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Heythrop Park Hotel

3.5 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

Really nice piece of architecture. The grounds are perfect for a round of gold or just walk. We were however disappointed with the front desk "service" and the fact that the person welcoming us, openly said it was his last day and he cannot be bothered... So we found our room ourselves, there a broken shower head, which was replace only after calling the reception twice. The room was not huge, but quiet and comfy bed. There was no access to the bar, as it was booked for private venue - there is however a bar in the golf club building, and to be honest you can get a great food and beer in pubs in Chippy. The golf course is very picturesque and all in all I would recommend the place for a weekend stay.

Love Heythrope Park. Been before and will be going again as this time round did not disappoint. The staff are lovely, the rooms spacious and clean and the food delicious. The Spa is good although just missing a jacuzzi.

I rang to book direct and was amazed that the reservations person tried to apply pressure to avoid me using ( and to sell me the same room considerably more expensive ?? On arrival couldn't find entrance as there is no clear signage or obvious reception area on view . Finally checked in by a very professional young man which was the best part of the experience ,there was no! heating on in our room or any parts of the hotel? Which was designed by someone who applied the night club theme to all the rooms. Nearly all of the staff we spoke to could not and I quote speak legible English and some were of an off hand manner .I could go on but don't expect any luxuries when booking this hotel.breakfast was confusing as a different rate applies to out of house bookings from unrelated web sites which is penny pinching. I believe the directors of Crown Plaza should look carefully at this Hotel !!

Just returned from Heythrop and I’m really disappointed. The course has the potential to be one of the most stunning courses in the country holes like the 6th, 11th, 13th and 18th but it just isn’t. The greens are worn and so slow you need Thors hammer to knock in a putt. The rough is also stupidly ridiculous ok I understand that your ideally meant to stay out of it but its so thick and long that the semi rough you can’t find your ball. I would not recommend this place for a golf trip But the hotel is great it really is a stunning building and dinner was delicious. Hotel stay go for it Golf go somewhere else

We left some glasses (belonged to the kids so was named) in the room when we checked out. Got home and realised, phoned the hotel a hour later and they had gone. Not very impressed as I always thought lost property would be held for a while.

Stayed one night after a business conference, the place is huge and I'd expect a nightmare to maintain, signs of wear and tear throughout the building. After a long days meeting I had 30 mins in the gym, very small but decent enough Back to the room A318 for a shower - the giveaway towel on the floor next to the back of the shower was a clue, after a minute in the shower the bathroom was flooded and slippy to the point of dangerous We met for a drink in the Crowne Plaza bar, quick and polite service and a decent pint of Carling The evening meal I thought was excellent, I had the pork belly and it was divine, other colleagues though disappointed at the Thai red curry chicken breast and chips!! However the pint of lager (not Carling but Grolsch was truly awful, served flat which, my father in law always tells me, is an unwashed glass. The was a few comedy of error moments, a friend asked for some mustard with his steak, five minutes later some mashed potato arrived, two waiters often bought the same drink/condiment - however I was satisfied due to my meal, well done chef Back to the room, good enough sleep until about 530 when the crash bang reversing shouting anything you'd expect from deliveries woke me up, my room was the end of the corridor and next to a loading bay. Upon checkout the receptionist asked my if everything was ok, I replied re the noise and I then watched her write down the wrong room number and say that she'd get the manager to be in touch, a correction of the room but I've still not heard. Overall very pricey for a conference stay - £140 a bit toppy, for me theres better out there

