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Refreshments for runners at Bayley Mile event

March 2017

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Wayne Jenson, Phil Morris Jones, Wellington Mayor and Byaley Mile organisers Caroline Mulvihill and Jim Moystn.

If you are a Telford resident, you will probably have heard of the Bayley Mile event.

It started in the 1930s and was revived 21 years ago – it sees children from schools across the town coming together at the start line to run a mile.

What you may not know is that last year we were right there next to them handing out refreshments to the thirsty boys and girls taking part, and this year we’ll be there again too.

At Buckatree Hall we’re really proud to be sponsoring this event and to have our staff there on Wednesday, May 17, from 12pm to 2.30pm to support all of the runners.

We believe it’s our duty as a local business to get involved in the community, and as the start line at Wellington Leisure Centre (Swimming Pool East car park) is only a couple of miles down the road from us, it really is a local event!

Not only it is a great for us to do our bit and give something back to residents, a lot of whom support us throughout the year, it’s also a fantastic day. Last year we loved getting involved and cheering everyone on, and it was amazing to see Paralympian Mickey Bushell MBE handing out the medals.

The track and field star won gold in the 100m at the London 2012 Paralympics so it was a real treat for everyone to meet him.

At the end of the day, there’s also an open race for any of the spectators wishing to get involved. Who knows, maybe you’ll see some of the Buckatree staff limbering up for that one?

If you’re free that afternoon, please do come down and support the children as they take on the mile-long challenge. And if you decide to take part in the open race then do pop and see us for much-needed refreshments afterwards!

Any schools interested in taking part in the council-run event should call Caroline on 01952 567696 or email caroline.mulvihill@telford.gov.uk.

And do keep an eye on the blog as we’ll be updating you throughout the year about the charity and community events we’ll be supporting!

Buckatree Hall to sponsor Bayley Mile event

February 2017

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If you are a Telford resident, you will probably have heard of the Bayley Mile event.

It started in the 1930s and was revived 21 years ago – it sees children from schools across the town coming together at the start line to run a mile.

What you may not know is that last year we were right there next to them handing out refreshments to the thirsty boys and girls taking part, and this year we’ll be there again too.

At Buckatree Hall we’re really proud to be sponsoring this event and to have our staff there on Wednesday, May 17, from 12pm to 2.30pm to support all of the runners.

We believe it’s our duty as a local business to get involved in the community, and as the start line at Wellington Leisure Centre (Swimming Pool East car park) is only a couple of miles down the road from us, it really is a local event!

Not only it is a great for us to do our bit and give something back to residents, a lot of whom support us throughout the year, it’s also a fantastic day. Last year we loved getting involved and cheering everyone on, and it was amazing to see Paralympian Mickey Bushell MBE handing out the medals.

The track and field star won gold in the 100m at the London 2012 Paralympics so it was a real treat for everyone to meet him.

At the end of the day, there’s also an open race for any of the spectators wishing to get involved. Who knows, maybe you’ll see some of the Buckatree staff limbering up for that one?

If you’re free that afternoon, please do come down and support the children as they take on the mile-long challenge. And if you decide to take part in the open race then do pop and see us for much-needed refreshments afterwards!

Any schools interested in taking part in the council-run event should call Caroline on 01952 567696 or email caroline.mulvihill@telford.gov.uk.

And do keep an eye on the blog as we’ll be updating you throughout the year about the charity and community events we’ll be supporting!

Spend a romantic Valentine’s Day break at Buckatree Hall

January 2017 

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It’s that time of year again when everything seems to be about hearts, flowers and chocolates.

With the colours red and pink being unavoidable currently, there’s no excuse for forgetting about Valentine’s Day – especially if you’ve popped the question (or said yes!) over Christmas and New Year.

Last weekend, Emma, Kaya and Chantel were lucky enough to meet hundreds of loved up couples at the Telford Wedding Exhibition in Telford Shopping Centre where they started to help with the planning process ahead of the big day.

They joined more than 60 exhibitors who were also showcasing their services from flowers to dresses and suits to your transport – everything was covered!

Whether you made it along to our stand at the exhibition or you didn’t quite make it – don’t worry as you could still be in with the chance of winning a table for two on Valentine’s Day if you can pop along to our very own wedding fair on February 12th from 11am to 3pm.

Enjoy your own one-to-one discussion with our wedding planning experts in the very place you could tie the knot or celebrate your marriage.

Our show offers are also continuing until the end of the month and will be available at our wedding fair including deposit contributions, free chair covers and candy wheel or 15% off the final bill for all non-discounted packages.

