I was so excited to be sent on my first press trip for B.Loved. After a busy few weeks that ended in my sister’s wedding in London, my husband and I were looking forward to our little break away. It was such a treat to stay at Clevedon Hall, we didn’t want to leave the next morning! The Grade 2 listed Victorian Mansion is a stunning building and the grounds so well groomed with Dahlia’s (my favourite!) filling the flower beds… Before we had even stepped inside, I was sold!
We were the first to arrive and were greeted by smiling faces and shown our amazing room, Little Owl. It is one of 25, each different to the next. It felt very luxury with a massive bed that had more pillows than anyone could humanly need! The best bit had to be the huge copper bath. It had lovely views over the gardens and I could really imagine getting ready as a bride, watching guests arrive and congregate at the outdoor ceremony spot.
Drinks and yummy canapes were served on the lawn (the steak and chip one sounds odd but was just perfection in a canapé) After chatting with some of the other guests, we had a little stroll down to the lake and saw the resident Stork that Clevedon Hall use as their logo.
We were then given a tour of the venue which has recently completed a 6 year renovation program that came in at £4.2 million. To quote our guide, “We like couples to feel as though they have free run of a rich uncles house for the weekend” They pretty much let you do whatever you would like which must be a lot of fun when planning. There are an impressive number of rooms of different sizes that could be used for different parts of the day. The atrium is double height but somehow homely and a central hub for the rest of the venue.
Next, it was time for the Michelin star dinner which has to be one of the best meals I’ve had, a real feast. We had a Cornish crab starter. The main was a ‘Trio of Suckling Pig’ and desert was honeycomb parfait with a rum and banana milkshake. The chef catered really well for my gluten allergy and my dining neighbour who was vegan. Apart from the mini donuts (!!) that came with the parfait, I didn’t feel short changed at all, which is pretty rare!
It’s fair to say, we were all felling thoroughly relaxed by this point but, even though the copper bath was calling, the night wasn’t over just yet! A quirky juggling circus act put on a show that would be a really fun addition to a wedding held at Clevedon Hall.
Then… finally…. copper bath time!
The next morning, breakfast was served in the orangery, it was nice to catch up with the other guests before we all went our separate ways. If you’re looking for venues in the Bristol area, I’d add Clevedon Hall to your list!
Things By Laura