As you may have noticed across my social media channels, it was our wedding anniversary on Monday. Hubby and I had an extremely lucky opportunity. Not only did we get a weekend of no children and no pets (actual alone time). Sometimes its not all about the family activities. Sometimes you need a bit of grown up time. We got to spend our weekend at the most fantastic place, with great food and a beautiful room: Bosworth Hall and Spa. Bosworth Hall and spa is a fabulous hotel owned by Britannia Hotels. We had such a lovely weekend relaxing, but making the most out of the hotel and spa facilities. It was the perfect way to spend our anniversary weekend.
The hotel and spa
The grounds to this hotel are just breathtaking. Beautiful landscape, hidden buildings and photo opportunities are endless. Having a spa facility on site too is just a bonus. The old part of the hotel, the original house, is just “wow”. The grand staircase, with its royal carpet and grand carvings takes you to and from a corridor of grand portraits and vintage furniture. Our room was situated at the top of the grand staircase, if you look at the house it was the top right hand windows. We couldn’t believe it as we ventured up the drive to the hotel: it was peaceful and the air smelt fresh. The house in the background was just the perfect setting. It reminded me of a grand house like something in Downton Abbey. I even joked that I expect the maids to appear to greet us on our arrival.
We took a walk on Saturday morning, after we had our yummy breakfast. We had no idea what was hiding amongst the trees to the right of the house. We found some large cedar trees which just called out for an action shot. We found a water fountain, a ornate bridge and also a large, empty, building which we think was an old water tower. The water tower had a large garden behind it, with a huge arch way. It was nice to sit and imagine what would have gone on in that garden and what the arch way was for many years ago.
We spent a lot of time in the gym, swimming pool, sauna and steam rooms. It was so lovely to just relax. On Saturday evening we even got to play a round of tennis. Not something we have done before, it was lovely. Playing tennis, we could see the water tower in the background. It felt really peaceful and you could hear the birds singing. It was a lovely spot. My tennis skills are some what to be desired though!
The staff could not have been more friendly. They answered all my questions, however silly, with pleasant smiles and always offered us above and beyond service. On arrival, the receptionist smiled and gave us a very excited look. She said “you have one of the best rooms in the hotel”, which was such a surprise for us. It was such a lovely feeling, like they wanted to make us feel really special on our anniversary.
I captured little snippets of our weekend and put it into a video, just to give you a little idea of what the amazing grounds are like. It still doesn’t do it justice, you really just need to go and see it:
The Surrey suite
We had the most perfect room for our weekend away, the Surrey suite. As you look at the old house, from the perfectly green grass, it was the very right windows. When you walked in, you are greeted with a hall that leads into a lounge. The lounge and dining area over look the front of the house and the side of the room looked out onto the spa and a marquee where they host weddings. The lounge area was so bright and airy, we sat having a cup of tea and had a giggle taking photos. Some of which you can see below.
Walking from the hall, out of the lounge area, you walk through an archway into the bedroom. The bedroom was breathtaking. The bed looked so grand, it had curtains around the headboard hanging from the ceiling. The decor made me think that it was how it would have been when the owners lived there.
The wardrobes either side of the archway looked grand too. There was a funny story with the right hand side wardrobe. Friday night I closed both wardrobes and the curtains (I do not like gaps). When we woke up Saturday morning, the right hand side wardrobe was wide open. We were both quite shocked. It led me on a trail where I started looking into if the house was haunted and we found out about the Grey Lady. The daughter of the owner, Sir Wolston Dixie, died a tragic death at the result of her father. She fell in love with the gardeners son and her father did not like that. Her father set a trap in the garden to kill her lover and Ann ended up being the one caught in the trap. Ann died a horrible death and is said to walk up and down the corridor at the top of the main stairs. The corridor that led to our room. We felt sorry for Ann and I wish that one day she is reunited with the man she loved. The next evening our wardrobes remained closed.
My favourite room in our suite was the bathroom, it looked fit for a Queen. His and hers sink, a waterfall style shower and of course, a roll top bath. I have wanted one of these for years and all I wanted to do was sit in the bath all weekend. I loved it too. The water came out so quickly and really hot too. Perfect bubble baths. It really was an amazing suite. We had such a lovely weekend and this was the cherry on the top. If you ever go to Bosworth Hall and Spa, I would recommend the Surrey Suite.
We spent both of our evenings in the Compton Restaurant, this was the a la carte restaurant at the front of the hotel. It was in the old house. We wanted to have a more romantic setting for our evening meals and this was rather lovely. The food was extremely well presented and all three courses were lovely. We paid a little extra to eat at the a la carte restaurant but it was more than worth it. The staff were lovely, very helpful and on the second night they even let me change up the main dish so that I didn’t eat the same thing twice. There was only one vegetarian main on the menu, so on the second night I had the ravioli with a mushroom sauce and it was incredible. You could eat in the other restaurant at the hotel, which had similar dishes on the menu but in a buffet style, so you could help yourself.
Breakfast was very yummy, so much so we discussed how amazing it would be to have that kind of breakfast at home. The staff even cooked me up some vegetarian sausages, especially. There was an entire array of food: hot food including different varieties of eggs, fruits/yoghurts, pastries and cereals. We ate so much. It was a great start to the day and again, the staff were so friendly and helpful.
Saturday afternoon we decided to have the afternoon tea, outside the front of the main house. It was so peaceful, we ate the very yummy trays of food whilst listening to the birds singing. Such a perfect setting. I loved it.
If you would like to book a stay with Britannia Hotels at Bosworth Hall and Spa visit their website: www.britanniahotels.com/hotels/bosworth-hall-hotel-spa. You can specify your dates and rooms, including if you want breakfast and dinner. I would love to see photos of your stay at Bosworth Hall: share them in the comments and I will take a peek.
We recieved a discount on our stay at Bosworth Hall and Spa in return for our honest review. All opinions are my own.