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Ettington Chase

4.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

I think what previous reviewers have not appreciated is that this is a genuine Gothic style country house hotel. It isn't a recently refurbished "Country House" hotel but it is packed full of interesting features and history. My wife is a chef and we both really enjoyed the food. The staff were friendly and helpful. The room was in the original house and was excellent and spacious. Great pool and Jacuzzi, steam room and sauna. Fantastic value inclusive package. Would thoroughly recommend it.

We found the staff helpful and friendly and the pool was lovely, food was basic but okay. The standard rooms are large and clean however the bathrooms do let the hotel down and need a thorough clean as worn and very dirty. We were fortunate and were upgraded from the standard room and so did have a pleasant stay. Good location for sightseeing in the area but need a car.

Despite 8 inches of snow we had a great stay . Comfortable room with all we needed but the staff went out of their way to help and were all very friendly. It is a conference hotel but they didn't intrude on our enjoyment. Food was excellent and waiting staff fantastic. We will definitely stay again

Stayed here for a family occasion. I didn’t expect much for the price. However it was worse than expected. Receptionist on arrival was very unwelcoming, made it difficult when asked for an extra key to a room. Surely normal to provide two keys for a double room?? Food was poor, one family member couldn’t eat her starter as was rock hard. No room service which was very disappointing. Heavy snowfall this weekend but no gritting in car park or any facilities staff on hand to help. Wouldn’t recommend.

We were under the impression from the advertising that we had booked into a country house hotel with a spa for a relaxing weekend. The only country house bit is the reception and a pleasant lounge. The accommodation is in the barracks-like modern extension which is many times larger than the old building. It felt like the sort of room you get on a 1970s school trip. Basic, worn out and lacking in character. The cleaning was poor, the carpets in the hall were frayed and worn. Our bathroom had not been cleaned properly, the toilet was dirty. We complained and were upgraded to a de-luxe room which was pleasant and clean on a par with a standard Premier Inn room.. The spa was not really a spa. There were no loungers by the pool so you had to sit on your towel on the concrete floor. I was told that this was a health and safety regulation but as 100% of other hotels I have used have loungers by the pool I am dubious. The sauna was OK but again no chair outside or any place to relax. Breakfast was good, a self service buffet. We ate in the restaurant which was a nice ambiance but my food was poor. Salmon terrine as a starter was dry and tasteless. My main course fish was undercooked. The vegetables were very undercooked, almost raw. I know this is fashionable but I don't enjoy it and asked the waiter to get the kitchen to cook my vegetables longer. Off he went and eventually came back with them no different to before. By this time the others had almost finished their meals so I just ate the fish and left the vegetables. To be fair the others liked their food(burgers) It was a dispiriting experience and instead of relaxing in the hotel we went out as much as we could and used it just as a place to sleep. It seems to cater for conferences as is probably adequate in that respect. But don't fall for the "Country House weekend" gambit.

Catching up with my reviews of mini breaks..... This is such an excellent location for visiting Stratford and the Cotswolds. Verg good hotel set in fabulous rural grounds. Spacious rooms. Very good breakfast and evening meal. Staff were very polite and friendly. Hotel geared towards a business venue but that is no problem. Excellent value for money. Would return.

Stayed for a couple of nights for a conference. Room was nice, spacious with plenty of plug sockets with the usual cheap tea and coffee. The disappointment each time was the food. From breakfast through to a bar meal, the food was just not very nice. Breakfast had a selection perhaps not as good as the Premier Inn, but the food was not hot. The orange juice and coffee from the machines was dire. With a little investment in the food quality it would be a really good hotel. The staff are friendly and extremely helpful.

Booked here for 14 of us for a surprise 80th birthday party for my dad, and had a marvelous weekend. The staff played along when we all arrived to surprise dad on the Friday evening, and were really accommodating of our various requests. Food was good - both at the evening meal and breakfasts. Rooms were clean and of a good size, and beds were comfortable. We made good use of the pool and Leisure facilities. On the Friday we finished the evening relaxing on sofas in the extensive bar area, and on Saturday made use of a large very comfortable 'library' - it was great that we had choice of places where we could all sit together. Only negatives were that the Bar staff did not seem to always know what they were doing, and that papers that had been ordered did not materialise.

Stayed on a DBB break with a friend and for the price we paid this hotel represented good value. Rooms were clean but a bit basic and bed “soggy”. Food and service at dinner were good but breakfast was chaotic. We were asked for a room number but not shown to a table or offered an explanation as to how breakfast was served. When I asked a waiter if he served the coffee or did we help ourselves he looked as though I had asked for an explanation of how to solve the Questions of Brexit. Eventually I gathered it was all help yourself!! Coffee in the end was awful... I should have guessed as on arrival at the hotel I ordered some coffee at the bar and was charged £4.00 for a mug of this awful machine coffee. No tray, cup, saucer or tea spoon...just a mug! I think for a 4* hotel who charge £11.00 for a glass of very mediocre white wine this is poor service and definitely where they make their money.

Really loved this hotel for its cleanliness, price and the gym and pool. They have a bar and restaurant. Stratford upon Avon can be reached by car. I even made a video about it^^ check it out on Youtube SvenjaCosmo 'South England: 3 hotels you should visit'.

Banbury Road Stratford-upon-Avon England

Hotel highlights

  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Free parking
  • Onsite dining
  • Indoor pool

Located in Ettington, Ettington Chase is within a 15-minute drive of popular attractions such as Shakespeare Monument and Royal Shakespeare Theatre. This 130-room, 4-star hotel has conveniences like an indoor pool, free in-room WiFi, and free self parking. Swan Theatre is also within a 15-minute drive of this Stratford-upon-Avon hotel.


Enjoy a bite to eat at the hotel's restaurant, or relax with a drink at the bar/lounge. Order from 24-hour room service to satisfy your hunger without leaving your room. Start each morning with English breakfast, available for a fee from 7 AM to 9:30 AM.


All of Ettington Chase's 130 rooms are air-conditioned and have an array of amenities, including coffee makers, free newspapers, and safes. Guests can expect free WiFi and satellite TV. Bathrooms offer hair dryers and free toiletries, and beds are dressed in premium bedding. Other standard amenities include phones and desks.

Property features

Ettington Chase features an indoor pool, a children's pool, and a health club. If you decide to drive, there's free parking. The 24-hour front desk has staff standing by to help with dry cleaning/laundry and luggage storage. Additional amenities include a spa tub, a sauna, and free WiFi in public areas.

Room options

Superior Double Room

Full 1 | Sleeps 2

Double Room

Full 1 | Sleeps 2

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

60% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 1582 reviews