Located on a 550-acre estate in the North Warwickshire countryside close to Birmingham, the full-service resort is perhaps still best known as being a multiple host of golf’s prestigious Ryder Cup (between the UK/Europe and the USA) in the 1990s. It is now back on the golfing agenda as the host of the British Masters until 2026, but is also well established as the leading business and leisure resort in the Midlands. Acquired by Goldman Sachs Asset Management and Cedar Capital Partners in late 2021, it has been substantially refurbished with over £26 million spent on various upgrades – with more developments planned.
The check in
For such a large and sprawling resort the reception area is on the smallish side but as I arrived long before the afternoon check-in time (in time to make a tee time on one of The Belfry’s three courses) I was dealt with swiftly and courteously, handed a map of the complex and an explanation of the various restaurants, bars and other facilities and invited to make a dinner reservation.
Accommodation – all 320 rooms – is spread out across a labyrinth of corridors and stairways and finding mine, 2531 in the Torrance wing, and remembering how to get back to it proved something of a challenge! A map detailing the route from reception to various rooms would be useful.
My room, overlooking the 18th green of the PGA course, was extremely comfortable and generously spacious. Decorated in warm neutral tones it featured two double beds – the heavy duvet and fluffy pillows were perfect for a dead-of-winter stay – a spacious seating area with comfy chair and table, a work desk, a large HD Freeview widescreen TV, tea and coffee-making facilities. The large bathroom had a walk-in shower with ESPA toiletries.
These are so numerous that at times The Belfry feels like an upmarket all-inclusive holiday complex. What the Belfry does well – perhaps better than any other UK resort – is cater for all types and ages of guests. For kids there are various activities like woodland walks, indoor games, a colouring station, a kids’ library and a mini-golf course.
There is a sports bar (Sam’s Club House) for golfers to chew over the runes of their round. It serves pub food and shows games. For a more refined afternoon high tea, The Brabazon Bar is housed in an atrium area. The main restaurant, the Ryder Grill, has a classy feel but is relaxed and informal with an open kitchen.
My stay was on a Sunday evening and the Ryder Grill was serving its three-course Chef’s Table. This included a superb salad and soup station and main courses that included lasagne, salmon, lamb curry, chicken and much more.
Private dining is available in the Wine Room, which can accommodate up to 12 guests.
There’s also a Roca’s Pizza Pasta with a Starbucks on the property
There’s an ESPA Spa, a full-size swimming pool, hot tubs, relaxation rooms and thermal experiences that include Fire and Ice, a 60-minute experience dipping between 12 hot and cold Bo thermal rooms (£44.99pp).
There is also a full gym, with much more equipment than the usual hotel workout room, and fitness classes
This is a resort that is determined to re-establish itself as one of the finest in the UK. Goldman Sachs has plans for more upgrades, which includes more dining options and new accommodation. The Belfry Hotel & Resort has received funding for further development.
Lichfield Road, Wishaw, Sutton Coldfield, B76 9PR, United Kingdom. Double Double rooms are available from £225. A wide range of Spa, golf and other breaks are available.