Sunrise slowly shimmered through the dawn fog and the soft twitter of birdsong spread across the valley. We were snugly nestled under our duvet, enjoying our weekend staycation at Tewkesbury Park Hotel, with a glorious view unfolding right at the foot of our bed. Disclaimer: We were invited to spend a weekend at Tewkesbury Park but all thoughts, images and curtain twitchings are very much my own.
I always love staycationing (or taking a ‘minigap’ which seems to be the newest phrase) and exploring new corners of England that I haven’t yet traipsed to.
On our way out from London I was transfixed as the English countryside flashed past our train window. Passing Reading, Stroud and Cheltenham, we pulled into Ashchurch (for Tewkesbury) in what seemed like moments.
A stone’s throw from M5, junction 9, and less than 15 minutes’ drive from Regency Cheltenham, the luxuruioursly appointed Tewkesbury Park Hotel is conveniently located between Bristol and Birmingham, on the edge of the Cotswolds.
Slipping into a taxi from the station, within 10 minutes we pulled into the long, gradually rising driveway flanked by golf tees, a tennis court and a helipad (for the high-rollers going to the Cheltenham races no doubt!)
Our check-in was a smooth as silk, and we zipped through the foyer to the historic wing of the hotel.
Family-owned, the independence of Tewkesbury Park means they can offer a tailored experience. They have 93 bedrooms with premium features, leisure facilities including a hot tub and sun deck, free WiFi and free parking. Oh, and an 18 hole, par 73 golf course on the site of the 1471 Battle of Tewkesbury.
Our cosy room was called the Marquess of Dorset, one of the three individually designed luxury rooms in the old 18th-century manor house. (The only small confusion for our whole stay, was that the restaurant called it room eight – which isn’t a problem until you realise that you’re both trying to talk separately about the same room…)
The bed was as soft as a cloud (a Hypnos bed that I have seriously researched to get at London Kiwi HQ), the DAB radio was merrily playing away as we walked into the room escorted by the lovely reception lady (both such welcoming touches) and a welcome fruit platter awaited our tap of the electronic room card.
One of my favourite things about the Tewkesbury Park Hotel was that attention to detail. Oh, and the beautiful interiors straight out of a Farrow and Ball catalogue.
This little fellow rather broke my heart. I’ll never look at ‘do not disturb’ signs that you hang on a door handle the same way.
Our favourite thing about our room was the special view from our duvet – made even more so by one morning where the fog slowly drew back from the countryside right in front of our eyes. Tres romantic.
The bathroom was lovely too, from the original parquet flooring, the period features and the beautiful botanical amenities.
When I spotted the botanical bubble bath teasing me in the bathroom, you know what happened. Funny fact: in my everyday life I hate the idea of baths (I do shower everyday for the record), but the minute our hotel has a lovely bath, I’m drawing a bath with the glee of a water sprite.
Our two-night stay was a lovely, relaxing break that we both very much needed.
But, wait, I haven’t yet shared our lovely meals in Mint, the hotel’s brand-new destination restaurant – the concluding addition of what has been a four-year major works programme, costing nearly £10 million.
What is your favourite aspect of staying in a hotel?
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