Short stay: Burnham Beeches Hotel, Burnham, Buckinghamshire, UK


Again in 1727 this Georgian searching lodge fondly recalled classical structure: elegantly balanced, symmetrically proportioned and brilliantly, dazzlingly white. Cant Hill, because it was then named, was the resting place for royals as they hunted in Windsor Park.

Because it turned a lodge in 1965, renamed Burnham Beeches Resort, friends have regarded out from the sash home windows of the white Georgian facade and brought afternoon tea on the intensive lawns. With its aristocratic seems to be, this home has historical past. Thomas Gray, the good English poet, is alleged to have visited his rich uncle on the home and to have been so impressed that he wrote the well-known poem Elegy in a Nation Churchyard.

Much less solemnly, extra fashionable historical past data that Burnham Beeches Resort rocked to the sound of Soccer’s Coming Residence when Gazza, Lineker, Shearer, Southgate et al used the lodge as their base for the 1996 soccer Euros.

A devoted tea room pays homage to the good British afternoon tea ceremony.

The welcome

Reception, extra a lounge with its historic grandfather clock than a check-in, sits between outdated and new: the unique Georgian home and a more moderen extension.

The room

A misty impressionist print of morning daylight backlighting a forest, hung above the six toes vast mattress, echoes the view by means of the 2 home windows. It’s a giant bed room with writing desk, desk and chairs for room service. There’ is even an entrance corridor housing a fitted wardrobe, protected and tea / espresso level.

A contact display screen panel supplies air-conditioning in addition to heating to fulfill the vagaries of the British local weather. A large plasma tv display screen contrasts with a retro radio and an old school black phone from the times when operators linked calls on the native alternate.

The toilet

One other spacious room which ticks all of the packing containers for up to date lodge bogs.

Comfortable white towels, night-time low-level lighting plus Cole and Lewis toiletries add to the bath-time luxurious.

Services

Primarily based within the authentic home, The Oak Restaurant is a two AA rosette restaurant. Breakfast and lighter lunches are served in The 1727 Brasserie.

The Soul Spa attracts friends for therapies and for longer stays too. Facials, physique polish therapies, massages and eyebrow care all tempt guests.

Location

Just some miles from the M4, the lodge is situated in ten surprisingly quiet rural acres. Close by, the 220 acres of Burnham Beeches Nature Reserve supplies many walks meandering by means of the traditional woodland. Burnham Beeches Resort is a tranquil base for visiting Thames Valley points of interest: Marlow, Windsor Fortress and Windsor Nice Park.

A direct prepare, from Paddington to Burnham, taking 41 minutes, makes Burnham Seashores Resort a well-liked nation escape from London.

Different good touches

We had been welcomed to our room with do-it-yourself candies and a contemporary fruit platter.

In The Tea Room, there’s a Kids’s Afternoon Tea menu too, starting their afternoon tea schooling early.

Price

Rooms start from £90 which incorporates the buffet breakfast for 2 friends.

It’s a worth representing superb worth because it additionally supplies entry to the lodge’s leisure amenities.

One of the best bit

Afternoon tea is each an artwork and a science when it’s served within the dove gray Tea Room. Beneath the glittering chandeliers, Georgian magnificence is given a lighter contact by with gentle furnishings and crockery from Laura Ashley. A trio of silver tea-pots displayed on a shelf remind friends that it is a room devoted to afternoon tea. Comfortable plum draped window scarves prime towering silver curtains which body serene views throughout the garden.

That is distinctly a Downtown Abbey second. Three timers determine afternoon tea as a science too. Pour Darjeeling from pot to cup after two minutes, Earl Gray after three and Chai after 5.  There’s a selection of Afternoon Tea with tea – or Prosecco or Champagne. A vegan afternoon tea options sandwiches equivalent to Lebanese hummus and beetroot in addition to vegan scones. Regardless of the possibility, the cake tier is at all times heavenly.

Anticipate treats equivalent to delicate lemon macaroons, fluffy banana cake and a shocking choux pastry eclair stuffed with raspberry cream and topped with slithers of dried raspberries.

The ultimate verdict 

A quiet oasis completely positioned for exploring Windsor and the Thames Valley. Although sensible friends will put aside time for a wonderful afternoon tea, unwinding within the Soul Spa and stress-free with the leisure amenities.

Disclosure: Our keep was sponsored by Burnham Beeches Resort.