We took a slightly unusual step in our travelling life by heading a mere 30 minutes down the road to a local hotel and spa. Sketchley Grange is a hotel based in Burbage, an area of Hinckley that we wouldn’t expect to find a four-star hotel and spa experience. Sandwiched in between houses and an industrial estate, this is the last place you would expect to find such a tranquil retreat.
The hotel boasts a fully upgraded reception area. Smart and modern and on par with most four-star hotels that we have had the pleasure of staying in. Staff on the desk are both friendly and informative, nothing appears to be too much trouble. We received a junior suite on the second floor with a view across the wonderful gardens and back fields.
The room was huge! It was quite an effort to walk from the door to the window without needing a break in between. This kind of room would be perfect for a bride on her wedding day with ample room for even the biggest of dresses. Weddings appear popular at Sketchley so it’s convenient that the rooms are more than adequate.
Other features in the room include a flat screen television with satellite channels (Sky Sports included), a tea and coffee station, hairdryer, plenty of storage space and an ironing board. The bathroom is both modern in design and well equipped with large tub, large basin and shower. The only drawbacks really were that the bath creaks under your weight and the notable absence of a soap dish for toiletries in the shower.
To reach the spa area, it’s quite a maze to conquer inside the hotel. We found the easiest way was to exit by reception and walk round the main entrance of the spa building. If you do fancy an adventure, take the lift to the ground floor and follow the signs for the spa. The through door is opposite room 112.
Every hotel needs a decent bar. Sketchley Grange is no exception, the stylish Garden Bar is an ideal place to relax and chill out with a drink and to enjoy the live music later on in the evening. Comfy chairs and a wall-mounted fireplace add to the tranquil atmosphere. Interestingly, Sketchley Grange also hold events such as meet and greets – most recently with boxers Nigel Benn and Tyson Fury. I was gutted to have missed out.
On the subject of live music, this is something that Sketchley Grange could do with reviewing. I don’t mean not having it, more towards the interruption of guest’s evening relaxation time. The rooms are not soundproofed against the heavy beats coming from the bar or, as was the case on the last night, a wedding reception. Grease megamix isn’t to everybody’s taste.
I think as a spa experience, people go for the peace and tranquility. Having music until just past midnight isn’t ideal for those wanting an early night or to relax before bed. Perhaps soundproofing the actual room where the reception is taking place could be a good way forward. Weddings are no doubt lucrative business for Sketchley Grange so it would be a shame to completely rule them out.
The staff at the hotel deserve great praise. Many of which, particularly in the restaurant, are young with a really positive attitude to their job. They will go far in the hospitality industry with these foundations. Throughout Sketchley Grange we couldn’t fault the customer service in any way, shape or form.
With its ideal location in between Coventry, Birmingham and Leicester, this hotel and spa is an ideal getaway. Many things to see and do are available within reach of the hotel in the cities or you can just lay back, relax and enjoy the luxury on offer. We highly recommend Sketchley Grange for a relaxing break to refresh and revitalise, it’s also worth noting that the treatments offered on site were of great quality, no more back ache for this artisan!
A stay here in a junior suite for two nights on the seven day advance booking system will come to £198 ($263.75 US) exclusive of dinner and spa treatments. A very fair price in comparison to many competitors in the midlands. For an entry level spa experience, this has to be one of the best around. We loved it.
Nearest Train Station: Hinckley