birmingham, unofficial curry capital of the world. But we are proven doubting Thomases, because the class is just brilliant: engaging, fun, confidence-building and manageable. There are demos – deft fish filleting – as well as tips (try damp kitchen roll to anchor your chopping board), and chef's commonsense views on fat in meat (good), German knives (great) and oily fishbones (rubbish for stock). None of the class, largely young couples, have attended a cookery class before, and the difficulty level is spot-on. We make lamb meatballs, naan and a very nice Goan mackerel dish, and we all feel pretty clever. The meat we use is from the farm's award-winning livestock, and there are even views of the countryside from the windows, so it all lives up to the owners' 'eat local' ethos.

Staying the night – before and after our class – makes the whole experience exceptionally relaxing. Once we've wiped down our individual kitchen stations, hung up our stripy aprons and boxed up doggy-bag leftovers, we retire to Room 5 – what a treat to get into bed in the middle of the afternoon. Well, we have been working quite hard, slaving away over hot stoves… There's time for a bit of an explore later on, though. We drive to the Monkey House, a pub we've heard being celebrated for its magnificent old-fashionedness up there with the Red Lion in Snargate, Kent, and the Three Stags Heads in Derbyshire. When we mention our pilgrimage to Judy, her faintly quizzical response leads us to question whether it's a pub at all. Perhaps it is truly a place of abode for primates, suggests Mr Smith. ‘Or a strange Cotswolds slang for a brothel,’ he smiles. We find, with delight, that it is someone's house with a hatch serving cider, a garden with a flower-filled shopping trolley, and a tiny extension with a tall chimney and an open door, full of locals smiling and singing. No flatscreen television, or even electricity, at a guess. The only reason these metropolitan voyeurs don't stay long, is that we’re shy.

Back at our 13th-century lodgings (so wonderfully wonky that the beds have bespoke varying leg lengths), we settle for a supper tray, rather than driving miles to the nearest decent restaurant. We're expecting cheese and biscuits, and that's what we get, but in glorious Eckington style. It is copious and beautifully presented: hams, dates, tomato salad of red and yellow fruit, two mustards, three breads, four chutneys, posh black crackers and oatcakes. All that to accompany a fine selection of local cheeses. We eat alone in the warm, homely dining room – nothing at all like a hotel – and a feast that beats a burger in the village pub. In the interests of fairness, we checked out the Bell, Eckington's local, and it's friendly and clean and fine for lunch, but it's not as romantic as a wedge of Double Worcester, the honesty bar and that lovely bed just up the creaking stairs.

This part of the Cotswolds is less-trodden but still as lovely as the familiar Gloucestershire hills, and on the Sunday, we drag ourselves away from eating and idling to find windy, baa-lamb happiness up Bredon Hill, a short drive from Eckington. We stomp towards what we think is 'the top', crossing acres of farmland, grazing pasture and forest to reach a folly and a standing stone called the Elephant. It makes a bracing chaser after yesterday's gastronomic concentration and steadies us before the drive back home. Eckington Manor is a true find: there's the social, active, learning side; and plenty of private downtime in the beamed bedrooms. We arrived with all sorts of townie tiredness, and we're leaving with fresh air in our lungs, vastly improved spice skills, and several Tupperware containers of the finest curry money can't buy.

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 Eckington Manor’s Guestbook below.

We loved

The dinner was amazing. Also level of customer service very good indeed. We were in a new building (room 17) which was so quiet and spacious. Loved bath in bedroom.

Don’t expect

Much nightlife! Not to put on a few pounds!

Rating

Stayed on 30 Apr 2016

We loved

From the moment we arrived we felt so welcome at Eckington Manor. Every member of staff made us feel special. We stayed in the suite with the cinema wall and giant bath in the bedroom, it was fantastic! The chef recently won Masterchef the Professionals and the food was so good we ate in the restaurant two nights running. As much produce as possible comes from their farm and the quality of food is excellent. The breakfasts are certainly worth getting up for! The National Trust property, Croome, is a ten minute drive away and well worth a visit. Worcester is half an hour away and the Cathedral and River walk are lovely. If you tire of the fine dining at Eckington Manor (or stay on a Sunday when the restaurant is closed, as we did) then The Bell pub is a ten minute walk away and their homemade burgers with local beef are delicious!

Don’t expect

Any nightlife; although there are nice pubs within walking distance.

