I love living in London, such a vibrant city. But I understand the need to get out of the big smoke. I am a big fan of the English countryside; it's so lovely and calming. A road trip in and around the Cotswold has been on the cards for a while. Two weeks ago I adventured on a solo trip to recharge the batteries and have a 'me time' without the noise of the big city.
The George has been in the neighbourhood for years. Located on the edge of the Cotswold in England is an ideal place to spend time, relax and explore the area.
The George got an extensive makeover in early 2016 that included all the 15 en-suite bedrooms. Found right at the heart of Shipston High Street, it stands at three and a half stories tall that make it the tallest structure on that stretch of land. It is a Georgian townhouse with 18th century features, which gives it a casual and yet an elegant look.
The rooms at The George Townhouse have been decorated using only high-quality materials and craftsmanship. They have a luxurious feel to them while providing comfort. All the rooms have an en-suite bathroom, and breakfast is included in the room rate.
My room was at the top of the building and overlooked the town's church tower. There was a crystal carafe with brandy waiting for me! There was also a beautiful Spa Box just next to be most amazing free standing Victorian bath. Little details that make all the difference.
My room was well appointed. Crisp white bedding 100% cotton, the room was spotless. It was very welcoming, comfortable, roomy and airy. One thing I missed in the room was a folding luggage rack, the chairs in my room were so beautiful that I didn't want to rest my suitcase on them.
There was complimentary, water still and sparkling, tea, hot chocolate and an excellent Nespresso machine and coffee pods. Crisps and biscuits were on offer as well.
|The Spa box!|
Eating at The George Townhouse
The George Townhouse serves meals from breakfast to dinner. The ground floor you will find the parlour, where you can eat your first meal of the day. Lunch can be eaten in the garden room or in the swish dining room. Most of the food served at The George Townhouse is sourced locally.
|The Bar at The George Townhouse|
|Twice baked cheddar soufflé, spinach & grain mustard sauce - it was very lightevenly risen and slightly wobbly, the creamy sauce with mustard worked very well with the cheese and spinach|
|8oz. Todenham farm rump steak, triple cooked chips, peppercorn sauce, served medium-are and no blood running, excellent and quality meat! The peppercorn sauce that accompanied the steak was very tasty.|
|My dessert: Espresso Martini - It had to be done! |
Stolichnaya Vodka, Tia Maria & Espresso Coffee
Breakfast is served from 8 am to 11 am, and it's a serious affair The menu is quite comprehensive. There's something for everyone. From a full English which consists of Todenham Farm sausages & dry cured bacon, roasted flat cap mushroom, grilled plum tomato, black pudding, dripping beef toast, baked beans, two of eggs of your choice & toast; to eggs Benedict, toasted English muffin, poached egg, ham & Hollandaise to a much lighter option Fresh fruit salad and granola.
|Buttermilk pancakes, smoked bacon & maple syrup|
The staff at The George are from the nearby neighbourhoods, young, polite and enthusiastic. They can provide you with information about places to visit while you are in town. The next time you are in Shipston-on-Stour or in the vicinity, be sure to drop by The George Townhouse whether you are going to stay for the night, have a glass of wine, or dine in.
For bookings: email@example.com
THE GEORGE TOWNHOUSE
8 High Street,
Rooms rates (2017)
From £100-£200 during the week (depending on the chamber) and from £140-£250 at weekends on a B&B basis and including VAT
Standard rooms from £100-£130 a night
Superior rooms from £120-£140
Deluxe Rooms from £140 to £160 per night
Deluxe Plus from £160 to £180
The Suite from £200 to £240 per night
Disclosure: I was a guest of The George Townhouse. All views are my own.