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The gift that’s always at the top of my list for Mother’s Day is a night away and delicious food so when Red Letter Days got in touch to ask me to review one of their gift experiences for Mother’s Day I knew exactly what to choose. The Deluxe Gourmet Stays Gift Box includes an overnight stay with dinner and breakfast at over 405 hotels. The experience costs £149.00 which I think is a great deal considering your food is included and that many of the locations include use of the health clubs and swimming pools.
Inside the gift box there’s a voucher with a code to redeem you experience, you have 24 months to do this so plenty of time to choose. There’s also a book with information about the hotels you can choose from, once something catches you eye you simply go online and redeem. Once you redeem your code you will be given the contact details of your chosen hotel, you can then phone or email the venue directly to book, the venue will require your voucher code so you need to let them know that it’s a Red Letter Days experience you are booking.
I chose the Hallmark Hotel Llyndir Hall Wrexham, I had heard lots of good things about the hotel and had also had a personal recommendation from a family member. Llyndir Hall is an early 19th century villa, surrounded by five acres of beautiful landscaped gardens. There is also a magnificent 200-year-old beech tree which is just stunning. The hotel also offers a leisure club and spa making it the perfect location for a relaxing break.
Although not planned I actually ended up taking the break with Daisy which turned out quite apt seeing as it was a Mother’s Day treat. The experience at the Llyndir included an overnight stay in a standard double room, a three course meal, breakfast and use of the leisure club. They happily adapted the stay to include the children’s menu for Daisy and were extremely welcoming of her.
Arriving at the Llyndir we could understand immediately why it’s used as a popular wedding venue, the building and garden is picturesque. We found a parking spot that had been reserved especially for us which I thought was a lovely personal touch. In reception we were greeted by the loveliest lady who booked us in and then gave us a quick tour of the hotel and facilities.
On the way to our room we stopped and admired the painting, statues and ornaments, Daisy was quite taken with the eerie headless statues.
Our room was lovely, really spacious with a great sized bathroom and very clean.The villa style decor fit in perfectly with the feel and theme of the hotel.
Once we had unpacked it was time to go an explore the hotel and it’s grounds. We ventures outside and took a walk around the amazing garden, Daisy collected some pine cones from underneath the biggest fir-tree I think we have ever seen. We also found some bug hotels which are a lovely touch and very in-keeping with the hotels environmental policies.
Next it was time to explore inside the hotel, we found a giant chair, several beautiful lounges and a bookcase full of books and games. There is a bar too but we didn’t venture in there.
After spending a little time in our room reading and relaxing it was soon time for our dinner. The restaurant was spacious and very comfortable, we chose a table for two in front of the window. Our waiter was really nice and explained the menu and specials to us. There were lots of meal choices considering it’s a set menu, this is a big plus for me as I do like a good choice. Daisy chose from the kids menu which a little disappointingly didn’t include a starter, I shared my starter with her rather than sit and eat without her.
I chose Chicken Liver Parfait which was served with a warm sourdough bread and dark ale chutney for starters.
For our main courses, Daisy chose fish fingers, chips and baked beans and I went for the slow-braised beef stew with home-made dumplings served with a side of braised red cabbage. We both enjoyed our meals but we were defeated by the portion size, there was no need to worry about leaving the table without full bellies.
With just enough room for desert we ordered an ice-cream sundae for Daisy the Chocolate Orange Gateau for me which came with fresh orange slices. We thoroughly enjoyed every course of our meal and the service was brilliant, the waiters were very attentive and the whole atmosphere of the restaurant was relaxed and unrushed.
After dinner we went back to our room where we chatted, read some more and then watched TV until we fell asleep. It was so lovely to spend some time together just the two of us, what a lovely way to celebrate Mother’s Day.
We were up bright and early the next morning ready for breakfast which is always my favourite part of a hotel stay, it’s a real treat not to have to make breakfast for everyone.
Breakfast is served buffet style which lots of cooked choices as well as cereal, pastries, toast and yogurt. A fresh pot of coffee was brought to our table and we helped ourselves to delicious fresh juices. I had a delicious cooked breakfast and daisy chose a bowl of granola followed by a plate of bacon. We both finished off our breakfast with a pasty each, needless to say we didn’t need any lunch that day.
It was soon time to checkout, Daisy didn’t want to leave so I’ve promised her a return visit for the whole family soon. I really enjoyed the whole stay with my only criticism being the hard bed (personal preference)and lack of starters on the children’s menu. The hotel, the service and the food could not have been any better and I highly recommend Llyndir Hall for a romantic break or a break away for the whole family.
Red Letter Days offer a huge range of experiences that are perfect for Mother’s Day and I’ve included some of my favourites below. There’s something to suit all budgets too !