I am now going to be extending my blog into other areas of interest, not just fashion. Although fashion is my biggest hobby so I suspect it will still be the vast majority of posts. I want to include more leisure, lifestyle, beauty and photography types of content. First up a hotel stay in one of the Menzies 15 hotels – the Flickwick Manor Woburn near Milton Keynes.
First impressions are good when you enter the Flitwick manor driveway. When I looked at the hotel photos online I expected it to be in the middle of nowhere, but it is actually situated on the edge a small town (Flitwick). You get the best of both worlds – close to amenities, could even walk to a local pub. Plus the beautiful views of the countryside.
The reception staff (Debbie I think the ladies name was) was very warm and helpful. She showed us up to our room and pointed out the tea and coffee (with a cafetiere) and homemade biscuits the chef had baked that morning. She told us to call down whenever we wanted something and that the night porter would be on duty from 11pm. We were also given a piece of paper with the free wifi password available throughout the hotel.
There are 18 individually decorated rooms and ours was quite spacious. I think some are quite snug (the standard rooms) from what I read on TripAdvisor, but the guests also commented that they were cosy and quaint. We stayed in a superior room with views over the grounds, but if you wanted bigger and more luxurious there were also superior 4-poster rooms and a Master suite with a 4-poster bed, large bathroom with kissing baths and a private sauna.
I love the fact each room is unique and they have kept the interior in keeping with the classic Georgian building. The walls and carpet are modern and fresh to keep up to date, but they have left the period features and furnished with antiques.
Our en-suite was quite small – which is to be expected with old period buildings, but like the room spotlessly clean and functional. Unlike most old buildings the shower was powerful and I was in there for a good 20 minutes..the water wasn’t running cold anytime soon! We were also provided with robes and slippers.
After I had a shower and washed off all my make-up I realised I had left my make-up bag at home which is literally one of my worst nightmares! I was not happy about going to dinner with a bare-ass naked face. I wasn’t unhappy for too long though when I was shoving my face with delicious food.
Luke had Chicken liver to start followed by a Confit pork belly. I had cream of tomato soup with truffle oil and then honey & thyme glazed chicken. For dessert Luke went for the milk chocolate mousse while the apple and vanilla crumble had my name all over it! Between us not one crumb was left on the 3 courses.
The only truthful negative was their choice of background music. It was a compilation of piano covers of pop songs which seems quite pretentious in my opinion. It was very quiet volume which in turn made all the guests whisper. I think maybe the actual versions of the songs would have been nicer and with a more relaxing atmosphere. Maybe a mix of Adele, Nina Simone, Michael Buble etc on a low volume would have been perfect for this restaurant. Piano covers should be saved for elevators and hold music.. even that is questionable. All in all it is minuscule critique compared to the entire wonderful experience.
After dinner the Saffa and I went and finished our drinks in one of the reception rooms. Because they only 18 rooms we only saw other guests in the dinning room. We had the whole room to ourselves, cosy by the fire with the building storm outside. The hotel doesn’t really feel like a hotel, so we felt like Lord and Lady of the manor!
One then retired to one’s quarters and read one’s iPad….
I decided to look up on the hotel and unfortunately came across a hunted house review. Apparently their is a lady spirit hunting Flitwick manor and you may spot her looking out the window or wake up with her ghostly figure sitting at the end of your bed. Tad freaked out before I went to sleep, the lights were flickering too which was also commented on the article. I decided to put that down to St Jude approaching.
I was so lethargic from dinner I passed out and fortunately didn’t see any uninvited woman in our bed in the middle of the night.
(Wearing above fluffy jumper from boohoo, skinny jeans from Spoit Brat, buckle boots from stylist pick)
I forced myself out of bed in the morning for breakfast which is served between 7-9:30am. I am not a morning person so naturally we went down 10 minutes before finishing. No last scraps were served we had a full-English each and fresh pastries and toast. I don’t usually eat breakfast especially after a 3 course meal the night before , so I was about to combust at this point.
I had to laugh at this photo Luke took of me! I look like a gorilla in the woods or a member of the wo’men of the night’s watch.
Saying that I actually think I was appropriately dressed for a walk on the grounds. My fluffy coat from Jarlo London kept me warm, faux-leather trousers from Topshop were waterproof, the wide-brimmed fedora kept my head warm and dry from the light rain, my structured tote from Bracher Emden is firm and easy to carry with the cross-over strap and my new Stylist Pick buckle boots have not left my feet since they arrived in my life – so comfortable.
The grounds are so beautiful with follies and enclosed gardens. I can imagine it would be fabulous to stay in the summer and sit outside on the lawn – They even have a croquet set. The Flitwick manor would also be a beautiful location for a wedding… shame I am already married.
I Stated in the post that Menzies have a chain of 15 hotels. I was originally going to stay on the seafront in Bournemouth on the night of St Jude. I am sure it is still standing, but that would have been scarier than Flitwick’s ghost stories!
Flictwich Manor Hotel – Church Road, Flitwick, MK45 1AE
Tel: 01525 712242 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: menzieshotels.co.uk/hotels/south-central/woburn-flitwick-manor/
*The Menzies hotel group provided me with one nights hotel stay, a 3 course meal and breakfast.