Lida stayed at the 4-star Best Western Plus Windmill Village Hotel, Golf Club & Spa in the Midlands recently, breaking her journey to the northwest and also took the opportunity to do a site inspection of this Hotel at the same time!
Thanks to Alex McKenzie for assisting Lida to book her stay and of course for the show round.
Here is her review of her visit:
I arrived quite late in the evening and the next morning, I was pleasantly surprised when I opened my bedroom curtains to see that I was overlooking the Golf Course. I must tell you that it was only just after 7am and there were golfers already on the course – they’re keen!! All the Superior bedrooms overlook the Golf Course.
As the hotel is just off the A45, it is a lovely surprise to be greeted by all that green space around.
The hotel has 105 bedrooms in total, with 5 different categories, and the Superior Room is one down from the highest category.
I also took advantage of the hotel’s Health Club and had a swim before breakfast – it was so nice to do so, my first swim in 18 months.
It also has a fairly large gym as well as a range of beauty and spa treatments, which I didn’t have time to enjoy, unfortunately.
As already mentioned above, it has a Golf Course, 18 hole, par 70 parkland (don’t ask me what that means!!) and when enjoying breakfast in the Fairway Restaurant, one overlooks the course.
Since I’ve mentioned eating, the hotel offers a varied selection of dining experiences. In the evening the Fairways Restaurant offers classic à la carte dining. For a more casual option, The Cellars serves pizza and pasta, whilst the Miller’s Lounge offers afternoon tea and light bites.
One (small) space that I had forgotten about, is Vault 52! Located under the original early 17th century manor house, with its original walls, you can take a step back in time and enjoy a huge selection of award winning gins and accompaniments.
It’s a great little space for an activity in conjunction with a conference or other event, as they offer Gin Experiences in Vault 52 for small groups.
Many of our clients have booked the meeting facilities over the years, so it was very good to see them first-hand.
The Windmill Suite is their largest function room with plenty of natural daylight and has a capacity of 400 theatre style or 220 banqueting. It has fully adjustable lighting, integral telephone points and strategically located microphone pick-up sockets.
It has bi-fold doors that run the length of the suite so during dry and warmer weather these can be fully opened onto the adjoining patio, which can be used for lunch and refreshment breaks.
The adjacent Pickford Suite (the second largest function room) can also be used for lunch and refreshment breaks or as a registration or reception room.
As a stand-alone room, the Pickford Suite has views across the golf course and lakes and can accommodate up to 110 delegates theatre-style or 100 guests for a dinner. It also has multiple patio doors that open up onto a private patio.
The Chapel Suite, located away from the main hotel, is a self-contained function space with its own private entrance, its own reception and cloakroom, toilets and patio area. It has exposed oak beams and a vaulted ceiling and therefore lends itself to a variety of different day and evening events.
The hotel has a further five smaller boardrooms/syndicates, three of which are located on the first floor, just up from Reception and the other two on the ground floor, next door to each other.
The Blenheim Suite, which is one of the rooms on the ground floor, offers a wide variety of set ups with a maximum of 40 people theatre style. The adjacent Wellington Suite can also be used for refreshment breaks or as a break-out room.
The one aspect, I would suggest, which will not suit some clients, is the fact that the guest bedrooms are spread across the site. Others though will no doubt appreciate this – horses for courses I suppose.