We booked to stay at Park Farm for my partners birthday after receiving some vouchers for Christmas. I looked online and decided to book there “Spring Break” deal which included; glass of prosecco on arrival, spring themed flower arrangement, three course gourmet dinner in The Seasons restaurant, stylish bedroom, full use of indoor spa/leisure facilities and breakfast. It was my partners birthday so we paid a little bit extra and upgrade to the Cedar Suite.
When I arrived at the hotel I didn’t really know expect in all honesty. We were greeted by a polite lady on reception who took our payment details whilst confirming we had been upgraded again to one of the new luxury lodges- The Aspen. We weren’t offered a glass of prosecco on arrival but the upgrade sure made up for it! The lodges have only been available since last Autumn, oh my gosh there amazing- perfect for any special occasion, family break or girly weekend away. Both The Aspen and The Birch are detached, set to the side of the hotel offering fantastic field and woodland views.
We were escorted to our lodge, I was lost for words… We walked into the kitchen/lounge area which had the comfiest L shaped sofa, large flat screen TV on the wall and the most beautiful decor. The The en-suite bathroom was just a lovely boasting a four piece suite comprising; spa bath (which nearly lead to me flooding the place!) and a walk-in shower. The lodge are of a Scandinavian them, decorated in subtle tones accompanied by fabulous lighting and lots of different textures. The interior was designed and installed by Swank Interiors who are an award-wining interior design practice based in Norwich but provide a bespoke interior service to clients across Norfolk, Suffolk and the UK.
After dragging ourselves off the sofa we decided to head to the pool/leisure facilities. We both decided to give the gym a swerve, I mean after all we wanted a relaxing break away. I spent majority of the time in the hydrotherapy bath whilst my partner thought he would get a few lengths in- by a few I mean two! We spent the rest of the time in the sauna, steam room and just chilling out by pool- I have to say Park Farm’s pool side facilities were fantastic they offer the perfect place train or unwind.
After a lovely afternoon of relaxing we headed down the bar area where we ordered a drink and viewed the dinner menus. We were advised we could order in the bar before being seated in the restaurant- I thought this was a brilliant idea. It meant there wasn’t massive delays between each course. The bar area had a great atmosphere, it felt warm and cosy. Once the restaurant was open we were showed to our table and our starters were served in the matter on minutes. I ordered smoked chicken and ham hock with plum and apple chutney served with crisp onion bread whilst my partner opted for salted duck on a plum sauce topped with roasted plum and parma ham. They both came perfectly presented not on leaf out of place, and yes mine definitely tasted as good as it looks. It was then time for the main course, Matthew ordered pan fried chicken breast stuffed with oyster mushroom and leek mousse on red wine and pancetta with chateau potatoes whereas I went for grilled cod fillet on haricot beans and cabbage fricassee with creamed potato- I was trying to be as healthy as I possibly could so I didn’t feel as bad looking at the dessert menu! If you’ve read any of my previous blog posts you’ll know I love a dessert and I have a thing for anything lemon… So when I saw limoncello cheesecake on the menu I didn’t need asking twice! I think my partner was slightly jealous after trying a little bit of mine but having to return to his chocolate and salted caramel opera cake. After feeling super full we headed back to our room watched a bit of TV in bed and had the best night sleep in our super king size bed- it was so bloody lovely.
Before I knew it, it was morning, time to head back to the restaurant for breakfast. I was still full from the night before so just went for a boring bowl of bran flakes with a peppermint tea (in the hope it would sort my bloated stomach out). My partner on the other hand was in his element because it was there was an array of cooked and continental breakfast options mainly on a help yourself basis- I’ll let you imagine what his plate looked like, lets just say it was very Instagramable!
Once breakfast was over we headed back to the room to pack and then went to reception to check out. I will definitely be returning to Park Farm the rooms are stylish and contemporary, the pool is the ideal place to relax and unwind. I didn’t make use of the spa facilities on our stay so that’s something I would love to book in during our next visit.