Smell a few of life’s flowers at Gravetye Manor

Built in 1598 by Richard Infield, Gravetye Manor was for his bride, Katharine Compton. The initials ‘R’ and ‘K’ can still be seen over the main entrance door and portraits of the couple are carved in oak over the fireplace in one of the bedrooms. Gravetye’s most notable owner, William Robinson one of the greatest…

Top 5 Spring Gift Ideas

Spring is here – we can see it and, after a long Winter, we can feel it too! Now is the perfect time to get out and enjoy the great outdoors. With that in mind, we have a wonderful selection of gift experiences from venues located in the country that would make lovely gifts, to…

The Belfry… so much more than golf!

For many, the name ‘The Belfry’ is synonymous with golf. True, The Belfry offers an array of golf courses to match anyone’s game, but nestled in over 500 acres of countryside there is more to this place than just fairways and birdies. From dining room to treatment table, spacious accommodation and acres to explore, discover luxury in…

Grandeur on the sea

The Grand Brighton, sitting proudly along one of the UK’s most iconic seafronts.

Afternoon Tea experience guide…

A few friendly tips on afternoon tea and how to make the most of your next afternoon tea experience. Afternoon Tea is a quintessentially British institution and it’s popularity continues to grow with the experience becoming more individual and stylised by an assortment of venues. Call it what you may… Cream Tea, High Tea, Elevenses (for…

Cool Summer Gift Ideas

Ahhh…Summer! Any of the lovely hotels on What I Really Wanted would make a great retreat for either a stay-cation, a day trip or even an afternoon or evening time out during the Summer. What is especially fitting for this time of year is the selection that have access to the great outdoors, outdoor pools, golf courses, tennis…

The sweet taste of the vineyard…

If you think this hotel’s name is nothing more than a quirky link to a hint of some vague association to wines, then think again. Whilst the vines may not be visible on site here, The Vineyard’s extensive cellar holds over 30,000 bottles, a fair few of which are Californian award winners, including a unique…

Vroom with a view…

Introducing a Surrey gem that will leave you in a spin! The unique, design-led Brooklands Hotel first opened its doors in 2010 on the site of the iconic Brooklands race track and offers the ultimate combination of contemporary design with a vibrant history. The racing heritage can be seen throughout the hotel’s artwork and more…

One for the Dads…

As a relatively new Dad, Father’s Day now takes on new meaning. In previous years, I’d be scratching my head thinking what could I possibly get for my Dad. The man who, for all intents and purposes, had everything he wanted… I know he did, because I would normally be asking for it or to…

A slice of luxury living…

Discover Luton Hoo, a stunningly beautiful historic hotel, golf and spa nestled in over 1,000 acres of breathtaking gardens and parkland on the Hertfordshire/Bedfordshire border. A slice of luxury living in the countryside. Luton Hoo offers its guests the epitome of high class accommodation mixed with outstanding leisure facilities and a warm, welcoming atmosphere. Accommodation takes the form…

One small step from the city…

Set in 300 acres of Hertfordshire countryside and only 18 miles from central London, this former home of the Earls of Clarendon is now a luxury hotel with 215 bedrooms and suites, a championship golf course (home to the 2016 British Masters), an award-winning spa, three restaurants, as well providing a stunning backdrop for weddings and…

Two for One in the Lakes

Introducing the beautiful Langdale Estate. A delightful 35-acre estate set in the heart of the secluded Langdale Valley beneath the imposing skyline of the famous Langdale Pikes in the heart of the Lake District. Today’s visitors to the Langdale Estate are a little different to those who would have visited the original 17th Century woollen mill…