“Stunning on every level. Your plan should be DO NOTHING but chill out when you come here”
Ok an easy one this, 5 star from start to finish - with no exceptions. It really isn't often you can say that these days!
It starts with the fantastically picturesque drive up the drive to the house, what a setting. I just wish I'd been able to land my chopper (pun only 50% intended) on the lawn like one guest whilst we were there!
Great welcome, introduction to the hotel etc from staff and then into a mega room, stone windows and a very nice old feel without being at all dirty/tatty/in need of a touch up. Great, great room...just make sure your (stone) bathroom windows are closed when you in the shower!
The spa area is amazing, an indoor to outdoor pool, great steam room, also good sauna but I'm less into those. Didn't rate the semi steam room, bit of a waste of time but what a place to genuinely chill right out with the papers/iPad reading etc. my partner and I had a HBS massage which was not cheap but was very good. In fact let's kill the expense thing right there: this is an expensive experience...the good news is its worth it.
Onto the food omg omg omFg!!! Breakfast was simply purrrrfect, beautiful local,produce cooked perfectly, to order, and no waiting for anything, polite staff etc, literally perfect. And then dinner is better, how can it be, but this is the best dinng experience in the UK I can remember. We spent literally an hour talking about the cheese, learning about the cheese, tasting all 20 of the gorgeous cheeses...it was here we were introduced to honey truffle by simply the best server of food, can't remember his name but the sort of character you come back for.
Pre dinner champers in the drawing room...so very me! Again great chat with staff about menu versus tasting menu, then the paired wines choices. We did tasting menu with standard wine matching, and I'm totally sold on letting a quality knowledgable establishment like this have their sommelier pair wines for you. its really, really nice having different wines throughout a meal, especially ones that go perfectly with what you're eating. I had a fairly standard (young) port with my cheese and it was so delicious I had to have 2 more. "Pass the Port", bishop of Norwich etc etc...
And come back we will....when we've saved up! I've since learnt that friends got married here, well jell.....WHAT a place to have your wedding xxx
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