Losehill House Hotel & Spa Review

Losehill House Hotel & Spa Review: January 2018

The privately owned Losehill House hotel & Spa is located in an enviable postcode in the heart of Derbyshire’s Peak District.  Perched in an idyllic countryside spot, offering breathtakingly amazing views, the Losehill House Hotel is ideal for a walk to Mam Tor or why not be adventurous like we did and go caving in Speedwell Cavern, but don’t forget your hard hats.  What about Chatsworth house, the lovely villages of Castleton and Hope or the caves of Blue John.  The choice is endless and all conveniently on your doorstep.

First impressions count, and you will not be disappointed. The entrance is impressive with a traditional stone arch way, an enormous wonderful wooden door with an equally large glass panelled window which allows in masses of light and gives an airy yet cosy feel.

The house has that intimate home away from home feel with a clever mix of traditional and contemporary fixtures and fittings, where any renovations, that have been carried out, have clearly been sympathetic to retain the charm and character of the original building.

Our divine deluxe room had the most incredible view, through the lovely country cottage windows we could see trees, hills and greenery for miles.  The cosy and comfortable bed, with a picture of the Losehill house Hotel proudly in place above the bed, alongside a plush two-seater sofa, makes for a cosy stay.

The room was a mix of calm creams with lilac detailing and a lovely wood beam feature which did not affect the storage space, as there was also a huge solid wooden wardrobe. The well-appointed tea tray included the most scrummy biscuits, to enjoy while you chill out and watch the day’s news or perhaps pull a chair up to the dresser and writing desk to write about some your exciting Peak District adventures on the lovely embossed Losehill House Hotel branded paper.

The beautiful bathroom had a standalone bath with an overhead shower, mirrors a plenty, a heated towel rail and an expansive sink/vanity area with plenty of room to store all your cosmetics and essentials or why not try the lovely Cole & Lewis toiletries provided for your convenience.

The facilities were exceptional, including the sensational spa, which includes a hot tub on a terraced area.  I enjoyed chilling in the hot tub while looking out on to the fabulous Peak District Views.  Simply sit back, relax and unwind.

There is also a sauna, steam room and a swimming pool, which has lazy loungers and a full wicker seating area, if you fancy sitting back and having a read of the day’s news before or after your swim.

Now, let’s forget about the daily stress and hectic pace of life and make room for a little you time, to enjoy some spa treatments.  My therapist the lovely Laura greeted me in the waiting area and took me to the relaxing treatment room.  The Thalgo face and body discovery included a stress reliving back, neck and shoulder massage which used a blend of Thalgo’s Aromaceane massage oils.  Following this, I enjoyed a tailor made facial and a scalp massage.  Laura’s treatments were so relaxing, I nodded off twice to which she heard some rather strange snores, but this was a testament to how relaxed Laura made me feel and that is no easy task – exceptional!

Dinner at the Orangery Restaurant, where they use locally sourced ingredients, is listed as one of The Times’ ’20 best wild places to eat in Britain’.  Joshua Rooney-Hilton head chef made sure that dinner was a grand affair, beginning with the serving of pre-dinner canapes in the lounge.  The vegetarian options included amazing goats cheese bom boms and artichoke crisps with cheese, raisins and onion.

We were led to our table, which set a romantic scene, including clean crisp white linen, plush bespoke upholstered chairs and a window where you could look up and clearly see the stars and the moon together while enjoying pre-dinner freshly baked breads.

Sensational starters included the Blue cheese mousse in Henderson’s relish jelly on sour dough toast with onion ash and the Goats’s cheese and chive parfait with orange gel, beetroot and toasted seeds.  This was heaven on a plate.  Both worked well, and the colour palate represented Winters changing season.

The mains included, beautiful Butternut squash gnocchi with pesto, grilled young leeks and madeira shallots and the divine Red Onion Tart with kale, heritage carrots, leeks and cavolo nero were like a winter warmer hug on a plate – just what you need to satisfy your hunger, when there is still a chill in the air, comfort food served with style and substance.

Delicious desserts included the Dark chocolate and pistachio ganache with honey comb, honey and yogurt ice cream and the Milk chocolate namelaka and almond streusel with raspberry sorbet and raspberry gel, both disappeared off our plates within minutes.  The finale included coffee with the daintiest, pretty and lip-smackingly perfect petit fois.

Any chef that can create such beautiful tasting food with perfect presentations all with vegetarian ingredients is worth their weight in gold!  Chefs, you did a grand job!  I must not forget the service team who looked after us throughout, Alice and her colleagues were outstanding.

The Lounge was available for pre-or post dinner drinks, with pictures of the Losehill house proudly adorning the walls along with a mix of bespoke furnishings which tastefully and perfectly complimented each other, which was ideal to simply relax, read a book, engage in conversation, or perhaps why not try your hand at some after dinner board games.