This year we’re offering a two-night romantic break from just £74.50 per room per night – it includes accommodation in one of our superior double rooms with your own private balcony.

Rose petals sprinkled on the bed and a box of chocolates waiting when you arrive, and a full English breakfast is served on both mornings.

You can also choose which night to take advantage of the romantic dinner included within the deal which comes complete with a glass of chilled Prosecco – and a single red rose if you stay with us between February 10 and 15.

You could even upgrade to one of our feature rooms subject to availability.

If you’re not free over Valentine’s then you can still take advantage of the deal and book now for a romantic stay any time before November 30 – meaning you’ve both got something to look forward to throughout 2017.

To find out more and book today, simply visit https://goo.gl/0h93SG

A day in the life of a Hotel Manager

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December 2016

Basil Fawlty may be an extremely entertaining and comedic character but as a hotel manager he falls way short in the people skills needed to keep a successful business going.

Fortunately here at Buckatree Hall we have a general manager who continues to ensure our hotel maintains its position, high standards and professionalism among the very best.

We are a busy and hugely successful hotel – 2016 has been a record breaker for us – and we are always striving to ensure we maintain those goals for the good of our guests. This can’t be achieved without a highly committed and motivated workforce and here at Buckatree Hall we believe we have the best.

Part of the fun about being a hotel manager is meeting the countless number of people who come through our door – each one has a different experience of life and each has their own unique story to tell.

After taking on the challenge of running the independently owned hotel four years ago, we asked general manager Wayne Jenson to explain what continues to drive him on a daily basis:

“Ensuring everything is right day-to-day is truly a full-time job but it is also a hugely rewarding one and the thought each day that we have made the stay of our guests as good as we possibly can is very satisfying.

“To do this with the challenges any 24/7 business faces and still be able to maintain our very professional approach and high level of service is what it is all about.

“Whilst a lot of things are routine – two days are rarely the same. There is always something that needs addressing or requirements or requests by a guest that need sorting. Every day is different in some way or other.

“Some of the things we get asked or some things that happen are quite unusual but in the interests of guest confidentiality I don’t think I should relay them here.

“You always have to have an open mind and try to ensure the guests’ needs are dealt with in a professional and courteous manner.

“People visit us from all over the world and engaging them in conversation and hearing about their experiences is wonderful. So many from a wide diversity of backgrounds generate an interesting insight for us into their lives and places they come from. It can be a bit like going on holiday without ever leaving the hotel!

“Obviously I am responsible not only for the smooth running of the hotel and the welfare of the guests on a daily basis but also for the workforce. The hotel has 62 rooms and over 40 members of staff, so there’s enough to keep busy!

“We have an excellent staff base at Buckatree Hall and that helps me to keep things on track through the excellent structure we have in place.

“Things usually run well but there are always those instances that you can’t see coming and then it’s all hands to the pump to make sure every eventuality is catered for.

“Another great thing about working at Buckatree Hall is the wide range of events and services we have here. It is always busy and that’s good for me. Whether it’s weddings, functions or a host of meetings by various organisations, there is always something happening.

“It’s a real pleasure to do the job I do and I am so pleased to continue to be a part of such a huge success that is Buckatree Hall Hotel.”

Winter walking break deal at Buckatree Hall…

November 2016

Winter walks at Buckatree Hall

There’s nothing better than coming inside from a crisp winter walk and relaxing in comfort – perhaps with a bite to eat or a drink or two to warm you up.

That’s why Buckatree Hall Hotel is the perfect location if you’re looking for a base from which to go out and explore the famous sights of Shropshire.

We know thousands of visitors flock to the county each year thanks to our popularity as a walking destination – and where could be better to stay than right at the base of the landmark Wrekin?

The subject of its very own folklore legend and having given its name to not only the saying ‘all around the Wrekin’ but also the Wrekin White cheese produced in nearby Newport, it’s not to be missed for keen walkers coming to Shropshire.

We’re also in prime position for The Ercall, part of The Wrekin and The Ercall Site of Special Scientific Interest with its ripple beds and lava flows dating back hundreds of millions of years and plenty of wildlife including many butterfly species.

Both of these walks are situated right next us literally – (it will take you two minutes to get to the bottom of the Wrekin but a little longer to get to the top – but it’s worth every step!) and there are plenty more you can access just a short while away.

Whether you want to walk the Shropshire Way, take a stroll through the historical site of Ironbridge or perhaps Offa’s Dyke Path National Trail takes your fancy.

