Last friday was my birthday (yay!) so I decided to treat myself (and of course Mrs Surfer) to a quick break away and after perusing the offers on Hotels.com we chose a one night stay with 2 course meal and contintental breakfast with luxury room featuring four poster bed and en suite at the glorious Rowley Manor.
Surrounded by open farmland with a delightful church at the end of its grounds, this upmarket hotel is a former rectory dating all the way back to 1621. It’s just 10 miles from Hull and 8 miles from Humber Bridge Country Park.
On arrival check in was fast, friendly and efficient, credit card was swiped for bar charges etc, table reservation made for evening meal and we made are way up the sweeping staircase to our room (Room 2 at the front corner of the 1st floor), sadly there is no lift but we did request as few stairs as possible and the stairs were an easy climb!
When we unlocked the door to our room we were greeted to a small hallway with large bathroom to our right (twin hand basins, shower over bath) and another door through to our bedroom.
The bedroom was stunning and featured a beautiful four poster bed, a fireplace, flat screen TV, electric heater, Kettle, wardrobe, chaise longue , chest of drawers, wardrobe and an armchair.
One set of sash windows overlooked the front of the hotel and the over looked over the croquet lawns towards the church.
We had a quick unpack and headed down to the bar for a coffee, this was delivered on a tray and included an amaretti biscuit each, we spent a pleasant afternoon in the bar reading our kindles and soaking in the country house atmosphere.
As evening approached we ordered drinks from the bar (Black Sheep bitter for me and Bombay Sapphire Gin for Mrs Surfer!) and were offered menus for our evening meal.
The system for this is simple – there are 3 choices of mains under the “included menu” (then other meals are available on a surcharge basis) – i.e. anything over £15 is charge the difference on mains, and anything over £6 on starters in charged in the same manner.
We chose tomato soup for starters (other set options were egg n’ soldiers or or Goats cheese tart), followed by Roast breast of chicken with Seared Leeks, Dauphinose Potatoes and Mushroom & Sage Duxelle with chicken sauce, We added a portion a glazed carrots between us at an additional £4 and this was a good decision as the meal lacked “veg” (other set mains included black Sheep beer battered haddock or a vegetarian Risotto).
Service throughout the meal was fantastic and attentive without being too much “in your face” we sat at a corner table overlooking fields to the rear of the house.
Having enjoyed our meal (really could not find fault with it at all!), we retired to the bar and had a relaxing pint of Black Sheep (bit of a theme here but if i’m not driving I’m not going to say no to a pint!)
Eventually all good things come to an end and it was bedtime for us, we both slept soundly and didn’t hear a sound during the night. Sadly Mrs surfer found the mattress to be uncomfortable and didn’t sleep as well as me, so on balance maybe the mattress was reaching the end of it’s lifespan and could do with replacing. Lucky for me I could sleep on anything and sleep well (Probably credit due to Black Sheep Bitter lol).
After a good nights rest we made our way downstairs for breakfast (Continental included in price – full english £8.95pp extra). Breakfast was excellent with good quality items but I am a bit unconvinced that the full english option was worth the price on top of the basic continental on offer.
Packed up, settled our bill and loaded the car, unfortunately the car was parked under the trees to the front of the hotel and it seems that the local wood pigeon population were really not feeling very well overnight lol.