After a few weeks back into the routine of clubs, parties and admin at the weekends – it’s nice to get away from it all and have a change of scene. The problem is – if you type into your search engine ‘family hotel near London’ quite a few appear. That’s why it’s good to have a personal recommendation and I have one for you! The Wellington Arms in Stratfield Turgis, Hampshire was refurbished at the end of last year and has recently just opened up 25 new bedrooms too. Situated less than a mile from the M4, Junction 11, so only an hour from Central London it is the perfect destination for a quick weekend in the countryside.
With stylish interiors and a plenty of space, there area few different areas to relax and eat, whether you would like formal dining, eat at the bar or even reserve your own area for a private event (they have a HUGE screen that would be fun to watch a match on!)
We had decided on having a large lunch as we had friends visit for drinks in the evening. The sharing platters at the bar went down very well indeed!
The bedrooms were well equipped with a mini bar (very important) TV (a real treat to have the opportunity to watch daytime tv) and I especially loved the metro chic bathrooms with the huge slipper bath which I emerged myself in for the good part of an hour.
We stayed as a couple but as we are familiar with the area, I can highly recommend the Wellington Country Park as a lovely family day out. Situated close by and around a lake, there is an adventure playground, a dinosaur park, a magical train, jumping cushion, go carts and a lovely cafe.
If you are feeling really adventurous, book a lesson at Wellington Riding It is a beautifully appointed well equipped equestrian centra, again very close to the Wellington Arms. Go for a coffee and watch a lesson at the indoor riding school or stock up on your tack in the wonderful equestrian shop.
Before you head back home, be sure to stock your cupboards, fridge and freezer at the Wellington Farm Shop. The fresh produce is magnificent and it is one step above your normal farm shop, with a lovely interiors shop, cafe, playground and a few animals dotted around!
Photo Credits : Milly Fletcher