Mr and Mrs 50 Plus discover a peaceful and luxurious haven in the Gloucestershire countryside and take the opportunity to spoil themselves at the Tewkesbury Park Hotel.
What does Tewkesbury mean to you when you hear the name. That’s what we asked each other before setting off for a short break there. ‘Floods’ was the unanimous response. That was ominous, I thought, as it was one of the wettest weekends of the year so far. However, we’re not the type to be put off by historical events so we set off, bags packed, to see what the Tewkesbury Park Hotel had to offer.
Pride of Place
Located on the south side of the town, near the banks of the River Severn, the hotel is approached through its own golf course. The long approach road winds its way to the top of a small hill, where the hotel takes pride of place. There’s a long sweeping road leading to the hotel’s reception and drop-off area, but the main car park is still very close to the hotel entrance.
The reception staff were all lovely. We were made to feel very welcome and given all the necessary information we needed. We were told about the hotel’s facilities, how to get to our room, the spa and pool information and meal times at the restaurant.
The hotel’s rooms are in a long, winding building located between the golf course and the main reception building. We were actually advised to walk down the road outside as it was easier to find our way that way. But we soon discovered that there was, of course, still a way to get to everywhere indoors. It’s just that it was easier for the reception to describe the outdoor route than the indoor one.
Our room at Tewkesbury Park Hotel was delightful! It had its own little patio area overlooking the first tee on the golf course, with beautiful rural views beyond. Even on a cold day it was nice to sit out there with one of the supplied blankets. It’s so nice to take in the peace and quiet and some of that lovely country air.
Tewkesbury Park Hotel – A Dog-Friendly Hotel
One thing worth highlighting is that it is a dog-friendly hotel, and even man’s best friend is really well catered for with a dog basket and mattress provided. And those walkies! Doggie heaven! Despite this, there was little evidence to us as non dog-owners of it being of any detriment to the room itself. The room smelled clean and fresh when we arrived and had it not been pointed out to us we probably wouldn’t even have noticed.
We ate a meal at the Hotel’s restaurant on the first night. The menu offered some really good dishes with a choice of British and Asian cuisine. We both plumped for traditional meat dishes and weren’t disappointed. The food was delicious, well-presented and the staff were attentive and friendly, without being overbearing.
About twenty minutes down the road in the city of Gloucester. We were in two minds as to whether to visit Gloucester or Cheltenham. We chose the former as it offered a nostalgic look at a city that I lived in 40 years ago. It would be easy to spend a couple of days exploring what Gloucester had to offer. However we made a day of it, visiting Gloucester Cathedral, the historic New Inn and the Beatrix Potter museum and shop amongst others. It’s an interesting city, with its extensive and significant history.
Peace and Quiet
The thing we remember most about the Tewkesbury Park Hotel was the peace and quiet. Despite it being only a 10 minute walk from town, it is set in a peaceful and rural location. You can’t help but wind-down while taking in the vistas and hearing the occasional click of a golf driver. There’s a lovely pool to relax in if the fancy takes you too.
Would we go back? Most certainly! The Hotel was relaxing and pleasant and gave us a little recharge time, away from life’s distractions.