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Bicester Hotel Golf and Spa | A Shopping Staycation

One of my best recommendations for beating the winter blues is having something lovely to look forward to. For me this January, it was a cheeky overnight girls trip to the Bicester Hotel Golf & Spa. Disclosure: We were guests of Bicester Hotel Golf and Spa, all in much need of some January cheer.

Bicester Hotel Golf and Spa

The skies were altogether grey and damp, Christmas seemed to leave with all of the good cheer and I was already sick and tired of wearing a coat even festooned with a pretty scarf. (People that know me, will know of my extensive scarf collection which usually cheers me up no end, but it just wasn’t working its usual magic.)

Luckily an invite hit my inbox, inviting us to the Bicester Hotel Golf & Spa which is located a few minutes drive from the Bicester Shopping Village. The perfect antidote to winter blues.

Bicester Hotel Golf and Spa

Checking into my room, I simply let my suitcase explode then hightailed it to watch the sunset over my afternoon tea stand.

Bicester Hotel Golf and Spa

After a cocktail or two and a proper hour or two nattering with the girls, we leisurely wandered into the Grays Restaurant for dinner.

I loved how playful and extensive the menu is – and just how popular it was. For a January evening it was busy with locals and guests alike. I really struggled to settle on just what to order, eventually decided to select a light salmon starter and a beautifully cooked duck breast as a main.

Bicester Hotel Golf and Spa

Bicester Hotel Golf and Spa

Then, the piece de resistance – dessert. The chef is a little obsessed with pork, so naturally, I had the caramelised bacon dessert, with a bacon stuffed doughnut and date ice cream. Scrumptious. So scrumptious I didn’t have room for the cheese platter that was ordered ‘for the table’.

Bicester Hotel Golf and Spa

Bicester Hotel Golf and Spa

Oh, and their vegetarian/vegan options were pretty awesome – including a vegan chocolate brownie sundae special which has us all envious – even with our own desserts in front of us.

 

After a restful sleep, the next morning I contemplated borrowing one of the golf carts, but without golf clubs strapped to my back, I’m not sure how successful that I would have been… next time.

Bicester Hotel Golf and Spa

Instead, I went for a lovely wander around the grounds (the skies a delicious, crisp clear blue) espying the golfers teeing off and taking a quick turn around the lake where birds swooped in (and no doubt many golf balls will end up.)

Bicester Hotel Golf and Spa

We had a morning in the spa pencilled in – enjoying the spa bubbles…

Bicester Hotel Golf and Spa

…and a delicious massage that just set the world to rights…

Bicester Hotel Golf and Spa

…all carried out with Elemis products and a host of mani/pedis with Jessica products. The perfect cherry on top of a shopping trip to Bicester Village if you ask me.

Bicester Hotel Golf and Spa

Not to mention a leisurely cup of tea in the morning sunshine.

Bicester Hotel Golf and Spa

To finish off our shopping staycation, we gathered for lunch in the members club room. I think we managed to order almost everything on the menu…

Bicester Hotel Golf and Spa

…the perfect way to round out a delicious 24hours with some lovely, lovely company.

Have you ever considered adding a staycation to a lengthy shopping trip?

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