A Review of The Tawny Hotel, Staffordshire

I’m working on a project at the moment at work which is taking up all of my brain space – I’m leading it, responsible for a huge £££m budget and I feel a lot of anxiety about everything that could go wrong with it. So over the Easter weekend, I really wanted to just invest in a bit of ‘me’ time, and properly rest and recuperate.

Anyone who reads this blog regularly knows my version of ‘me’ time is usually a luxury hotel and a walk. So this was no different – we chose to stay at The Tawny Hotel, and it was an absolutely perfect choice.


Nestled just south of the Peak District, The Tawny Hotel sits in rural Staffordshire. You can’t access the hotel without a car so driving is the best option. It’s a 3hr drive from London, 2.5hrs from Cambridge, 1hr from Manchester and 1hr from Birmingham – making it a perfect base from which to explore more of the Midlands.

Wetton Hill, in the Peak District

You could also choose to get the train to the nearest major train station, Stoke on Trent, and then get a taxi which would take around 20 minutes. However that would leave you unable to make the most of the hotel’s surroundings as there isn’t much within walkable distance.

The main attractions nearby are the famous theme park, Alton Towers, plus all the beautiful walks 20 minutes north in the Peak District, around the areas of Leek and Ashbourne. This makes The Tawny the perfect place for a luxury stay to unwind and rest after spending your days out in nature.


Wow. That is the only word I can use to describe the accommodation. The Tawny isn’t a traditional hotel – it has no main building, but instead just has lots of different huts/boathouses/lodges/cabins scattered about its grounds. We chose to stay in a boat house over looking a lake.

In the room

The room was spectacular, with a statement luxury bath in front of the floor to ceiling window. The bed was huge and comfy, and the indoor bathroom was also high quality with some lovely products provided.

Outside was another treat, with a deck area, plus a large outdoor jacuzzi – totally perfect to collapse in to after a day walking. There is also an outdoor shower so with 4 ways to bathe and wash in the room, you will also smell great!

The perfect way to end the day

Food & Drink

The Tawny Hotel offers an extensive in room dining menu, but also has a striking modern restaurant building within the grounds. This is home to a fine dining restaurant called The Plumicorn, as well as a more informal bar area serving tapas and pizzas. Breakfast is also served daily, with both a large range of buffet items and a menu to choose from – both were delicious.

Amenities & Experiences

The hotel has lots of fun things to explore. Undoubtedly its most unique feature is its utterly stunning grounds, with multiple walking trails around lakes, woodland and landscaped gardens.

Also within the grounds are many games to discover. For example, there are giant garden games including Connect 4 and Table Tennis, as well as an indoor pool table.

Boathouses in the morning sun

The hotel also has a stunning outdoor heated swimming pool, in front of its feature restaurant. I can’t swim so I didn’t go in it, but it looked absolutely wonderful. There is also a spa on site, with an extensive treatment menu.

The restaurant and pool area
Woodland walks at The Tawny

Overall our stay at The Tawny Hotel was absolutely magical. This is probably the best hotel I’ve ever stayed at in England, and it was a really restful and peaceful treat to completely switch off and de-stress. What do you think? Would you like to stay? Thanks for reading and as always, stay safe and happy travelling!


  1. It looks beautiful there, and certainly a change from the standard hotel chain bedrooms. I’ll have to have a look at visiting the hotel sometime.

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  2. I would love to spend a night or two in this place – it is certainly a hotel like no other and nothing really beats a room with a view! I am glad to hear you had a great time staying there πŸ™‚ Aiva xx

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    1. It really was just such an amazing place to stay, the perfect place to feel relaxed to the max! Haha I did take a nice dress and some heels as well πŸ™‚ Thanks for reading and hope you’ve had a good weekend πŸ™‚

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  3. I’ve noticed that you enjoy a pleasant walk and stay in a posh hotel, but I didn’t know that it was your trademark, haha! Getting away from work stress cannot be emphasized enough (pun intended), and to spend a mini-vacation far from it all can be really a rejuvenating experience. Looks like a lovely time at The Tawny Hotel!

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    1. It was totally perfect. Yes – I’m actually a Finance Director by trade and then I’ve been put in charge of implementing multiple new Finance (and other) systems and wow….it’s a whole lot. I’m effectively an alcoholic now!! If you ever want to nip out of retirement, just let me know haha! Hope you’ve had a lovely sunny weekend across the channel πŸ™‚

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  4. As soon as I saw the picture of the room I said WOW out loud, and then I read that’s the word you use to describe it too. What an incredible place for some much deserved β€œme” time!! The photo of the boathouse is especially beautiful!

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  5. It’s always good to get a break and escape from the stress of work. Plus I think taking time off is healthy and actually makes me more productive at work. Sometimes you need space, or to stay in a super fancy hotel! Your accommodations look lovely. How neat that there’s even an outdoor jacuzzi and outdoor shower.

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    1. I totally agree, it always re-sets me and recharges me to be better at work. Thank you, it was the perfect choice to escape reality for a little while! Thanks for reading and hope you’ve had a nice weekend πŸ™‚

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  6. A splendid combination of nature & luxurious and comfortable interior spaces! Sounds like a marvelous Easter weekend getaway, Hannah! Wishing you a wonderful week ahead πŸ™‚

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  7. Yes … WOW, your boathouse at The Tawny is definitely luxurious … I can have wonderful dreams about the bath (with that view – bonus)! Your food looks, as always, delicious and the stunning scenery is picture perfect! I can’t think of a better place like this where you can fully reset and regain new energy for your work challenges! (Oh, and love that photo of the boathouses in the morning sun … can I please go there now?)

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    1. Aw I’m so glad you like it Corna – it really was the perfect spot to rest and relax! If I had a teleporter, I’d transport you there right now for sure πŸ™‚ Thank you so much for reading and hope you’ve had a lovely weekend.

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  8. Oh my god it looks gorgeous!! I love these types of β€œunusual” hotel stays, especially when you have a whole cabin to yourself and a beautiful view, so that you are truly immersed in nature! The giant garden games also seem amazing! It is such a nice thing to go to a nice hotel in stressful times, and I am sure it did wonders to you!

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