I was recently invited to stay at Chicheley Hall, a gorgeous Grade I listed English country house just outside of Milton Keynes. The 18th century Baroque style mansion is home to 48 rooms, a restaurant and a bar all set within 80 acres of beautifully kept grounds. Its secluded countryside location offers the perfect respite from the hustle and bustle of daily life.
After checking in at reception we went to find our room, the Cartwright suite, which is part of the original Grade I listed part of the house. The suite is a stunning large room with solid wooden wardrobes all around the room. On trying to find the bathroom, we then realised that the bathroom door had been disguised as a wooden panelled wall. The bathroom was behind a secret door!
The bedroom was nice and large with two sash windows which gave a beautiful view of the gardens at the back of the property. The room had everything you’d expect in a modern hotel room, including free wi-fi, a TV, large comfy bed, and tea and coffee making facilities. Extra treats included slippers, dressing gowns, a big comfy chair, bottled water, and a choice of magazines!
Through the secret door in the bedroom wall leads to a small but modern bathroom with everything you could need. I loved the big shower with marble effect slab tiles, and I always enjoy trying out complimentary toiletries! Before dinner I had a little pamper in the bathroom enjoying a nice hot shower and lazing around wearing the bath robe.
The house is surrounded by over 80 acres of well kept grounds which includes a lake, canal, and 25 acres of gardens. The drive up to the house is so impressive; you get a fantastic view of the whole property, lined by trees, and the gorgeous green front lawns. Parking is around the back of the property, and as we were visiting on Grand Prix weekend as Silverstone race course is quite close by, there were some very snazzy sports cars parked at the hotel!
Roaming around the grounds are also a few stunning peacocks which I managed to snap a photo of before I frightened them off! We went for a wander around the grounds before dinner, and walked around the gorgeous gardens and the lake area where you can get a great view of the house. It was such a lovely walk and we were lucky that the weather was still lovely and sunny that evening.
We had dinner in the on site restaurant which was in a very grand dining room downstairs. We picked a table by the large open window overlooking the garden which was so lovely. The service we received from the staff was wonderful, and we also thoroughly enjoyed our food.
Their menu includes firm favourites and for starters Gavin had the butternut squash soup of the day, and I picked the calamari, which was probably the best calamari I’ve ever had! It was so fresh and tasty and a nice big portion too. For the main course I tried the gourmet beef burger which came with cheese, chutney, chunky chips and coleslaw, and again was a nice sized portion. Gavin went for the garlic and thyme roast chicken breast served with potato gratin, vegetables, and a red wine jus.
We also decided to treat ourselves to dessert, and I went for the raspberry cheesecake, which was a very generous big slice! I absolutely love cheesecake and this was a gorgeous fresh flavour for a hot summer day. We also shared a cheese board which came with crackers, three cheeses, grapes, and onion chutney.. it was so yummy!
We had a wonderful nights sleep and we got up early so that we could have a nice quiet breakfast in the dining room. There was a nice buffet selection to choose from including fresh fruit and yoghurt, toast, and everything you could need for a nice cooked breakfast. You could also help yourself to juices and the waiter would offer tea and coffee also.
Overall we had a wonderful, relaxing stay at Chicheley Hall and I would definitely recommend it to couples who perhaps want to go for a nice romantic break away somewhere quiet, but still with a city centre a short drive away.