Trip Report: Great Fosters

Great Fosters Garden

Great Fosters Garden

A stay at Great Fosters is a wow experience from start to finish. The hotel dates to 1550 and was likely originally built to be a royal hunting lodge. Located in Egham a suburb of London, Great Fosters is only approximately 20 minutes from London’s Heathrow Airport.

This makes it the perfect place to recover from a long flight from the United States, or to end your stay in the countryside before heading home. The location is also central for exploring many popular tourist destinations, including Hampton Court Palace, Windsor Castle, and Eton. If you love history and are looking for a respite from London, Great Fosters is an excellent addition to your itinerary.

I truly can’t decide about what I like best about this hotel. The service was impeccable. The gardens are spectacular during any season and they even have an outdoor pool available during the summer. Dinner in the Tudor Room is an absolute must! Our meal was wonderful, and my vegetarian version of each course was absolutely amazing. Last, but not least, the Historic rooms defy description. I felt transported back in time hundreds of years, except that I had full use of all of the modern amenities. Such a neat experience!

Check out my photo tour below to get a feel for the Great Fosters experience:

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Trip Report: The Nare

The Nare

The Nare

The Nare truly is as described, a country house hotel by the sea. Located a scenic four hour train ride from London, or a quick one hour flight, this is the perfect warm weather destination for hitting the beach or exploring the famous gardens in the area.

In the winter months, The Nare is a quiet and relaxing place to rest and recharge. During this season some guests enjoying visiting when they know a large storm will be coming in from the Atlantic; an activity appropriately called storm watching. Cozy up in front of one of the many fireplaces with a good book and a glass of wine and be awed by the power of Mother Nature.

Fireplace

I stayed in February and I loved that during turndown service they put an old-fashioned hot water bottle in your bed. It was so cozy to crawl into a warm bed every evening. This small detail is reflective of the kind of hotel that The Nare is – charming, approachable, and exuding a relaxed casual elegance. Many of the guests here are repeat, some coming several times a year. Everyone feels like family from the moment they arrive, and that homey yet elegant service and atmosphere continues throughout your stay.

Menu

Cornwall is one of the most beautiful parts of England, and the climate is temperate enough for palm trees. We visited numerous sites, including Lanhydrock HouseEden Project, the Lost Gardens of Heligan, and Caerhays Castle. It’s also a wonderful place to simply explore as you drive among the hedgerows past picturesque villages and gorgeous views of the sea.

A very special thanks to Toby and the entire staff at The Nare for their warm hospitality. Thank you also to Rebecca Recommends for giving me the opportunity to visit Cornwall.

I would love to help you plan a week touring the gorgeous gardens of Cornwall. Or perhaps you would prefer to visit London for an extended weekend city break, and then spend several days at the beach at The Nare.

It’s time to start making memories. Contact me today for assistance with planning the perfect Cornwall itinerary for you.

 

Trip Report: The Goring

The Goring

The Goring

For fans of the British Royal Family, there is no better hotel in London to get in touch with your inner princess than at The Goring. Located steps from Buckingham Palace, the same family has been in charge of the hotel since its founding in 1910 by Richard Otto Goring. This continuity of care and guest service for over a century is exemplary. In fact, in 2013 the hotel was granted a Royal Warrant for Hospitality Services by Her Majesty The Queen.

My stay started with a warm welcome from the bellman and an offer to be seated for a refreshment in the lounge while the check in process was being completed. I ordered a coffee and it was brought to my table along with a couple of biscuits, all served on beautiful china. Don’t miss the picture in the photo tour below. My words do not do it justice! It was the best cup of coffee that I had during my entire stay in England – strong and hot, but not bitter.

My room truly did make me feel like a princess. Coral silk walls, abundantly layered drapes, a delicately hand-painted dressing table, and a beautiful view of the garden. Of course, there was also the signature sheep on my bed. It now resides on my nightstand at home to remind me of sweet dreams at The Goring.

When you go, their award winning afternoon tea is a must. However, it is extremely popular so book early!

A very heartfelt thank you to our host David who shared his delightful stories with us over an exquisite dinner in The Dining Room. Thanks also to Big John, undoubtedly one of the world’s best concierges, for planning a great afternoon of sightseeing for our group. Of course, many thanks to Rebecca Slater of Rebecca Recommends for the opportunity to feel like a royal for a night.

I would love to help you select the perfect room and reserve your table for afternoon tea at The Goring.

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