I wrote this post back in the summer and for some reason never posted it. If some of you are planning a festive staycation with a bit of Christmas/New Year shopping mixed in this is the perfect trip.
This is a hotel I have wanted to go to for such a long time and with both of our holidays being cancelled this summer, we decided it was the perfect time to organise a trip.
We set off early as we wanted to go to Bicester, a discount village 20 minutes from the hotel. We spent the morning shopping before heading over to the hotel, just in time for lunch.
From parking the car at the side of the hotel, you walk up the lavender filled path with the stunning hotel straight in from of you. It is quite an iconic sight.
Once we checked in, we decided to head out to the lawns at the back of the hotel for some champagne and afternoon tea minus the tea. Chicken and smoked salmon sandwiches, followed by warm fresh fruit scones, jam, unsalted butter and clotted cream. We sat on the lawn the whole afternoon sipping champagne and watching the cricket.
Dress last season, Hat Similar linked
Later in the afternoon we had a walk round the gardens which are well maintained. There are different sections to the garden: one where they grow all the produce for the evening taster menu we were going to experience later that day; a Japanese tea garden filled with orchids and a stunning lily pond; and an English orchard. Hidden throughout the gardens are beautiful sculptures and bronzes of scarecrows, ladies with floral baskets, flocks of birds and children playing. It was such a glorious day.
Upon returning from our walk, we indulged a little further and ordered a couple of Pimms. Well it wouldn't be the British summer without a Pimms for two.
After our Pimms, we went to our room which was extremely opulent and large, decorated in deep reds and with dark ebony furniture. The garden patio was lovely, a perfect spot amongst the apple trees and roses for another glass of Pimms.
We got ready for dinner and headed down at 7:30pm. They are very specific about the time as they need you there to be able to fit all the courses in, throughout the evening. The food as you can imagine was exquisite, little parcels that melt in your mouth with a variety of ingredients you would think would never go together, but work perfectly. They use produce from the extensive gardens as well, so the menu changes all the time.
It is a beautiful place not far from home to sit back and relax in, a place I will definitely be returning to. With the added bonus of it not being that far from Bicester Village.