Earlier on this week, Charlie and I took a trip to Cheshire to stay at The Vicarage hotel. I had no idea what to expect as I’d never been to this particular village before – Holmes Chapel – and had only spent a small amount of time looking into the venue. I’d been asked to try out one of their six new luxury signature rooms and the first thing I noticed is that when they say luxury, they mean it.
The hotel had a homely feel to it with small details which, to me, make a huge difference. There were fireplaces in most rooms and books in every corner. The decor was homely with cute cushions, tableware, wallpaper, and an old fashion games room which I imagined suited gentleman filling on a Sunday afternoon.
One of my favourite features of the hotel – and, actually, of any other hotel I’ve stayed in – was the bathroom. It was the most beautifully decorated space and included a free standing bath (who doesn’t love a free standing bath?!) which provided a real luxurious and relaxing touch. In fact it was so relaxing I was almost late for dinner – I do not recommend getting into one of these tubs if you have somewhere to be – and I went in a woman and came out a prune. Seriously wrinkly.
When I finally made it out of the tub, I got ready for dinner. One thing I will say is that I particularly enjoyed the hairdryer – it wasn’t a typical tiny hotel room hairdryer but a large, TRESemmé one which I actually used to have myself – anyway we were seated by a window next to the fireplace. We both ordered pork which arrived well presented as well as quickly, and the atmosphere in the dining room was pleasant. The service at dinner was particularly good.
Tired from travelling, we went back to our room and relaxed in front of the (large) television but I was almost straight to sleep. The bed was so comfortable that moving from it was almost impossible – especially after a bath and a meal. The room was well facilitated with a coffee machine (I was particularly pleased about this), water, hot drinks, snacks and books.
Another of my favourite rooms was the breakfast room – it was basically a conservatory which was decorated in a really cute way. It was a nice open space and the breakfast food was good. I had salmon and egg (and lots of tea, obviously).
The hotel was homely, luxurious and cute. It had a very calm atmosphere which was welcomed after travel, and it felt like a retreat. It’s a great place for unwinding, eating and drinking (and bathing), but we also explored the village which had some cute little shops – the type in which you could spend a lot of money on homeware and blog props.
So all in all I enjoyed the stay and I miss the bath already. I might have to get one…