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July 26, 2019

The North East’s most Loved Destination – Wynyard Hall

Our weekend getaway to Wynyard Hall situated on the outskirts of Durham in the Tees Valley, was a truly relaxing and unforgettable experience. As we drove through Wynyard the scenery and houses really started the experience; Grande houses lined the winding lanes, with the backdrop of  the beautiful countryside and an amazing 18 hole, 72 par golf course. The hotel is set away from the residential area and surrounded by 150 acres of historical landscape, creating a peaceful and beautiful landscape to be surrounded by. On arrival to Wynyard Hall, we drove over a gorgeous bridge surrounded by tall trees, which masks the hotel so as you turn the corner you are stunned by the size and grandeur of Wynyard Hall, it truly is a magnificent sight. As we walked inside to the lobby, we were greeted at the reception with such a warm welcome and answered any queries we may have had. We were stunned by the size and history that you could feel by just walking within this historical building.. There were beautiful seating areas all around you depending on your mood; lounge areas set away to the side of the main lobby where we sat and had a drink before going to our room. Wynyard Hall exclusive accommodation includes three elegant cottages alongside 19 bedrooms and suites, each one complete with their own bespoke design. Once we checked in we were taken to our suite which was the ‘Lady Hamilton’ suite.  As we entered our suite we were extremely impressed, it was large with numerous amenities. The bedroom really shone with history with its own cosy yet elegant feel. The King-size bed made for the perfect nights sleep, sumptuous with luxurious linen. Leading to the left of the bedroom was the lounge area, this had two very comfy sofas and a television, and we were treated to some delicious complimentary refreshments. To the right of the bedroom was the spacious and bright bathroom, which was truly stunning with a boutique feel to it, including most welcome luxurious smellies. Once we were settled in we wanted to explore the hotel and take in the sights and to decide how we would spend our weekend. The staff at reception provided us with great ideas of where to go and what to see according to the time of day. There is plenty to do without leaving the hotel, the AA rosette restaurant offers an ever-changing seasonal menu of modern British dishes. Meanwhile you can indulge in a variety of beauty and body treatments at the lakeside Spa, don’t forget to book though, they are busy. I was also told that it is a must to see the Rose Garden and to enjoy the Edible Garden, Wild Garden and Woodland Walk. It is easy to see why Wynyard Hall is the North East’s most loved destination, there really is so much to do and see. The bar was small but featured elegant high ceilings, which made room for a beautiful feature fireplace by the bar, with seating in front to enjoy a drink, this is where we decided to chill out before going back to our suite to get ready for dinner. Our first meal in the AA rosette restaurant was a meal that we could not forget! We were shown to our table, which was in front of the tall windows providing a fabulous view of the grounds. The team of chefs work hand in hand with the team of gardeners to deliver a true ‘plot to plate’ experience. The Kitchen Garden Grower has spent the last 20 years in California working as a nutritionist, bringing what she has learned there to Wynyard Hall. Danny was our main waiter the whole weekend and he really impressed us with his knowledge of the menu and wines, along with his customer service and sense of humour. We began with a luscious bottle of white wine from Italy and amuse-bouche of sourdough bread with seaweed and salted butter and wonky carrots picked from their own gardens with a mayonnaise sauce, the wonky carrots were both humorous and delicious! For my starter I went with the chicken liver paté, crispy chicken skin and mixed beans on sourdough bread, my partner chose the mint cured red mullet, peas and crème friache, the presentation of both dishes were picture perfect and also tasted amazing, full of flavour and beautifully seasoned. For my main course my partner and I both decided to try the hanger steak, chop house butter, fries and watercress. We were very impressed with the cut and quality of the beef, cooked to perfection and soft, juicy and succulent, the knife cut through it like butter! We then had another amuse-bouche before desert; a peanut brittle with a set lemon curd meringue, raspberry sorbet and a raspberry, which looked exquisite and tasted beautiful, bursting with flavour. I then chose to have a selection of sorbets and my partner had the salted caramel and dark chocolate delice with malted ice cream, both were an exquisite way to end a glorious meal, leaving us feeling satisfied and most impressed with the attention to detail to each dish, it really was a special evening. After a super nights sleep, we got up and enjoyed a cup of tea in our suite before getting ready to head to breakfast. It was a pleasant surprise when the same waiter greeted us and showed us the huge selection of buffet and continental options, such as fresh fruit, cereals, fresh juice, hams and cheeses. There was something for everybody, but we decided on a hot breakfast. I ordered the eggs benedict, which were beautiful, and the eggs were cooked to perfection, my partner opted for the classic full English, using locally sourced produce where possible. It really was the most wonderful way to start the busy day we had ahead of us, we felt well set up. We had a truly relaxing day exploring the surrounding areas of Wynyard before heading back to the hotel for afternoon tea. The room we had this in was very large with bookshelves filling the walls, historical paintings and a piano sitting central to the room. We had a window seat looking out onto the lake while we enjoyed a very tasty and beautifully presented selection of sandwiches, cakes and scones, with a wonderful selection of teas. The same afternoon we decided to explore the Walled Garden and Forrest walk. To access these you can take a short five minute walk across the grounds and then pass through the farm shop, which is stocked with luscious local produce and a buffet selection of home cooked food which looked so tasty, we would have had lunch here if we hadn’t just had our afternoon tea. The Walled Garden we discovered featured  3,000 David Austin roses bursting with colour and aroma, plus a fascinating selection of trees and shrubs, carefully highlighted with graceful water features and meandering paths. The Edible Garden is a hub of horticultural inspiration, the Edible Garden is filled with raised beds and vegetable plots, growing an array of fruit, vegetables and herbs, used to create dishes in the Café and Wynyard Hall’s renowned Wellington Restaurant. The Woodland Walk at Wynyard Hall provides a magical playground where children and adults can explore and create their own exciting adventure. You can enjoy a stunning countryside walk here or even bring a picnic to enjoy a great day out with the family. The weather was perfect so we spent all evening until around 9pm sitting on the terrace admiring the views of the lake, while sipping a lovely chilled glass of rosé. The atmosphere was so relaxing and luxurious, we thoroughly enjoyed just being able to sit and drink in such a beautiful location. We then headed back to our suite and decided to get room service so we could wind down in the lounge area and watch some television. We shared a burger and fries, which was promptly delivered to our room, steaming hot, with yet again great customer care and charisma. Our last morning at Wynyard Hall was finished perfectly with another cooked breakfast by the window before heading to the spa. It was only 10am yet the sun was shining and the spa was located in the perfect spot as the sun hits it all day long. We were greeted by two lovely therapists who gave us a tour of the spa and offered us complimentary icy cold lemon infused water. While there we took full advantage of everything, this included two Jacuzzis on the terrace sat amongst the sun loungers, a steam room, sauna room, ice bucket shower, mud shower. We spent two hours at the spa, which was the perfect amount of time to try everything and still spend some downtime on the loungers in the sunshine, popping into the jacuzzi occasionally to de-stress. The scenery was simply stunning, the hotel nestles within the gorgeous grounds, providing lots of photo opportunities. We had an amazing time and I really would recommend staying at Wynyard Hall. Even a day trip to explore the gardens and take advantage of the spa would be very worth it. A:  Wynyard, Stockton-on-Tees, Billingham TS22 5NF T:  01740 644811 W: Wynyard Hall Written bY Cyah Flynn for Luxuria Lifestyle International

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