Had golf weekend with 23 others for a 2 night stay on the weekend of 25th September. I will NOT BE GOING BACK and would recommend that others considering this 'resort' for a similar trip think very carefully (and read the reviews) before booking. Firstly the golf and course. Whilst no doubt it has pretensions to be a top rated course it fails miserably. Fairways are very rough with areas that have clearly had work done to them left to nature to repair itself and not marked as GIR. The majority of the fairways are extremely heavy (drainage issues) that resulted in many 'mud' balls. Greens are very poor and extremely slow, whilst the pins were not moved over the 2 days exacerbating the issues. Also , on what is already a challenging course many yellow tees were moved back to whites ( with true Championship distances including carries over water). The golf reception and bar , whilst seemingly clean and modern, served lager (carling and Grolsch) that were both undrinkable and had to be returned (had a glass of watery cola for £4 instead!), so this just added to the 'experience'. Throw in issues with obtaining pre-booked buggies which took an hour to resolve (well almost resolve as only managed to get 11 of the 12 booked) , in summary it added up to the most disappointing weekend of golf that I have ever experienced. On top of issues with the golf we had a truly shabby experience with the 'hotel'. I can't complain about the rooms as they were clean and perfectly functional for my requirements, but that is where my praise ends. The food on the first evening , in which the starters arrived @1hr after sitting down, had an unpalatable main course ( Thai red curry chicken breast with Chips anybody ?) , whilst foolishly expecting a curry sauce I was handed an over cooked, dry piece of chicken that , whilst I enjoy spicy food, was far too spicy , with around 7 chunky pre-cut supermarket own chips. I couldn't and didn't eat if after an initial mouthful. Our drinks , now limited to Carling only for lager drinkers, arrived after about a 30min wait and tasted like a 'top' rather than a straight lager , I sent it back only to be replaced with yet another 'top' . I gave up at that stage. 2nd evenings food was slightly better, at least it was edible. Breakfast was good , especially the first morning (Saturday) when we were permitted to eat in the brasserie restaurant, when returning to the same restaurant on Sunday morning I was quickly accosted by the receptionist to inform me that 'golf parties' should go to an alternative eating area , basically the same afterthought location that we ate our evening 'meals'. If I had not felt too welcomed to that point , after this I realised that golfers were no more than an inconvenience!! Adding to the whole delightful experience was the wedding party of friends and family of 'no fixed abode', not a problem in itself but some of whose younger contingent took some delight in throwing fruit at me as well as verbally abusing me (and my absent wife). I have learnt through previous experience that it is just better to ignore and walk away. All in all a thoroughly unpleasant experience and one that I hope I will never experience again , and if I do , it certainly won't be at Heythrop Park

Small not very clean room. Very hot room was full of flies. No where to open suitcase except on the bed. All dining facilities a long walk away in the new (and nicer looking Crowne Plaza). Staff didn't seem to speak or understand much English, could not get a box of tissues! Anything would have been better than this place. Miles from any village/town.

Very pleasantly surprised by this Hotel. We stayed in the Park Hotel, not the Crown plaza i.e. We stayed in the old bit. Amazing building. The room we stayed in was spectacular- no other word, Queen size bed, tall, tall ceilings, sofa, TV, milk/coffee, big ensuite. All tidy, if a tad tired. But overall effect was amazing. The grounds are beautiful and very large. Good for a run , brisk walk or just a relaxing stroll. Didn't have time to try any amenities such as Spar or swimming pool. Nor did we play golf. Staff were great. Breakfast/ bought in advance with a voucher at Reception was " full english" or fruit/ cereal. Very nice, after a boozy night out in nearby Chipping Norton. We booked indirectly through Expedia. My only slight gripe was that I struggled to contact the hotel directly- eventually getting through to it, via a very helpful golf pro shop! Then Reception were helpful. Recommended.

