I’ve just arrived back in Dubai with a slight pang of longing to be back in bright green fields and fresh aired weather. After 3 weeks of pub lunches and dog walks in the UK, and beach-filled Mallorca, ‘home’ seems to be a little blurry. Nevertheless, a few days and everything will be back in the swing of things. (Side note: I watched ‘Room’ last night on the plane … heart-breakingly inspirational movie that really does shed a light on why we shouldn’t sweat about the small stuff).
Whilst I settle back into Dubai life, I’m reminiscing about my incredible weekend celebrating my Nan’s 80th birthday at Foxhills on the weekend. A beautiful country manor with so much character and class, as well as a head chef who certainly knows his way around the kitchen. From the location, to the food, to the service – I would recommend it to anyone who’s looking for a weakend break!
The rooms are stunning; all uniquely decorated but they keep consistency. The junior suites look out over the grounds, the restaurants and one of the tennis courts. Just a few minutes walk away are several more courts which were ‘graced’ with our presence the following morning. I was a little rusty to say the least!
After rain (and a little hail) poured down in the morning, the sun broke through upon our arrival.
What else to do but have a celebratory glass of champagne.
Here’s hoping we don’t get this June weather for the wedding!
An Elemis spa bus parked up ready to serve anyone with facials, mani and pedis!
With a blanket to hand, and afternoon tea on the go…
I’m not a big golfer but I’m told this is one of the best courses around. Good for some people watching too if you’re on my side of the table!
Afternoon tea and champagne finished later than expected (our family gatherings always tend to) so it was pretty much straight into dinner … and well, more champagne. She’s only 80 once after all!
And isn’t she a pretty picture – named June – best Grandmother in the world.
Mother and godmother aren’t too far behind either!
Seaweed crisps – any day!
Safe to say this is my dream room with so much light, character and space. If I was having a very intimate wedding, this would be a perfect setting for the reception dinner.
Confit salmon with wasabi, asparagus and radish.
Venison tartare placed under finely sliced sheets of salt baked beetroot, served with chocolate, carrots and pear.
My starter of Arlington white egg yolk ravioli, served with artichoke, monk’s beard and parmesan.
Main course of maple glazed duck, parsnip, apple and feta.
And a side of the most delectable potato dauphinoise.
My sister’s course was unfortunately a tad over cooked so whilst she was waiting, they brought a stunningly presented palate cleanser. This happened all throughout the weekend (not the overcooked food but the exceptional service) and it really made a huge difference.
And that smile made the evening!
After tennis, a morning swim and sauna the following day, we sat down for a farewell lunch.
It was roast lunches all round and of course, a selection of starters and desserts.
The smoked salmon with citrus brown shrimp vinaigrette was beautiful.
The “Golden cross goat’s cheese salad” wasn’t so much a salad, but a cheese lover’s dream. A little heavy for a starter but if you ask for extra salad leaves, it pairs really well.
The crumble however was perfection down to a tee. It wasn’t on the set menu we were organically shown, instead I spied it across the room on another table and ordered it immediately. Fruity, rich crumble scattered with fresh berries and freeze dried blackberries – all served with a creamy vanilla ice-cream.
This is why I love balance, people!
A wonderful weekend in an exceptional venue. Now to stop missing and start enjoying my other beautiful home – Dubai!
Have you ever been to Foxhills or a similar country manor? Let me know your best weekend breaks!
Hello and welcome! I'm Carly, originally from London but currently enjoying a little adventure in Dubai. A travel and wellness blogger exploring the world one step at a time. Think fabulous food at undiscovered gems, unique destinations, skin care obsessions and so much more. This is my life, I hope you enjoy the ride!