Breakfast at Highgrove House Hotel

After enjoying an incredible dinner at Highgrove House we knew we were in for a treat with breakfast, which we were incredibly excited about because as you know we love breakfast. As the hotel only had 8 rooms breakfast was a lovely quiet affair with relaxing music and attentive staff.

At this hotel there is a small buffet and then the option to pick your hot dish from the menu.
The buffet consistent of croissants, pain au chocolate, yoghurt and granola, fresh berries, fresh fruit salad and a selection of cereals. There was also a jug of milk and a jug of orange juice.

The waitress also offered us tea or coffee, of course we opted for coffee, which was delicious! We also asked for a jug of tap water which was ice cold and infused with lemon slices.

There was a large selection on the hot menu with choices such as the big breakfast, lighter breakfast, veggie breakfast, scrambled egg on toast, porridge, French toast, hot croissant and jam. It was hard to decide what to go for as the big breakfast sounded incredible, however in the end Annie opted for the scrambled egg with hot Scottish smoked salmon and Rach went for the French toast.

The French toast came with 4 large slices with a generous pot of maple syrup and 2 rashers of bacon. The toast was fluffy and cooked to perfection (Rach always worries about this as she doesn’t actually like egg!). The French toast is definitely a dish we would recommend if you visit Highgrove House and it only costs £4.75 that is a bargain!

The smoked salmon was really tasty and Annie doesn’t often have it hot but it made a nice change. The eggs were cooked to perfection and were seasoned perfectly, the menu did say it would be served on toast but mine didn’t come with toast (maybe because we ordered toast on the side). The smoked salmon and scrambled egg was priced at £6.50 which again we thing is incredible!

We sat inside as it was early morning and wasn’t warm enough yet, but we can imagine in the height of summer the tables outside will be lovely. You don’t necessarily have to stay at the hotel to enjoy the breakfast as the sign outside shows breakfast is from 9-noon. If you are in the area this is the perfect place for a delicious breakfast.

Highgrove House Hotel Review in Ayrshire

Highgrove House hotel is a beautiful house located in Ayrshire on the outskirts of Troon. Highgrove House Hotel was incredible and we couldn’t have picked a better place to stay ourselves, we thoroughly enjoyed our final night in Scotland (Ayrshire).

Highgrove house is part of the Costley & Costley group which was founded in 1988 by Bill and Cath Costley. Since 1988 they have built up a business and now have four award-wining country house hotels. Highgrove House has a special place in their hearts as it was the first hotel in the Costley group.

Highgrove House is located on a hilltop overlooking miles of coastlines across the firth of Clyde and to the Isle of Arran. We particular enjoyed the views during the evening when the sun was setting as it was a beautiful sunny day.

There are eight individually decorated bedrooms complete with en-suite bathrooms at Highgrove House. We were in bedroom number one which was located at the top of the stairs. The room was luxurious and had all the facilities we needed including TV (with Sky), Hairdryer, tea and coffee (which took us a while to find it was tucked away in a cupboard).

The bedroom was a good size with two single beds, arm chairs and a chest of drawers. We loved the decoration of the room it was very countrified and we immediately felt at home.

The en-suite bathroom was ginormous, we could have had a party in there! It has a shower, bath and double sink. We loved the shower products they provided they smelt great and the shower cap came in handy when we didn’t want to wash our hair.

We arrived at Highgrove house in the late afternoon, unpacked and made our way down to the outside terrace. We enjoyed some rose Whilst sitting outside in the evening sun watching the sun starting to go down. The wine was delicious and we liked the fact we could order a jug Instead of a bottle.

We chatted on the terrace for ages it was so peaceful and the waiter came out every so often to Check we had everything we needed.

Highgrove House is renowned for its cuisine which was evident to see as the restaurant was full all afternoon with customers enjoying Sunday lunch. The restaurant sells seafood, steak dishes, along with home-made ice creams and chocolates. We have written a post all about the restaurant (it really does deserve a post of its own) at Highgrove House which we will be posting soon.

We also have to mention the breakfast because it was absolutely delicious. We will also be posting a separate blog post all about it so stay tuned.

The staff a Highgrove House were incredibly polite and always on hand to help. They really do take pride in ensuring everyone is happy during their stay or visit.

