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My Spa win

Yes I know your thinking not another weekend away, but this is also from 2011 trying to fit it before it runs out.

I won a weekend away to The Vineyard, Newbury. It wasnt until we was there I realised that Beth still had my camera, so piccys not that good.

Well it certainly lived up to their website.

The front of the hotel

Our room 🙂

Stuart was treating me to a spa treatment, which I chose a massage but it wasnt until 5.30pm, and as we hadnt eaten we went into town.

It was a lovely high street and we found West Cornwall Pasty Company

We both chose a pasty and it was massive lol

So after a walk around the town, we headed back for my spa treatment, and boy it was so relaxing, putting me in the mood for an enjoyable evening.

We went down about 7pm for pre dinner drinks, now there was loads of cocktails and hard to choose! In the end we both had mojitos, stuart had an original and I had champagne 😀

Dinner menu was a nightmare too many choices but in the end we chose the 5 course tasting menu with out wine £79.00!!!! So glad it was included in the win.

The butter had sea salt in it, eeek I am allergic to salt so we had to ask for plain salt as well.

We opted for a nice rose wine to have with dinner.

Confi of duck fois gras with grilled peach and red chilli – it was alright, nothing really to shout about, probably because I am not keen on peach, it was very rich.

Scallops, oops I forgot to take a piccy but they were lovely, juicy and melted in your mouth!

Pan fried red mullet, very nice

Aberdeen Angus Steak, I am not really a ‘red meat’ ‘steak’ person, and to be honest wanted to save room for dessert, so Stuart had most of this meal, I did have a mouthful and it was cooked to perfection, melted in your mouth.

DESSERT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Strawberries my favourite fruit!

Well after all that I was full…

We explored the hotel abit and found the most amazing wine cellar!!

We both had a lovely night.

So the next morning, it was breakfast..

Stuart opted for a full english breakfast

I had a mushroom omlette and it was massive!

After breakfast we decided a walk was needed, so we drove into town where there was a farmers market and paused to watch the swans.

A Gourmet Win

Last year I won a night away with Skoda and Classic FM.
My life being hectic, I left till last minute to use. So in May my hubbie and myself took the trip. Dogs went into kennels, Beth staying with grandparents. All was organised. We took the trip on the mayday weekend, Saturday 4th May to be precise.

So 1st was the car delivered, it was a skoda estate, it was nice, dont usually drive a diesel but all good.

So after over an hour around the M25, we arrived at our destination, Great Fosters, Egham, Surrey. OMG its amazing.

Great Fosters is a listed building, built in 1550 it was originally Henry VIII hunting lodge.

We went in and it was lovely and quirky, after checking in we was taken to our room, room is an understatement – Suite!!!

So I wonder whats behind this door…………..

oooo another door…..

So I wonder what the view is from the window?

Wow it was gorgeous.

So we had afternoon tea booked for 3pm, before that we decided to take advantage for the break in the weather and have a walk around the gardens.

So back inside …

Time for afternoon tea, but we opted for Champagne afternoon tea (hic)

Then came the cakes, tea and coffee..

and it was proper silver tip tea!!

So after all the travelling, food and walk we decided on a snooze in the room before dinner at 7pm!

Before Dinner was cocktails, we had 2 each lol

so now dinner time, 1st was an amuse-bouche

My starter, apparently its very embarassing me taking photos of everything, so I will just say the rest of the meal was yummy indeed and the wine was excellent.

We opted for coffee in the bar, in a comfy sofa.

So after all this food and drink, was time for bed.

Next morning we was down for breakfast, continential or cooked breakfast as option, I opted for the Vegetarian and Stuart full english breakfast.

We still had lunch, so after checking out we explored the local town visiting a really nice farm shop, purchasing some nice local sausages.

So back for sunday lunch, more food…..

Stuart opted for pate and I had rosotto

Then the main course

I got to say after all this food, I was stuffed, but time to leave for home. The staff and service here was A1 and nothing too much trouble.

The main door to the hotel, look closely it doesnt all open, but alittle door within a door!

and finally this bush, well more like giant tree, pruning must be hard

It was lovely, and nice to experience a hotel that we would never have dreamed of going to, mainly because of the cost. It was definately out of this world and nice to be spoilt.

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