IF it's grandeur and elegance on a spectacular scale you're looking for in a hotel, you would have to go a long way to beat Hallmark Hotel The Welcombe.

Nestled in stunning grounds which boast both formal gardens and an 18-hole, par 70 golf course, this stunning spa retreat on the outskirts of historic Stratford upon Avon, sits a class apart from its contemporaries.

Built in 1866, the Welcombe is a friendly and welcoming as it is opulent, as modern and state-of-the-art as it is richly traditional - a winning combination many aspire to but very few can achieve.

From its impressive lounge, with marble fireplace and traditional furniture, through to its ultra-modern and luxurious spa and elegant dining menu, it's easy to see why the Welcombe is a hugely popular escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

With free WiFi throughout, rooms include iMac computers alongside antique, ornate furniture, modern, well-equipped bathrooms and all the mod cons the discerning guest could hope to find.

The spa is a particular highlight, including a sauna, steam room, tepidarium, heated pool, foot spas and jacuzzi, and the real showpiece, an outdoor heated jet pool; you can enter carrying the weight of the world on your shoulders and depart relaxed, refreshed and ready for anything.

In addition to the rolling landscape of the Championship standard golf course, the formal gardens provide the perfect place to stroll and admire the immaculately kept borders and beds.

When it comes to dining, the Welcombe shines especially brightly - the menu changes regularly but is always seasonal and imaginative while retaining a sense of classic flavours and traditional dishes. The impressive dining room, overlooking the terrace and gardens at the rear of the hotel, is the perfect place to be treated to a meal to remember.

Whatever you're looking for in a hotel, The Welcombe ticks all the boxes effortlessly. And with all the attractions of Shakespeare's England right on your doorstep, who could want for more?

Visit hallmarkhotels.co.uk or call 01789 295252.

For more information on the area visit www.shakespeares-england.co.uk