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Mid-week Weekend Away

30 May 2016

Last week, Anthony and I took ourselves off on a relaxing and much needed ‘mid-week weekend away’. We booked ourselves into the Tudor Park Marriott Hotel & Country Club in Maidstone, we wanted a hotel with a spa and as we stayed there a couple of years ago, we knew we would like it.

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Our room was really spacious and looked out on to the golf course (where Sky happened to be filming a tournament which was very exciting to see!). As soon as we got to our room, we changed into our swimwear (after trying the complimentary biscuits in the room – of course!) and headed down to the spa.

I had already arranged for us to have full body massages so we went to the treatment area to sign in. I had never had a massage before and so was feeling a bit apprehensive but the masseuse was so lovely and made me feel relaxed straight away. I absolutely loved having a massage, it was the most relaxing hour of my life and I will definitely be booking one again soon. Before we went in, we were able to specify whether we wanted a soft, medium or hard massage and any areas of the body we wanted them to focus on and they definitely took this into consideration as my massage was exactly how I wanted it and Anthony’s was much harder and focused on the areas of his back that he had highlighted.

After our massages, we went to the pool area for some more relaxing, not that it was needed! The hotel has a pool with a steam room and sauna, it also has a gym which we had planned on using but we were far too busy relaxing to use it! Last time we stayed at this hotel, we found the pool area quite busy but as we stayed during the week this time, it was much quieter. However, we did notice more children later in the afternoon having swimming lessons which made it feel a little less spa-like but it was still really enjoyable. We sat by the side of the pool and read our books for a bit, practicing for our holiday next month!

We then went up to our rooms and had some snacks from the mini bar and chilled out on the super big and comfy bed. I had a really nice bath using the complimentary White Company toiletries.

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We had planned to stay in our rooms all night and order room service as we find that whenever we go away, we don’t tend to spend much time in the actual room but as we had already spent a few hours there in the afternoon, we decided to get ready and head out somewhere for dinner. I got ready in record time, less than 30 minutes from just out of the shower with wet hair to dressed up, hair blow dried and make up on (Anthony was very impressed!)

From a quick TripAdvisor search, we decided to drive to the Oak on the Green in Bearsted, which was extremely busy –  a very good sign considering it was about 9pm on a Thursday. As soon as we sat at the table, we could see why it was so popular. The restaurant had a really nice cosy atmosphere with wooden tables and flowers/shrubbery hanging from the ceiling. They had a really good beer selection for Anthony (I had a sip and surprisingly liked the taste) and the menu was so good that we struggled to pick just one. For starter, I went for the fried brie with a chilli jam coulis and Anthony ordered the smoked mackerel baked in a mustard and cheese sauce, both served with hunks of bread. Both tasted incredible!
 
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The portions were huge but we both cleared our plates and were excited for our mains.

For our main meals we both ordered burgers, I went for a beef burger with bacon and cheese and Anthony ordered the blue cheese burger (and completely unnecessarily ‘larged’ it). The plates were absolutely huge and were piled up with food, I left in pain from eating far too much and there was still a lot left on the plate!

We drove back to the hotel and flopped on the bed with very full tummies.

I had such a lovely night’s sleep and the next morning, made myself a cup of tea and read my book in bed before getting up, just how every morning should be!

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We had booked to have breakfast in the hotel restaurant and this did not disappoint. It was quite late in the morning when we headed down and as it was still a week day, we were the only ones in the restaurant so we had the whole buffet to ourselves! Whenever I stay in a hotel, my appetite seems to treble and so I obviously had to have three servings of breakfast… I started with cereal and they had a great selection of toppings (I need this at home), I had muesli with ground almonds, dried bananas and raisins. I then had the traditional cooked breakfast followed by a maple and pecan plait pastry (I don’t know how I’ve gone my whole life never having tried these before). The staff were really friendly and checked that we were done before clearing away the buffet.

We went back to our room to pack up our bags and get ready to check out.  The hotel provide takeaway cups which is a really nice touch and so we made ourselves a cup of tea each and drove to Mote Park, which was about a 10 minute drive from the hotel.

The park is huge and so we sat on a bench by the river and drank our tea, watching the ducks and geese play on the water.

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We had planned on taking a rowing boat out on the water but we could only see the swan shaped pedalos which Anthony didn’t fancy (mainly because he normally does all the work while I sit back and enjoy the trip) so we walked around the park and found another spot to sit down and eat our strawberries.

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After walking the long way back to the car, we drove back home feeling very relaxed and relieved that I still had 2 days off before going back to work, definitely a benefit of having a mid-week weekend way!

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