|The Lords of The Manor Hotel, Upper Slaughter, Gloucestershire|
Lords of the Manor – Luxury Cotswold Hotel for Flashpacker Foodies
Our spacious bedroom; eponymously named the Witts, is graced with a large picture window that frames the vivid landscape in the fading light of approaching dusk. It’s a unique room, sensual and beautifully appointed with elegant antiques, fine original paintings from the owners’ collection, an exquisite embroidered silk coverlet on the bed.
In the comfortable sitting room my husband, Philip is happy and so am I. What a swell party this is. Before us a heavenly cream tea, which starts sotto voce with feathery finger sandwiches, egg, cheese and cucumber and rises to a crescendo with crispy light home made scones, double clotted cream, fruity, fragrant preserves, washed down with Darjeeling 2009 loose leaf tea, first flush. No ubiquitous spa, gym or pool here to remind us of our avoirdupois.
An afternoon siesta follows, English country style. A bath with fragrant freebies – L’Occitaine and dressing casual chic; no tie, we are ready for the cocktail hour.
No back-lit bottles flash neon American style bar here, but a quiet display of the finest tipples set in the luxurious sitting room with high-backed comfortable chairs and muted lighting; perfect for a quiet chat by the glowing open fire. The music of silence and gentle conversation discussing the rise and fall of stocks and shares, giving credence to our credo – a lot of style, a little flash.
Fine Dining at the Lords of the Manor Michelin-starred Restaurant
Entering the dining room the mood changes. The restaurant is refreshingly light; no cloak of darkness for clandestine canoodling, making it difficult to read the menu.
Head Chef Mathew Weedon, takes us on a memorable journey meandering through his culinary creations using indigenous produce reared and cultivated in the Cotswold hills.
Vintage and Value Wines at Lords of the Manor
To accompany this rare dining experience; a superb but pricey Premier Cru, Pinot Noir, Volnay Roche de Bellene, the ultimate Flashpacker’s medal of satisfaction for those whose wallet can stand the heat. However, there is a splendid range of value wines including a local Sevyal Blanc, Müller Thurgau and Reinchensteiner, from the Three Choirs Vineyard in Gloucestershire for £20 per bottle.
The full menu without wine £65, tremendous value for such a gourmet experience.
Country Pleasures – a Cotswold Walk
Next morning after breakfast we are ready for a long picturesque walk. The deciduous trees have shed their golden leaves, spreading a blanket of Autumnal lustre around us. Treading through fields, climbing turnstiles, trailing a river, eventually approaching a gate with a discreet inscription that we are following in the footsteps of Prince Charles and Lady Diana; a poignant reminder of their courtship.
A visit to the Mill House en route, a lovely little riverside teashop with a cornucopia of country clothes and retro-bilia at bargain prices.
Sadly, it’s time to leave this gorgeous, sumptuously comfortable and relaxing country hotel.
How much weight did I gain after this deluxe gourmet weekend? Not a pound – but then again I didn't eat between meals – and that probably really helped!
Both hotels offer excellent seasonal packages and corporate room rates.
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