We were recently invited to review the Oatlands Park Hotel in Weybridge, Surrey as they are undergoing a £15million renovation.
Oatlands Park Hotel is one, as a local, I had heard of before but didn’t really know where it was or what was on offer there.
Located about a 5-minute drive from the centre of Weybridge, we found that the hotel has a huge amount of royal history. The grounds were originally the site of a grand Tudor palace built by Henry VIII in 1538 and other monarchs, including Elizabeth I, James I and Charles I, also resided at Oatlands during their reign.
The house and grounds have been rebuilt and changed several times over the years and the current renovation is costing £15 million and by the looks of the areas that have been finished will transform the hotel.
We arrived at the hotel on a Saturday afternoon and immediately went to explore the room and the grounds. We were staying in one of the refurbished double rooms and we weren’t disappointed.
The room was beautifully and tastefully decorated and had everything you would expect from fluffy white robes, slippers, tea and coffee making facilities, wifi and most importantly for two exhausted parents the most comfortable bed I think I have ever slept in!
The bathroom was also beautifully refurbished, with good lighting and a lovely shower (again a luxury for a Mama who usually showers in 30 seconds)!
The hotel is set in the most beautiful grounds overlooking a lake. We had a view of the lake and gardens from our room and it was so peaceful looking out. We weren’t lucky with the weather, unfortunately, but on a sunny day the grounds would be an amazing place for a walk and even a read of a book!
It started to rain so we decided to make the most of one of the lit fires in the bar area and have a well-deserved drink! The bar served coffees, teas and to my liking prosecco!
As we sat and read a paper (again a real treat), we saw afternoon teas being enjoyed in one of the restaurants which looked delicious. As such I will be adding Oatlands Park Hotel to my list of afternoon tea venues.
We were booked in for dinner at the hotel and were surprised at how busy the restaurant was. The restaurant has been refurbished and has been done beautifully. It is light, airy and has a really nice atmosphere, especially in the evenings.
The staff were very friendly and took their time to explain the menu and help us with a choice of wine.
We decided to have a two-course meal, with starters and mains.
We both had a pate with toast and chutney to start which not only was presented beautifully, tasted amazing as well. For mains, I had a duck breast with garlic potato and vegetables and my husband had fish and chips. The duck was cooked perfectly for me and was really tender and my husband said that they were the best fish and chips he had ever had!!
We had a lovely evening, the food was brilliant, the wine choice was perfect and it was so nice to have a meal together.
We both had the best sleep we have probably had for about four years and I had a slight panic when I woke at 8am but then remembered the girls were at home!
It was then down for breakfast and we were really excited to have another meal together and one we could eat quicker than in 30 seconds!
The breakfast is served in the same location as dinner and we had a lovely table by the window overlooking the gardens. I was really impressed with the choice, fresh fruit, freshly baked pastries, cereals and a delcious looking cooked breakfast.
Niether of us could say no to a cooked breakfast, so after some fruit we tried most of what was on offer. As with the food from the previous evening it was all delicious and all tasted like good quality produce. The coffee was also good and we really enjoyed our relaxed breakfast.
We had a wonderful stay at Oatlands Park Hotel and would thoroughly recommend it to friends and family. The refurbishment is so exciting for the hotel and the local area, I can’t wait to see it when it’s all finished.
A big thank you to Oatlands Park Hotel for having us and I’ll definitely be back for afternoon tea!
*We were invited to stay at Oatlands Park Hotel in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts, opinions and images are my own*