The hotel is only 2 miles away from Troon and on Sunday morning we decided to go for a run. It didn’t take very long at all and you can definitely walk there.

It’s was nice to stay in the countryside overlooking the town of Troon but also be able to easily access the town without having to get a taxi. It as a lovely run and very picturesque!

Gleddoch Spa Review

We were lucky enough to stay at the beautiful hotel that is Gleddoch which you can read all about here! The spa at Gleddoch was very small but perfect for a couple of hours. We were really looking forward to a nice relaxing few hours especially after the long week we had.

They provide you with robes, towels and slippers so don’t worry about bringing your own. You will find this in your locker so just ask reception for a locker key!

There is a large swimming pool 17m to be precise and also a sauna, steam room and jacuzzi. Outside is also another jacuzzi with gorgeous views of the river and Ben Lomond which we sat in for a longggg time. On the terrace there is also lots of outdoor seating and also deck checks available. It was a lovely day so we did opt to sit outside for a little while.

There is a very light and airy room with hot stone chairs to chill in and magazines to read. We also chilled here whilst we were drying off waiting for our treatments. There is also a water machine- which is very much when in a spa as you need to remember to stay hydrated.

The staff were very attentive at the spa and always made sure they were on hand to help. We also noticed they liked to keep things clean and wiped down the hot stone chairs after they had been used.

Before our treatments we were told to make our way to the relaxation room. The relaxation room was very relaxing indeed and we loved the music that was being played, it made us feel very zen. We sat on the beds for a little while before it was time for our treatments to begin.

Rach went for a 1 hour massage full body massage and absolutely loved it! She was really looking forward to a massage and it definitely didn’t disappoint!

Annie opted for the shellac nails as she loved getting her nails done but can never really find the time! The shellac nails took about 30 minutes and it was ever so relaxing. I opted for a purple/mushroom colour as I wanted to go for something quite summery! Would definitely recommend the shellac nails at Gleddoch!

After our treatments Annie went to the hotel gym which was next door to the pool area. The gym was really well equipped and it was completely empty which was great. Rachel went back to the pool to swim some lengths before we both had a shower.

We had a lovely afternoon in the Gleddoch spa, it was very relaxing and the perfect way to spend our Saturday.

Gleddoch Hotel, Spa & Golf Review in Glasgow

Gleddoch Hotel is a gorgeous hotel that is located just a 15 minute drive from Glasgow airport.Gleddoch Golf Club is the home of two golf clubs both a ladies and men’s golf club. It seemed like a very popular golf course, there were lots of people playing during our stay.

The old house had stunning views of the river Clyde and Ben Lomond and certainly makes for the perfect getaway. The main house is home to ‘The Residences’ and then up the hill and towards the back are the rest of the standard rooms in a more modern looking building.

The Residences are a collection of simply stunning rooms all with their own unique charm and character. As the rooms are in an old manor house all are ever slightly different and quirky shapes and sizes.

We were taken to the Bridal suite which was amazing, the jacuzzi in the enclave by the window was to die for and we can see why it is so popular for newlyweds. There was the main bedroom and then a lounge area with a plush sofa and a tv screen.

We were then also taken to another room which had a gorgeous 4 poster bed with views of the river to wake up too- not a bad way to start your day if you ask us!

The part of the hotel we stayed in was bigger than the residences and there were plenty of rooms, we were lucky enough to have a view of the river and it was so nice to wake up to the view in the morning.

We had a twin family room which had 2 HUGE beds which were extremely comfy and very generous with the pillows, 4 on each bed in fact!

One thing we did notice which for us is really important is the amount of plug sockets (in accessible locations) and full length mirrors. They had definitely thought out the layout of the room and put sockets in all the right places!

The bathroom was the perfect size and it had a large shower with two shower heads (which was perfect if you only wanted a body shower). The shower products they provided were Elemis and smelt delightful!

We also enjoyed waking up in the morning and having a cup of coffee with the coffee they provided. There were also Borders biscuits which made for the perfect afternoon snack. The water provided was in glass bottles and all they asked was that you left the bottles in the room as they recycle them.

