at Woughton House – MGallery by Sofitel
In London, you’re truly spoilt for choice when it comes to luxury hotels. In fact, there are so many upscale properties to choose from in the British capital, it’s difficult to know where to start. But what about out of London?
Yes there are many, you just need to know where to find them and we’ve done just that for you and found a hidden gem in the small village of Woughton-on-the-Green on the outskirts of Milton Keynes.
Having recently undergone an extensive refurbishment Woughton House – MGallery by Sofitel Hotel is a heritage Georgian House, surrounded by acres of parkland, lakes and orchards making it perfect for an indulgent luxury rural retreat.
As you drive through the gates and approach Woughton House, you feel the hustle and bustle of everyday life slowly slipping away to be replaced with a more calm and relaxed ambience
Walking into the hotel, it is obvious how carefully the décor has been thought out, deep blue walls, feature fireplaces, gold velvet plush sofas and chairs with further blue hues dotted around. The décor is delicately Regal without being over the top. Speaking of Regal, it’s a well known fact that Peacocks are the birds of Royalty and thus it seems only right that Woughton House have incorporated these birds iridescent colours into its décor – but it doesn’t stop at the colours look down at your feet and you will see the carpet, these birds are looking up at you from the plush blue carpet and it is absolutely divine – I want it in my own house.
Staff are just as wonderful as the décor, nothing is too much trouble, and there is always a smile greeting you.
Woughton House has three parts, the original part of the house, the new part and the stable block, all have been beautifully renovated to offer rooms full of character, soft furnishings and little luxuries.
Our room The Elms Suite was in the original part of the house, overlooking the front of the hotel. You can tell no expense has been spared when recreating these rooms, from the feature peacock wallpaper (this time in soft hues of grey, pink and green) to the large feature charcoal fabric covered headboard along with the soft pink cushions and chair, to the taupe sofa, neutral coffee table and elegant draped curtains, then there are the finishing touches, the little luxuries that I always think go a long way to your opinion of a hotel – the handmade boxed Woughton House chocolates, a Nespresso machine, flat screen TV, kettle and fridge , with the bathroom allowing you to spoil yourself with Penhaligons toiletries including eye cream and lip balm. The room was sooo enticing I just wanted to laze on the sofa, glass of champagne in one hand, chocolate in the other enjoying the peace and tranquility – but we had other plans – Afternoon Tea!
Woughton House offers two different Afternoon Teas ‘The Duchess’ and ‘The Highway Man’ named after the infamous Highway man Dick Turpin who frequented the village and who’s ghost is often seen in the area! Both sounded utterly scrumptious so whilst enjoying a cool glass of bubbles on the outdoor terrace we made the difficult decision of having both!
But before the food is the tea, a selection from Twinings all loose leaf and all slightly different from the norm – Luckily for me, hubby is always open to experiencing new tastes unlike me who will never stray further than an English Breakfast Tea, his choice was the Nutty Chocolat Assam, which had a delicious nutty chocolate flavour and smelt like Ferrero Rocher – (hmmm maybe I could be tempted). Delightful fresh sandwiches and savoury treats tempted our tastebuds, with the heritage tomato and mozzarella tartlet (Highwayman) being my favourite it literally melted in the mouth and as for the cakes and sweet treats – well needless to say they were all as much a treat as the other but if I had to choose the mini Victoria sponge cake was a dream as was the strawberry Eaton mess tartlet – The verdict Duchess or Highway Man? Both, they both bring different tastes and textures that I would love to try again.
All this Afternoon Tea scrumptiousness had made me slightly full, so a little exploring around the lush green gardens was just what the doctor ordered before we retired to enjoy the calmness of our room.
Dinner is served in Seasons fine dining restaurant, an elegant space with a mixture of blues and greys and a magnificent feature wall depicting birds in trees – The restaurant has an intimate relaxed feel and we began our dining experience with The Woughton House Gin Cup, a cocktail of Gin, elderflower, apples, mint and lime – it was so refreshing I can see why it’s so popular.
The food menu offers an amazing range of dishes and thus it was only after much deliberation we decided on smoked Barbary duck with cherries, pistachio and brioche and the wood pigeon with baby artichoke, carrots and walnuts – both dishes were full of creativity and flair and cooked to perfection.
Woburn estate venison loin with potato, turnips, broccoli and summer truffles and Ouzel valley lamb loin with celeriac, courgettes, Savoy cabbage and sweetbread continued to impress with not only taste but also presentation.
We managed to find room for dessert with the restaurants individual take on strawberries and cream (far too pretty to eat!) and lemon meringue pie, both were delicately presented and delightful to the tastebuds. Dining here is a real treat – the ambience is just And the service exceptional and knowledgeable, you don’t have to be a resident so it’s easy to just come and enjoy the culinary delights that are on offer.
Retiring to our room after dinner, it is hard to believe that this luxurious retreat is only minutes from the centre of Milton Keynes it feels as if you are in the middle of nowhere miles from civilization.
Next morning the foodie delight continues with a buffet breakfast fit for a King (here we go, referencing back to Royalty again) with an extensive buffet, delicately set out so as to keep in with the elegant surroundings – dishes can also be ordered off the menu and we opted for eggs Benedict and poached eggs on toast, setting us up for the day perfectly.
If you’re seeking a luxury break, then Woughton House – MGallery by Sofitel is a must. Their attention to detail with every element is second to none; add to that the stylish interior, delicious food and impeccable service and we guarantee you won’t want to leave.
Rates start from £100 a night.