To celebrate my mother’s birthday this year, we decided on a relaxing break from our busy bee schedules, and booked an overnight stay at the MacDonald Berystede Hotel & Spa – If you follow my Instagram (@anasofiachic), you would have probably already seen some of the highlights of our special mini trip!
The retreat is located in the heart of Ascot, only a short distance from Royal Windsor. We arrived early in the evening and were immediately struck by the most breath-taking view of a gorgeously illuminated stately manor. Excited to get in, we grabbed our bags from the car and promptly made our way to the reception to check in, where we were met by the warmest of greetings from the lovely staff at the main desk.
Before heading over to our rooms, we couldn’t help but take a minute to admire the splendour of our surroundings – grand chandeliers, stone fireplaces, oil paintings and leather sofas, alongside other contemporary furnishings. The attention to detail was everything here.
The beautiful décor didn’t stop at the reception as we were just as equally taken aback by our lovely bedrooms. Within the rooms you can expect oodles of style, elegance and sophistication, and windows offering views overlooking the surrounding gardens (I fell in love, as a true Pinterest addict would). My mum had a double bedroom for herself, whereas my sister and I shared a twin bedroom with two single beds.
The rooms were generously sized with plenty of space to comfortably walk around without feeling like you’re treading on each other’s toes. The bathroom, on the other hand, was fairly small in comparison but still perfectly suitable for two people to share. It was spotlessly clean and included fresh, fluffy towels and complimentary toiletries (shower gel, shampoo, soap and a hair cap). Additional room perks included a tray of soft drinks, a selection of teas, TV and a hairdryer. Bonus points, the Wi-fi throughout the whole hotel was completely free to use! (a biggie for us bloggers)
Our hotel stay package included a free three-course meal which we decided to have on the same evening of our arrival. The restaurant truly epitomises the quintessential English cuisine but does so in a modern and upmarket way. I opted for the chicken terrine for starters, steak frites with a side of fries for the main, and a chocolate bake pudding accompanied with coffee ice-cream for dessert – all delicious choices which I thoroughly enjoyed.
The dining room was exquisitely decorated, the food was outstandingly delicious (and very instagrammable) and the service, impeccable. The birthday girl was very pleased, especially with the surprise candle-lit dessert and Happy Birthday sing song from the waiters – such a lovely surprise and special touch, thank you ever so much Berystede!
The following morning, we rose early at 8 am and headed back down to the restaurant where we enjoyed the most delicious breakfast spread. The continental buffet included a hot, cold and gluten-free section, as well as other added extras such as a selection of freshly baked pastries, juices and fruit platters – the choice was endless.After a scrumptious breakie, we decided it was time to relax and unwind in the spa. The facilities included an indoor swimming pool, outdoor hydrotherapy pool, thermal suites with rock-saunas, infra-red saunas, aroma steam rooms, ice rooms, therapies such as salt infusion mist rooms, experience rooms with invigorating showers of varying temperatures and pressure styles – phew! That’s quite a list, huh?
After a couple of hours spent at the spa and a light lunch, we were called in for our pre-booked full-body deep tissue massage and facial, both 55 minutes each – two hours of absolute pure bliss. For me, personally, this was the highlight of the whole trip. The beauty therapists were brilliant; Bethany worked wonders on my back and Hayley gave me a facial like I’ve never had before. At the very end of the treatment, I was provided with a detailed list of all of the products that had been used – all from the luxurious Elemis skincare line – and a selection of samples so that I could prolong the effects of the treatments at home. All three of us girls felt well and truly pampered!
To end this short but very sweet trip, we treated our mum to an afternoon tea. We were presented with a delicate array of sweet and savoury delights, from scones with strawberry jam and clotted cream, to cucumber and smoked salmon sandwiches, among other tantalising morsels – each and every one tasted aaaamazing.
Thank you Berystede for such a pleasant stay, it was wonderful!
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