As our visit was just after new year, the place was still all decked out in the most gorgeous Christmas decorations including this towering tree and some rather regal looking Rudolph’s decorated with royal red bows.

    A leisurely, lazy breakfast with a Derbyshire view, was the order of the day, so room service it was.  Our breakfast order was whisked up to our room spot on time along with a newspaper, so we could catch up on the world’s happenings since we had been tucked away in this delightful little hideaway.

The amazingly delicious Derbyshire home cooked breakfast, with a rack of toast and the continental offerings included pastries, fresh fruit and the yummiest bowl of melon, yogurt and berry compote.  All washed down with freshly squeezed orange juice and tea.

Paul & Kathryn the owners of Losehill House Hotel and Spa have done an amazing job and along with their team deliver a truly exceptional Derbyshire experience in which you can enjoy and celebrate the true charm, character and beauty of the Peak Disrtict National Park.

Thank you for reading 😊

Melanie xx

Contact:

https://www.losehillhouse.co.uk/

Losehill House Hotel & Spa, Losehill Lane, Edale Road, S33 6AF.

01433 621219

info@losehillhouse.co.uk

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Bredbury Hall Hotel and Country Club Review

Bredbury Hall Hotel and Country Club Review: January 2018

Bredbury Hall and Country Club is situated within, the Goyt Valley local nature reserve, an area of natural beauty located in Stockport Cheshire.

With stunning views overlooking the countryside along with a wonderful water foundation feature, this really is the place for a break away.

The inviting entrance has an eclectic quirky feel with a traditional red phone box, street lamp lights and stain glass windows.

It was time to check in for our twixmas mid-week break, so we stepped into the contemporary reception area, that was all kitted out with a lovely decorated Christmas Tree, where we received a wonderfully warm welcome.

The hotel has 148 bedrooms and our newly refurbished en-suite room was contemporary, cosy and comfortable.  Featuring two beds with snug duvets, with a selection of plush pillows, a relaxing chair, a vanity desk, 2 large mirrors and a large flat screen television and a well-appointed tea tray, all tastefully done in a mix of red and grey colours.

The bathroom fully kitted out in marble tiles with a hot towel rail complete with soft fluffy towels, deep sunk bath, overhead shower and sink area.

The super sparkling Afternoon Tea included a range of freshly made sandwiches, scones with jam and cream and a selection of yummy pastries and cakes, served with tea or coffee and came along with two glasses of the fizzy stuff to make for a sweet afternoon.

Dinner, served in the relaxed and informal Brasserie, was a real delight at Bredbury.  We opted for the Indian Menu, which is created by an experienced culinary team from Bangladesh.  Amazing, authentic dishes included nibbles of Poppadum’s with a range of chutneys, starters of Vegetarian samosas and onion bhajis, mains included Chicken korma, chickpea dhal, a beautiful vegetarian pepper curry, egg fried rice, fluffy rice and nann bread.  As if that wasn’t enough we squeezed in two deserts which included the traditional Gulab Jamun sweet balls and the yummy chocolate brownie.

Breakfast was a relaxed affair with a wide range of offerings including fresh juices, tea and coffee, continental choices such as fruits, cereals, yogurt, pastries, bagels and hot choices of full English, poached eggs and many more.

Overall, we had a delightful stay, the food was fabulous, the room was well appointed, and we found the staff to be genuine, warm and professional.

Thank you for reading 😊

Melanie xx

Contact:

http://www.bredburyhall-hotel.com

Bedbury Hall Hotel, Osborne Street, Bredbury, Stockport, Cheshire, SK6 2DH.

0161 430 7421

reservations@bredburyhall-hotel.com

Escape the January Blues and Travel with Bizhop luxury Luggage

Escape the January Blues and Travel with Bizhop luxury Luggage Review: January 2018

British born brand Bizhop founded and invented by Iain Begg offers innovative luxury luggage for business or leisure.

Through personal experience, Iain and his team inspired by their own travel luggage experience’s have used this knowledge to redefine travel luggage with this ground-breaking travel gem and with it’s nifty hanger handle, let’s get the elephant out of the room, this is no ordinary suitcase!

Escape those January Blues and get on the road with Bizhop.  On the road, travelling from City to countryside, taking a flight from London to Tokyo…well don’t forget one important thing – Bizhop.

Made with the virtually indestructible Poly-carbonate shell, the case itself has a slick finish with the discreet Bizhop branded badge.  The TSA approved combination lock requires no additional pad lock or keys and cleverly works using the two zips as a locking system in conjunction with the pin combination.