Whichever you opt for, Buckatree Hall makes the perfect base with our choice of 62 rooms providing an excellent place to rest for a busy walking day ahead, friendly staff on hand to advise you on the best locations to visit while you’re in Shropshire and we’ve even got a pet-friendly policy so you can bring along your dog to enjoy plenty of walkies too!

Enjoy delicious food in our restaurant or bar to fuel up for the walks you’ve chosen – and of course there’s the amazing views to enjoy too.

We love winter so much we’re offering a “Winter 2 for 1” deal – yes two nights dinner, bed and breakfast for the price of one in a superior double or twin bedded rooms with a two course dinner on both nights and a full English breakfast on both mornings.

And upon arrival we know you may have had a long journey or already enjoyed a walk so we’ll serve you a steaming bowl of homemade soup with half a round of cheese on toast at the side. So, prices are from £74.50 per room per night – but don’t forget it’s 2 for 1!

If a winter walking break at the base of the Wrekin sounds idyllic, then get in touch today to plan your break.

Princesses to arrive at Buckatree Hall… Book today!

November 2016

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Wow what a response to our Let It Snow – Princess Party! The phones went wild as news on our Facebook page reached more than 22,000 people!

There’s no doubt Frozen is as popular as it was 12 months ago! We don’t blame you – who wouldn’t want to take the chance to dress up as a little princess or prince and hang out with the ‘real princesses’ for a couple of hours!

Lots of people have bought tickets and given them as early Christmas presents off grandparents and aunty and uncles or just bought them to make sure everyone is in the festive mood for the big day.

So what’s happening and when?

Our Princess Party inspired by the hit movie Frozen will be held at the hotel on Wednesday December 21st from 12noon till 2pm.

We are expecting lots of mini princesses to turn up in their beautiful dresses and little boys ready in their party outfits to dance and enjoy the first week of the Christmas holidays.

We’ve had parents wanting to get in early and secure their tickets so they can book that special day off work. Or for those who will be still running around getting the last minute presents it will be a welcome two hours of sitting down and enjoying watching the children be entertained by someone else!

Children’s tickets are just £10.95 to include a sandwich lunch and entertainment (under 2’s are free) and £5.95 for adults to include coffee and a mince pie.

We don’t want your little prince or princess left disappointed so book today by calling 01952 641821.

A lunch date with the stars

November 2016

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Here at Buckatree Hall Hotel we like to give our guests the very best – including top class entertainment on the lead up to Christmas with tribute act visits from Cilla Black, Frank Sinatra and Vera Lynn.

So we’re hosting Tribute Lunches from November 30 to December 19 and visitors can choose from a festive three-course lunch menu to accompany the top tribute act of the day for just £16.50.

The tribute lunches follow on from the success of last year and because of the sell-out dates of 2015 we decided to increase the number of acts this year from four to six – and half of those are already fully booked!

We won’t tantalise you with them (okay so you missed out on Elvis, Buddy Holly and Doris Day – but we have plenty more on offer)

So what’s what’s left?

  • December 6th – Cilla Black and Friends
  • December 15th – Vera Lynn

The fun will begin when our guests arrive at noon for lunch to be served at 12.30pm. The tribute act goes on stage at 1.30pm and we have some great singers to entertain you so come and join the festive fun at Buckatree Hall.

It’s the perfect date for friendship and community groups and sporting clubs who have their day times free and don’t necessarily want to venture out during the dark winter nights – but don’t wait around as there’s limited availability!

For more information or to book call (01952) 641 821 or email sales@buckatreehallhotel.com

Hotel bosses taking Pride in the Community by helping out at charity event

May 2016

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It’s not often you get a big charity event on your doorstep, so when it does happen we feel it’s best to get involved.

And we were delighted to be involved in the Bayley Mile in Wellington yesterday.
Not sure what it is? Let me tell you.

I’m Wayne Jenson, General Manager at Buckatree Hall Hotel, and I first heard about the Bayley Mile when I was looking into events that happen near our hotel. We like to be involved in a number of events nearby and help out whenever we can so this seemed like the perfect opportunity.

The Bayley Mile is a historic road race ran by local school children competing to win the fastest linear mile time.

This year it was the 20th anniversary of the event and we were so proud to be there watching these eager students – competitiveness was truly alive!

We pitched our gazebo in the car park by Wellington Civic and Leisure Centre and handed out squash, tea, coffee and biscuits to those who deserved it as well as family and friends who had come along to offer support.

And boy did they deserve it!

We had never been before so we were not sure what to expect but it was just a brilliant community event which celebrated everything about Wellington and the people in it. The children were great, I think many miles had been trodden in preparation and practice for the event and many trainers worn out.