We had breakfast included in our night stay which was served from 8am until 10:30am. We arrived at around 9am and we were shown to a table. Unfortunately the terrace area was not open otherwise we would have opted to have sat outside as it was a nice morning.

The breakfast was a buffet there was a selection of hot and cold options that we were able to help ourselves to. There was also a menu that you could order dishes such as eggs Benedict or pancakes off of.

We both started with a bowl of fresh fruit (watermelon & pineapple) before moving onto a full English. We tried haggis for the first time and surprisingly liked it, we actually thought it tasted like a steak and ale pie!

There was fresh bread and pastries as well so we made sure we had some toast and jam to finish off our breakfast! There was of course cold meats, cheeses and a selection of cereals as well.

The hotel also boasts a spa which we will be posting about separately. You can also enjoy a 18 Hole golf course, but as we aren’t really golfers we didn’t experience this!

The hotel also has a gym which was really good considering it is a hotel gym. It was really well equipped and had everything we needed. There was no one else in there either which is always a bonus. The gym opening hours are 8am-8pm at the weekends.

There are several bars and lounge areas at Gleddoch house. They have a gin and whiskey bar and also a chill out lounge that had beautiful yellow leather chairs in!

The ladies at reception handed us a goody bag for our journey which consisted of a packet of crisps, bottle of water, apple & some biscuits which was really sweet!

We had such a fabulous time at Gleddoch, the hotel was lush and was the perfect way to start our weekend away in Glasgow! We would highly recommend!

The Boat House Restaurant Review in Jersey

The Boat House is a restaurant located in St Aubin’s which it is part of The Boat House Group. The Boat House is the group’s flagship venue and is described as a contemporary restaurant and bar which we would very much agree with.

The Boat House is a restaurant we always choose to visit when we are in Jersey. We love everything about the restaurant; the food, the views and the atmosphere.

The restaurant is located upstairs (upper deck) overlooking the sea, you can see for miles on a clear day.  It’s important to know that the upper deck is only open at the weekend (Friday-Sunday).

The menu is predominately fish (like most places in Jersey), they have an extensive menu that made it difficult for me to choose what to order as there was so much I could have chosen.

We started with a bottle of Moët champagne which was a lovely treat as we were celebrating my mums birthday.

For starter I went for the Jersey Crab which was served with fresh lemon, celeriac remoulade, capers on toasted sour dough bread. It was so delicious and incredibly filling, I would definitely recommend it as a starter.

My parents ordered the Fish Mixed Grill to share which includes a selection of fresh seasonal shellfish and is served with new potatoes. This looked pretty epic and my parents said it tasted delicious as well. It cost £46.50 and for the amount of fresh fish they got it was amazing value.

I went the the Duck which was served with a gravy and blackberries. It also came with roasted pumpkin and potato. I ordered some broccoli to have on the side as I do love a bit of veg! I would 100% recommend this dish and I would definitely opt for it again.

I was so full after my main course I unfortunately couldn’t fit in a dessert! I did see the dessert menu though and they all looked super tasty!

There is also a bar and restaurant on the ground floor (main deck) where we have also been for a drink, the vibe is completely different and much more relaxed to the upper deck. They have TV’s for major sporting events and also sell an extensive range of beers and wine. The main deck is open seven days a week and has an a la carte menu.

There is also an outside seating area which on a nice day is absolutely heaving giving the place a lively atmosphere.

We are yet to try any of the other Boat House Group restaurants but they are definitely on our list. The Tree House is located in St Brelade and The Farm House is St John.

The Somerville Hotel Restaurant Review

My Grandad chose to spend his 90th birthday at The Somerville Hotel which is located in St Aubin’s in Jersey, a quaint fishing village.  The restaurant was booked for forty adults at 13:00PM.

The afternoon begun with a Champagne reception, there were a selection of juices you could add to the champagne which I was happy about as Champagne isn’t my drink of choice I would always opt for Prosecco out of choice (my Mum would kill me if she heard me say that). The juice purees included peach, orange and blackcurrant I went for the peach flavour and it was utterly delicious, the Champagne was flowing and the waiters were brilliant at topping up the glasses which we were more than happy with.

