The Billesley Manor Hotel
What We Love
- A stately 16th-century English country house, with breakfast, wine and spa accessLiving the life of English nobility in a 16th-century Elizabethan manor house
- Enjoying a decadent dinner at the award-winning Stuart Restaurant
- Relaxing in the sauna after a long walk through the countryside
What To Know
- Take a break in the library which was once used by William Shakespeare
- The hotel is dog-friendly so no need to leave anyone at home
- Free WiFi connection can be iffy
The dignified, four-star Billesley Manor Hotel is a handsome 16th-century Elizabethan house, lovingly set on 11 acres of manicured grounds and topiary gardens. This scenic Warwickshire hideaway is located just outside Stratford-upon-Avon, the picturesque stomping grounds of William Shakespeare, so you’ll be able to easily immerse yourself in England’s historic past while getting some R&R fit for nobility.
At this peaceful country retreat, you can relax in the sauna and steam room, try pampering treatments in the beauty salon or keep up with your fitness regime at the gym. You can easily spend hours strolling the manor’s stunning grounds, which feature a 100-year-old topiary garden and an 11th-century church. When you get hungry, the Stuart Restaurant and The Great Hall are excellent options, offering a range of modern British dishes, as well as traditional afternoon tea, in their incredibly restored interiors.
This elegant retreat offers 72 bedrooms and three four-poster rooms. Standard rooms are contemporary in design and mostly located in the gorgeously refurbished barns. Deluxe rooms, on the other hand, are in the manor house and provide an elegant place to relax and enjoy peaceful views of the hotel grounds.
The perfect spot for authentic English dining, the AA Rosette award-winning Stuart Restaurant serves modern British fare using local and seasonal ingredients. Elsewhere, traditional afternoon tea can be enjoyed in any of the hotel’s elegant lounges, and the Club Bar is on hand for cocktails, with its large original fireplace and a garden terrace overlooking the topiary gardens.
The English countryside provides the perfect tranquil setting for a pampering spa day. The hotel’s spa provides aromatic and tranquillity massages, with expert therapists ready to take care of you. The fitness area also hosts an indoor swimming pool, aqua-fit classes, tennis courts, a sauna and a steam room.
Staying at The Billesley Manor Hotel, you’ll be situated in the gorgeous English countryside, just outside of Stratford-upon-Avon. Spend a day discovering Stratford and its fascinating relationship with William Shakespeare at the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Shakespeare Houses and Gardens. Visit the beautiful Holy Trinity Church, where Shakespeare and his wife are buried. If you’re up for it, the lovely, quaint town of Warwick is only a 20-minute drive away.
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We held a buffet reception for over 60 family and friends at Billesley Manor Hotel and felt that the whole day was as we had hoped for. The staff ensured that everything went smoothly, and we were particularly pleased with the quality and service of the food, with dishes replenished as soon as they were emptied. A number of our family and friends said how good it all was. Access to the topiary garden also greatly enhanced the experience.
We noticed both on arrival and after the event that the hotel was pretty busy that day, with a coach party and also many other guests, yet this did not in any way impinge on our own event. This must have been quite difficult to organise, and I would like to compliment the Billesley Manor team on doing so effectively.
We stayed here for 2 nights on a Groupon deal in a deluxe room with one night dinner included.
The hotel has loads of history and I dare say in its heyday it was lovely.
The positives : good location to visit Stratford and the Cotswolds. Very quiet and very good food and drink. Impressive grounds and the pond was being refurbed while we were there. Our room was large and the bed was huge !
Negatives : The latch on our window was broken and was mended the following day.
Bed mattresses very thin and uncomfortable....for me.
The hotel was dusty and dirty in some areas. Needs a good deep clean.
Good pool and sauna but the changing rooms need work.
Service was a bit erratic.....some good some non existent.
However, we enjoyed our stay.
Stayed overnight here as a part of a spa package and really enjoyed it!
Staff couldn't do enough for us, were really flexible and helpful. For lunch, I asked for a sandwich that wasn't on the menu and it was catered for with no bother. Our waiter at dinner, Levi I think his name was, was brilliant.
At the Spa, I upgraded my shoulder massage to a full body massage and it was one of the loveliest massages I've ever had.
There were only two things that let our stsy down slightly - first, we asked for adjoining rooms and were told by spa breaks that we could have them but at a small charge, which we paid. Unfortunately, we weren't provided with adjoining rooms, but instead, walk in showers, which we didn't request! Very odd! Secondly, the drinks prices are pretty steep. Granted the malbec we had with dinner was lovely but £30 is a lot of money for a bottle of wine!
All in all we had a lovely stay and I would certainly return. Thanks!
When planning our wedding we looked at a number of wedding venues. Our first choice was StanBrook Abbey because we heard so many good reviews about it. But after visiting Billesley Manor and meeting Naomi the Wedding Planner we soon changed our minds. We had a very warm welcome from Naomi and she came over as a very nice lady. Our first impression of the hotel was very grand. The grounds are very beautiful and hotel itself is filled with a lot of character. From the start to the end of our planning arrangement we felt at ease to call Naomi at any time if we needed to speak to her or ask for advice. She was very helpful, reassuring and always had a lovely welcoming professional manner. We were very happy with our wedding package – very reasonable considering the beautiful surroundings and the service we received.
Our wedding meal taster was arranged by Naomi carefully considering all of our personal meal requests and even making a lot of adjustments within our chosen wedding package to suit us and our guests, making sure we were happy. On the evening of our meal taster, the restaurant manager greeted us warmly and looked after us very well ensuring that the meal for our wedding breakfast was exactly what we wanted.
On our big day we were delighted to say, we had the most wonderful service from all the staff involved with our wedding breakfast. Everything was just perfect, we were served welcome drinks and looked after by a lady called Vivian, who was really lovely natured. She was down to earth and she made us feel as if we had known her for years, nothing was too much for her and the staff, Vivian made our evening very pleasurable. The meals were served first and then the speeches were said, and glasses were filled. She was very friendly person and was very professional in her approach. We could not asked for anymore from Billesley Manor and all of its staff. Accommodation excellent all in all a wonderful experience and we would highly recommend it for a meal or a wedding.
Jenny and Philip.
We stayed over for one night. The house and grounds are very impressive and there is obviously a lot of history that goes with it. We did get to have a look around the chapel in the grounds, and the beautiful gardens. Although we stayed in the main part of the house the room we were in felt as if it were part of an extension, and some of the fixtures and fittings were not in keeping with the rest of the house. The room was also very hot but they had provided a fan. However the food was delicious, the bed was very comfortable and the staff were very friendly and professional.