An afternoon of bliss at the Grims Dyke Hotel

40 aches of lush, breathtaking surroundings, peacefulness and tranquility. 

A beautiful 1870’s red brick Manor house & a spot of traditional afternoon tea.

Need I say more? 

Honestly theres really no need to, the pictures will predominantly speak for themselves. 

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After being invited to this historic grade II* listed Country House set in award-winning gardens on the London/Hertfordshire border, I was ready to immerse myself in all its beauty.  The former home of Sir Gilbert of Gilbert & Sullivan fame is only a short train journey from Central London and has the most stunning grounds I have laid eyes on, within the UK. 

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The hotel itself is a popular wedding venue, hosting private functions and loads of entertainment evenings such as murder mystery nights, concerts, dinners and historical walking tours. For whatever reason you want out of your stay, there is more than enough to keep you occupied. Not to mention, its also played host as a set to a number of well know films and TV shows over the years and its not a wonder really. I mean, I would happily choose this as back drop or a wedding location.  

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We started the afternoon off with a show around of this remarkable grand building and its equally stunning gardens. For me, it was just so wonderful to be in the fresh country air with the sun beaming on my face and listening to the chirping sounds of the birds, rather than tooting horns or ‘mind the gap please’!

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I just couldn’t think of a better way to spend my Saturday afternoon and I must say I was rather tempted to just perch myself outside for the rest of the day, with a good book and a glass of bubbles. Now that is the life I could handle. 

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After our non-strenuous stroll, I still had managed to work up quite the appetite (something different for a change) and awaiting our arrival in the formal dining room was a scrumptious spread of afternoon tea delights. 

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A selection of all your favourite sandwiches,  admirable cakes, scones with clotted cream, tasty quiches and some very eye catching swans. So pretty that I couldn’t bear to ruin the moment by having to eat away at them…well maybe for at least a minute or two 🙂 

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I guess you’re curious as to what the damage is? Would you be surprised if I told you a small cost of £15.99? Seems a bargain when you compare it to central London prices and I kid you not, the portion sizes are hugely generous with plenty of top ups for the hungry beavers. 

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So if you’ve been looking to book a quiet, rejuvenating weekend away this summer, perhaps this might be a place to keep in mind. This country hotel and its striking features will blow you away with its enchanting presence, compelling history and a general relaxed vibe about it.  

 

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Id also like to add a special mention to the hotel staff for their friendly and welcoming hospitality on the day.

A few extra details:

Location: Old Redding, Harrow Weald, London, Middlesex HA3 6SH

Phone: 020 8385 3100

www.grimsdyke.com

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