It's Mother's Day next weekend, and if you haven't already planned a treat for your Mum, look no further than a weekend in Shakespeare's Stratford-upon-Avon. This delightful English town is not only full of literary culture; but is home to some of the country's most stylish hotels and eateries.
At the end of the drive, the hotel itself resembles a baronial castle. It's elegant exterior, and well-maintained grounds, is carried on inside with its historic and quintessentially English country hotel decor. The hotel bar provides a comfortable place to relax, with leather sofas and a grand piano.
It also opens out onto the terrace that overlooks the hotel's glorious landscaped garden- perfect for a drink on a bright Spring day.
Standard rooms cost £195 per night for bed & breakfast; but with suites at just £50 more, they provide excellent additional space. The suites, have a smart living room with television; long corridor off which is an elegant bathroom with bath and shower cubicle; and a good-sized bedroom with an additional television. The accommodation is very comfortable, and glorious Gilchrist & Soame toiletries are provided for guest's use.
Breakfast is also served in Trevelyan restaurant; and offers guests a good variety of hot and cold choices; including fresh fruit, pastries and cooked breakfasts.
The hotel's spa is a must-visit. A large range of treatments are available to choose from. Sitting adjacent to the hotel, the spa's entrance contains a relaxing water feature; from which you can head to the pool, gymnasium, sauna and spa pool or the beauty area. The Clarin's Back, Neck & Shoulder massage costs just £30 for a half hour treatment, and it will leave you fully relaxed and smelling divine!
In Stratford itself, no visit is complete without a trip to the RSC's Royal Shakespeare Theatre. The next main season starts in April; but the shop is a delight to wander around! For up-to-date performance and theatre tour schedules, visit www.rsc.org.uk.
The place to eat in town is definitely The One Elm. This fabulous gastro-pub provides amazing food and service. A lot of the staff live together above the pub; so it really does have a 'home from home' atmosphere. Oak tables, carved wooden bread baskets and tree print wallpaper parallel The One Elm's focus on the basics- good food and good service.
|Image: The One Elm|
For Mother's Day, flowers are being given to all the Mums! The One Elm (http://www.oneelmstratford.co.uk) is definitely well worth a visit.
For more information on the Menzies Welcombe Hotel & Spa visit http://www.menzieshotels.co.uk.