To read the Heythrop Parks website, you will be fooled into thinking you are booking up a 5-star resort with a championship golf course included at the heart of it's attractions. It's not hard to imagine that this may well once have been true, but I doubt this has been the case for at least 5 years. I booked up a society golf trip for 24 golfers to stay in the main hotel for 2 nights on a DB&B basis with 3 rounds of golf included, arriving at the resort on the evening of Friday 22nd Sept 2017, after playing a round at the nearby rival Cotswolds Club golf resort. We all rocked up at reception at about 6:45pm and as we had dinner booked for 7:30pm, we asked to have our reservation put back to 8pm, which they thankfully agreed to do. It turned out we weren't actually in the hotel reception, it was actually the SPA reception/Pro Shop, but due to a severe lack of signage, it was very hard to tell. At this point we headed off to find the hotel reception.... Booking in all went well, finding our rooms wasn't so easy, again inadequate signage. Once refreshed and unpacked we made our way to the hotel restaurant, only to be told that we wouldn't be dining in the main restaurant this evening, we'd been moved to an alternative, cavernous, cold room elsewhere (the name escapes me). Nothing was said so we ordered pre-meal drinks and then waited for them to arrive. And waited. And waited. After about 30 minutes they eventually started to arrive. Warm, flat, Carling Black Label. It was however wet, so we drank them. At this point no food had arrived at our tables, and although there were plates of now melting butter on the tables, we had not even been offered bread rolls. The first starters arrived an hour after sitting down. It wasn't worth the wait.In the meantime a few of our group had ordered further drinks, one of which was an order for 2 large Vodkas, one with lime & soda, one with Red bull. For these they were charged £24 for the pleasure! Some of us tried to place drinks orders onto the room, but gave up as it was obviously too difficult for the hotels systems and staff to manage. The main courses arrived not too long afterwards, most of which was horrendous. My fish disk was dry as old boots. Most people had opted for the unusual combination of Red Thai Curry chicken and chips! 5 star culinary options I'm sure you'd agree! My fruit cocktail desert tasted fine, but dicing fruit isn't a art form. The staff then asked us to choose our food for the following evening "to help make sure they had enough time to prepare for a large group". The trip had been booked for a full 6 months!! After dinner we retired to the bar. One of a members ordered 4 x double vodka and mixers - £40! Grolsch was £4.80 a pint I think, so not too bad. They had to eventually lock us in to prevent the patrons of the 'travellers' wedding they were hosting from entering. We had to leave via the staff entrance! Next morning, after having breakfast in the main restaurant, we all turned up at the first tee exciting to be playing 36 holes of golf on a 'Championship' course with USPGA greens. It was nowhere near as described. To summarise, uncut muddy fairways, 6 inch first cut rough made it difficult to locate a ball not on the fairway. if you found the proper rough, it wasn't even worth looking. Rough, diseased, uncut greens with no borrow whatsoever. In some cases up to 400yd walks between green and next tee. Luckily I'd reserved buggies for all of us for both days, so we were ok. We thought. We played 2 rounds on Saturday and were the last golfers off the course. After the debacle of the Friday night food and service, 14 of our group decided to head to Chipping Norton to eat, preferring to forfeit the food they paid for. 10 of us chose to risk it again, again demoted to the alternative eating room, not the restaurant. Although the food was served a lot faster, again it was absolutely dire. The main course of beef flank had obviously been cooked and plated hours earlier and left under heat lamps to keep it warm, so had a nice skin on it by the time it was served to us. I was in bed by 10pm! For Sunday breakfast we were turned away from the main restaurant yet again and ushered back away from the 'Spa' guests. Breakfast to be fair was quite good on both days. Unfortunately mine was disturbed by a phonecall from a member of our group telling me that all golf buggies were barred from the course. I immediately headed to the proshop/desk to find out of this was true, and it was soon clear it was as another large group of golfers were discussing it outside the shop. The Golf Pro explained that the greenkeeper has said the coure was now too wet (despite there being no hint of rain over the weekend, and in an almost accusatory manner that somebody had driven a buggy over 15 of the 18 greens. As we had been the last group on the course the previous day, they obviously thought we may have been responsible. Why they would think we'd sabotage a course we were playing the very next day is baffling, but that was how we were made to feel. Eventually a greenkeeper appeared and after some debate he eventually agreed to waive the cancellation and all buggies were now allowed back on the course. Problem solved I thought. Wrong! Despite booking 12 buggies for both days when originally booking the trip, and despite confirming on a further 2 separate occasions, even the day before arrival, I was informed we only had 6 buggies reserved. Further lively debate ensued and eventually 12 buggies were promised. This was achieved buy the other group kindly handing over 2 of theirs and by taking them from following group of 12 golfers, something the golf pro said he'd deal with later. When we eventually turned up tee off time unfortunately only 11 of the 12 were there, so me and my partner ended up walking the round anyway! To sum up, the company as usual was excellent, and we made the most of the weekend. The resort experience was woeful and we would never consider going back. I booked through GolfBreaks and will be advising them they that they should remove this resort from the options. If you want the Cotwolds to play golf, I'd suggest either booking The Cotswolds Club, which is 10 mins away from Heythrop, or maybe The Oxfordshire.

Enstone Chipping Norton England

Hotel highlights

  • Free wired Internet in public areas
  • Free parking
  • Onsite dining
  • Spa

Heythrop Park Hotel places you 9.5 mi (15.3 km) from Blenheim Palace. This 168-room, 3.5-star hotel welcomes business and leisure travelers with a golf course, a full-service spa, and a restaurant. Chipping Norton Golf Club is also close to this Chipping Norton hotel.


Enjoy a bite to eat at the hotel's restaurant, or relax with a drink at the bar/lounge. Savor a meal from the privacy of your room with 24-hour room service, or get a pick-me-up at the coffee shop/café. For your convenience, a full breakfast is served for a fee each morning from 6:30 AM to 9:30 AM.


All 168 air-conditioned rooms provide phones and desks. Guests can enjoy WiFi and TVs. Bathrooms offer hair dryers and free toiletries. In-room massages are available.

Property features

A local mainstay since 1800, Heythrop Park Hotel offers a golf course, a full-service spa, and an indoor pool. You can take advantage of free parking if you drive. The 24-hour front desk has staff standing by to help with dry cleaning/laundry, concierge services, and luggage storage. Other amenities at this spa hotel include a health club, a steam room, and WiFi in public areas.

Room options

Standard Single Room, 1 Double Bed

Full 1 | Sleeps 1

Executive King Room

King 1 | Sleeps 4

Deluxe Twin Room (Main House)

Twin 2 | Sleeps 2

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

42% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 1027 reviews