We were seated at 13:30PM and in front of us was a personalised 90th birthday menu which was a nice added touch. A waitress came round and served us fresh warm bread and there was the option to have white or brown. We were given enough time to decide what we wanted to eat from the menu before the waitress came round and took our order. We didn’t have to pick our dessert which we were happy about as this is something we often struggle to choose prior to eating our main course as we are never sure what we are going to feel like; are we going to want sweet or do we want cheese? Oh the struggles.

There were four starter options; Cauliflower soup with bacon lardons, smoked ham hock, citrus cured salmon and marinated tiger prawns. I went for the cauliflower soup which was beautiful and very flavoursome, I would definitely recommend.

Prior to the starter being served the wine was poured which was a delicious crisp white Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough New Zealand white wine. White wine isn’t usually my drink of choice I am much more a red wine kinda gal. I find White wine gives me really bad heart burn and it can be incredibly tangy, but this wine was utterly delicious and I found myself going back for more, in fact I didn’t go back for more the waiters were going round topping up our glasses which can become dangerous because you lose track of how much alcohol you have consumed!

There were four main course options; Roast Rump of lamb, char grilled scotch rump steak, pan fried fillet of sea bream or pan fried breast of chicken. I went for the steak which really isn’t like me! I almost always go for the chicken but for some reason steak is what floated my boat that day so that is what I went for.

There were also 4 Desserts; Raspberry soufflé with white chocolate mousse, dark chocolate tart with macerated cherries, Brie de meaux with apples and biscuits oe a selection of ice-creas and sorbets with poached peppered peaches. I went for the raspberry soufflé as I had never tried one before. I certainly was not disappointed it was beautifully served and it was ridiculously light and fluffy. The chocolate tart was also Moorish and I helped myself to several spoonfuls of my boyfriend’s lol. My mum did comment that there was only one type of cheese on the cheese board which was slightly bizarre especially if you are not keen on a brie like cheese.

After we had finished our desserts a surprise birthday cake was bought out by the waiters for my Grandad which was a chocolate ganache cake decorated in macaroons. Of course we couldn’t say no to a slice of cake so what was 3 course meal had now turned into a 4 course meal (not that we were complaining). If you are celebrating a birthday we would definitely recommend ordering a cake, I am not sure whether they made it or whether they ordered it in but it was a lovely touch and tasted just as good as it looked.

Teas and coffee were served with mini plates of petis fleurs.

We enjoyed several gins as well which were served beautifully, we especially liked the tanquray gin with a slice of grapefruit and sparkling tonic water. The waiter knew a lot about his gin and how each of them should be served so it was interesting to learn a little bit about the different gins.

Couldn’t fault anything about lunch at The Somerville Hotel and we would definitely recommend it to anyone, whether you have  a party to arrange or you just want to enjoy a nice lunch or dinner at the weekend whilst visiting jersey

The Somerville Hotel Review

One of the best 4 star luxury hotels Jersey has to offer is The Somerville Hotel nestled in the hills overlooking the charming harbour that is St Aubin- a definite must visit if you are visiting Jersey.

We stayed at The Somerville Hotel in January whilst we were visiting Jersey for the weekend. We had only ever read good reviews about the hotel and we had been dreaming about staying there for a few years. It was the perfect location for us as well as we had a birthday celebration at the hotel restaurant on the Saturday afternoon.

Upon arrival the staff checked us in and made sure we knew exactly where to find our rooms. We were allocated a room on the first floor which had incredible views overlooking the sea.

The room was a good size it wasn’t huge but it was perfect for the two of us. The room was attractively furnished and each room is furnished slightly differently ensuring they all have character whilst at the same time all adding a sense of comfort and charm.

We had two really good nights sleep, the beds were super comfy, they had a selection of pillows to choose from and even with the windows open we didn’t get woken by any outside noise.

The bathroom was immaculate and we noticed the elements shower products right always. If you haven’t smelt elements before you NEED to the products smell divine.

We also loved the dressing gowns, nothing beats getting out the shower and wrapping up in a warm dressing gown that has been heating on the towel rack.

The room was quite hot upon arrival so we opened the windows and spoke to the receptionist on our way down for dinner to switch the heating down, which didn’t seem to be a problem.

