Working and living in London can get pretty hectic sometimes, for all it’s perks – great restaurants, shops and entertainment, occasionally it’s nice to get away from it all and retreat to the good ‘ole British countryside.
With this in mind we decided to book ourselves a little weekend away. Our criteria being: close proximity to London and easily accessible without a car, lots of things nearby to do/see (country walks, pubs, sports e.g. bike rides, tennis etc) and good value for money.
After some initial searching through various websites and search engines, we came across the Runnymede-on-Thames hotel, a four star hotel and spa in Egham – just 40 minutes outside London. Situated next to the river Thames it looked like the perfect place for a weekend retreat offering spa treatments, a tennis court, a swimming pool and even boating excursions.
First impressions did not disappoint, friendly staff greeted us in the spacious reception, the highly modern decor creating a grandiose vibe, yet the vast grounds backing onto the river laden with aged canal boats meshed the old with the new – think hunter wellies mixed with bistro glam. Inside its pops of orange, tiled mosaic decor and classic brown leather sofas and a wall of miniature rubber ducks.
We quickly checked into our room which was clean and cosy, with Espa products in the bathrooms. The steamy pool was another draw where stressed out city folk and local families lounged in white dressing gowns waiting for spa appointments.
After an afternoon of strolling along the autumnal river side path, it was time for a well deserved glass of Chablis in the lounge before dinner.
As part of our room offer*, our rate included dinner in the Leftbank restaurant with the promise of ‘an extensive buffet with a twist’. Buffet options included a five course menu of pretty much everything you could ever imagine. Definitely one of the best hotel buffets we have sampled. I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves.
Over all we had a great hotel experience and would recommend this hotel to anyone looking for a relaxed and convenient weekend away from the city.
*We paid £183 for a Saturday night stay including dinner in the Leftbank restaurant.