Chicheley Hall in it’s secluded location, is the ideal getaway from the hustle and bustle of city life. I’ve been on a few weekend get-a-ways in the last few months, and I can’t get enough of them. It’s the perfect January/winter location. It’s because when you want a chilled weekend, but also want to do something a bit different rather than sitting on the sofa all evening watching The Voice and CBB and all those TV programmes that are actually awful but you can’t tear your eyes away, it’s the most suitable alternative. (Although in saying that, we did actually take our dessert back to bed so we could catch The Voice on + 1… ) Sam for some reason didn’t quite play it quite so cool and decided to tell the waiter that’s exactly what we were doing instead of keeping that detail to himself but, who’s judging – everyone loves a bit of Tom Jones and J Hud – we’re living our best life!!!
That aside, there’s something exciting about packing a little suitcase and road tripping away down the M1. I mean it’s not quite the Maldives or a long weekend in Beefa but when you’re up early for work on a Monday morning, it’s the best you’re going to get!
We arrived late on Saturday afternoon and were greeted by the huge, stunning grounds. It was really beautiful with the long gravel drive, coated by trees leading up to the huge mansion. King and Queen sort of vibes! With a peacock roaming the front drive, it was very country-esque and you could just imagine the types of people who used to live there and it’s no wonder it’s been used in films like Pride & Prejudice, as well as being the perfect location for weddings and posh conferences.
The hall is actually home to the Kavli Royal Society International Centre – scientist central and because of this, each room was named after a scientist. We had the Appleton room named after Edward Appleton, and was the largest superior room in the house. The views from our window were amazing as we could see the lake as well as the extremely well-kept gardens, made even prettier when we woke up the next day to snow falling over the grounds! Massive massive brownie points to my boyfriend who braved the freezing snow to get the best pictures for me, even if he does turn into a crazy sassy diva when he’s the photographer – honestly it’s like the mum out of Mean Girls crossed with Louis Spence or a crazy mum from ‘Dance Mom’s’. If he doesn’t get his own way…
After we’d settled into our room, we had dinner fairly soon after. There wasn’t that many people staying at the hotel as apparently the mid-week is their more popular time so the peace and quiet for a relaxing Saturday evening was perfect. The staff did the utmost to help me find suitable things to eat; I can just imagine how annoying I am at a restaurant now, having to ask what vegetables are in the dinner, spices in the sauce, and even fruits in the fruit salad, but they were very accommodating and helped me out. I still managed to have a delicious meal and then I took a fruit salad with sorbet upstairs and retired to our cosy room to watch The Voice and another episode of Peaky Blinders. Sam had a warm chocolate brownie with honeycomb ice cream, as I know most of you only want to know about the dessert…
We woke up fairly late the next day and it’s been ages since I slept right through the night, but after 9 hours of sleep I woke up feeling better and ready for breakfast. What I liked about the restaurant is that we could sit right by the window so we had the beautiful views. The breakfast was also a really good spread – there were mini croissants and cereal options as well as a cooked breakfast of whatever you wanted, so we tucked into poached eggs and bacon before packing up to leave.
We left fairly early as the snow started falling and we didn’t want to get stuck, but really enjoyed our stay and will definitely be back. The Superior room prices at £138 p/n, so for the quality of the staff, location and food I would definitely recommend staying if you’re feeling the country vibe!
Love, L x