Holidays & Stays

Celebrating My Birthday In Style

A few weeks a go Ant asked me what I fancied doing this year for my Birthday, and really, my answer was, “not much really”. Booze is off the menu, I can’t really eat a big meal without feeling like a balloon about to pop and right now slippers are more appealing to me than a pair of stilettos! I know, boring huh? However I am not one to miss an opportunity to be spoiled and as the opportunity was on the table, I decided why not! So now on the weekend that officially marked me as ‘in my Third Trimester’ here’s how the spoiling began and ended…



First to wake up at 6.30am by a few kicks in the rib from ‘bump’, and was then treated to a rare lie in by the boys, who eventually woke up and brought me a a tray of tea, cards and presents in bed. Some tired images of us all first thing!!


After a relaxed morning we got ourselves dressed and the car packed up for a little night away. We had booked ourselves in for 24 hours of R&R at Foxhills Surrey, a family friendly Golf Club & Spa in the heart of Surrey, and just 25 minutes away.

On the way down we all stopped at Ivy Brasserie Cobham to have Brunch with my sister, cousin, their husbands and our new family addition, little baby Ollie. The food as always was absolutely delicious, great value and the Ivy Brasserie provided the perfect backdrop for a celebration birthday brunch.


Ant and I had the crushed avocado and spinach on toast with poached eggs, and other dishes enjoyed included the Full English Breakfast, Eggs Royal and Eggs Benedict, with a juices and coffee it all came to just under £20pp with service – I literally can’t fault the place! 5* food, service and all at pub prices. For the full breakfast menu click here




Just look at those cheesy grins!!

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Image credit: (clearly not taken in February!)

So after a lovely morning catching up, we jumped back in the car and made it down to Foxhills. Upon arrival it was really starting to rain, which actually didn’t matter as all our planned activities were inside! We decided to treat ourselves to a Junior Suite so that we could be comfortable in the room and have plenty of space to make it home from home. The image below gives you an idea, but was not actually our room!


After unpacking our bags and a little chill out, we went for an explore of the grounds and landed at the Summerhouse to enjoy a drink and snacks, while making an afternoon plan. Plan agreed – Ant & Louis headed off to the Youth Club, while me – THE SPA!

Just a little note about the Youth Club, it literally has everything under one roof you could ask for to enhance your stay with a young one and all included in the room – a giant soft play frame, games room full of arcade & video games (that you don’t have to pay for), a family friendly swimming pool, plus little pampering salon, junior gym and studios for classes, it links to the Summer House, which overlooks a playground, outdoor pool and the tennis courts.

As well as a Spa & Golf Hotel, Foxhills is a private family members club in Surrey, spread out like a little village of sport facilities, restaurants, golf course, (indoor and outdoor) pools, hotel cottages, play areas and the main function area being the manor house. So if you fancy paying the membership prices, as well as local enough to enjoy regular use of the facilities, I can see it would not disappoint, you’d spend your entire weekends here. So needless to say Ant wasn’t off his ‘Right Move’ app all weekend!

So while I headed in the direction of the Spa for a few hours, Ant and Louis enjoyed all of the above before we met up again for dinner.


Now, about the Spa! When you’re pregnant I’m not really sure how much of it you can really make the most of – hot rooms and pools are off the menu aren’t they, so for me it was all about having some peace and quiet in the relaxation room, a few laps of the pool and my first ever pregnancy massage, which was just utterly divine. So I’m not the best to review the spa facilities, but from what I saw, as far as luxury family hotels go, if you’ve got a few hours to yourself, perhaps you could put the little ones in the club nursery, this would be the place to go! It’s also surrounded by a cluster of outdoor pools and jacuzzis for summertime.

Dinner time


We last minute decided not to eat at the hotel for dinner. Our options were The Summerhouse, which is essentially a really lovely family café or The Manor Lounge (where we were booked for Breakfast the next morning), sadly the restaurant we liked the look of, Nineteen, is not for under 13’s in the evening. Despite the very tempting fine dining menu on offer at The Manor Lounge, Louis was getting tired and fractious from his afternoon in the Youth Club, so instead we headed to The Kingfisher in Chertsey, 10 mins down the road, which is part of a chain of gastro riverside pubs in Surrey that we love. Details of the pub can be found here and as usual food from the Mitchell’s & Butler chain was just perfect for what we wanted – relaxed, delicious, varied hearty and good value.


After a delicious meal we got back in the car and returned to our lovely hotel room via the bar for a night cap and snuggled in to enjoy hot chocolates, bath time, and a film. Louis was so tired, he was very excited to see his cabin bed made up for him and fell pretty much straight asleep, and us not far after him!


In the morning we headed over to The Manor Lounge for Breakfast, which did not disappoint. We were greeted by a variety of continental delights as well as freshly baked bread and pastries. Louis made the most of trying a bit of everything from the buffet, while Ant and I tried the homemade granola, followed by a Full English! Delish!


Time to walk off our breakfast, so we headed off to explore the grounds on their marked trail which starts and ends at the Adventure Playground. There was no way Ant was not going to get some time on the Driving Range in, so while he had some ‘Dad time’ with a trip to the range and spa, Louis and I headed to the Youth Centre for round two of swimming, soft play and a little bit of lunch for Louis.


By mid afternoon we were ready to head off, waving goodbye to what really was a fabulous 24 hours in a quintessential Surrey manor hotel. So if you’re thinking about Foxhills for a stay in Surrey, here are my big ticks…extremely family friendly facilities, I can’t actually think of one thing that wouldn’t have made the stay with a little one more enjoyable, there was so much for us all to do that we loved. The improvements – perhaps Nineteen could have offered an early dinner seating for hotel guests with a young family and the bed was super-soft, which was too soft for us, but that’s just us… oh and umbrella’s in the room would have been good. Perhaps I’m being picky! It really is worth the trip and thoroughly do recommend. We will be back, summertime though so we can hopefully make the most of those outdoor pools (and cocktail menu, when they’re back on for me)!

Thanks for reading
Sarah x 



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