We stayed here for the night on Boxing Day. We are only 30 minutes away so despite the rainy and almost snowy conditions we arrived. We last visited here over 20 years ago. Then it was famous for the place where Paula Yates and Michael Hutchence ran off to have a candle lit affair. The place was entirely lit by candle light and it was wonderful. We ate at the hotel last time and it was a meal to enjoy. There was a lovely chill-out lounge at one end of the building with relaxing sofas and open fires.
How things have changed! No more candles! Probably fire regs made them be snuffed out. The Chilston Park has turned into a very ordinary hotel.
We had a double room up the stairs facing to the front of the house. The bed was big and comfortable but a bit dingy and dark.
It was winter though and it might look entirely different with sun pouring in through the windows. We ate in the restaurant in the evening, the fillet of beef was delicious. It was very busy that evening.
I was hoping for more and sadly it does not retain the glamour and decadence of its heyday. It has gone from special to mediocre. That is not good in my book.More
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