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25th Feb 2015, 14:46
Right you lot...............

Need to take Mrs Waco away for a posh weekend in May.

After putting up with me for 20 years, its the least I can do.

Somewhere posh with good grub.....

England only....apart from that anywhere considered.......

All idea's appreciated !


25th Feb 2015, 14:50
Whatley Manor in the Cotswolds. Absolute indulgence and close to Bath if you fancy some culture. Food bloody expensive here bit worth it!!:ok:

Whatley Manor - A beautifully restored Cotswold manor house hotel and spa (http://www.whatleymanor.com)

Very romantic too! :-)

25th Feb 2015, 14:53
LLangoed Hall, near Brecon. The Ashley (Laura) country pile as was. The hotel is fab, and the Beacons will be too in May.


25th Feb 2015, 15:17
>LLangoed Hall, near Brecon.<

It's not in England. But does Waco mean 'England' as in England or as a term for 'Great Britain'?

25th Feb 2015, 15:22
Thanks for the input so far....much appreciated.

Yep.....England as in England.....don't want to drive to far.
Located in Bedfordshire.

Budget 1K, two nights DBB.

Cheers !

25th Feb 2015, 15:33
Not sure of your location, a drive to the S/E coast, the Grand Hotel Eastbourne. Eastbourne Hotels - The Grand Hotel Eastbourne - Luxury Hotel in East Sussex | The Grand (http://www.grandeastbourne.com/) There is also the Cavendish hotel...Cavendish Hotel Eastbourne | Hotel in Eastbourne Sussex | Eastbourne Hotels (http://www.cavendishhotel.co.uk/)

Being a local, I can recommend.

Uncle Fred
25th Feb 2015, 15:39
There is always a movie and Pizza Express....although I admit that Mrs. UF is not too often impressed with the second half of that suggestion for something that is supposed to be "nice."

25th Feb 2015, 15:40
Have you looked at Paris House?
Paris House | Michelin-starred Restaurant by Phil Fanning (http://www.parishouse.co.uk)

The Woburn Hotel (http://www.thewoburnhotel.co.uk)

Although, if you're in Bedfordshire, they might be a bit too "local" :)

25th Feb 2015, 15:51
May I suggest the Gunton Arms, Thorpe Market, Norfolk? It's a country manor house/restaurant. I've not been, but a friend has recommended it so it's on my list next time I'm back in Blighty.

25th Feb 2015, 15:53
Sidmouth has attractions, by the sea, nice pubs, Manor Pavilion for a show, I haven't stayed here, but is reputed to be very good.

Access is via the A303, or M4-M5, about 3 hours from you maybe.

Luxury Devon Hotels, Hotels in Sidmouth, Seafront Hotels Sidmouth | Hotel Riviera (http://www.hotelriviera.co.uk/)

25th Feb 2015, 16:00
If your a fan of 'goggle box' Ch4 TV Steph and Dom have a nice little retreat................

Owners of The Salutation | Luxury Accommodation in Kent | The Salutation (http://www.the-salutation.com/owners/)

25th Feb 2015, 16:33
Recommend Lavenham in Suffolk; gorgeous picturesque and historic village with a great pub (the Angel), sitting next door to the Great House Hotel; both on the village square with free parking. We stayed at the hotel, google it; lovely rooms and a top class restaurant with French cuisine. Enjoy! :ok:

Super VC-10
25th Feb 2015, 16:40
Not quite England, but how about the Isle of Man. Gives a slight air of being "abroad" but still able to speak English with no problem. Only an hour's flight from London City. Lovely scenery, plenty to see and do.

air pig
25th Feb 2015, 16:45
Try this one, not far away.

The Bell,Home (http://www.thebellathamptonpoyle.co.uk)

25th Feb 2015, 16:48
Yep.....England as in England.....don't want to drive to far.
Located in Bedfordshire.

Yes, but I was doing missionary work! :ok:


25th Feb 2015, 16:49
Living in Bedfordshire in the 1970s and 1980s, Milton Ernest Hall was our favourite treat, however, the excellent (and eccentric) owner died and it is now a Care Home I believe.

Nearby is the Woodland Manor at Clapham - but you probably want to stray a little further . . .

There's Beadlow Manor, Champneys at Henlow, and Luton Hoo.

Sopwell House and the Grove at Chandlers Cross - both in Hertfordshire.

25th Feb 2015, 17:55
.....Monsewer Raymond Blanc's residence nr. Oxford, Manoir aux Quat' Saisons. It would probably take all of your budget but (according to my dentist) worth every penny and one or two more. He said that the food was fantastic but little bits like afternoon tea were a tad over the top. Whatever you do enjoy it!

