All parents need some 'me time', us included and we are very lucky that we manage to get some (more regularly than most). For Christmas we were given a voucher from relatives to stay and dine at The George Hotel in Stamford. I have never visited despite it only being about 45 minutes away and being 'known' as a wonderful place for afternoon tea or a glass of wine or a night away. Our weekend was booked via telephoning the very helpful reception staff - I was even sent a photograph of the room as it is one of their smaller rooms available and they didn't want us to be disappointed.
We arrived (early) and had time for a wander around Stamford before we were able to check in. The George is 2 minutes away from the town centre so as far as I am concerned, perfect. I liked Stamford - I really did. I am now going to do the lottery regularly as I would quite like to move there (but into one of the massive limestone houses preferably!).
We had lunch in a lovely Thai restaurant and then I somehow managed to persuade hubbie to visit the shops - after a quick purchase from Joules we wandered up towards Burghley House, a National Trust property that I haven't visited since I was a child (and is now on my list of 'must-gos' this summer). There were a lot of sheep there!
Anyway, enough of my ramblings and on to The George. The thing which struck me throughout our stay was the attentiveness of the staff - everyone said good afternoon etc, staff smiled and held doors open for you. It's the little elements like this which make a stay special in my opinion. We felt like guests rather than another person on the conveyor belt.
Now - I just have to mention the ladies' toilets in the main hotel - truely amazing - spacious, immaculate and just a little different. I can only describe these via photos!!!
Following the meal, we retired to the Champagne Bar where we didn't drink Champagne - rather it started with Mojitos (fabulous) and then whiskey. We really didn't need these extra drinks but the bar staff (can't remember their names but they were great!) made us very welcome. We always try to sit at the bar on these occasions and were not disappointed - attentive staff and good conversation - we felt very comfortable.
The morning was met with complimentary tea / coffee and orange juice. We'd ordered it for 8.30am and it arrived promptly by yet another well-trained member of staff. Orange juice was particularly good. We then went to the Garden Room for breakfast. This reminded me of the Blue Elephant Thai Restaurant in Fulham - another one of our favourites. The plants in there were well tended and gave an air of the outside yet was inside and away from the traditional British elements. It was a lovely place to have breakfast - and breakfast wasn't bad either - I chose smoked Salmon (divine) with scrambled eggs whilst hubby had the full English. No complaints from either of us on the breakfast front!
All in all we had a wonderful night away at the George - it was escapism from reality for just 24 hours and gave us chance to chat in a lovely environment. We possible wouldn't have booked The George ourselves BUT we will definitely go back. It's a lovely hotel, full of character and 'made' by the well-trained and attentive staff. We will be back!
A lovely hotel - perfect for a romantic getaway. Staff were very attentive yet subtle. A very enjoyable stay in a lovely hotel. We will be back.