The Staff at The Somerville are efficient and incredibly polite, the service they offer is 5 star and you never get the feeling that anything is too much to ask. The staff are always on hand to help making sure your stay is as comfortable and as relaxed as possible.

A self service breakfast is available which is of course one of our favourite things about a hotel, you can read our Somerville breakfast review here.

We went for a wonder around the gardens in the morning as we wanted to get a closer look at the pool. The Somerville have a heated pool that is open from May- September so unfortunately we couldn’t go for a dip but we imagined how peaceful it must be during the summer months- another reason to return.

The food at the Somerville restaurant cannot be faulted. We had a three course lunch that also deserved a post of its own. The hotel bar staff are also incredibly knowledgable about drinks and make the most delicious cocktails. We love gin and the way they served it was just superb.

There is WiFi at the hotel which works well, it is open WiFi so no password is needed you just log in via twitter or a form.

It’s easy to see why it’s one of Jersey favourite most talked about holiday hotels. We certainly Wouldn’t hesitate to stay again, we had the most perfect stay.

5 Work Trip Hotel Hacks

Recently we have been staying away in hotels for a work much more frequently and thought it was only right to write a work trips hotel hacks blog post. When you are working away from home there is nothing worse than not feeling comfortable and not getting a good nights sleep especially if you are staying there all week.

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Take your own pillow- we always struggle to sleep places where we don’t have our own pillow, it may sound mad taking your own pillow with you but if you are fussy with pillows that it is a great idea. Staying away from home for a week with a pillow that isn’t like your usual one can be hell.

Ear plugs- Hotels can be noisy especially if you have people staying in the rooms above you (honestly it sometimes sounds like we have had a heard of elephants in the room above)! Often hotels can be on busy main road which means if you open your window for a bit of fresh air you are likely to hear traffic all night so pack a pair of earplugs in case.

Book the breakfast but not the evening meal- we always book the breakfast at the hotel because we love hotel breakfasts but we often opt out of the evening meal. It’s nice to try new places for dinner when you have a bit more time in the evenings so we would suggest not pre booking the evening meal otherwise you could end up with a Toby Carvery for the rest of the week (not that there is anything wrong with that if you love a roast).

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Don’t pay for Wi-Fi- you may have to pay for Wi-Fi in some hotels but often the Wi-Fi will be free or they have an option for you to pay to use the upgraded version (especially in the premier inn). The free Wi-Fi is usually find we especially find the free Wi-Fi in the premier inn to be great so definitely don’t feel like you have to pay. Maybe test out the free Wi-Fi and if it’s not great then maybe pay the dollar if necessary.

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Take short pyjamas- what is it with hotel rooms being so dam hot! We always feel the cold usually but whenever we stay in a hotel it feels like we are waking up after taking a nap on the sun lounger on holiday, blooming hot!

EIX Alcudia Hotel Review 

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During our trip to Mallorca we decided to stay in Alcudia a seaside resort about 45 minutes away from Palma. The hotel we stayed at was called EIX Alcudia. It was in fact an adults only hotel which we have never stayed in before so we were interested to see if there was any difference in our experience.

Upon arriving at the hotel the reception staff handed us each a cold glass of cava, this was a lovely surprise and incredibly refreshing seeing as we had just driven 45 minutes in a taxi with no aircon. We booked the hotel directly through the hotels website as they promised a free airport transfer. We did try and get in contact with the hotel before our stay to book the transfer but we didn’t hear back from them so unfortunately we did have to pay for a taxi.

We were able to check into our room slightly early which was a result and meant we could settle in right away. Our rooms were a decent size and very clean, we were particularly impressed to see we had been given a room with a balcony overlooking the Swimming pools.

We didn’t realise the hotel had two pools, there was a large rectangle pool and also a curved pool which were separated by a bridge. We spent the majority of our time by the smaller curved pool as we preferred the atmosphere and the steps that led you into the pool where perfect for sunbathing on.

The hotel did state they had a gym so of course we had to check it out whilst we were there. We wouldn’t really call it a gym it was the smallest hotel gym we ever seen the cross trainer was practically next to the jacuzzi, needless to say we didn’t go back. When we were taking a look we did happen to notice the spa facilities on offer at the hotel. There was a jacuzzi as mentioned previously but also a sauna and steam room.

