Double Birthday Celebrations at Luton Hoo!

Thursday, 20 October 2016

So...Last year we spent Jake's birthday at Luton Hoo…Remember this Surprise Land Rover Experience?  And ever since that weekend we have been dying for an excuse to go back and I can't think of a better one than my birthday!!  The best bit was this year I also got to celebrate this special day with one of my BFF Nikita, Happy Birthday to us!!! 

The footman greeted me with 'Good morning Mrs Carlson" and opened the door ushering me into the grand reception with it's breath taking decor and royal chandeliers, I felt like a true Princess. Luton Hoo really is the perfect place for both girlie pampering and a romantic break.

While we relaxed in one of the seating rooms over looking the gardens and enjoyed an afternoon tea, the footman organized our bags to be taken straight to our room. We felt like we had the whole place to ourselves!

The pillared front of the mansion is absolutely stunning and as soon as you pass through the grand doors at the entrance,  you never want to leave.

 We wondered out the front to take some pictures and that's when we saw it....the most beautiful tree in the world!! It was just standing there looking all pretty, begging us to come and take a photo of it!


We booked the Romantic break package, which meant we were greeted with a bottle of chilled champagne with chocolate dipped strawberries in our room on arrival...Luton Hoo definitely know how to make you feel special!! 

In the evening we retired to our rooms to get changed into our best.  Jackets and ties for the gentlemen and birthday dresses and heels for the ladies.  We were about to indulge in an exquisite fine dining experience at the award-winning Wernher Restaurant.  As soon as we arrived we were treated like royalty, chairs were positioned for us our napkins laid on our laps. Based on our previous experiences we had extremely high expectations yet somehow the incredibly talented guys & girls at the Wernher completely surpassed every goalpost.

We had the Tasting Menu, a six course degustation and every course was 'melt in your mouth' delicious. I literally couldn't pick a favorite as they were all so good!

Goat's cheese and beetroot cannelloni w pickled heritage carrots & carrot puree

 Pan fried turbot w roasted cepes & chestnuts, wilted kale & confit heritage potatoes

 Tasting of Pork, roast fillet, cripsy belly & glazed cheek w pommes puree & Madeira reduction

White chocolate, ginger and raspberry triffle

It was a fabulous evening! The food and wine were superb and of course, the company entertaining, lets just say that we were the last guests to leave the restaurant!

 And just as we thought things couldn't be any better, we got a gorgeous birthday surprise! Luton Hoo certainly know it's the little touches that make a difference with your stay. The attention to detail and personal touches to every aspect of their service is truly amazing.

Nothing beats waking up in the biggest, softest marshmallow bed in the countryside.  

Does anyone else look forward to peaking in the bathroom and seeing the bathroom amenities? I loved that Luton Hoo stocked Molton Brown.  Pink pepperpod body wash was my favorite!

We eventually made our way back to the Wernher Restaurant where we met up with Nikita and Jonathan and enjoyed a traditional English breakfast. Not only did they offer a full buffet they also offer a full A La Carte menu, naturally we decided to do both. Would be rude not too really.

After breakfast we went for a lovely walk through the estate.  Luton Hoo has over a 1,000 acres of glorious parkland, meadows, woodlands, lakes, rivers and nature trails to be explored.  However, my favourite by far is the formal gardens designed by the famous Capability Brown! Nikita's husband Jonathan, is much like Jake and prefers to stay behind the camera or as we like to call them #instagramhusbands.  Jonathan and Jake are as close as Nikita and I are, so it made for a wonderful birthday getaway with double the fun!

Outfit details ~ High Boots // Short Skirt // Wool Hat // Coat (old similar here)

 Meet Percy Luton Hoo's resident Peacock...unsure of what his actual name is, but we decided to call him Percy...he looks like a Percy don't you think?!

One of the main reasons I love coming back to Luton Hoo is their amazing Spa, which is located in the estates’s old stable courtyard.  We put on our swimmers, robes and slippers and spent most of our afternoon here unwinding in the infinity pool, jacuzzi and heat therapy suite.  Absolute bliss!

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We had such an amazing and relaxing weekend in the country, surrounded in luxury, getting pampered and waited upon….The perfect birthday retreat.

Now we just need to find another excuse to visit again!

High Tea at The Ritz

Monday, 17 October 2016

I love high tea and have been lucky enough to experience quite a few.  However, there is no where else quite like High Tea at The Ritz.  It is one of the best and most famous places for afternoon tea in London.  Which is why you shouldn't be surprised that you have to book months in advance.  Which is exactly what I did for a very special occasion…my birthday!! I adore every aspect about high tea…from getting dressed up and sipping tea from beautiful china to sampling the exquisitely hand crafted sweets and savouries.  Afternoon tea is definitely one of my favourite things to do in London.  

So without further adieu come follow me inside!

We felt like royalty as soon as we entered The Ritz, with a warm welcome from the doorman as he opened the doors to reveal the beautiful hotel lobby.  It's like stepping back in time and makes you feel like a film star in the Great Gatsby Movie!

High tea is served in the elegant Palm Court.  From floor to ceiling mirrored walls, chandeliers, a gilded fountain and fresh flowers everywhere to the pianist playing on a grand piano, the setting just takes your breath away.

Once we were seated we were able to select our choice of tea from a range of 16 quality loose leaf infusions.  I had Rose Congou while Jake had the Ritz Royal English which is The Ritz's own special blend.

The high tea itself was “S’marvellous”.  The finger sandwiches and savouries were mouth-watering and the cakes were delicious and almost looked too good to eat!  The Ritz is famous for their scones served with clotted cream and jam and definitely lived up to our expectations.  

Just when we thought we couldn’t indulge any further, a waiter arrived with even more sweet delights asking us if we would like to try some different cakes....We thought it would be rude not to!

Of course, you must make a stop to the powder room while at The Ritz.....

How adorable?! Seriously bathroom selfie material, especially when the dress your wearing matches the decor!

Once seated back in the Palm Court. I got such a huge surprise when the pianist started playing a rendition of "happy birthday" whilst a beautiful birthday cake was heading my way!  

Time to make a wish......

Such a surreal experience…and a very happy birthday to me! 

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