Updated: Nov 23, 2021
The wonderful Tawny Hotel first opened it's doors in July, 2021, we were lucky enough to get a booking for 2 nights in August. Set amongst 70 acres of lakeside woodland it is truly picturesque! What makes this property unique from the rest is how private all the rooms are from wildwood huts, boathouses to treehouses and luxury retreats!
Location 10/10: located in the rural countryside of Stoke-on-Trent, it really was tucked away and felt like we were driving up to a secret location! Close enough to explore the wonders of the Peak District and even Alton Towers if you were going as a family! I have rated 10/10 as if you are looking for a complete secluded hideaway for your getaway then this is perfectly remote.
Room 7/10: we opted to stay in one of their Boathouses 'Oyster Catcher', we chose the boathouse as we loved the look of the free-standing bath and the outdoor shower and tub! We loved that each accommodation had it's own unique name and felt entirely remote. Inside the room was a complimentary mini bar stocking local beers, Prosecco and soft drinks which were restocked daily; we thought this was a lovely touch! It had a beautiful view of the pond and an extremely comfy bed with bath robes, slippers and even a clothes steamer! My only feedback would be to provide candles and bath soak or salts given there are two lovely baths to use. I also thought the decor lacked character and could have felt more homely/cosy for the winter months. I think for a winter stay it also would be lovely if they had a little fire place, this would really top it off for me as it did feel quite 'cold'.
Dining 7/10: To get to the restaurant from your accommondation you can either call reception for their golf buggy service to the main building or walk through luscious woodlands. We opted for the buggy service most of the time as the weather was awful with rain and wind! The food was spectacular, including their bar food menu as well. We also took advantage of the in-room dining on one of the nights which was pizzas only but they were delicious! My only feedback would be that they offer continental breakfast in the room and snacks at the bar!
Value for money 7/10: At £400 a night for a Boathouse it is a lot of money! Rate does include breakfast, complimentary minibar in the room, outdoor deck with tub and shower which really makes it unique. However, overall there were a few touches missing to make it worth this amount of money.
Extras: Baby/family friendly - tick! They even have a games room in the main building. It is also dog friendly for certain rooms you just need to contact the reservations team to find out information on this. You can have spa treatments in their thatched cottage, I had a lovely full body massage which was perfect for switching off (I booked this in advance). They also had the option to purchase a picnic hamper which we didn't do given the weather but they looked very tasty!
THE GETAWAY GUIDE FEELING 6/10: ok so as this is my first review, every review I do I will give you my overall feeling of the place as after all the way somewhere makes you feel is everything... I loved the experience and the outdoor bath & shower really made it for us however I felt it lacked charm and was quite corporate in it's style and decor both in the boathouse and particularly the main building/restaurant. There wasn't anywhere I felt I could really cosy up or get comfy and that is key for me with a staycation!