The Ancient Mariner

25th Feb 2015, 18:03
There is also the swan in lavenham. But don't take a room at the front, the windows are very thin, can hear the traffic like its in your room,and won't get a wink of sleep ........unless that's the plan :-b

25th Feb 2015, 18:04
My son recommends this:-

Melbourne Lodge and Auberge du Lac at Brocket Hall, Welwyn do 'anniversary' packages - see Gastronome (http://www.brocket-hall.co.uk/melbourne-lodge/residential-packages/).

25th Feb 2015, 18:20
If Bedfordshire have you been avoiding London?

Like Ryanair everybody knows where it is but no one with sence wants to go?

London, Posh hotels, Show, Open top bus trip, river cruise, Shard, Tower of London, Helicopter Trip etc Go now before the annual foreign tourist invasion

Everything you would go and do in Paris, Berlin, Rome (maybe not Amsterdam?)

Also agree with G-CPTN, Luton Hoo, with Spa and Golf Course, everyone wins

25th Feb 2015, 20:22
You could try one of the Wolsey Lodges (http://www.wolseylodges.com/index.htm).

They are mostly B&B but will be able to recommend good restaurants close by.

25th Feb 2015, 20:47
Try Sawdays.co.uk for a touch of class accommodation, breakfast and sometimes evening meal.

Superior quirky places, high quality, home cooking, locally sourced etc etc.

Then go somewhere for the other special events?

25th Feb 2015, 20:53
If Dorset is not too far, try Summer Lodge Country House Hotel, Restaurant and Spa, 9 Fore Street, Evershot, Dorset. Highly recommended. It has a website with full details.

26th Feb 2015, 08:55
You might find Le Manoir just outside your budget, though I also recommend it. Last time SWMBO paid 600 GBP for DB&B for one night.

THIS (http://www.handpickedhotels.co.uk/hotels/new-hall-hotel/)

place is pretty good, food is excellent, and very handy for Midlands attractions such as Motorcycle Museum, Aircraft Museum, Birmingham centre theatres and library etc, Twycross Zoo (home of the Brroke Bond TV chimps), and not too far from Cosford and Black Country Museum, or you can just loaf around in the hotel.

26th Feb 2015, 09:13
I was going to suggest the Fat Duck, but they seem to be closed for a major refurbishment. Isle of Wight too far? A mate who lives there has recommended the Royal Hotel in Ventnor for good accommodation and excellent food. I know you said England, but greasyjet could whisk you over to Paris from Luton for a couple of days of luxury.

Whatever you choose, I hope you both have a great time. :ok:

Edit: Fat Duck is 220 per person for the tasting menu. Plus wine. When they reopen, sell the Breitling or a kidney or your firstborn.

26th Feb 2015, 09:22
Manoir aux Quat' Saisons.was very close to us when we lived in Blighty. Superb and great gardens. The portions were fine for us but some friends (not large) kept on asking for more bread and called in at the 'chippy' on the way home!

26th Feb 2015, 10:00
I've heard good reports of the Samling Hotel in Windermere.

The Samling: Michelin Star Restaurant in the Lake District (http://www.thesamlinghotel.co.uk/michelin-star-restaurant-lake-district.html)


26th Feb 2015, 15:19
Le Talbooth, north Essex. Had some good food there and a hotel next door.

Le Talbooth Restaurant - Award Winning Restaurant - Essex (http://www.milsomhotels.com/letalbooth/)

26th Feb 2015, 15:40
It's Bruntingthorpe Cold War Jets day on May 24th, take her to the Joiner's Arms in Brunty for a Sunday dinner and then off to see the jets.

26th Feb 2015, 16:48
Foxhills (http://www.foxhills.co.uk/) near J11 M25... or Portmerion (http://www.portmeirion-village.com/) - allright it's in Wales - but well worth the drive.

Krystal n chips
26th Feb 2015, 17:10
You could try here.....a bit quirky and different, but very nice.

Chester Boutique Hotel - Oddfellows Chester (http://www.oddfellowschester.com/)

The website is "interesting" to navigate, but the venue is worth the effort.

26th Feb 2015, 18:10
Rudding Park Harrogate.

27th Feb 2015, 19:16
Just wanted to say many thanks for all the quality recommendations, much appreciated.

We have enjoyed looking at all the suggestions.

We are off to Lavenham....just trying to decide know which establishment !
Cheers again

27th Feb 2015, 19:20
The Driftwood Hotel in Cornwall !

Without a shadow of a doubt, one of the best hotels I've ever stayed in in the UK (and better than many elsewhere).

Small. Great rooms. Fantastic staff. Awesome location. Michelin star restaurant attached to the hotel.

Faultless, impeccable, textbook hospitality from start to finish. Hard work for the staff, but boy does it show !