Why do all the hard work when the case can do it for you!  This is travel made light and the case took the “lug” out of Luggage.  The wheels are top-quality hard-wearing Japanese Hinomoto double spinner wheels which gives an easy glide 4-wheel system enabling you to pull or simply glide the case along on four wheels – take your pick!

When travelling, I usually have a case, bag, laptop and a jacket, but with the brilliant Bizhop the one case was the complete package.  The internal storage design allows the case to be opened upright without the contents falling out.  There is a padded laptop pocket and the hanger handle which holds your jacket hassle free which frees up your hands to take that important business call or keep a tight hold on those travel documents.

Save time, stress and energy, get a handle on your travel luggage with Bizhop.

Thank you for reading 😊

Melanie xx

Contact:

https://bizhop.co.uk/

Holbeck Ghyll Country House Hotel Review

Holbeck Ghyll Country House Hotel Review: November 2017

Proud members of ‘Small Luxury Hotels’, ‘Pride of Britain Hotels’, achievers of 3 AA Rosettes in 2018, the Holbeck Ghyll, nestled high up hillside, is situated in an enviable location between Bowness on Windermere and Ambleside.

In 1888 the ‘yellow earl’ and first president of the automobile association Lord Lonsdale acquired the property to use as his private hunting lodge. Now, the Holbeck Ghyll offers guests a sensational stay without the stuffiness. A romantic, relaxing retreat to simply kick back, unwind and forget life’s stresses.

The Holbeck Ghyll has been graced with the presence of many celebs such as Rennie Zellweger during her filming of Miss Potter. Also, this was the onset location for Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon, who filmed their series the Trip in 2010.

The inviting oak panelled, arts and crafts styled, entrance sets the scene with stunning stained-glass windows, an inglenook roaring log fire and an even warmer welcome from Katherine and the Holbeck Ghyll team. Katherine a true ambassador for the brand who provided passionate, professional, personalised, attentive and genuine service throughout.

Renovations have been sympathetic to the original historical features retaining both the character and charm emphasising their beauty without an ounce of vulgarity. Unique room offerings span from traditional to contemporary. Suites have been presented with ‘Lake District’ names such as “Miss Potter”, “Lord Lonsdale”, but importantly the theme is subtle and in keeping with the sophisticated surroundings.

The Easdale junior located in the ‘Tarn House Building’ which offers guests a contemporary rural retreat. An impressive and inviting entrance way transports guests to pure bliss. The spacious junior with floor to ceiling windows provides the perfect backdrop offering sensational views overlooking Lake Windermere and The Langdale Fells.

Plush presentations with plumped pillows on the cosy bed, an ample wardrobe to store all your attire which includes a safe and a mini fridge. The decadent dresser desk is perfect to pamper or perhaps feel your creative side, get out the pen and take your inspiration from Miss Potter and the lovely Lakes location to start your own novel story or maybe just document your stay within your journal.

The junior was well equipped with a flat screen television, CD player, hairdryer, iron, a well-appointed tea tray, a selection of magazines and local area guides, even though only required minimally, an ingenious torch is provided to guide your way around the grounds when dark sets in. The lovely local Lyth Valley Damson Gin was sensational and the extra celebration chocolates were delightful.

The modern bathroom included a full enclosed standing shower, deep bath tub, mirrors a plenty, fluffy wrap around bathrobes and slippers and the luxurious Temple Spa toiletries.

Their Spa is small but perfectly formed and the lovely Nadya is at the heart of this intimate relaxation space. Complimentary robes, slippers and teas are provided so after a treatment why not get cosy in the relaxation pod recliners and take in the breath-taking views over Windermere.

Why not take the plunge and go for a dip in the hot tub again with fabulous Windermere views offering a peaceful and tranquil experience in the day or dark.

The 2018 AA Guide awarded Holbeck Ghyll 3 Rosettes. Ambitious and passionate Head Chef Jake Jones, appointed in January 2017, continues to create fine modern British cuisine pushing innovative boundaries to give guests an exciting and unique experience.

The oak room at the Lakes was to be the start of our culinary journey. Our pre-nibbles included oysters and potatoes, but served in the most elegant and charming way and tasted divine.

Bread and butter, simple but perfection, freshly baked, crisp and soft in the middle along with lashings of butter a perfect way to start. The fermented barley “porridge” with ewes curd, squash and burnt celery was rich and flavoursome. The Raw Roe Deer with pine, mushroom and toasted quinoa was a theatrical presentation with a pleasant palatal punch.

Mains included the mouth-watering Mayan gold potatoes, broccoli, smocked butter and purslane and the gorgeous Goosnargh Duck with artichoke glazed cider and preserved blueberry.

