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Review // Romantic Birthday Getaway at Thornbury Castle Part 1

Monday, 5 May 2014



A couple of weeks ago I surprised my other half Kevin with an overnight stay at the highly renowned Thornbury Castle Hotel for his Birthday. Kevin loves history, castles, the Tudors, unique luxury hotels and good food. So, with this in mind, Thornbury Castle fitted the brief perfectly.

I first came across the Castle after reading an article on Total Bristol - following their victorious win, again, of Small Hotel of the Year 2013 in the Bristol Tourism and Hospitality Awards. The hotel is situated in the small (emphasize small) town of Thornbury in South Gloucestershire. The building dates back to the 1500's (but has obviously undergone renovations and updates since then). Apparently, it's not a 'true castle' but more a Tudor country house - but either way it's pretty fantastic! It even boasts a visit from King Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn.

Kevin has no idea I had booked this surprise stay until the day we were due to leave. I do love a good surprise! Anyways, off we headed.

The breathtaking hotel is hidden just behind a beautiful old church, on a narrow winding road. It is set in preened green gardens and it really is a gorgeous building! I ended up taking so many photos that I am splitting this post up into three; Our room, The Grounds and The Restaurant.

Our Room - The Bedford

We parked the car up (although there was valet parking) and headed to reception to check in. We were staying in one of the hotel's 'Deluxe rooms' called The Bedford - and it really was deluxe. We headed out of reception, across the pretty courtyard, to the little tower and up a winding spiral staircase to an old oak door (okay, so i don't know if it was actually oak - but it's setting the atmosphere right??).

We put the old fashioned key in the door and were greeted by the most amazing hotel room I have ever seen. A gigantic four posted bed adorned with luxurious red velvet and gold piping was situated to the left of the room, the stone walls were decorated with old tapestries, guild mirrors and period paintings. To the right of the room, in pride of place, was a large gas fireplace, two couches, a TV (in an old fashion cabinet) and a complimentary decanter of sherry. The room had wonderful wooden floors with large traditional rugs and it was simply incredible.

At the back of the room was a small door way. This lead through to the huge bathroom. For me bathrooms are just as important as the hotel room, and I'm pleased to report that the Bedford's bathroom was lovely. It was large, clean and decorated to a high standard with wonderfully fragrant toiletries. It had a huge sink, a big shower cubical and a separate bath. I was slightly disappointed in one thing - there were no mini toiletries! I love getting to a hotel and using their mini products - there is something about a mini product that I just love. (I've even ended up buying products after using them in a hotel and they are always brilliant for your carry on luggage when you fly). They did have lovely products though. The brand they used was VOYA - which is a lovely organic spa range. They were in large bottles and it was cleared stated if you took them home you'd be charged.. so we just enjoyed them there.

The bed was lovely and comfy, the bedding was crisp and clean and there wasn't a sound to be heard. We really did love the room and had a great night sleep - after enjoying dinner in their fabulous restaurant and a cheeky bottle of a delicious Bordeaux.

Stay tuned for the restaurant review (including rhubarb vodka, the perfect chocolate fondant and mouthwatering peppered loin on venison), and some snaps of their picturesque grounds.

Here are our room pictures, enjoy...










  


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