Once we knew our son Rory was going skiing with the school this week Dougie and I decided this was our chance to have a romantic few days away. We’ve never been away more than a night without our little lad (not so little now, a gangly 14 year old) and this was the perfect opportunity for a bit of….well a bit of husband and wife time.
I’ve no idea how we stumbled across the fabulous hotel Barnsley House. I must have put “unashamed luxury, drop dead gorgeous, perfection in the heart of the Cotswolds” into Google and up it popped. Liz Hurley owns an organic farm next door. Previous guests at the hotel include Elton John, Brad Pitt and Kate Moss. If it’s good enough for Elton and Kate it’s good enough for us.
From the moment we arrived we were in hotel heaven. Checking in procedure was ridiculously informal. No computerised bureaucracy and credit card imprinting here. A smiling, approachable young man, filling a log basket, called for one of his colleagues to join us in the hall by the fire to tick our name off a list and hand us a huge chunky key with a torch on the end. Considering the number of times we have been unable to work keycards, this was a delight.
We had chosen a Stableyard Suite which looked fabulous on the website but even more eye-popping in real life. Click on the video link below to hear me muttering to myself as I take a tour of the room. Shame I hadn’t tidied up some of our clutter before I started filming, but you’ll get the overall impression. And just look at that bath: no good for one person as you just slither about as your feet can’t touch the end, yet perfect for two.