Sometimes in this life, you just need to stand still, take stock and appreciate elegant simplicity with a couple of friends. Our stay at the Laura Ashley Iliffe hotel was just that – an overnight that was beautifully easy. Disclosure: we were guests of Laura Ashley but all cheesily posed photos and musings are very much my own. Where to stay in Coventry
I adore staycations. (Goodness knows I’ve written about many here, and I’m sure I will do so.) where to stay in Coventry
Our trip up to the recently renovated Laura Ashley was easiness personified – hopping on the train from London and then a 10-minute taxi from Coventry station. I rolled in a touch later than the ladies, and I literally walked in the foyer to be greeted with their smiles and the pop of a cork. Does it get any better?
A couple of glasses in, my room was ready, and I swished up the beautiful staircase with the friendly check-in lady. Once a private residence, built in Victorian times, this mock Tudor manor house has been transformed into an elegant boutique Laura Ashley Hotel. Carefully restored, the hotel retains many of its traditional features, including elegant wood panelling, mullioned windows and decorative fireplaces
It turns out that I had been given the Signature Room – their bridal suite (sometimes it pays to be late!) and my surprised eyes were met with a confection of lavender and cream – not to mention a four-poster bed that the Disney princess in me squealed in delight over. where to stay in Coventr
It was a Laura Ashley brochure in soft, textured 3D.
Mirror mirror on the wall, who’s the fairest of them all…?
…friends who sneak in to plan even more future mischief…. and make themselves completely at home, that’s who.
I loved the detailing around the room – a wee note near the tea told us to call down for fresh milk, jars filled with sweets to nibble adorned beautiful tables (*cough* where is NZ map makers! *cough*), a floral radio next to your pillow and dainty trays to drop your jewellery at the end of a long day.
Our only set plans was a nibble of afternoon tea – and with the Laura Ashley afternoon tea having been commended at the afternoontea.co.uk 2019 awards only a few days before, we were excited to get pinky raising.
We settled down in their afternoon tea rooms for a cozy few hours chatting all things life (our afternoon tea was in lieu of lunch which was a great decision) before retiring with a few glasses of bubbly back to my suite.
Before we knew it, it was time to change for dinner (kicking my invaders out) and we wandered downstairs to the restaurant/breakfast room.
Dinner was equally nice with a good-sized menu covering all of the basics – lovely scallops, a selection of vegetarian items, a nice steak with triple-cooked chips for the potato lovers and an intriguing dessert menu.
Very contented (and rather sated) we retired to bed until the sun forced us to think about starting another day. This was obviously with a coffee in hand and a touch of work before breakfast started to call us down the stairs.
Lovely simplicity is just what the doctor ordered. The mock Tudor hotel sits in three acres of landscaped grounds once owned by Henry VIII. Constructed in the late 1890s, the manor is named after the well-respected family it was built for – Dr Charles Webb Iliffe and wife Mary Ann Soden.
Funnily enough, whilst here I also learned a new British phrase – being ‘Sent to Coventry’ is when someone stops talking to you – but if it’s going to be in this much comfort, sign me up for the silent treatment!
Thank you for hosting us Laura Ashley! Now if someone asks me where to stay in Coventry I’ll be recommending book in and that they linger a little at the Illiffe.
Do you prefer staycations or overseas jaunts? Or both?
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