My visit to Nutfield Priory Hotel and Spa couldn’t have been more welcome. I had just spent 2 months travelling around a freezing USA and although back in the UK my body was still a little cold, a little jet lagged and in serious need of some rest and relaxation. It just so happened that my trip to Nutfield coincided with the hottest day in the UK so far this year. It was also my lovely mother’s birthday so I brought her along for a treat.
If you know my mother you will know that we arrived early so we decided to grab a bit to eat and because it was such a beautiful day we were able to sit outside. As it was a Sunday there were still plenty of guests from the previous evening enjoying the hotel’s patio area. There is something about early Spring sunshine that makes us Brits go a little giddy and the stunning countryside certainly helped everyone feel relaxed and happy.
Nutfield Priory Hotel and Spa is part of the Hand Picked Hotel collection. I’ve been to a few Hand Picked hotels over the years and they all have a great level of detail. All of the properties are stunning. Dating back to 1872 Nutfield Priory is beautiful. Although it was originally a Victorian Mansion, it is styled on the Palace of Westminster and there are lots of beautiful neo-gothic features. I loved the huge stained glass windows.
It was so lovely sitting outside having lunch that we didn’t really want to check into our suite. But as everyone knows, Spring sunshine in the UK can be fleeting and we were inside much sooner than we would have liked! We were escorted to the Keat’s suite by one of the very helpful members of staff. Although the suite was comfortable and a good size I was a little disappointed. We had asked for a twin room but instead the two mattresses that made up the king size bed had been unzipped and pulled slightly apart. Good thing I was staying with my mum! The suite was also quite dusty. As we didn’t plan to spend much time in the room we didn’t feel the need to say anything to the staff. Despite my small reservations the suite was comfortable, the bathroom was huge with a great shower and the linen, bathrobes and towels were all of a good quality.
As it was my mother’s birthday she decided to treat herself, with not one but two spa treatments. The spa is located just outside the hotel in a self-contained building. There you will also find the gym and a little cafe serving drinks and snacks. While waiting for the birthday girl to return I settled into one of the many sofas in the library room and waded through the million emails I had been neglecting. The communal space in the hotel really is beautiful and a great place to sit and relax. During the week the hotel is very much a conference and event space. The north wing has just recently been refurbished and houses a number of great meeting rooms.
Similar to a lot of spa hotels the Nutfield’s Cloister restaurant offers a three course meal (£38 per head) as part of the weekend package rates. We opted for this menu which was described to us as traditional British food with a modern twist. I loved sitting underneath the cloisters and I thought the setting for the restaurant was fantastic. However, I was slightly less enamoured with the food. It was okay. For £38 per head, without wine and an additional supplement of £9.25 for my fillet of beef I thought the food was expensive and some of the dishes unfortunately did not work for me. Breakfast the next morning, however, was fantastic and the service was great!
Why book the Nutfield Priory Hotel and Spa for your boss? Nutfield Priory is a great alternative to the standard hotels near Gatwick airport. If your boss is getting a flight to Gatwick but wants to stay somewhere a little different I would suggest Nutfield. Otherwise I would suggest this hotel for a conference or team-building getaway location. The conference rooms are a decent size and the hotel can certainly cater for large groups.
Practically Perfect PA received complimentary accommodation at The Nutfield Priory Hotel and Spa. Options are entirely our own. Advertised minimum rate is £189 per room (June 2014)