Last weekend we invited along to stay at the gorgeous Tewkesbury Park Hotel, a luxury hotel, golf club and spa nested in the Gloucestershire countryside. Tewkesbury park was somewhere I had been looking at for a while, their dog friendly packages sounded a dream. If first impressions were anything to go by we were in for a treat! The long drive up to the hotel through the perfectly maintained grounds of the golf course was just a glimpse of how much pride Tewkesbury Park Hotel take in themselves.
The hotel is in a bit of a transition phase with ongoing improvements taking place. Already completed however is the interior of the main house. We were kindly given a tour of the house and spa and shown some of the amazing work that has gone in to the hotel. The decor was perfect, I found myself wandering around taking ispiration for my own home. It was lovely and modern, everything had been carefully considered before hand – It is all about the attention to detail after all!
I was surprised to learn that Tewkesbury Park have only recently become a dog friendly hotel… We received the warmest welcome from the team and there were dog amenities across the hotel – You would have thought that they had been doing it for years. Unfortunately dogs are not allowed everywhere in the hotel, which is understandable. To make up for it there is a magnificent piano room just off the main lobby where you can relax with you dog and have afternoon tea or settle down for dinner.
As a true cake addict I had already clocked the gorgeous array of cakes beautifully displayed on the bar, so we just had to start our stay with tea and cake – It would be rude not to!? Unable to make our minds up on which cake to try, we opted for a selection of goodies: A Victoria sponge, lemon drizzle, and Battenberg with two macaroons thrown in for good luck.
We took a seat in the beautiful Piano Room to have our afternoon tea. Alf of course made himself right at home looking very dapper in his gorgeous Tweed bow tie. He was feeling pretty pleased with himself after smothering the team in kisses! For a wimpy dog he does just love to be centre of attention – As long as he is sat on my lap of course… Funnily enough if he was on the floor he would be waving at people from afar!
After taking the pooch out for a little run we went and chilled out in the room before dinner. The rooms were kitted out with all you need for short break with your best pal. We had ground floor room as well which had doors that backed on to the grounds, perfect to let Alf out to stretch his legs now and again… Or if you are an Alf sit in the doorway very confused at why these golfers were using the ball thrower all wrong!
The rooms had a lovely simple, modern country decor. The main feature being the massive bed! I loved the hints of Tweed and cosy soft furnishings. If you are looking for something a little more luxurious there are six gorgeous suits situated in the main house. All individually decorated with the most gorgeous views across the grounds, but sadly these are not dog friendly.
For Your Pooch
It was not just James and I that had the luxury of sleeping on a memory foam mattress. There was a Hunt & Wilson memory foam bed for Alf as well. I must admit I had never heard of this gorgeous brand before, after a bit of browsing it is safe to say my shopping list is growing (as always). There are some gorgeous pieces all hand made in Great Britain! Perfect for those spoilt pooches!
Although we all know where Alf ended up sleeping – prime position in the middle of the humans big bed!!)
Along with the bed Alf had a bowl set also from Hunt & Wilson and some treats. There were also some treats for us (well me) in the en-suite bathroom – some lovely little bath goodies form The White Company.
We were blessed to have the most glorious weather for the whole weekend. Instead of going off and exploring like we normal do we opted to have a drink and relax in the evening sun – and hey! Sometimes its nice just to drink prosecco and watch the sunset! Cheers!
Dining at Tewkesbury Park
At dinner time we took our seat in the piano room and took a look at the menu. It was a great menu. The full dinner menu is available to you even though you re not in the dining room – they don’t want you to miss out just because you came with your dog, we even had table service from one of the most friendliest waiters we’ve had on our travels. We gave our order and for a cheeky second bottle of wine…
I was being brave and tried some new things. I went for the homemade Thai fishcakes, and also tried some of James’s roasted pigeon breast with artichoke foam and bulgar wheat.
For the main course James went for a steak, they cook them on a flame grill giving them a smokey BBQ flavour. I went for Gloucester old spot pork three ways. Im happy to say I won the dinner choice – James got food envy real bad!
Of course, we couldn’t not have pudding… We both went for sticky toffee pudding, honeycomb ice cream with a bandy snap – They are my absolute favourite. We definitely weren’t disappointed, it was delicious!
Alf was also getting food envy – ‘cus we had food and he didn’t! That was until his dinner arrived – a whole diced chicken breast covered in a chicken gravy. They have a regular dog menu for you pooch to dine from while you enjoy your food.
After a good nights sleep we headed back over to the piano room for some breakfast. It was a buffet style breakfast. With choice of continental breakfast items, juices and, of course, a classic full English breakfast.
We really enjoyed our stay at the Teweksbury Park Hotel. Fantastic food and wine and the most friendly staff made us feel very well looked after. It was a much needed relaxing break after a hectic couple of weeks. A huge thank you to Tewkesbury park for inviting us along!
Emma & Alfie xox
Alfie was wearing his gorgeous Harris Tweed set c/o Bramble and Friends.