Rating

Stayed on 15 Apr 2016

We loved

Peace and quiet, excellent food, and the honesty bar. The Cider Mill rooms – I had the top one with open top bath, walk in shower and views; it was very comfortable!

Don’t expect

Nightlife.

Rating

Stayed on 2 Feb 2016

We loved

The rooms are great and very friendly staff. Great food, and nice to see an honesty bar.

Don’t expect

To not put on a few pounds – lunch is great!

Rating

Stayed on 23 Jan 2016

We loved

The friendly staff, yummy breakfasts, spacious room at the top of the Cyder Mill with the large bath and disco lit shower – and the fact the chef has just won Masterchef Professionals!

Don’t expect

Noise – it's so peaceful in Eckington!

Rating

Stayed on 4 Jan 2016

We loved

The bath in room 9 and the 'disco shower'!

Don’t expect

Anonymity!

Rating

Stayed on 22 Dec 2015

We loved

The rooms, the restaurant and the friendly staff!

Don’t expect

To want to leave.

Rating

Stayed on 26 Nov 2015

We loved

The honesty bar is nice!

Don’t expect

Privacy in room 9; the toilet is only behind a glass screen (and there's no fan).

Rating

Stayed on 26 Nov 2015

We loved

The food. And the bathtub!

Don’t expect

Nightlife

Rating

Stayed on 30 Oct 2015

We loved

The homemade food and drink. You don't often stay at a hotel that produces cider and apple juice on-site. A hike up the nearby Malvern Hills blew away the cobwebs.

Don’t expect

Much nightlife. But that was perfect for us.

Rating

Stayed on 23 Sep 2015

We loved

The rooms were beautiful.

Don’t expect

A spa.

Rating

Stayed on 28 Aug 2015

We loved

Everything about it. The house is beautiful and the herb garden gave off the most wonderful smells. It was so peaceful and we were able to sit outside having a drink in the evening. I asked specially for a nice freestanding bath in our room and they gave up the most perfect room with an amazing roll top bath at the end of the bed. The bed was very comfortable and almost made us late for the delicious award winning breakfast. All the food is incredible. The supper worthy of a Michelin star.

Don’t expect

Nightlife - it's wonderfully quite and peaceful.

Rating

Stayed on 15 Aug 2015

We loved

Warm welcome, the dinner.

Don’t expect

To have a long walk in the Cotswolds you have to drive.

Rating

Stayed on 13 Aug 2015

We loved

That we have only just discovered this gem when we have known the village for many years! We'll be back...and we promise to keep the secret!

Don’t expect

Entertainment...make your own!

Rating

Stayed on 19 Jun 2015

We loved

The room was amazing, we stayed in the old milking sheds which have been beautifully converted. Comfortable bed, deep bath in the room for that romantic feel and the shower room was perfectly spotless with fantastic accessories. The honesty bar is just such a clever idea with plenty to offer and in such a beautiful building. And the breakfast, my word, so fresh and hot and delicious. I think it's fair to say we loved our stay and can't wait to return. Maybe we'll book ourselves onto one of the many cookery courses next time.

Don’t expect

Any nightlife. Eckington is so beautiful with a couple of local pubs and restaurants but not much more

Rating

Stayed on 28 May 2015

We loved

The room.

Don’t expect

Nightlife.

Rating

Stayed on 24 Feb 2015

We loved

We had a wonderful three days at Eckington and will certainly return and recommend it to others, which we have already done. The members of staff there couldn't have been more welcoming and helpful, even talking us in to the Manor when we couldn't find it and darkness was approaching and I was getting really worried. A glass of prosecco on arrival soon settled me, though. Everything was of the highest standard, yet not overpoweringly so, and the food was excellent, with a food trace and much of it coming from the farm attached to the Manor. It couldn't have been better and we loved it. Thank you, Mr & Mrs Smith.

Rating

Stayed on 5 Feb 2015

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 Eckington Manor’s Guestbook below.

We loved

The dinner was amazing. Also level of customer service very good indeed. We were in a new building (room 17) which was so quiet and spacious. Loved bath in bedroom.

Don’t expect

Much nightlife! Not to put on a few pounds!