Medals were presented by Paralympian Mickey Bushell MBE, who lives just down the road in Arleston!

It made us very proud to be based in Wellington and very proud to call this our local community. People were certainly thirsty after all this hard work so we were pleased to be able to provide the squash and biscuits to refresh them a little. It was a warm afternoon but thankfully not too sunny and no rain.

There was an open race at the end of the day too, for anyone who wanted to show the kids how it’s done – if only I hadn’t been wearing a suit or due back at the hotel, I definitely would have been able to show them a thing or two!

Organiser Ross Vickers

Organiser Ross Vickers

Leanne Roberts, F&B Manager, and Priya Don, Catering Assistant at Buckatree Hall Hotel

Leanne Roberts, F&B Manager, and Priya Don, Catering Assistant at Buckatree Hall Hotel

20 years of the Bayley Mile

20 years of the Bayley Mile

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Celebrating the best of Shropshire alongside our leisure partners

 

April 2016

Do you realise just how many great places there are to visit in Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin?

Not only that, do you realise you can get there with special offers from Buckatree Hall Hotel?

Well some people do – because our offer for a stay in the hotel and a trip on the Sabrina river boat on the Severn has been selling like hot cakes.

We’ve sold more than 500 of them in just three days, we can’t believe just how popular they have been.

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I’m Wayne Jenson, General Manager of Buckatree Hall Hotel and I’m very proud to announce other new partnerships too.

The Sabrina deal is one of three new leisure breaks on offer.  We’re also offering walking breaks at the Long Mynd and at Acton Scott working farm.

We champion Shropshire and all the exciting places to see and things to do within our great county.

We’ve previously offered other deals with Heritage Passports for Blists Hill and deals for National Heritage too.

And it seems it is working – Mark Hooper from Sabrina Tours Ltd said these sales figures were the best he’s heard of.

He said: “We are really glad that we are working together with Buckatree hall Hotel and that this deal has sold so well.

“The figures are pretty phenomenal, I have never seen it sold so quickly before.

“It is great that we have a connection in the Telford area too, being a Shrewsbury based-business this is a big boost to our business too.
“We are always looking for businesses to pair up with and through working with Buckatree we are seeing people come here from all over Shropshire, the UK and beyond.”

And Richard Aldred, Marketing Officer at The Ironbridge Gorge Museums, said when we did it with them it was a success too.

He said: “We’re delighted to work closely with the Buckatree Hall Hotel on a number of joint promotions.

“The offers have always proven successful and help to further promote the area as a great overnight or weekend-break destination.”

So if you’re interested in seeing more of what Shropshire has to offer check out our deals here:

Walking break at Long Mynd

Victorian Farm break at Acton Scott working farm 

River Cruise Break with Sabrina Tours Ltd 

And if you run an attraction in Shropshire please get in touch, we’re always on the lookout for other leisure facilities we can partner with!

Contact me by emailing sales@buckatreehallhotel.com, call (01952) 641821, search for Buckatree Hall Hotel on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @buckatreehall.

Four awards in a matter of months!

March 2016

Our historic family-owned hotel set has been named the best loved hotel in Telford & Wrekin – making that four awards in a matter of months.

We were rated the top hotel in the BestOf Business of the Year 2016 awards, coming 4th in the Telford & Wrekin category overall.

I’m General Manager Wayne Jenson and I’m so pleased, this is a huge coup for us.
It is the latest in a series of awards we have been handed and all voted for by the customers, which makes it all the more important.
We love meeting our customers and getting to know them, as an independent family-owned hotel we have time to invest in this and can make special arrangements for people when requested.
I am pleased this continued dedication is setting us apart from other hotels across Telford & Wrekin, there certainly are a lot of them but not many independent ones.
It is one thing to enjoy your stay but then to get round to leaving a review online is another step and we appreciate it when people take the time to do so.
We will always continue to strive to improve and take all feedback on board – both positive and negative.

This latest award comes at the same time as we were handed a Guest Review Award by online travel agent Booking.com, which showcases Buckatree as a symbol of excellence as a best guest experience provider.

It is also just weeks after we were awarded Top Rated status in the 2016 Simply the Guest Awards, run by global booking website Laterooms.

And last year our hotel The Wrekin was handed a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence award.

The accolade by Booking.com and Laterooms is only handed to hotels which have a minimum review score of 80%, taken from genuine guest reviews over the past year, and the TripAdvisor award is given only to establishments that maintain an overall rating of at least four out of five.