Flitwick-manorMy new year resolution is to take more weekend breaks which is why I’m meandering along the long sweeping drive of Flitwick Manor, a gorgeous Georgian manor house hotel in mid-January.

It looks very romantic and the fact that the manor advertises that it has ‘kissing baths’ in its master bedroom is a good sign as was our large and spacious room with huge bay windows. Roaring fire? Tick. Antique furniture. Tick.

There are 18 bedrooms at the Hallmark property with croquet as a cute addition, but not one you can enjoy in wet January. Still we had packed for the weather and out came the Hunters and Burberry for a walk in the tranquil grounds. If only I had brought Barney my dog with me I thought as Flitwick is actually dog friendly.

On a country weekend you can nap before dinner away from London ‘s bustle and hustle and we were able to eat later in front of the huge fire, rather than sitting in the big dining room, which was not as cozy. Great food from a varied menu which was not too complicated either, our meal was served by matronly ladies who seemed like part of the furniture comfy and safe – if not a tad too relaxed.

I’ll be certain to bring Barney next time I come as I think he’ll like it.

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