Alveston Manor Hotel & Spa

Location: Stratford-upon-Avon

The historic Macdonald Alveston Manor Hotel & Spa sits in peaceful private grounds just 5 minutes' walk from Stratford-upon-Avon. The original hotel comprises a beautiful Tudor building with many authentic features such as an Elizabethan staircase, wood panelling, leaded windows and open fireplace, whilst the more modern addition encompasses comfortable and stylish bedrooms and Vital Health & Wellbeing Spa, Pool and Gym.

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History

The Macdonald Alveston Manor has a long and interesting history dating back from before the Norman Conquest.

The first building on the site is thought to have been an Anchorite cell, circa 960, and later a small monastery was built by monks from Worcester who erected the first wooden bridge on the site of the original ford.

Alveston Manor was first mentioned in the Domesday Book and in 1086 it was seized from Wultan, Bishop of Worcester.

In 1562, during the reign of Elizabeth I, it was sold to Sir Ambrose Cave for £1007 3s 6d who then sold it to Ludovic Greville. His son sold it in 1603 to Richard Lane whose father's effigy is affixed to the walls of the remains of the old Saxon church at Alveston.

At one time, the grounds were famous for bowling alleys and in fact both the Nut Walk, in the orchard, and the Monks Walk are thought to have been bowling alleys at one time.

The present building has been erected at different periods. For instance, the bar contains 16th century panelling; the centre of the house is Elizabethan; the gable nearest the road is William and Mary; and the windows in the centre of the building are Queen Anne. The Elizabethan Gazebo facing the bridge is of considerable interest.

Underneath the lounge is an interesting vaulted cellar leading to an underground passage that was at one time used by the monks.

The first performance of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" is said to have been given on the Cedar Lawn and in fact the original stage directions relate to the garden as it was before it was altered at the beginning of this century.

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Just emailing to thank you for a brilliant night last night. We all had a great time & everyone is still talking about it. I would be grateful as well if you would pass on our thanks to your cast as they did a sterling job, particularly with such a noisy bunch!
My husband and I recently attended a weekend event at Alveston Manor Hotel on 7th/8th May. We had a wonderful time, thank you so much. The actors and the hotel were first class. We hope we wil be able to attend another event in the near future.
Just a quick testimonial about our second murder mystery weekend (just before we leave for our third murder mystery weekend to Surrey) we (myself, mum and nan) had a great time from start to finish. The atmosphere, food and plot were all brilliant and it was great to see the actors from previous weekends do yet another brilliant performance. The hotel was lovely and staff helpful and as I've stated above we are just off to our next one and will also be doing a few evening murder mysteries this year to add to our weekends. So thankyou thankyou for such entertaining weekends that we look forward to as soon as we get home on the Sundays.
Thank you for a great performance at the Alveston Manor. All the cast were fantastic and the plot was clever (we did not solve it!). Look forward to booking again.
I'd first like to thank the entire team, for the event "The dye is cast" my Sister in Law and I attended last week at the Alveston Manor Hotel Stratford (25th July). It was absolutely wonderful.... It was the first time I have ever been to a Murder Mystery event, but it won't be the last... It was so much fun and the acting was extremely convincing and professional. The plot was well thought out and I now find myself well and truly hooked and wanting to attend as many of your events as I can. I have told just about everyone what a fab weekend I had.
Just returned from the "Face the Music" event at Alveston Manor. This was our first murder mystery event and we had a great time. We were impressed with the venue, the organisation, the contribution from the actors and the dressing up made it a really memorable occasion. We'll be looking to attend another very soon. Thanks.