Perfect for Valentine's Day- A retreat to Cannizaro House.

Yes yes, it is that time of year again. As we loom closer to the day we celebrate togetherness, then perhaps there is a way to not only think of it as a reflection of romance, but also a time to relax, be you a couple, or indeed friends.

After receiving our invitation, Mr Biscuit and I headed to Wimbledon, a suburb of London famed for the tennis, and now, a glorious retreat in the form of Cannizaro House. Here you can rest assured that you will feel indulged, delighted, and indeed rested- for in it's own tranquil estate, its the blissful hotel you need for that perfect weekend away together.

Architecturally stunning, this beautiful house and sweeping driveway welcomes you in, and encapsulates you into its modern yet formal environment, with quirky twists of individuality. The art that lines its walls is famed for it's monthly exhibitions, where hundreds of artist's work is highlighted throughout the year, not just stunning and unique, but also available for guests to purchase.

Our room was stunning, all 46 of their bedrooms are individually decorated with their own wallpaper and furnishings, and ours suited our vintage tastes with a tranquil duck-egg blue Laura Ashley style coordination. A King size bed and lounge area fits in the spacious area, along with elegant full-size mirrors and a newly refurbished amazing bathroom, complete with bath and rain-forest shower. 

It is with the details that the room is either in some things wonderful, or slightly disappointing, as upon reflection there are some inconsistencies to the the holistic feeling of glamourous-ness, and with a review we always ensure we give as accurate reflection as possible. These disappointments were only minimal- a chandelier which was broken and sad-looking, the complimentary wi-fi not working, as well as the bathroom door being something to note, with clear glass around the frame making it rather awkward should you be friends sharing a twin room, or indeed at all shy. Then again, it must be said the good things distinctly outweigh these, with not only a seasonal tipple provided should you so wish, like sherry decanted on your coffee table included in your room-rate, magazines and luxury toiletries, an extremely comfortable bed and lounge chairs, and also a variety of teas and shortbread ready for you after the turn-down service.

On a tour of the facilities, we admire more and more art work, some rather grand occasional rooms suitable for weddings and events, but also a really genius meeting room, furnished expertly, and complete with grand table that turns into a pool table for evening entertainment.

The lounge bar area is stylish and comfortable, great in the day for a spot of afternoon tea (a speciality we're advised), but also elegant in the evening for a gathering with friends, or a night-cap before retiring to your room.

The Orangerie, is a completely renovated contemporary al fresco style dining experience. Glass walls frame the stunning backdrop of gardens, whilst relaxed Mediterranean artisan cuisine is served to admiring guests. We however, dine in the formal restaurant, an award winning á la carte venue with set menu options, that serves not only at lunch and dinner, but also for traditional Sunday Roast-
dinners. The wallpaper eccentricity continues here with a pleasing flamingo theme, accompanied by comfortable seating. We chose from the á la carte menu and after a round of home-baked bread, and opted for the pork-cheek with mushroom tea, served as a broth poured from a delightful teapot, and a lobster and scallop lasagne which was both light and delicate.
We continued with the confit sirloin of beef, and the lamb cutlet with Stichelton cheese mousse. Sourcing mostly local and organic ingredients, the mains are very well presented, and the beef dish Mr Biscuit described as sensational. The dessert is what really sung here, and again Mr Biscuit wishes to note something here, as someone distinctly more inclined to savoury foods, he specified that the pistachio mousse and bread ice-cream we both had, was simply the best dessert he'd ever had. Ever. The staff are attentive but not too engaging, and an absolute delight to be served by, our waitress not only was very friendly, but also really helpful recommending dishes when we couldn't decide.

Breakfast was an extension of the wonderful dinner the next morning, we chose for it to be served in our room as a luxurious option. We really find it makes you feel quite spoilt, lounging with fresh tea and croissants or perhaps a good english breakfast. The room service was completely on time, and very polite, and with a choice so vast from continental and cooked varieties, and a nice selection of teas an coffees, you couldn't be anything but content.

All in all we just loved our stay at Cannizaro House, and reflecting the choice of offers they had available, we have no hesitation recommending this hotel to you. Indeed, their site notes experiences of how to get bargain prices, or private dining experiences, but the offer we really wish to mention (hint hint Mr Biscuit), is that for Valentines. Enjoy champagne in your room or suite, petals on your bed, a dinner with paired wines should you wish, a late check-out, or a celebration pink themed afternoon tea, its an ideal way to spend a weekend in style.

Pics courtesy of Cannizaro House..
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