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An Inspector Calls: Why Stapleford Park needs a consummate shake-up

December 27th, 2015 by admin | Filed under Blog.
  • The Inspector found a initial room he was charity a outrageous disappointment
  • The design was ‘derisory’, lavatory ‘charmless’ and lighting ‘hopeless’ 
  • He found a categorical bar to be ‘dark and dreary’ and use slow

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We are escorted by a Great Hall, past a grand categorical staircase — and afterwards shown by a pokey doorway that has ‘To a pool’ created on it.

After that, we breeze along slight passages with stained carpets some-more in gripping with a creaky drunk than a former noble home, a stink of chlorine augmenting with any step.

When we get to a supposed Grand Room, it’s such a beating during these prices: it smells of complacency. Some of a wallpaper is peeling, a lavatory is charmless, a art work derisory, a lighting hopeless. But we had improved make a many of it.

The Inspector found a room he was initial charity during Stapleford Park a outrageous disappointment

The Inspector found a room he was initial charity during Stapleford Park a outrageous disappointment

Then we hear sepulchral disco song underneath us — and it’s usually 6pm. ‘They contingency be doing a sound check,’ says a receptionist.

‘Then we contingency move,’ we tell her.Thank integrity for a disco since we are shown to an forever improved room adult a categorical stairs. It has dual of a tallest cincture windows I’ve ever seen, a gentle lounge and flattering bathroom. Why on earth weren’t we charity this in a initial place?

Stapleford Park is a outrageous craving nearby Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, charity golf, a spa, corporate days out, weddings and 500 acres of Capability Brown grounds.

It once belonged to a Gretton family (brewers) until a American businessman Bob Payton incited it into a hotel. Peter de Savary afterwards bought it, before flitting it on to a organisation of investors. And there’s a problem. The organisation of investors aren’t hoteliers.

Stapleford Park is a outrageous craving nearby Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, charity golf, a spa, corporate days out, weddings and 500 acres of Capability Brown grounds

Stapleford Park is a outrageous craving nearby Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, charity golf, a spa, corporate days out, weddings and 500 acres of Capability Brown grounds

In a dim and dull categorical bar, we ask for a Kir Royale (£10) and it comes in a sherry glass. We sequence dinner, though a menu is full of ‘supplement’ dishes — £8 additional for steak, £4 for lobster, £8 for cheese.

We are asked to pierce by to a dining room (the nicest room by far, with a outrageous grate and flattering chandelliers), though zero happens for a serve 30 minutes. we drive loudly.

Most of a other diners clarity a kerfuffle. My mother gets shirty with me for causing a scene.

But she’s a one who gets cranky when her £8 addition sirloin beef (on tip of a £36 simple price) comprises usually a integrate of strips of beef sitting on ‘confit birthright potatoes’.

Stapleford Park looks pretentious from a outward and a staff do their best to fake that staying here is a genuine treat, though a place needs a consummate shake-up. Or dump a prices by 50 per cent.

TRAVEL FACTS 

Stapleford Park Stapleford, nearby Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, LE14 2EF.

Tel: 01572 787000, staplefordpark.com. Doubles from £180 bb. 

Rating: ★★✩✩✩

 

 


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