Choice of indulging in sporting activities, taking a quiz, relaxing in the pool and spa, or just sitting, having a drink in your hand and admiring the breathtaking splendor Breath of the surrounding Nottinghamshire countryside from the south-facing terrace, the one more chance to glimpse fleetingly of white, red and fallow deer roaming the richly flowered grounds of Thoresby Hall.

At Thoresby Hall, you can tailor your weekend to your liking, as fast or slowly as you want. That being a review, my wife and I had to cram as much as possible into our late weekend and live Friday through Monday and, wow, did we just about manage to deal with it!

Built from 1864 to 1871, this Grade 1 listed building originally housed the 3rd Earl Manvers and over the years belonged to the National Coal Board and was acquired by Warner Leisure Hotels in the 1990s.

The south facade of Thoresby Hall.

A sympathetic renovation of over £ 20million followed and each room exudes quality, comfort and class. Guests can now choose to stay in elegant rooms in the historic lobby or in more contemporary accommodation in the lobby annex.

We were breathless as we stepped into our historic Wortley Montagu Suite, with its adjoining living room, queen-size four poster bed, claw-foot tub, original oak shuttered windows, double the ceilings tall as the doors and a great view. over the manicured gardens and the croquet lawn – simply impressive.

As we arrived on Friday we were greeted immediately at the hotel entrance, our room keys and information handed to us in the car.

Let’s be clear here for a moment. Things are not the same as before covid, and the hospitality sector is a perfect barometer of this. Although the restrictions have been lifted, the company is committed to ensuring the safety of its customers, so restoration and cleanup protocols are in place.

The east facing facade of Thoresby Hall belonging to Warner Leisure Hotels.

As such, you can’t expect everything to be exactly the way it used to be, and a minimum of tolerance is rightly warranted. Our stay unfortunately coincided with a few staff issues, possibly due to the employees having to isolate themselves – and it was a full weekend to boot.

Nonetheless, it was amazing to see staff from other departments rallying to the cause with professionalism, courtesy and smiles to make sure they gave the best of themselves to the guests and followed the Warner ethic of fun. client.

And what a delicious weekend it was. We started the procedure with a relaxing walk around the building and then retired to our rooms to prepare the evening meal and the nightly entertainment.

There are two ways to dine in Thoresby. The Market Kitchen, with its pyramid glass canopy, is a favorite among guests and is usually mostly self-service, but for now only via menu and table service. Breakfast is slightly different, with guests able to walk into the service area and point out their breakfast selections to the service staff.

An elegant place to dine at Brasserie 32.

They can also make bespoke orders from the kitchen, including eggs benedict, pancakes, and freshly made omelets as needed.

Alternatively, you can dine at Brasserie 32, a venue with blue silk wallpaper, with waiters, exudes elegance and opulence. Here I enjoyed my favorite starter – the Scottish Egg with Black Pudding, so delicious I found myself ordering it the next day.

A succulent sirloin steak was my main course, accompanied by three-cooked fries. Indulgence must accompany opulence and elegance after all!

And then on to the entertainment in the ultra-modern Late Lounge, where we were treated to a fantastic tenor trio called Unity, whose perfect harmonies gave a twist to old and modern songs.

The magnificent Great Hall.

The evening continued with beloved acts by talented resident vocal artists Katy and Shaun. The next night there was the track Simply Re-red, a fantastic tribute to Mick Hucknall et al, with all the classic songs you’d expect to hear.

Indeed, live entertainment takes place throughout the hotel, with a cabaret also delighting guests in the serene setting of the Grand Hall and the relaxed Pavilion Bar in the evening, and daytime entertainment including Name That Tune, Line Dancing Workshop, Latino and pub quizzes to name a few.

So these are the meals and entertainment covered – what else is there to do? Well, a lot. Weekend price includes gym, pool and sauna, grab a pool frame, use a croquet mallet or putter for two free ball activities on the lawn, or why don’t throw a frisbee in a round of golf frisbee! There is also a movie theater if you feel like settling in with a packet of popcorn.

The price also includes rifle shooting and archery in the scenic wooded area and our instructor Ed made sure everyone knew what he was doing safely. A word of warning here: cover your legs and arms as the bugs made a great meal with my poor bare limbs!

There are also paid activities at the Lobby, and we enjoyed an “electric trip” on e-bikes. Regardless of your age or terrain, with a flick of the switch, your pedaling is boosted by the bike’s built-in battery – let’s get started!

The price for a 2.5-hour rental is usually £ 13.50 – but currently it’s free until October if you hurry. The Hawkeye UK Falconry experience is a must see with owls, kestrels and other birds of prey landing on your gloved hand for a delicious piece of chicken. A great morning in the capable hands of Alastair and his feathered friends for just £ 10 per person.

Our fantastic four poster bed in the historic Wortley Montagu Room.

If a more laid back session is more down your street, then why not sign up for the gin tasting experience and / or its wine counterpart the next day, where the knowledgeable Victoria shared the history, cultural significance. and the taste / smell experience of these two glasses. These cost £ 12pp each.

I almost fell asleep under Christa’s skillful hands in the hotel spa as I enjoyed the Energy Boost back, leg and foot massage (£ 45 for 40 minutes) while my wife indulged in the Jessica Prescriptive manicure (£ 32 for 40 minutes) courtesy of Katie.

A wonderful weekend and, as the title says, what does Notts love? … try saying that after the gin tasting!

A three night break at Thoresby Hall costs from £ 279 per person sharing a standard room and includes dinner, bed and breakfast, nightly entertainment as well as the included activities mentioned.

My tasty starter dish of eggs with scotch and black pudding.
Rifle and archery activities are included in the price at Thoresby Hall and supervised by a qualified instructor.
Bird in Hand – The Hawkeye UK Falconry experience is a must.

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