#CocoCountryside : Barton Grange Hotel

A relaxing night away in the middle of December was just what the doctor ordered for House of Coco’s UK Travel Writer, Rachel McAlley.

Barton Grange Hotel was the destination for a mid-week night of luxurious relaxation, located just outside Preston, Lancashire, where this charming family owned hotel could be found, full of Christmas cheer and plenty of character.

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Check-in was simple and easy, and after dropping bags in the hotel room, swimming attire was grabbed and the pool was the destination for an hour of swimming, plus time for chilling out in the sauna, and a short trip to check out the mini gym.

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Back in the deluxe room post-swim, and it was time to have a leisurely Nespresso coffee with biscuits whilst watching the music channel on the flat screen TV before having a power shower in the super contemporary bathroom. The bathroom with its very own ‘powder room’ lighting around the mirror (the perfect makeup mirror), had a great selection of bathroom essentials including the usual shower gel, shampoo, conditioner, body lotion, and shower cap, which sat perfectly alongside a shoe shine mitt, an unusual yet brilliant addition!

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It was time to head for a festive dinner in the lovely Walled Garden Restaurant, decorated beautifully with Christmas trees, twinkly lights, and plenty of wreaths, tinsel and baubles. The menu was hearty, homely, and filled with classic dishes. The House of Coco team, feeling very festive, opted for the special Christmas seasonal menu of white onion soup with thyme, followed by roast Lancashire turkey dinner, and cherry & chocolate roulade. Then it was time to retreat to the bar lounge area of the Walled Garden where local cheese and biscuits were served with coffee.

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After doing some serious people watching in the bar and lounge bed was calling, and a few tweets and instagram updates needed to be done whilst laying on the soft mattress swathed in linen and throws. Sweet slumber was fast approaching and the alarm was set, it was definitely time to enter the land of nod!

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Morning arrived with gusto and breakfast beckoned in The Grange Room, and as expected the breakfast lived up to expectations. Excellent service just the same as the evening before, with a full range of continental and hot breakfast to choose from. Eggs Benedict (with a side of mushrooms) were the preferred choice for the morning plus a hot cup of tea. The perfect end to a wonderful stay Barton Grange Hotel.

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The hotel is around 25 minutes drive from Blackpool, which means it’s great for a girls weekend away, and just 45 minutes from the Trafford Centre, another fabulous reason for a night away (this was our destination for a spot of Christmas shopping after check-out)!

Rooms are priced from £70 for a double and rise to £130 for an executive. Nothing is too much for the team at Barton Grange to organise for their guests (including free wifi), and a special shout out to Hannah on reception who looked after our check-in and check-out, as she was super helpful with all our requests.

We will definitely be returning to Barton Grange Hotel in the future.

www.bartongrangehotel.co.uk

Rachel McAlley

Rachel is currently a UK travel writer and beauty writer for House of Coco, she spends most of the week locked away in her country garden studio watching the world whizz by, and most of the weekend whizzing around the UK!

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