There’s nothing like a weekend bunking off from reality to bring you and your fiancé closer together and having time out from your every day environment is the perfect antidote to creeping wedding-weariness.
With the growing popularity of the staycation, you can enjoy the perfect minibreak without the long-haul price tag. The Vineyard, in Berkshire, is an award-winning hotel and spa that has all the luxury features of a country hotel, but the clue to what makes it really special is in its name.
The Vineyard boasts a wine cellar with an astonishing 30,000 bottles, 3000 bins and 100 wines available by the glass. So whether you’re a wine aficionado, love a glass with dinner or know nothing about the magical ways of the grape, The Vineyard is an education in the best possible taste.
Out of the 49 suites and rooms, the newly refurbished Atrium Suites have the best views. Bringing together old world decadence with modern must-haves, the suites are split-level and boast a balcony or terrace overlooking the courtyard.
The suites are in the style of a classic country hotel – think soft palettes, chic furnishings and luxe toiletries to spoil yourselves with before bed.
WINE AND DINE
The restaurant boasts 3 AA Rosettes so having dinner is worth the trip alone. The menu changes with the seasons, so only the freshest flavours make it to your plate.
We tried the 7-course Tasting Menu, with all dishes expertly paired with wines chosen by the sommelier. Want to delve further into all things wine-related? Enrol in the Wine School or book a Private Wine Tasting session.
Good things come in small packages and The Vineyard’s spa is case in point. Cosy and perfectly formed, the spa is a special treat offering Darphin and shimmering gold facials. Spend a blissful afternoon in the steam room, sauna and Jacuzzi.
WHERE: Stockcross, Newbury
TRAVEL TIME: 40min by train from London Paddington
DON'T MISS: The 7-course gourmet dinner