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Site Visit: Last Drop Village - Bolton

17. 02. 27
posted by: AW


nw lastdropAIt had been a few years since I last went to view the Last Drop Village in Bolton.

I hadn’t realised quite how many years but in my absence a major housing estate has sprung up on one side of the hotel boundary.

Other than that, the Last Drop Village is largely as I remembered it.

When you mention the Last Drop Village to conference organisers they invariably refer to the Penny Farthing Suite. I am pleased to report it is still there and still looking as impressive as ever with its split level lounge, exhibition area and private entrance.

nw lastdropCThe Penny Farthing Suite is the second largest meeting rooms seating 200 delegates after the main Pennine Suite which will seat up to 700 delegates.

The Last Drop Village has 128 bedrooms which are located in the main hotel, in the former farmers’ cottages or overlooking the courtyard lawn. One of the Classic Rooms overlooking the courtyard would be my ‘bedroom of choice’.

So far 35 bedrooms have been totally refurbished. The balance are being tackled at the moment but all the bedrooms now have new beds.

As you may have gathered, the Last Drop Village is undergoing refurbishment. A new hotel entrance was under construction on the day I visited. A dividing wall has been demolished between the bar and the lounge which has created an excellent, light and airy relaxation space. Refurbishment-wise, the new owners of the Last Drop Village seem determined to correct the apparent neglect of the previous hotel chain operators.

nw lastdropBOn the face of it the Last Drop Village does not have a lot of natural advantages.

It is not in the centre of a town or city with any business parks close at hand. It is not that close to the motorway network, rail links or airport terminals.

In short, to make the Last Drop Village work needs a great staff effort, good facilities and a lot of hard work. The fact that one of its monthly weekend wedding showcases towards the end of last year generated fourteen confirmations tells you the hotel is working well on all fronts.

Furthermore I can’t think of many hotels where you can relax in a heated outdoor pool and look way across in the far distance to the skyscraper office blocks of central Manchester on the one side, the industrial landscape of the Wirral, again way in the distance on the other side, and the breathtaking beauty of the barren West Pennine moorland right behind you.

The day I went the pool and the spa were very busy – say no more!

nw lastdropELet me briefly run through some of the facilities at the Last Drop Village. In  addition to the Pennine and Penny Farthing Suites there is the Harmony Suite seating up to 100 delegates with its own bar lounge/break out area, patio area and access to gardens and a team building area. The Conference Centre at the top end of the Village has four meeting rooms each seating up to 25 delegates plus break out space.

I can list all the activities you will find in the spa at the Last Drop Village on condition you do not ask me to outline their supposed benefits. There is a gym with over 40 stations, an 18 metre swimming pool, a hydrotherapy pool, a rock sauna, a bio sauna, a steam room, an aromatherapy steam room and a laconium.

nw lastdropDI am more at home on the food and drink front. The Courtyard Restaurant is housed in the former Stables, complete with oak beams and a high ceiling. The split-level Courtyard Lounge Bar also has oak beams and a high ceiling as well as panoramic views over the gardens. The Drop Inn Pub is a quintessential country pub with an open fireplaces, original beams and stone walls. Finally, the Village Tea Shop, located next to the Drop Inn Pub, is handily placed for a light snack or afternoon tea.

I suspect there will be quite a few changes and upgrades to the Last Drop Village over the coming months but I am equally sure that none of them will spoil the essential character of the hotel.