Paddocks House, Newmarket
Whether you’re looking for a glamorous getaway or a venue to hold a sophisticated event, Paddocks House will certainly not disappoint…
Editor Rachel Ducker, and associate Luchea Green, were kindly invited along to experience the great delights the boutique hotel had to offer.
“A girlie getaway commenced as we set off for Newmarket. Giggles filled the car when the satnav confirmed we were actually heading to a village named ‘Six Mile Bottom’. Always a good icebreaker!
Set back from the road, the hotel sits at the bottom of a tree-lined drive, this chic hotel is definitely a hidden gem, the perfect rural retreat, and just a stone’s throw from Newmarket Racecourse, the home of racing.
With close connections to Newmarket’s horseracing world, it’s worth mentioning that legendary racehorse Brigadier Gerard is buried in the grounds.
Steeped in history, to top it off, the house was once owned by the sister of poet Lord Byron, who reportedly wrote some of his romantic poetry there. That says it all ladies!
As well as fifteen impeccably decorated rooms; Paddocks House boasts several multipurpose function spaces including the magnificent Garden Room. It’s a popular wedding and civil partnership venue amongst those looking for country house glamour with a contemporary twist.
Grand trees and large areas of grass outside the house are sculpted and pruned to show off beautiful shapes. Although visiting on a dark and gloomy grey day, the imagination wonders to summertime, where you can picture the surroundings blossoming to make the perfect country retreat.
Speaking of the grey day, the grey theme continued into the décor. The stylish scheme is evident from the moment you pull up at the handsome building’s black and white facade, and continues when you open the heavy wooden front door, to enter a monochrome hall room.
Here we were warmly greeted at reception to check in. After declining help with our luggage (at the fear they would see how much our baggage weighed), we were lead upstairs with our very large tassel key fobs, great for those like me who like to lose keys in their handbags!
We were given a brief demonstration of how to lock our door (handy, as it wouldn’t simply lock behind itself) then left to enjoy our rooms.
I stayed in Room 7, while Luchea was in room 6 (which was great we knew as neighbours this would perfect for getting ready in the evening).
As the grey theme continues, the first thing you notice as you enter your room is the oversize freestanding copper bateau bath by William Holland.
As your eyes continue to wander, black satin curtains, vintage prints and a large faced clock give the room a slightly more masculine feel without losing its glamorous touches along with branded “H” carpets and brass detail on the wardrobe doors. This signature room screams class.
I have to admit in such lavish surroundings, I could have filled up the bath, switched on the TV and grabbed a glass of wine right there and then, but of course there was too much else to explore at Paddocks to do that…
As Luchea and I headed downstairs we decided to retire to ‘The Study.’
Firstly we went down the sensible route by ordering coffee, however after an hour we got a little carried away and upgraded to a cheeky afternoon cocktail. Well why not?
The staff went out of their way to make us feel welcome, checking in on us from time to time to see if there was anything else we needed.
After lots of chattering and at the risk of further cocktail temptation, we both headed up to our rooms for relaxing bath and some reality TV, before getting ready for dinner.
A pre-drink in the Brigadier Bar awaited, and Nick, our very clued up waiter introduced himself to us, offering to create some cocktails especially for our specific tastes.
My drink of choice always has to be a Martini, (nothing to do with the fact I am a James Bond fan), whilst although it wasn’t on the menu Luchea’s drink of choice is a Daiquiri. Two shakes of a cocktail maker later and we were in cocktail heaven.
As we entered the candle lit restaurant, dinner began with some homemade bread with truffle butter and an assortment of amuse.
From the à la carte menu I could not resist the Aspall Cyder Mussels with bacon, tomato and crusty bread, whilst Luchea opted for the Seared Scallops with cauliflower puree, braised fennel, apple and vanilla butter sauce.
Nick once again coming to our rescue, kindly picked the most perfect drink accompaniment for our starter, which just happened to be a glass of Tattinger Champagne. The way to a girls heart of course! I have to say it somehow redeemed my lack of classiness after having had both hands stuck into my bowl of mussels!
For the main event, Luchea followed with Daube of Beef, with creamed potato, herb roasted root vegetables served with a 2004 Chaeau de Tertre, Margaux, Bordeaux France, whilst I selected the Supreme of corn-fed chicken, with bubble and squeak, confit wings and squash puree accompanied by a glass of 2011 Chateau de Mercey, Bourgogne, Chardonnay France, both fantastic dishes.
But we were glad we saved room for dessert, I indulged in the Pear and Frangipane Tart and Luchea picked the traditional favourite, Sticky Toffee Pudding, which absolutely blew us away at the end of the meal.
After dinner we politely retired to room 6 with de-cafe coffees. The free Wi-Fi, smart TVs with Netflix came as standard, so it would have been rude not to catch up with our current favourite programme ‘Masterchef’. At the end of the episode we wished each other good night and enjoyed the king-size beds to ourselves.
After a wonderful sleep and a healthy breakfast it was time to wish Paddocks House goodbye, but as we journeyed back up the drive, after some quality girl time and a satisfying midweek stay, Paddocks House is definitely somewhere we wanted to venture back to again.
For more information call 01638 593222 or visit the website www.paddockshouse.com