Foxhill Manor - Broadway
… And, just like that, at the strike of midnight, it was time to bid farewell to the past twelve months and welcome in 2019. However you celebrated, I hope you had a great time seeing in the new year.
To me, the festive season already feels so long ago, especially now that we have the house back to its pre-Christmas state. Well, minus the mountain of beautifully gifted Christmas chocolates sitting on our coffee table that wink at me every time I walk by! As much as I love putting up the decorations, I equally love nothing more than getting my home straight again by the Twelfth Night.
I don’t know about you, but, I personally love this time of year. It gives us the perfect opportunity to turn over a new leaf and begin writing a new chapter. We all have our own ways of kickstarting January. It might be that you have gone on a bit of a health drive; cutting out booze for 31 days, embracing Veganuary, upping your consumption of fruit and veg, lowering your intake of carbs and sweet treats, opting for the stairs instead of the lifts at work, factoring in more weekly exercise sessions, or, perhaps deciding to turn the lights out an hour earlier at night, to give yourself some more precious zzz’s! Maybe you are setting yourself a promise to read more books and spend less time scrolling on your phone. It could be that you have signed yourself up to a new yoga course, or, booked a bread-making class so you can fill your home with the delicious scent of freshly baked foccacia (one sure way to impress your partner!) Who knows! If there are one or two New Years Resolutions you have set your mind to, then know you can do it, but don’t lose sleep over it all. Right? For the risk of sounding so cliché, I’m sorry, but, my rule of thumb would be to remember that the most important factor, above everything, is happiness and being kind to yourself. That’s the journey I am taking myself on as I begin this new year - no fad diets for me, no self-loathing (even if my waistline is definitely feeling more squidgy post Christmas!) but to embrace positivity and refrain from being too hard or judgemental on myself.
Now, I am beginning to digress, so it is time to introduce you to my first post of 2019! Today, I am taking us to Foxhill Manor…
After a wonderfully relaxed News Years Eve spent at home curled up on the sofa with Scott and Winnie, a feastful of scrumptious canapés, candles and Oceans 8 rented from Sky Cinema, we decided that on New Years Day, we would set off to the Cotswolds for an impromptu mini break away.
I mentioned in a recent Instagram post that Broadway is a place I could simply never tire of visiting. The rolling valley views, cute as a button village with cosy country pubs - if your soul needs a pick-me-up, then you must head here! Broadway is also a fantastic place to take your loyal companion(s), all that fresh country air will tire not only you out, but them too!
Nestled on Farncombe Estate, just up the road from Broadway, resides Foxhill Manor. This eight bedroom boutique hotel is the younger sibling of Dormy House Hotel and is a picture of elegance. Built in the early 19th century, this ‘Arts and Crafts’ mansion promises every ounce of luxury…
From complimentary champagne and a selection of spirits and soft drinks on tap, which guests can enjoy in the comfort of their room, or, from the smart yet informal lounge downstairs, to a pantry bursting with ‘help-yourself’ goodies. Let’s take a look!
Some of the treats in The Pantry are fresh from The Kitchen, such as hummus and veg, homemade fudge and chocolate brownies. You will also find a generous helping of cupboard snack staples including crisps, nuts, Joe & Seph’s popcorn, boiled sweets and candies.
Whilst we are on the topic of food (we will check-in to our room in a moment)… What makes a stay at Foxhill Manor even more unique is their approach to ordering whatever you fancy for dinner. Instead of perusing a menu, you are encouraged to visit The Kitchen to meet Chef and his team. Together, you will design your ideal menu… There is a blackboard which features meat, fish, vegetables and dessert options available that day, and from there, you simply just have to devise your perfect meal! To top it off, you can enjoy your feast that evening in front of the big screen, thanks to Foxhill Manor’s cosy movie room!
I mentioned earlier that they are dog-friendly, didn’t I? Well, this young lady was treated royally from the moment we arrived. It seems she has beaten us to it though and nipped upstairs to our room before us, so, let’s take a whistle stop tour of where we stayed…
Winnie was given her very own plump bed, a new toy, a fresh towel to wipe dirty paws, food and drink bowls, plus a dinner menu featuring roast beef! Alas, at £10, her pawrents decided that the kibble they had packed in her overnight bag would have to do on this occasion!
Us humans were in for a treat too. A roll top bath just begging to be filled with bubbles, a snug reading corner, complimentary teas, coffees and homemade white chocolate and raspberry biscuits.
You can even order your breakfast from the in-room tablet computer whilst waking up to these breath-taking valley views…
Or, you can opt to start your day with a breakfast banquet downstairs…
Freshly made pastries and jams, homemade granola, yoghurts, a fruit bowl and morning smoothies will all arrive whilst you decide what hot options you would like…
… and, marvel at the view!
Fancy blueberry pancakes with thick cut streaky bacon and maple syrup? Coming right up!
Ah, not for you though, Winnie!
Or, a traditional Cotswolds Full English?
After a breakfast fit for kings, you will want to (walk off!) work up an appetite for the meal you plan to curate again later that day with Chef!
Scott and I don’t tend to revisit hotels, only for the simple reason that we love to explore new places and sights every time we venture on holiday. However, Foxhill Manor is the kind of destination that will leave you thinking about it for days afterwards, you’ll soon be devising a reason to return!
For more information regarding this countryside retreat in the Cotswolds, please head here.