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WE REVIEW | The Belfry Hotel & Resort: a hotbed of romantic style and luxury… with a breakfast for champions

Find out why there’s plenty more than golf to enjoy at this famed Warwickshire venue...


Set over more than 500 acres of rolling countryside, amid gorgeous woodland, The Belfry really looks the part from the outside. That will come as no great surprise to golf fans: this Midlands retreat is renowned for having hosted no fewer than four Ryder Cups in the past and has been voted ‘England’s Leading Resort’ for 3 consecutive years.

Chloe & Jason's Review

This was our second stay at the Belfry and much to Jason’s delight we arrived on the nail-biting final day of the US Open. With plenty of time to check-in before heading down to the Brabazon Bar to witness Tiger Wood’s great comeback, we made our way up to our Signature Suite… popped our welcome champers on a plush sofa… and enjoyed the views from our private balcony…. complete with cute white railings… and overlooking the Belfry’s perfectly manicured greens.

Again (as on our first visit a couple of years ago), we agreed The Belfry is a superb setting to kick-back and relax whether you’re seeking a lazy weekend or a more active getaway.

We stayed on the Belfry’s Suite Sundays package which includes an overnight stay (on a Sunday, naturally) in one of their very slick and elegantly decorated suites. The bedroom and lounge were both modern and very well equipped. The king-sized bed was super-comfy and spacious. The bathroom was ample with a bathtub almost big enough to swim in. We could happily have stayed here for a whole week!


Suite Sundays package includes: 

  • An overnight stay in a suite
  • Late check out
  • Full English breakfast
  • 3 course dinner in the Ryder Grill
  • Complimentary bottle of Champagne in the room


What’s on offer?


The facilities at The Belfry are wide-ranging – this is a resort destination with everything you need on-site.

Dining options here are headlined by The Ryder Grill, where Head Chef Robert Bates and his troops create high-quality dishes using locally sourced produce. And if you book the Suite Sundays package, you’ll be able to make the most of a delicious Sunday Night dinner made up of the Chef's Choice menu.

Then there’s the Brabazon Bar, with its chilled vibe and green and cream décor. Don’t miss the chance for an Afternoon Tea using home-made malt loaf and scones. What’s more there’s a Starbucks, Rocca’s Pizza Pasta and Sam's Club House (a great spot for a cocktail) to choose from. 


The resort’s Spa offers a wide range of beauty and spa treatments which can be utilised as part of an overnight spa break, or you could choose a single face, body or massage treatment. You can also take a relaxing dip in the whirlpool. Also, there are further plans afoot for a new leisure club, spa and ballroom at the resort – meaning it’d be a good idea to keep watching this space for upcoming news on future developments… 


Outside the resort…


If at any time you’re looking to escape the laid-back seclusion of the hotel, there are a range of attractions nearby.

These are varied and include:

  • The Mailbox – pay a trip to Birmingham’s up-market shopping and lifestyle destination with shops such as Harvey Nichols being one of many exclusive stores, along with an independent cinema
  • Sutton Park National Nature Reserve – make the most of captivating scenery made all the more special with a romantic stroll. The 2,400-acre park is located six miles north of Birmingham city centre and is one of the largest urban parks in Europe.
  • Stratford-upon-Avon – less than an hour’s drive south from The Belfry is the medieval town and birthplace of William Shakespeare but is also home to some beautiful gardens and artworks.
  • Warwick Castle – history lovers will appreciate this medieval castle, situated on a bend of the River Avon, which was originally developed from a wooden fort and was built by William the Conqueror.
  • Middleton Lakes – a visual treat, this splendid reserve covers 400 acres and is made up of several lakes and pools, meadowland, a canal and the River Tame.

If all that wasn’t enough, on returning to the hotel there are plenty of romantic little extras on offer so that you can craft an unforgettable romantic trip. Your options include a couples’ massages, candlelit dinners and more. These will ensure that even those simply after a quiet retreat will be left charmed. Or for a change of pace, there’s also the Bel Air nightclub, a spot which has for many years had legendary status among locals!

The morning after….


During our short-but-sweet visit we discovered that there was no need to hit the snooze button - our late check-out allowing us the rare opportunity to slowly bask in the unrivaled pleasure of a Monday morning lie-lin. Combined with a full English brekkie which we had delivered to our room, we left The Belfry relaxed, refreshed and ready to face the week ahead.

The Suite Sundays deal, based on two people sharing, is valid on stays until 31st December 2019. Check with the hotel directly about any ‘blackout’ dates which may apply. Rates are subject to availability. Full payment required at booking stage. You'll receive a call from the hotel to process full payment. Standard Belfry terms and conditions apply.


The Belfry - travel essentials 


It’s just a 10-minute drive from the resort to Birmingham Airport while it’s 15 minutes or so to Birmingham’s main railway station. The Belfry is less than two hours from London by car.

Facilities at The Belfry include:

  • AA Rosette restaurant
  • Large outdoor free parking
  • Luxury Spa and state of the art Leisure Club
  • Spacious rooms
  • Wheelchair access & lift
  • Night porter
  • Theatre style conference spaces
  • Business meeting rooms
  • 3 golf courses
  • Electric car charging


The Belfry also hosts Wedding ceremonies for up to 400 guests – both for ceremonies and receptions.

Wedding services at The Belfry include: civil unions, reception only, renewal of vows, same-sex weddings, wedding blessings, wedding licenses, and wedding planning. Plus, your wedding locations to choose from are: countryside, hotel function room or lakeside.


The Belfry Hotel & Resort, 
Sutton Coldfield, 
West Midlands, 
United Kingdom, 
B76 9PR