Rating

Stayed on 30 Apr 2016

We loved

From the moment we arrived we felt so welcome at Eckington Manor. Every member of staff made us feel special. We stayed in the suite with the cinema wall and giant bath in the bedroom, it was fantastic! The chef recently won Masterchef the Professionals and the food was so good we ate in the restaurant two nights running. As much produce as possible comes from their farm and the quality of food is excellent. The breakfasts are certainly worth getting up for! The National Trust property, Croome, is a ten minute drive away and well worth a visit. Worcester is half an hour away and the Cathedral and River walk are lovely. If you tire of the fine dining at Eckington Manor (or stay on a Sunday when the restaurant is closed, as we did) then The Bell pub is a ten minute walk away and their homemade burgers with local beef are delicious!

Don’t expect

Any nightlife; although there are nice pubs within walking distance.

Rating

Stayed on 15 Apr 2016

We loved

Peace and quiet, excellent food, and the honesty bar. The Cider Mill rooms – I had the top one with open top bath, walk in shower and views; it was very comfortable!

Don’t expect

Nightlife.

Rating

Stayed on 2 Feb 2016

We loved

The rooms are great and very friendly staff. Great food, and nice to see an honesty bar.

Don’t expect

To not put on a few pounds – lunch is great!

Rating

Stayed on 23 Jan 2016

We loved

The friendly staff, yummy breakfasts, spacious room at the top of the Cyder Mill with the large bath and disco lit shower – and the fact the chef has just won Masterchef Professionals!

Don’t expect

Noise – it's so peaceful in Eckington!

Rating

Stayed on 4 Jan 2016

We loved

The bath in room 9 and the 'disco shower'!

Don’t expect

Anonymity!

Rating

Stayed on 22 Dec 2015

We loved

The rooms, the restaurant and the friendly staff!

Don’t expect

To want to leave.

Rating

Stayed on 26 Nov 2015

We loved

The honesty bar is nice!

Don’t expect

Privacy in room 9; the toilet is only behind a glass screen (and there's no fan).

Rating

Stayed on 26 Nov 2015

We loved

The food. And the bathtub!

Don’t expect

Nightlife

Rating

Stayed on 30 Oct 2015

We loved

The homemade food and drink. You don't often stay at a hotel that produces cider and apple juice on-site. A hike up the nearby Malvern Hills blew away the cobwebs.

Don’t expect

Much nightlife. But that was perfect for us.

Rating

Stayed on 23 Sep 2015

We loved

The rooms were beautiful.

Don’t expect

A spa.

Rating

Stayed on 28 Aug 2015

We loved

Everything about it. The house is beautiful and the herb garden gave off the most wonderful smells. It was so peaceful and we were able to sit outside having a drink in the evening. I asked specially for a nice freestanding bath in our room and they gave up the most perfect room with an amazing roll top bath at the end of the bed. The bed was very comfortable and almost made us late for the delicious award winning breakfast. All the food is incredible. The supper worthy of a Michelin star.

Don’t expect

Nightlife - it's wonderfully quite and peaceful.

Rating

Stayed on 15 Aug 2015

We loved

Warm welcome, the dinner.

Don’t expect

To have a long walk in the Cotswolds you have to drive.

Rating

Stayed on 13 Aug 2015

We loved

That we have only just discovered this gem when we have known the village for many years! We'll be back...and we promise to keep the secret!

Don’t expect

Entertainment...make your own!

Rating

Stayed on 19 Jun 2015

We loved

The room was amazing, we stayed in the old milking sheds which have been beautifully converted. Comfortable bed, deep bath in the room for that romantic feel and the shower room was perfectly spotless with fantastic accessories. The honesty bar is just such a clever idea with plenty to offer and in such a beautiful building. And the breakfast, my word, so fresh and hot and delicious. I think it's fair to say we loved our stay and can't wait to return. Maybe we'll book ourselves onto one of the many cookery courses next time.

Don’t expect

Any nightlife. Eckington is so beautiful with a couple of local pubs and restaurants but not much more

Rating

Stayed on 28 May 2015

We loved

The room.

Don’t expect

Nightlife.

Rating

Stayed on 24 Feb 2015

We loved

We had a wonderful three days at Eckington and will certainly return and recommend it to others, which we have already done. The members of staff there couldn't have been more welcoming and helpful, even talking us in to the Manor when we couldn't find it and darkness was approaching and I was getting really worried. A glass of prosecco on arrival soon settled me, though. Everything was of the highest standard, yet not overpoweringly so, and the food was excellent, with a food trace and much of it coming from the farm attached to the Manor. It couldn't have been better and we loved it. Thank you, Mr & Mrs Smith.

Rating

Stayed on 5 Feb 2015