It’s been a while, but I think I’ve fallen in love. With a hotel that is. While me and my partner are 10 years strong at the ripe age of 30 – falling in love with a hotel is somewhat more complex and has so many elements to it. There is so much that can go wrong with a hotel immediately and in a relationship you have at least to time to discover faults (if any) or find out if you work together well – but for a hotel they usually only have 24 hours to portray all of that. It’s a hard task but with the right team it can happen – and it did once again at Palé Hall Hotel.
Of course we couldn’t arrive at a fabulous hotel without a fabulous car to match so we drove up in the BMW 330e. A car which has been one of the best rides of my 2017 and honestly blew me away in performance. It took a while getting used to the electric motor and petrol engine combo but you soon get used to it and the in-car technology for me was a real winner.
Bags were whisked away to our room and a complimentary glass of bubbles to settle us in. Once again we explored the communal areas of the hotel as soon as we arrived. I delved into this hotel extensively in my previous review but returning I couldn’t help sharing some more photos with you once again. The magnificent lobby, incredible red ceiling and two of the most beautiful lounges I’ve ever come across.
But this post really is about one thing in particular. Our incredible room. Known as the Churchill Suite, expect to be blown away. It’s stunning. A magnificent vaulted ceiling, stained glass roof and exquisite wood panelled walls.
Taking centre stage in the room is a large wooden carved four-poster bed which I can confirm was incredibly comfy, however some softer pillows would have been nice and is my only critique. Towards the back of the room where the entrance is you’ll find a dressing table, second fireplace, gargantuan wardrobe and floor to ceiling window which looks down over the courtyard.
If you hadn’t already guessed, the suite is named after Sir Winston Churchill who was an occasional guest at Palé Hall during the 1950s. I certainly felt just as spoilt as the man must have when he stayed here with some lovely fresh flowers waiting for me in the gorgeous lounge area of the room.
The hotel doesn’t hold back on extras to spoil their hotel guests too. Book one of their special packages and lots can be waiting for you when you arrive. Welcome fruit and Madeira are in every room, but divulge in the hotels “Romance Package” and you can add a bottle of chilled Michael Caines Champagne, chocolate and flowers. Because why not!
I completely fell in love with the bathroom too. Behind a hidden door in the bedroom hides this huge secluded en-suite. Climb the marble-lined bathroom stairway where a feature copper and zinc bath waits for you to enjoy with matching copper wine glasses to sip your favourite tipple while relaxing. There is also a large separate shower, window which looks out across the grounds and Lalique toiletries, the first time I’ve seen this brand in a hotel and they were lovely.
Pre-dinner canapés in the lounge, gin & tonic and a quick regal pose – of course. I still can never get over how beautiful this room is and the ceiling even more so. If you look closely enough you’ll see the reflection in the mirrored table of the stunning ceiling.
I’ve written all about my food experience here at Pale Hall before and if you missed it then take a read of my full review. But otherwise trust me when saying it’s starting to get very exciting indeed. The precision of cooking and creativeness has unfolded even more since my last visit and has me itching to return again soon. And yes, we’re planning a repeat return early next year! My favorite from the evening was the heavenly quail starter and my dessert of white chocolate mousse with pistachio cremeaux was a dream. If for whatever reason you’re evenings are scarce for time then hopefully my afternoon tea review can convince you to at least experience the culinary side of this hotel even if just once.
Staying in the hotels top suite for three nights, we really didn’t want to leave it and so to make full use of it so we ate in our room as much as we could. After long walks and fresh mountain air you feel much more tired than you’d expect so a menu of pastas, salads and sandwiches was exactly what we wanted. I’d like to see perhaps a little steak or something more substantial on the menu but what we did eat certainly satisfied us.
Breakfast every morning can be either taken downstairs in the breakfast room or of course in your own room and given how fabulous ours was it was something we couldn’t leave without experiencing. The views make it that little more special too. My partner’s mother in law was staying with us in a neighbouring room so we invited her down to our suite for breakfast around the dining table. A third chair was whisked to our room and a huge spread on a freshly laid table.
The breakfast menu is quite extensive and so choosing can be a rather hard task but knowing your about to tuck into local produce makes the decision a little easier. The full English, freshly baked pastries, toast and an outstanding omelette. So good in fact I had it every single morning.
Once again Palé Hall has created a truly memorable experience for us which we can’t wait to build upon over the years. If you’re looking for a romantic break, gourmet getaway or to simply to enjoy stunning views which are quite literally on the doorstep of this hotel then look no further. This hotel has it all.