Deliciously divine deserts included the marvellous milk chocolate, passion fruit and orange. Also, the fabulous fig, hazelnut and praline.

All the dishes captured the season well – Winter on a plate and in our mouths! Our evening was enhanced by employee Nigel a nice chap with some good conversation, simply a real pleasure to meet him.

After dinner cocktails can be enjoyed in their lovely lounge in front of the cosy roaring fire with some of their more permanent animal residents. A quirky feature, but executed in a classy chic way. CC aka Mr cocktail Chris can shake you up the most excellent Expresso Martini or perhaps you fancy a more local brew so could opt for a Lakes larger.

Breakfast in bed at the Holbeck Ghyll was efficient and punctual. Breakfast with a view, a tranquil time to absorb the breath-taking scenery while reflecting on the evenings endeavours and refuelling.  Also, the morning presented a classic case of the Lakes weather climate within less than an hour the weather had gone from murky mist to lovely light filled blue skies with an electric rainbow.

The finest ingredients are used including locally sourced cured bacon, Cumbrian sausage and fresh hen’s eggs from literally up the road! We enjoyed a traditional British breakfast, a Vegetarian Breakfast along with some fresh fruit, toast, tea and coffee. What a way to start the day – perfection!

An elegant, exquisite and exclusive Country House Hotel in an idyllic location steeped in history with unspoilt Lake Windermere views. Outstanding signature service with fabulous foodie offerings which makes for a luxurious Lake District stay that will create memories of a lifetime. A real gem in the heart of the Lakes.

Thank you for reading 😊

Melanie xx

Contact:

https://www.holbeckghyll.com/

Holbeck Ghyll, Holbeck Lane, Windermere, LA23 1LU.

STAY@HOLBECKGHYLL.COM

01539 432375

 

 

Beech Hill Hotel and Spa Windermere Review

Beech Hill Hotel and Spa Windermere Review: October 2017

The Beech Hill Hotel and spa located in an enviable postcode in the heart of Lake Windermere sets the scene for an exquisite atmospheric Cumbrian countryside break. The hotel has evolved over time, with the renovations being sympathetic to the original building to retain both its character and charm.

Warmly welcomed by The Beech Hill Hotel team and shown to our room which was fully appointed with two double beds, a spacious dining area, a snug sofa, a dressing table, a quality hairdryer, a generous tea tray, guest information and Lakes brochure guides, that were cram packed with ideas and suggestions of fun activities.  The hotel is no more than a ten minute drive to Bowness-on-Windermere, a town which is a hive of activity with attractions such as the Beatrix Potter Tea Rooms, Quaint English pubs and boat tours from the banks of Lake Windermere.

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Tatton Park 2017 Foodies Festival Review

Tatton Park 2017 Foodies Festival Review: August 2017

16th July 2017 only meant one thing, it was time to grab those VIP press passes and make our way down to Tatton Park for the UK’s largest celebration of food and drink – The Foodies Festival extravaganza for a sensational Sunday funday. Now within its tenth year, the festival offers food & drink, live music and wellbeing in the form of live demonstrations from yoga Cheshire.

The exclusive VIP tickets, provided us with some extra fabulous foodie fun and frolic’s which included access to the private VIP tent, where the host warmly welcome us, provided us with show guide booklets and reserved our food and drink masterclasses.

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Sienna Spa Packages Review at the Radisson Blu Edwardian Manchester

Sienna Spa Packages Review at the Radisson Blu Edwardian Manchester: June 2017

A perfect pamper package of indulgence can be enjoyed at the 5-star iconic Radisson Blu Edwardian, which is located in Manchester’s historic Free Trade Hall and was the original home to the Hallé Orchestra. The building is steeped in history, and has old school decadence and charm, retaining some stunning original features.

Situated deep within the buildings vaults make your way down to the Sienna Spa and escape from all the city hustle and bustle. Forget your worries and stresses, and prepare to enter a tranquil, relaxing oasis of peace and calm where the focus is all about having a little well deserved ‘you’ time.

The Inner City Escape package, has the perfect balance of activities to feed mind, body and soul. Prior to your treatments, you have a full 2 hours admittance to use the wet spa facilities which includes a full air-conditioned gym, 12-metre deck level swimming pool, the poolside relaxation area along with facilities such as the whirlpool bath, Nordic sauna and steam room.

Also included is a choice of two 30 minute treatments which include a Facial, Relaxing Back Massage, Body Polish or Nail Treatment. Or pick one 60 minute, including a Facial, Relaxing Body Massage, Deluxe Manicure or Deluxe Pedicure. After all that pampering and relaxation, the hunger pangs definitely do start to kick in, so the Radisson have kindly included a traditional afternoon tea or lunch at steak & Lobster to finish off your exquisite spa experience.

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