country house hotel weekend for Mrs Bouquet


My worst nightmare today – Mrs Bouquet called. Hi Margaret how are you? Came the measured tones down the phone, the heavily Yorkshire accent trying to be posh was just not what I wanted to hear. I am looking for some advice on my next weekends break.My heart sank yet further…

I really desperately need to get away for a well earned rest – life has been so hectic recently and “he” really needs a break he is working sooooh hard. Well that I very much doubt I thought knowing very well the individual concerned and his ability to skive off the simplest task – the only thing “he” would be working hard would be his tonsils and as for her well yes “doing lunch daaarling” every day it must get exhausting, a nice problem to have!!

OK ,says I, aiming to sound enthusiastic and (I suspect) failing miserably… what did you have in mind.Weell (pause for effect) A nice country house hotel- not too far to travel, must have a suite or special room upgrade, excellent leisure facilities – spa etc and a very good restaurant – ideally with rosettes.

Right says I – let me see what fits the bill…The De Vere Oulton Hall – would be sure to hit the right note, the only 5 star hotel in Yorkshire – sure to appeal -but Leeds a bit to close to home. The De Vere Slaley Hall – about the right distance, nice part of the world and excellent leisure, not sure about the food – maybe. Seaham Hall perhaps the best spa in the North East but again maybe not far enough away….In the end I offered a choice of 6 country house hotels that fit the bill, all within a couple of hours travel time, all with great leisure and most with rossetted restaurants.

Mrs Bouquet was pleased but didn’t book one, I’m having lunch with “my friend ***” tomorrow I’ll see if she has stayed at any of them. Ah ha thinks I, the reason for the call – Mrs Bouquet had no intention whatsoever of ever booking a break, all she  wanted was a list of the best hotel names to drop into conversation with her arch rival **** about where they may be planning to spend their weekends over the next few months.
Keeping up with appearances or in this case with the Joneses really still is “the thing to do” in certain circles and i was just so pleased to have contributed in such a small way…

If you have a Mrs Bouquet friend I’d love to hear about the lengths she goes to impress about her weekends plans – blog me back….

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