Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Foxhills Club and Spa Ottershaw Review

Over the Easter holiday I treated myself and my boyfriend to a couple of nights at the Foxhills Club and Spa in Ottershaw. Primarily this was because they had an outdoor pool and I needed one of those to take some photos I needed for my A-level art but that's besides the point!
So I booked us into just the standard room with bed and breakfast and this was the result...

The room was huge! I've never been to a hotel where a standard room is this big! The furniture looked a little dated but it was all in keeping with the spectacular 19th century main building. These rooms are all built in a new building a minute walk from the main building where breakfast is served. The room offered a king sized bed, two sofas and a cabinet that had a TV, fridge and mini bar.

 The bathroom contrasted with the bedroom as it had a much more modern, luxury, feel to it. It had both a bath and a separate shower, which I actually couldn't work out how to use, but hay! I know this is only a small detail but I tried the body lotion and shampoo that came in the set of toiletries. Now usually I hate the ones that hotels provide, just because they're usually quite low quality compared to the ones I bring with me, however these were actually really nice and it's the first time I've brought those things home with me.

 This is the outdoor pool which was next to another, newer, building. I presumed these were the rooms one up from us, the executive rooms maybe? The pool was heated and you could see steam rising as it hit the freezing cold outdoor air! I used this pool to take my photographs in and can honestly say it was quite nice.... after the initial shock of getting in and until I had to get out again in the 3C air. The loungers around would have made it a perfect place to set up and relax on a summers day so I may have to head back to check that out.... for research purposes of course!

 Now if you're a golfer this hotel boasts and impressive 3 different courses I believe, as well as golf buggies. The grounds were lovely to walk around and I felt as if it was an American resort almost due to the sheer size of it and all the different buildings.

 The walk from the spa building back to the main manor house lets you appreciate it's size and beauty. The interior design has been left to its original with dark wood staircases and oil portraits of previous owners (I assume, they all looked rather grand). For someone who's grown up watching Jane Austen and wishing she could go back in time to the Tudors to live in a house like that, it was a dream come true to see all that.

 Another view of the manor house, this time from the back from one of the golf courses. They also have a trim trail in the woodland section of the grounds, however it was too muddy for us to explore that bit, maybe next time.

 I was quite impressed with breakfast however all the staff seemed rather disinterested in us when we arrived and when we were trying to order from the menu. The menu ranged from a full english to waffles and there were options for vegetarians as well. There was a selection of cold meats, pastries, yogurt, fruit and nuts and cereals and so there really was something for everyone. I had waffles the first morning and a full english the second and both were served quickly.

Overall I really enjoy my stay here, I think that for the money it was well worth it as you were given full access to the spa, pool, gym and fitness centre (squash courts and youth club for the little ones). I felt that the staff were a little uninterested in me, which I can get past but it would have been improved if there were a few more smiles. The rooms were kept very clean and I thought that they were well situated in the grounds as they weren't far from the breakfast room.
I would however warn you that there aren't many shops or things to do near by. Chertsey is the nearest town and it's a 15/20 minute drive away.

Let me know below if you've stayed here or if you have any recommendations for other hotels in the Surrey area.

H xx

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