In search of rampant sleep – hotels for couples
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If you don’t know what rampant sleep is, I’m guessing you don’t have children. It’s what you do when you go away with your husband to a nice hotel, relax in a bubble bath, have a bottle of wine and a flirt over dinner, then start snoring at approximately 9pm before you’ve had a chance to put on your pricey new undies. A highly pleasurable experience as it happens!
S and I escaped to Henley on a sunny day, no kids to harrass us, nothing to do but browse in shops (yes, browse!! Remember that?), knock back champers at 4pm just because we could, and read the papers – all of them, at leisure – in bed at the Hotel du Vin where we stayed.
I’d totally recommend the hotel as a romantic bolt-hole. It’s a stone’s-throw from the river in a tucked-away position, has a champagne bar with squidgy sofas and quality house bubbles and enough pistachios to entice you to another glass. Plus a buzzy restaurant and attractive rooms (big roll-top baths and shower heads as big as sunflowers) and a fair price too – I think it was £230 for bed, breakfast and dinner. Quite possibly the best 24 hours I’ve had this year!
Henley not your cup of char? Then check out …
Danesfield House (particularly now the restaurant has just grabbed its first Michelin star) – fantastic spa and a stunning lounge area that somehow pulls off both grand and romantic
Hartwell House – check out my previous blog post here. It’s a dream come true this place, if you’re willing to part with £350 for the night. There’s a lovely spa here too.
Calcot Manor – on the outskirts of Muddy territory, but a fantastic hotel – modern facilities but retaining lots of character – with stupendous spa facilities in gorgeous Cotswold countryside. I’ve been three times now so really know what I’m talking about on this one. If you must insist on bringing your children (you fools!!), there are brilliant childcare facilities, including an all day creche.
The Kings Arms, Woodstock – A less expensive option than The Feathers and The Bear, but when we stayed here a few years back it suited us perfectly. A lovely large bedroom and a sweet, relaxed bar/restaurant downstairs, with Blenheim Palace around the corner.
Is there a hotel you’d recommend for a special night away? Write in the comment box below.