Kate Sutton



I was lucky enough to be invited to visit Laura Ashley’s (relatively new) hotel in Elstree last week, The Manor … you may have seen the #LauraAshleyElstree hashtag flying around with lots of photos of cakes and chess boards!


The afternoon started out by meeting up with my lovely blogging friends Kate from Katie and the Kids and Kelly from Domestic Goddesque just outside Kings Cross station.  We decided to nip across to Costa for a quick coffee and gossip, only to be met with a woman putting her teeth in so that she could chomp down on a piece of ham.




Anyway, we then headed across to the PR’s office to meet the other bloggers, did a bit of mingling and then went to pick up our transport … A VINTAGE BUS!


vintage bus


It took an hour to get to Elstree, well it was an old bus, where we took this obligatory bus selfie!



The hotel, actually called The Manor, is set in beautiful surroundings and as you can see, it’s a stunning building.


laura ashley hotel


We were then treated to afternoon tea with all the usual deliciousness you could wish for … obviously I’m just so hilarious Kelly can’t help but laugh!


laura ashley hotel



Here are just a few photos of this stunning hotel.  All the soft furnishings are, obviously, Laura Ashley and the attention to detail is second to none.  From the crystal door knobs to the wallpaper, lampshades and space-age toilets!
































You’ll see that they’ve kept all the original intricate wood carvings and have painted over beams where they can, in order to brighten up reception areas.  The standard rooms, although a lot smaller than the suites, are still stylish and pretty … some of them on the ground floor even have their own small outside space.


It’s a little out of the way, but having said that, it’s not far from London and yet feels like you’re in the middle of the countryside (just ignore the motorway traffic you can hear outside – it’s not loud enough to bother you.)


I think it’s great value for money and especially perfect for weddings and what’s great about it is … it’s unique.  There’s no other hotel decorated like this and if it’s your style, you will definitely be in heaven.  The service was fantastic too – lots of smiley faces, which is what I also like to judge a hotel on.


Would I go again?  If I was in the neighbourhood or needed a venue for a special occasion, definitely.


For more details, check out their website.




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