Outings

Brooklands Hotel, Weybridge

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Last weekend I had a lovely start to the week! We had booked a Sunday Group Getaway at the Brooklands Hotel, for £110 each (based on 4 sharing). For that price: One night accommodation in a two bedroom suite, one treatment each (we all had the back massage), use of the spa facilities, use of bathrobes and slippers, afternoon tea, breakfast and a 2pm late check out.  I think it was such a good deal, and we booked it over six weeks ago.

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We arrived just after check in (about 3.30pm), and the room was ready. The room was huge, one of the biggest I’ve ever stayed in! One bedroom had a double bed, the other two singles, each had a big bathroom, there was a desk/office area, a living room area with sofa and TV, and a big table with six chairs plus our own huge decking area outside with table and chairs – which overlooked the racetrack!

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Our treatment was actually booked on the first day, so we all rushed down to the spa and had our twenty five minute back massage each (massages are always so nice and relaxing right?). The spa part was unusually busy, so all the chairs and beds were taken and the hot tub was full. We also wasn’t feeling the sauna and steam room (unusually placed in the changing room). So we headed back to our huge room, and just sat in our robes and slippers and chilled on the deck. We had bought our own prosecco, snacks and small bites to eat. Also to note – there is no pool here.

The hotel is actually next to/inside Mercedes Benz world, so I had great fun watching people drive and race around the track. That ended at 6pm, so it wasn’t at all noisy in the evening, it was very peaceful and relaxing.

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We had a very late night, also random point, the bed was so soft, like sleeping on a marshmallow (bit too soft for all of us).

The next day we had breakfast (the lovely thing was it was served until 11!), there was a whole mini room of food on offer! One side was full English (mmm fried bread!) and the other was continental, there was juices too, and we had hot drinks to the table. It was very tasty, and the restaurant wasn’t too busy.

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We also had decided we was getting a go in the hot tub before we left, so we changed and headed back to the spa. It was delightfully empty and quiet up there. We think everyone had left for room check out but as we had the late one, we was all good! So we claimed a round comfy bed, and chilled for a bit. The hot tub is outside but underneath a ceiling/awning and watched the cars (all Mercedes) and then got into the hot tub. So luxurious  on a Monday morning/afternoon and I had no Monday blues that week!

We spent a while here, ( so much nicer and calmer without loads of people) I did want to go to The Meditation Room (it was a twenty minute slot, but had to be pre-booked). So back to the room, (the showers was also very nice and powerful!) and changed. Packed and ready for afternoon tea.

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The restaurant was basically empty, but they took a while to bring the drinks and food out. It was nice, but I’ve had a lot better. The top tier of cakes etc, they were all too sweet and none of us managed to try everything. My favourite was the chocolate and caramel shortcake, but after that I had enough sugar.

Overall we had a great time, the room was amazing, the Monday at the spa part was great, the deal was definitely worth doing and we all wished it had been a two night stay. They do have other deals on at the moment, so for a treat for you and friends, I would recommend it!

 

 

 

Outings · travel

Flashback Friday – Oxford, United Kingdom

 

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Last year a friend treated me to a two night UK break. It was a special birthday for me (the big 30!), and so she had booked it as a present.

I don’t know about you, but I LOVE hotels! This one was amazing – it was a converted prison! Well it was a castle, into a prison, into a hotel!

I took way too many photos of the room, as you can see! But all the little details was amazing – the carpet, the drawers, even the keepsake toiletries was amusing. (Forgot to take photo sadly). There was several different room options. We stayed in the main block, we think they had knocked down three cells and made one room.

 

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It really was a unique hotel, very boutique and also quiet! We went on a Thursday and Friday last June. The lobby was pretty, there was restaurants and bars.

You could also wonder round the grounds, and see more of the history and castle. On the bottom floor, was even a replica of an old cell room! There was also restaurants and bars right in the shadow of the hotel. Highly recommend the wine bar just out the front – 1855 Oxford.

The location was great, right in the middle of the city. We walked everywhere. Whilst we was there we visited the Ashmolean Museum, had a pub lunch along the river,  lots of nice food, went into the one of the smallest pubs and also managed to go on a punting boat! We hired one just for half hour, with one guy doing the punting. It’s cliché and touristy – but we enjoyed it! It was surprisingly calming and relaxing, but we wasn’t there in high season.

 

 

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I know I love holidays abroad, and I’m addicted to looking and planning future trips. But sometimes to break the year up, its nice to explore other parts of our country! Oxford was pretty, and felt very historic with all the university’s over town.

But the hotel was just amazing, a real find on my friends behalf! Even if you could stay one night, it’s well worth it! Look up Malmaison Oxford.

 

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travel

Flashback Friday – Funchal, Madeira

 

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Last September we went to Funchal in Madeira for five nights. A little chilled out holiday instead of a busy busy city break.

I prefer small individual hotels, so chose the Castanheiro Boutique Hotel, it was so nice! It had recently had been updated, and had improvements. (they told us at reception!). Our hotel rate included breakfast. we also got a free upgrade to a suite and a free day pass to the spa each!

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The hotel had a rooftop pool, bar/café and hot tub. It was lovely with great views! (see the first photo).

We went down the front where the port was, and went on the cable cars. It was mad, as at the bottom it was all sunny, then as you climbed up the mountain it was all cloudy! Unfortunately there had been fires a few weeks before, and you could see a lot of the damage on the mountain. We paid for a round trip, there was also single rides available.

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Whilst we was there, we discovered the annual Wine Festival was on! this was such an added bonus. They had all wooden shacks from different companies where you could taste the madeira wines, some for as little as $2. One evening there was live music, there was displays everywhere about the history and making of the wine.

I even tried a cocktail – in a bag!

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We also went on a tour to Blandys – a Maderian wine lodge in the centre of town. This was $5.90 each, lasted 45 minutes and you got two samples!! Definitely recommended and how cheap?! Just make sure you book the tour in the correct language for you. We just walked up and booked a tour for later that day.

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Also because I thought we would get bored chilling a lot (which we didn’t end up doing that much anyway), I had pre-booked a tour with Viator. It was the Madeira’s cliffs and valleys open top jeep tour.

“Discover the natural beauty of Madeira in this tour. You’ll visit the viewpoint to Nun’s Valley at Boca dos Namorados, the landscapes of Jardim da Serra, the second highest cliff in Europe, Cabo Girão, and the traditional fishing village of Câmara de Lobos.”
This was really cool, I’ve never seen such steep hills – literally felt like we was in the clouds at one point. No wonder you need a jeep! Also really wish I had bought my hoodie! Was just a different way to see the island, and saw some great views.
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Madeira was a really nice island, we had some great food, the weather was lovely, and it just felt like nice pace of life, its nice to get away from the rush of a city.