As you arrive into the beautiful village of Denstone and pull onto College road, there hides a stunning building called Heywood Hall. This amazing place has been turned into 6 individually themed suites that can be rented out for singles, couples and families who want to stay in beautifully designed home away from home.
Each suite is self sufficient with its own lounge area, kitchen/kitchenette, bathroom/en-suite and either one or two bedrooms. Each suite has its own name, Sarah, Elizabeth, Victoria, Sally, Jennifer, and the suite we stayed in was called Rebecca. Each one has its own theme. Ours was very nicely done, it had a clean and sophisticated feel to it. The walls were cream with a hint of purple around the rooms. The art on with the wall was in-keeping with the theme. The way the place has been done really did make me feel that a lot of love and care has been put into the decor and that this amazing place is well looked after.
I had booked our suite from Friday to Sunday for Father’s Day weekend. On arrival we had a very friendly welcome from the owners Alison and Joseph. We checked in and were taken around to our suite. Alison was so lovely, she gave us loads of information about the surrounding area and places to eat and mentioned how nice the local pub was (it really was!!) and how they sell very nice pizzas on a Friday evening. We tired them out and they really were! She also went through a very useful manual that was left in our lounge for us to brows. It had a map of the village showing places of interest, loads of information about what you can do in and around the area, menus for local restaurants and takeaways, local walks and the numbers incase of emergency. Once Alison had shown us around our suite she left us to unpack and settle in.
Whiles exploring the rooms we noticed that we had been left a selection of cereals, tea, coffee, sugar, hot chocolate, biscuits, washing up liquid, dish washer tablets, hand wash and lotion in our bathroom, a gift voucher for the local farm shop located across the road from the hall, and even milk in our fridge. This is such a thoughtful touch from the owners. Most self catering places provide nothing at all so the fact we could make ourselves drinks and breakfast in the morning was such a lovely touch.
We decided to take Alison’s recommendation at visit the local pub to order a takeaway pizza. The pub is about a 2 minute walk from Heywood Hall. I have to say it is a lovely little pub, we got a warm welcome from the lovely lady behind the bar and ordered our pizza to take back to our suite. They make the pizzas fresh to order so we had a drink whilst we waited. I noticed they did other meals too and a carvery on a Sunday (reservations recommended. It was Fathers Day the Sunday we were there so I knew any nice place would be fully booked, and they were). Once our pizza arrived at our table we finished our drinks and headed back to our rooms.
It was so lovely and quiet. Heywood Hall have a quite after 10pm policy so all the residence can have a peaceful night. When we got back we watched a DVD that was in our lounge area (another nice touch from the owners, there was a selection of DVDs from children’s films, comedy’s, romantic etc to watch) and then called it a night. Even though our suite was a one bedroom, it did sleep up to 3 people. The sofa turned into a sofa bed to sleep on. The owners provide extra bedding and a roll out mattress, Emerson loved it.
After a great night sleep we decided to make breakfast the first morning and save our voucher for the farm shop for the Sunday (Fathers Day). I had taken supplies to make breakfast for us for the Saturday morning. Our kitchen area was lovely and clean and it had everything we needed to be able to create our favorite meals. From a toaster to a microwave, oven, kettle and even a dishwasher (including dishwasher tablets!) this lovely kitchen area is fully functional so if you wanted to use it to make every meal you could. We had a lovely table to eat at too with three chairs (perfect for us!) so we could sit and enjoy breakfast before we got ready to head out for the day.
Heywood Hall is just a few miles away for Alton Towers and we had booked to visit their Splash Landings water park and this place is perfect distance for our trip. It only took about 10 minuets in the car to get to Alton Towers. Perfect.
After a full day at the water park we arrived back at Heywood Hall about half an hour before our booked slot for the hot tub. One of the things I noticed when I booked is that they had a hot tub and sauna for guests. I love how they organize the times for these. Each suite gets one slot per evening, between 5pm and 10pm, we decide on the time slot we want and book it out. It is on a first come first pick basis but by the Saturday evening it looked like every suite had found a time slot to suit them. We didn’t want to use these facilities on the Friday evening we arrived so made sure we enjoyed them on the Saturday evening. After a day sliding down water slides and playing with Emerson in the different pools at Alton Towers Tom and I were ready to relax in the bubbles for half an hour. Emerson just loved being back in water, he is such a water baby.
The hot tub could hold 6-8 people and is so lovely after a full on day out. We didn’t use the Sauna as we didn’t want Emerson going in there, but there were full instructions on the outside of the Sauna on how to use it. Each time slot for the facilities was for 45 minuets and this was plenty of time for us. You are asked to put the cover back on the hot tub before you leave before the next group of guests arrive. There was 5 minuets between each slot and I have to say this was nice, you don’t want to be bumping into your neighbors whilst standing just in your swimwear and towel.
We headed straight for our shower when we got back into our suite to wash off all the chlorine. Our bathroom was off our bedroom and had a basin, toilet and large walk in shower. Again this was all clean and themed lovely, carrying on the cream and purple decor in here too. The owners provided us with 5 large towels and a very good none slip mat for the shower. Once we had all showered and had our pj’s on, we watched another DVD from the collection in our room to end the evening.
Our second night was like the first, peaceful and relaxing and then it was time to leave. Check out is before 10am. After packing, making sure all the pots we had used during our stay were being cleaned in the dishwasher, had placed towels we had used in the bathroom and stripped the bed we headed to the main door of the hall to say our goodbyes to the owners. Joseph was there to say goodbye to us before we set off. Another lovely personal touch.
Alison and Joseph have created such an amazing place to stay. Heywood Hall is a relaxing home away from home. Our suite had everything we needed and more. The rooms were clean and well taken care of. The extra facilities bring a little luxury to your stay, and all the little touches throughout show how much thought and care has been put into this beautiful place. We certainly will be staying here again. Emerson has already asked if we can stay in the jungle themed room next. I highly recommend a stay in this hidden gem, I am so glad I stumbled across this beautiful hall.
If you want to book your own stay at Heywood Hall the website is https://heywoodhall.co.uk/ where you can book direct with them and find out more information before you visit.