Lea Marston Hotel - AD
When it comes to finding things to do as a family, we're very fortunate to live where we do. We have Drayton Manor (home of Thomas Land), the Snowdome, a bowling alley, cinema, various water parks and a zoo all within a 10 minute drive from our home. However, like many families, we like to explore other places across the country and we know that families come to Tamworth to access our wonderful leisure facilities we have. More often than not, this becomes a bit of a road trip where a hotel stay is added to make it feel a bit more like a holiday. Luke and I were very fortunate to be invited to Lea Marston hotel to experience their hotel facilities in exchange for a review. The hotel has recently been taken over by new owners and we were excited to see what amazing work they had done to the place.
We arrived just after 3pm where we checked in promptly. We instantly felt welcome, and we were given a page of information regarding the various facilities in the hotel which was useful. We have stayed here previously in a classic room, but were lucky enough to be upgraded to a superior room. The room was already prepped with Rory's travel cot and was furnished to a very high standard. It felt very luxurious and we had a gorgeous view of the hotel's golf course. All rooms across the hotel are equipped with the usual necessities, and most importantly, the hotel has free wifi! We had a technical issue with the TV when we first arrived, but a quick call to Reception, and a member of staff was up within minutes to fix it for us!
We decided to head downstairs into the bar for a drink as we were visiting during the middle of a heatwave! Hathaways Pub is another area of the hotel which has had an extensive refurbishment and is lovely area where you can relax, enjoy a drink with some food. We sat out in the garden area so that Rory could play.
The hotel have specific times where children visiting the hotel can use the pool area, so when the time arrived, we headed down. There is also a gym which is free to use if you're staying in the hotel, but that's not my scene! The changing rooms have free lockers for you to use but we decided to get changed in the room. In the pool area there is also a jacuzzi, sauna and steam room. Unfortunately, the jacuzzi was closed due to essential maintenance but it didn't stop us having a little splash about in the pool. There isn't really a proper shallow area so you would have to supervise your child at all times unless they are a competent swimmer. It's a relatively small pool, but great for having a splash about!
We headed back to the room to freshen up and get changed for dinner. We opted to eat in Hathaways, but there is also the option of the Brasserie if you prefer something more formal. One great benefit is that kids eat free during the summer holidays, so we ordered Rory a cheesy tomato pasta bake which he really enjoyed, especially the garlic bread! I had the steak and Luke had battered halloumi. Both were delicious and very little was left on our plates! We followed it up with dessert - a mixed fruit meringue for me and a chocolate fudge brownie for Luke. Again, the quality of the food was incredible and we went to bed very full!
Rory was so tired after his swimming and running around in the garden that we decided to head up to bed. The hard thing normally about staying in a hotel room is having you all in one room. But we only had to sit in the dark and in silence for about 10 minutes before Rory was fast asleep! The beds are so comfortable that I didn't mind chilling there for the rest of the evening.
We all had a great sleep, so much so, we all missed the storm which became headline news the following morning! Luke and I were both convinced that one of the rumbles of thunder was just a passing linen trolley so thought nothing of it.
The next morning we headed down to breakfast in the Brasserie restaurant. Hotel breakfasts are a big deal to Luke and I, and we weren't disappointed! There is an extensive range of foods to choose from and it is buffet style. There is a hot section where you can obviously get a full traditional English breakfast, a cereal bar, continental style with fruits, meats and cheeses, and a pastry section. Hot drinks are brought to your table and you can have as much as your heart desires.
Whilst the boys went off to explore the golf facilities, I headed back to the spa for a treatment. I had a 55 minute Sweet Neroli full body massage. It was absolute bliss! The products used were from the Natural Spa Factory range and the sweet neroli oil used in my treatment was vegan friendly. Phoebe was lovely. She made sure I was comfortable and ensured I had a true pampering! I will certainly be back again!
The hotel has a 9 hole golf course, as well as a driving range and pitch and putt. Darren, Cameron and Simon were all incredibly friendly and helpful whilst Luke was in the golf shop, and the boys even took a little wander onto the driving range where Rory hit his first golf ball! (A very proud moment for Daddy). Rory also enjoyed sitting on the golf buggy! It was noticeably a popular place for people to come as it was busy, despite being midweek.
Overall, we were incredibly impressed with our stay at Lea Marston. Every member of staff we came across was friendly and helpful, and were happy to fulfil and requests we had. We were impressed by the standard and comfort of the rooms which proved itself when we all had a good night's sleep! The quality of the food was also very high and we will certainly be back to try other things on the menu in the future!
We would like to thank Lea Marston for allowing us to stay over. It is a lovely family hotel, without compromising on luxury. The location is great for many local attractions and the range of facilities and offers available makes it a very appealing place to stay!
Lea Marston are currently running a giveaway in conjunction with Luke (@daddy_davies on Instagram) for you to win a family night away with breakfast. The competition closes on Friday 2nd August so go and enter for your chance to win!