A recent trip to Cannizaro House Wimbledon was just what the doctor ordered to de-stress and relax.
The stunning hotel was quintessentially English. Set in 34 acres of beautiful parkland, all within the M25, which cunningly disguised the outside world so that a walk in the grounds felt more like the New Forest than SW1.
On arrival, we were straight up to our gorgeous room that had a small balcony overlooking the magnificent grounds. Not a car in sight, just green and calm.
The rooms were in keeping with the style of the hotel; country-style with a modern twist. Huge luxurious bed, big fat pillows and a roaring fireplace, original features and furniture and a brand spanking new bathroom – well, we all love a TV in the bath!
After a refreshing stroll to clear the cobwebs, we then took up position in the Orangery to enjoy some late afternoon tea. The space was bright and modern, with masses of comfy sofas, oversized armchairs and fireplaces that overlooked the perfectly manicured grounds at the back of the house. They had enlisted a Sardinian supplier for this restaurant, so we had a cracking plate of hams, olives, pickles and cheeses. Traditional afternoon tea was also served in huge stands overflowing with dainty cakes and scones.
Dinner at Cannizaro House was the main event. The dinning room was set in a stunning conservatory at the side of the house that overlooked a rockery garden. The modern British food was fabulous. Courgette flowers stuffed with scallops and crab, in a slightly tart dressing, with wilted baby leeks, was summery and fresh and a plate of rare cooked beef with shaved onions melted in the mouth delightfully.
Mains of guinea fowl and a particularity wonderful, rare cooked loin of venison, with smoky pancetta and aubergine, were equally delicious. The slight Middle Eastern influence was really refreshing and never distracted from the beautiful venison. An interesting cheese board and dessert wine followed, before a blissfully short walk to the room and a perfectly turned down room.
Rooms at Cannizaro House Wimbledon start from £183 including breakfast
For more information visit cannizarohouse.com