A sunny weekend at Chicheley Hall

I was kindly invited for an over night stay at Chicheley Hall for Easter Bank Holiday weekend.   If I'm honest, I've never stayed anywhere that isn't the typical 'modern' hotel, so I was so excited to stay somewhere with such grand grounds and interiors. It's an 18th century mansion with plenty of history in the second world war - if you find that kind of thing interesting, just ask at reception and they'll be sure to fill you in! With the hall being located in Newton Pagnell, I also recommend a visit around the town as it's a gorgeous area in itself if you have time!

When we pulled up on the pebbled drive, I've gotta admit the building was breath taking. It's enormous, and looks so grand. Already the grounds looked incredible, and I couldn't wait to get started and explore.    When we arrived, the reception staff greeted us and they were ever so friendly and offered us a tour of the grounds and a drink after we'd unpacked.  We were told we were given the best rooms, and so the excitement began.

The room

I'm pretty sure between me and Alex, there were about 50 'woah's' as we opened the door to our bedroom.  It was magnificent, it was like a mini apartment. The room included everything you needed, including an Iron, hair-dryer, a desk, free-wifi, comfy bed, sofa, chairs, a tv and a coffee table.  We couldn't complain! We were already planning our night in on the sofa in front of the tv with wine and snacks and a mini-pamper with the face masks that I'd brought. Just call us mid 20's going on 50...

The bathroom was bigger than my bedroom in London, so for me I was in heaven. It had a bath(!!!), lots of luxurious products, and a shower cap (yes, easily pleased).    The view was amazing and you could see for yards and yards ahead of you.   We felt like absolute royalty. The shower had a pretty good water pressure, and it was weirdly satisfying being able to sit on the loo and watch the view of the grounds...

The grounds

We were so lucky with the weather, as it was scorching; so a tour around the magnificent grounds was a must.   The trees were in full blossom, the grass was green, and the lake was gorgeous. We even spotted a few little frogs!  If you fancied an activity, there was bowls to keep us entertained but unfortunately it was always occupied when we wanted a go!  We also heard rumours of a peacock, but we couldn't confirm the rumours ourselves!

The restaurant

Our stay included a free dinner and breakfast,  so with 2 foodies, this was heaven. We both opted for the steak and chips,   and chicken goujons to start (adventurous, we know).  But both dishes were delicious, and we washed it down with a bottle of red wine. The service was friendly and quick, and they played some classical music in the background which was soothing.   We managed to grab a table looking out at the view, which topped off the evening.

For breakfast, it was a buffet.  There was pretty much everything you could want in a breakfast there. They provided fresh juices, coffee and tea, continental and also a full English breakfast. Of course, me and Alex opted for the full English to really fill our boots for the day, and again the service was friendly and super helpful.

Overall our stay was amazing, and I'd highly recommend it to anyone staying in the Milton Keynes/ Buckinghamshire area. The only downside was that it could be a bit updated, but I guess that's to be expected with a grand hall with history!

*Post in collaboration with Chichely Hall, but all photos and views are my own.


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