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A country hotel within 1.5 hours London for v v v much longed for weekend?

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Myfirstcalendar Sun 08-Nov-15 20:59:42

So my lovely P I L have offered to look after our children so that my husband and I can remember what each other look like. We have Friday to Sunday. We want to make as much use of it as possible and would like to find a nice hotel with a not too long a drive of London. Budget is probably around £500 for two nights. Any Recommendations springing to mind? I would like to think that we are going to do cultural things during the day but I suspect we will just spend all day in our room revelling in the lack of children! Not that fussed on spa things etc - nice grounds would be ideal. Any recommendations?

PotteringAlong Sun 08-Nov-15 21:01:55


HeartsTrumpDiamonds Sun 08-Nov-15 21:03:28

Pennyhill Park
The Grove

Myfirstcalendar Sun 08-Nov-15 21:03:47

Well - possibly - we met there grin but we were v poor so prob didn't experience the highlife (apart from the colleges.....). Actually it might be perfect - where is good there these days?

TwoTonTessie Sun 08-Nov-15 21:04:59

Down Hall is very nice. Not sure how much the rooms are though as I haven't stayed there for a while.

GloriaHotcakes Sun 08-Nov-15 21:05:56

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Fairylea Sun 08-Nov-15 21:07:11


Sprowston manor and dunston hall hotels are both lovely and city centre only a short drive away. Lots of things to see (castle, cathedral and old and new shops etc).

putcustardonit Sun 08-Nov-15 21:07:31
Also agree with Pennyhill but might be over budget.

Which side of London to you want to leave from, be aware that friday afternoon traffic can be awful.

Eminado Sun 08-Nov-15 21:09:01

The Bath Priory

Queenbean Sun 08-Nov-15 21:12:00

Four seasons Hampshire - best hotel ever

Penny hill park
The grove

putcustardonit Sun 08-Nov-15 21:12:05 is very romantic.

Myfirstcalendar Sun 08-Nov-15 21:12:10

i think we are going to go down the Oxford route now! Great inspiration Pottering.

Myfirstcalendar Sun 08-Nov-15 21:13:42

Although I do looove Lainston. Decisions......(penny hill out of out of our budget but looks gorgeous)

wickedwaterwitch Sun 08-Nov-15 21:14:50

In Oxford I would look at the old bank although I haven't stayed

Friend tells me The Grove is soulless but I haven't been

I don't rate Cowley but it was some time ago I stayed

Which side of London are you leaving from, that makes a difference

Myfirstcalendar Sun 08-Nov-15 21:15:49

Leaving from SW London. Prob quite late knowing jobs. But would so like to wake up on Saturday morning somewhere else.

potap123 Sun 08-Nov-15 21:15:55

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jemsywemsy Sun 08-Nov-15 21:16:22

I've always fancied the Malmaison in Oxford, the converted prison that looks like a castle.

wickedwaterwitch Sun 08-Nov-15 21:16:48

2 nights makes a huge difference too IME, you'll have a lovely time!

Pippidoeswhatshewants Sun 08-Nov-15 21:18:13

Pennyhill Park.

wickedwaterwitch Sun 08-Nov-15 21:19:46

What about somewhere like The Bingham?

IME you want to spend as little time as possible travelling (and getting out of london) and as much time as possible bring IN the hotel / bar / restaurant / bed

Myfirstcalendar Sun 08-Nov-15 21:20:25

Fantastic suggestions- am off to check availability and anticipate it all lots moregrin

Eminado Sun 08-Nov-15 21:21:02

LOVE the bingham

wickedwaterwitch Sun 08-Nov-15 21:21:11

Oxford will take a while to get to from SW wont it?

I don't rate Pennyhill Park but it's ages since I stayed there

Myfirstcalendar Sun 08-Nov-15 21:21:12

The Bingham is a bit close for rapid return - I would have proximity fear!

Solasum Sun 08-Nov-15 21:21:21

Stoke Place

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