Jass surprised me with a night at The Oakley Court in Windsor for my birthday last week; a quintessential country house with beautiful gardens on the banks of the River Thames. We had the most relaxing weekend and it was such a treat to escape the hustle and bustle of London for two days and sit by the river drinking cocktails (I had a few too many!) while watching the boats go by.
Had the most relaxing weekend at @theoakleycourt hotel thanks to @jassv__ ? We spent Saturday sat by the river sipping on prosecco & cocktails watching the boats go by and eating way too much cheese before stuffing our faces with a cream tea on Sunday! ???? How was your weekend? #OakleyCourt #Windsor #BirthdayWeekendGetaway
On arrival, we were greeted with a glass of Prosecco and as it was such a rare, warm and sunny day, we had lunch al fresco on the Terrace, followed by plenty of Aperol Spritzers.
After lunch, our room still wasn’t ready for us to check in and so we were treated to a cocktail while we waited. Pulling up a couple of deck chairs by the river, we sat sipping Espresso Martinis – my new fav Martini if you’re interested – until the temperature started to drop. The grounds are stunning and I can see why it is such a popular wedding venue. We honestly felt as though we were in a different country with the relaxed atmosphere, our picturesque surroundings and the weather being so unusually warm. It was pure bliss!
By the time we checked in to our room, unsurprisingly, I was very tipsy and got no photographs of it! The décor wasn’t to my taste; it’s quite dated and dowdy and a real mix of old, new, quirky and country. That aside however, our riverside room was so big that you’d be forgiven for mistakenly thinking you’re in Vegas! Sadly the bed was so soft and uncomfortable that we didn’t get a great night’s sleep, but The White Company toiletries in the bathroom more than made up for this!
I’m assuming that Jass told the hotel that we were there to celebrate my birthday as they’d left a bottle of Prosecco in an ice bucket and a couple of champagne flutes in our room, which I thought was a lovely touch! – We couldn’t manage any more after our boozy afternoon though!
We didn’t have dinner in the hotel restaurant as the vegetarian options were quite limited and didn’t seem that appealing. However, the following morning, we had the breakfast buffet there – which, by the way, was delicious! The staff and the service throughout our stay were incredible and I cannot emphasise just how pleasant and professional they all were.
Not wanting to leave the property once we checked out of the hotel, we went for a long walk around the hotel and along that stretch of the Thames. We saw plenty of cute ducks and swans before Jass stumbled upon a nature trail through some fox dens! For somebody like me (I prefer to stay clear of places where creepy crawlies hang out), this wasn’t all that pleasant and I did moan a lot! Apologies if you’ve already seen my vlog and heard this!
At the other end of the trail, we found an opening that lead to the huge golf course which was beautiful! Glad to be out of the enclosure, I steered Jass out of there and we walked through the golf course, around tennis courts, allotments and past the trees where the bees are keep to produce their homemade honey!
We’d planned to have afternoon tea as a last treat before heading home, but as we hadn’t quite manage to walk off our huge breakfast, we settled on a delicious cream tea instead. If you ask me, I think that’s the best part of an afternoon tea anyway!
Overall, we had a lovely, relaxing getaway and enjoyed stumbling upon the hidden parts of the ‘house’. Next time, I’m planning on using the indoor pool and attempting to play some tennis!
I don’t think my pictures do this place justice! Check out my vlog for an even closer look at our stay (and my drunken antics!)
As always, if you have any recommendations for a similar UK weekend getaway, then please let me know in the comments! You know how much I love staying in hotels!