A winter mini break in the UK to me is all about long walks and roaring fires, so when the lovely peeps at Handpicked Hotels , invited me down to check into their quintessential country house hotel, for a weekend of lounging around in a fluffy white robe, It didn’t really take much persuasion, before you could say more tea please, I was in my car heading off to deepest darkest Surrey .
The Nutfield Priory is a 4 star Country House hotel in Reigate, less than an hour’s drive from central London.
As you pull up to the Priory, a neo gothic style mansion, which was once a residential school owned by the local authority, gone are the dorms and the blackboards and replaced with plush suites and large formal communal spaces perfect hang out and sip tea naturally ….
After being personally welcomed in the main hall , I was shown to my suite ‘The Kipling’ named after the famous poet Rudyard Kipling, and my home for the weekend. And just in case I fancied getting familiar with his work, one of his most famous poems ‘if’ was proudly displayed on a plaque by the front door.
The Kipling suite is HUGE, with a king size leather sleigh bed that you literally have to climb up into, it’s perfect for all day lounging. The room was fully equipped with free wifi, mini bar and a snazzy coffee machine, which I never did quite work out to turn on. The style is classic country house, with a touch of luxury.
After a afternoon of the aforementioned lounging, I headed down for dinner at the onsite Restaurant. Cloisters is a holder of 2 rosettes from the AA for culinary excellence, and far exceeded your run of the mill, hotel restaurant standards.
Ordering from the set 3 course menu included in the standard weekend DBB package, theres plenty of choice with both 5 starters & mains choices, I plumped for the duck rillette ( nope me neither but it tasted yummy regardless ) on both nights of my stay as a starter as I enjoyed it so much , and the pork belly and the sea bass for mains, they both tasted the excellent and presentation worthy of its rosette rating.
The sticky toffee pudding was also so good, I had no choice but to revisit it both nights of my stay.
Breakfast was also excellent with a choice of continental to the full English again beautifully presented , and all this accompanied with a view of the rolling countryside outside through the resturant windows.
In order to break up the day after breakfast, I decided to pencil in a visit to the health club. This was my only niggle that the Health club is that it is not exclusive to hotel guests and annoyingly that the health club is not connected to the main building, which means a 5 minute dash across the car park. But that said, it didn’t stop me venturing across for a facial & massage combo.
My stay at the Priory was a weekend of indulgent ‘me time’ with great surroundings and excellent food. If your needing a bit of timeout, the Nutfield Priory is the perfect weekend escape and ESST highly recommended.
For more information on Nutfield Priory please visit http://www.handpickedhotels.com
Hand Picked Hotels is a collection of country house heritage properties located throughout the UK and the Channel Islands. Many of the hotels are former private residences and have a Grade I, Grade II or Grade II* listing. These country houses, offer the opportunity for our guests to experience the grandeur and indulgence of a country house visit. and offer original features such as fireplaces, chandeliers and large windows to ensure a memorable setting.
Please note my stay at Nutfield Priory was kindly hosted by Handpicked Hotels in order to write this review.