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Fit for a King at Tewkesbury Park Hotel

Long country walks, quaint English tea rooms, antique shops and an Abbey with nearly 900 years of fascinating history makes a visit to the historic village of Tewkesbury worthy on it’s own, but add to that a stay at the recently refurbished luxurious Tewkesbury Park Hotel and you’re in for a real treat.

As you drive through the gates, up the winding road past the sprawling golf course, you can’t fail to notice the spectacular views of endless countryside that’s laid out before you, and you can already start tofeel the hustle and bustle of your everyday life slowly fading away as you enter your very own country house retreat.

Stepping though the doors into a vast open plan lobby area, you are greeted with a mixture of modern and traditional decorsplit over two levels. To the right is a large lounge area with it’s own piano and plenty of seating (there’s even a couple of dog beds for those that travel with their pets), directly in front up a couple of steps is a large fireplace flanked with two regal looking armchairs, just perfect for sitting in whilst reading the papers and enjoying a hot toddy from the nearby bar. Walls here are dominated in a deep air force denim blue with splashes of royal blue, checks, and greyscreating the perfect space to relax in.

The hotel has 85 rooms and 9 suites in total, and we were thoroughly spoilt with our very ownKing Edward IV suite. Fit for Royalty it certainly was, our own little sanctuary  (actually little is the wrong noun to describe this suite), bigger than my best friend’s apartment, it would be so easy to live here. Its floor to ceiling sash windows gave us the most spectacular breathtaking views over the golf course, surroundingCotswoldscountryside and even the Malvern Hills.

It wasn’t just the views that made this suite special it was the little touches, such as a hot water bottle for cold winter evenings (not that we needed it, the room was lovely and cosy), the Nespresso coffee machine and our own little dog (not a real one, a doorstop that you put outside your door if you don’t want to be disturbed).

A huge bed with a soft grey headboard against a deeper shade of grey wall offered the most amazing nights sleep. A salmon pink sofa and two deeper pink checked chairs dominated the lounge area, with dark wood furniture dotted around bringing the whole look together, again fusing modern with traditional.

A little corridor to the bathroom housed a small dressing area, with built in cupboards and plenty of mirrors, exactly what us ladies need.

And then the bathroom – The large free standing bath was beckoning for me to fill it up and indulge in a lovely long soak, which of course I did, and it was made even more indulgent when hubbie brought me a cool glass of champagne to enjoy whilst I pampered myself with the heavenly Bramley toiletries that were provided.

After much nagging from hubbie, I finally managed to drag myself away from one soak straight to another. This time at the Health Club, that houses a pool with steam room, sauna and outside hot tub, so I’ll let you guess where I headed! A little tip, if you visit the health club late afternoon or evening (this will have to be in autumn or winter, when the days get dark earlier) you can luxuriate in the hot tub, and stare at the stars above, a real tranquil experience that you won’t want to end, well at least not until you’re starting to feel a little peckish.

We had dinner in the orangery an airy space, bathed in natural light from the surrounding windows and glass roof, with colourful hues of gold’s, creams, blues and yellows, a large painted shelving unit houses numerous bottles of Chase vodkas, greenery and fruit – it looks really effective and adds a laid back ambience to the whole area. Could the food be as good as everything else at this fabulous country house hotel? Of course it could, in fact it was a foodies dream.

We whetted our appetites with fresh breadand olives whilst waiting for our starters of roasted curried aubergine served with tandoori spice ratatouille, topped with a potato crisp and a gazpacho puree and roast wood pigeon breast with duck leg rissole served on a bed of sweetcorn and redpepper, both dishes excelled in taste, texture and presentation.

The fresh market fish of the day served with new potatoes, stem broccoli and a parsley lemon garlic butter followed, and hubbie’s lamb was full of flavour anda real example of how executive chef Anuj Thakarcreates amazing dishes fromsome of the best local ingredients.

Baked custard with blueberry and caramelised apples, topped with a crumble lid and served with blackcurrant sorbet was the perfect way to end ameal that was full of amazing flavours, perfect presentation and excellent service.

I think all the country air, good food and the odd glass of champagne had worn me out and I was ready to head back to our suite and retire for a blissful night’s sleep, and blissful it was, so much so I didn’t want to get up the next morning, but when you’re Lady of the Manor for a few days needs must and after another indulgence of food (this time breakfast) it was time to be whisked away to the spa for a relaxing, recharging massage. The spa is housedwithin the hotel, not the leisure club, so the therapist meets you in the lounge to walk with you. The spa uses Natural Spa Factory of Bath products that smell absolutely divine and feel amazing on the body.

Tewkesbury Park Hotel is the ideal base to explore in and around the Cotswold’s, whether you venture further afield to the Malverns or stay close in the local village you won’t be disappointed, you’ll find yourself planning your next visit before this one even ends – It’s not just the luxury of the hotel, or the stunning views that make it so special it’s also the staff, whose vibrant happy energy rubs off on everyone around them, making Tewksbury Park Hotel the perfect retreat to escape to.

BOOK IT

Prices start from £134 for a Touch of Class room, including breakfast. Suites, start from £230 – £350 for an Opulence suite, including breakfast.

A round of golf is £38.

For information and reservations, please call 01684 295 405, or email enquiries@tewkesburypark.co.uk,

 www.tewkesburypark.co.uk