The breakfast choice was amazing they had everything you can imagine on offer (minus smoked salmon). The fry up was pretty impressive if you are into them, imagine 3 or 4 different types of scrambled eggs, bacon and sausages. They had an egg chef that would prepare made to order omelettes, he was also in charge of cooking pancakes, waffles and friend eggs. We also happened to notice they had cava on offer which is something we haven’t seen before.  We also loved the fact you could sit outside and enjoy your breakfast in the sunshine.

The Internet connection at the hotel was amazing, we got so much work done on this holiday and we were able to upload our vlogs go YouTube daily which was amazing.

We had a cloudy day in the middle of our stay and one of the reasons we booked this hotel was because we knew they had bike hiring facilities. We went to reception to book our bikes for the day and we were picked up in a minibus and taken to the bike shop. It was ridiculously cheap only costing something like €10 for the entire day.

We mentioned earlier about the free shuttle bus service that came with the hotel, the day before we departed the hotel we spoke to the receptionist who contacted the shuttle bus service and arranged our transfer. There was a bit of confusion at first as the shuttle bus company couldn’t find us on the system, but once we explained that no one replied to our email about use arranging it they seemed fine.

If we were to go back to Alcudia we would definitely stay at this hotel again the location was perfect, it was less than a five minute walk to the beach, shops and restaurant which was ideal.

If you have any other questions about the hotel please do let us know, so we can answer them for you.

 

TRYP Palma Bellver Hotel Review 

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Recently we went on holiday to Mallorca and during our time there we stayed in Palma for three nights. We stayed in a Melia group hotel called TRYP Palma Bellver Hotel.

We arrived at the hotel at 22:00, checked in and went up to our room. The room we had been allocated upon arrival was spacious and very clean, the bed was comfy and we had a great nights sleep (all that travelling knocked us out). We woke up early and went for a morning run, on our return we had a shower and noticed a strange smell coming through the drains. We decided to go down to reception to voice our concerns and the staff on reception were great and immediately moved us to a new room which had a lovely view of the port.

We had to a wait a few hours for our new room to be ready and because of this the guest relations manager offered us free breakfast for the remainder of our trip. If you know us at all you will understand how happy this made us we LOVE breakfast.

The breakfast was incredible, we love hotel breakfasts and this one certainly didn’t disappoint. Not only did they have a great variety of products the quality of the food was also amazing. We have noticed that lots of hotels are now offering a wide variety of milks including lots of non dairy options which we absolutely loved. We loved the fact you could also sit outside and enjoy the breakfast, quite a few hotels like you to sit inside whilst eating which is something that really annoys us. If we went back to this hotel we would definitely book the breakfast there is nothing we could fault.

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The pool was a decent size but the sun beds were rather cramped. It was a nice surprise to see they provided towels at the pool, we didn’t actually use our own towels all week which we wish we new before because towels are dam heavy! One thing we noticed is the lack of music being played at the pool, we love a bit of music at the pool but maybe that’s the norm when your not at a cheap hotel!

We didn’t actually use the gym at this hotel but we did go and check it out while we were there. The gym at the hotel was a decent size and it was well equipped for a hotel gym. They had several machines and lots of free weights etc. We got the impression the hotel was used business conferences etc so it’s a good gym for individuals that are away on business.

Taxis were always waiting outside the hotel which was incredibly handy, especially if you want to hop in a taxi and visit another part of the island.

The wifi at this hotel wasn’t great in our room which was the place we were mainly using wifi (uploading YouTube videos was painful). Wifi in the communal areas was far better and we were not the only ones desperately trying to get a wifi connection over breakfast because we nearly chucked the laptop against the wall waiting for our YouTube video to upload in our room.

The aircon was brilliant and we loved the fact there was a dial next to the bed for us to use at night if we wanted to turn the aircon up or down. We didn’t have to pay extra for the aircon either like you do in some hotels which was nice.

The location of the hotel was superb, we were a 15 minute walk away from the town centre where there were lots of shops and restaurants to eat at. There were also several restaurants opposite the hotel on port which offered a very picturesque view.