- Complimentary Stay
If you’ve been following my blog for a while now you’ll know that back in January Michael and I went to visit The Fish Hotel in the Cotswolds. It was such a lovely hotel, perfect for a cosy few days away. So a few weeks ago I was super excited to be going back to the Farncombe Estate, this time to explore Foxhill Manor, a hotel I’ve been eyeing up on Instagram for quite some time!
After a lovely drive through pretty villages (we avoided going the boring motorway route!) we arrived at the manor and were greeted by Matt. He introduced himself, took our car keys and lead us into the lounge where he poured us a couple of G&T’s! It was so nice to just relax straight away after our long drive and to just sit there and enjoy the stunning views over the countryside from the lounge window. Matt told us about the lounge and that there’s a help-yourself complimentary bar full-stocked with champagne, gin, vodka, and pretty much everything you could want! We then met Callum who introduced himself and had a friendly chat and told us more about the place. In the afternoon they also have a cake of the day alongside the bar that you can help yourself to… what an amazing idea!!
Shortly after we were shown to our room, which was called Beech, and is one of the suites they have at the manor. When we walked into the suite there was a hallway (yep a hallway in our hotel room!!) and on the left there was the nicest bathroom with a big free-standing bath, his & hers sinks and a huge shower. The next room down the hallway was the living room which had a sofa, a TV and plenty of magazines to look through. At the end of the hallway was the bedroom, and wow… it was stunning. A beautiful spacious room with a bed facing huge windows with a view out onto the manor grounds.
As we were shown around we were also told about the pantry! Instead of a minibar in your room there’s a pantry out in the hallway that’s always open and is completely complimentary. It’s full of homemade brownies, sweets, cold drinks, beers, cookies, popcorn… you name it! It’s such a fun and quirky idea and definitely adds to the home-from-home feeling Foxhill Manor has. You can just pop into the cupboard if you feel peckish just like at home, although I wish my cupboards had a constant supply of goodies like this!
While we were spending some time photographing the manor I met Natasha and got talking to her. She was so lovely and friendly, and we ended up chatting to her quite a few times over our stay. I swear she could be one of my best friends we got on so well
When staying at Foxhill Manor you can use the Spa over at Dormy House (which is on the same estate) for free. I’ve never had the level of friendly relaxed service that we experienced at the Farncombe Estate. They’re so kind and don’t want you worrying about driving or getting taxis, they’ll happily drive you to the local pub or another part of the state and pick you up later on.
So Natasha drove us over to Dormy House to relax and use the spa facilities. The spa has lounge beds around a really long pool, a lavender infused sauna, a salt room, a drench shower plus an ice bucket if you’re feeling brave! They also have a hydrotherapy hot tub outside. It was all so relaxing! They also have a gym if you’re feeling energetic!
When we got back to Foxhill Manor we went into the kitchen to meet the chef and to order our dinner. Yesss you’re reading this right, we actually got to go and chat with the chef in the kitchen and talk about the options for dinner. The kitchen at the manor is totally open for guests, so you can go in any time if you feel peckish and they can knock you up anything, even beans on toast if you fancy it! It’s such a great idea. If they don’t have the ingredients they’ll always find a way as they can pop over to one of the other hotels on the estate. What amazing service!
Just before dinner we had a few nibbles and champagne while camping in the lounge. It had a really nice atmosphere in the evening as there was a couple of other guests enjoying their evenings.
So let’s talk about dinner! It was pretty incredible actually, and I wish I was back there having dinner now, I’m getting hungry just thinking about it! It’s a dinner I won’t be forgetting anytime soon. At Foxhill Manor you can choose to eat wherever you want. We could have had dinner in the lounge if we wanted to but we decided to sit in the dining room. We could have even chosen the media room where they’ll set you up a table and chairs to eat in-front of the cinema screen with a film!
To nibble on we both had bread and butter, also with a twist of marmite butter (it was so tasty!) We then both had a mushroom risotto as a starter as I wanted to compare it to the one I always make at home because we love risotto. WOW this one was so tasty, it made me realise that I’m not that good a making risotto!! It was definitely the best risotto I’ve ever had… so much flavour.
For the main course I went for prawn linguine (one of my favourites) and when it arrived it had a lovely frothy sauce that was full of flavour, and plenty of prawns! Michael went for the duck which I obviously tried some of… and it was obviously amazing too! The new head chef at Foxhill Manor is Michelin-starred Matt Weedon.
After our main course we were so full we decided to retire to our bedroom, put on my pyjamas and chill in front of the TV. We arranged to have our puddings and a big pot of tea in our room after about 45 minutes, which they were more than welcome to do. We definitely needed to let our food go down and we wanted to make the most of our suite! The pudding were delicious, Michael went for sticky toffee and I went for the apple tart. Now if I could only hire the chef to be my full-time cook at home that would be amazing
We slept so well in the big comfy bed, and luckily there was no rush to be down for breakfast by 10 o’clock like in some hotels. We could just take our time and head to breakfast whenever we fancied. At breakfast they had a few bits set out like yoghurts, juice, pastries, fruit, meats and cheeses. You could also order anything you fancied for breakfast, so I went for a full English and M went for pancakes with bacon and syrup, which of course I pinched some of!
After breakfast it was sadly time to leave. I wish we could have stayed longer and gone back to the spa or relaxed around the hotel, however we decided we would head on home with a stop off at Daylesford Farm on the way.
We had such a great time, and we’re already saving to hopefully go back to stay early next year, but this time for two nights instead of one!
Don’t forget you can catch my vlog of my stay here.
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