I have been away, hence a lack of posts, but unfortunately for work and not for play. However, I always think you can often combine the two when it comes to creative away days. I spent three days at Ston Easton Park hotel in the village of Ston Easton in Somerset, which is not far from the Mulberry factory in Chilcompton and the outlet store in Shepton Mallet.
Ston Easton Park is an imposing Grade I listed building which was built in 1740 for the Hippisley family that is approached down one of those crunchy pebbled drives. The sound under your car is wonderful. The picture above is the main door way into The Salon, described as one of the most outstanding rooms in Somerset - and it really is special as the decor is sumptuous without being brash. The house has the aura of an old (but wealthy) family member as it really makes you relax and enjoy the setting. Roaming around the house between the Yellow Dining Room (where our final dinner was, below) and The Library is relaxing but gives you a sense of belonging to the building. As with most houses of this size and age, it has had its ups and downs in upkeep but has been very sensitively restored since the 1960s, most notably by the distinguished former editor of The Times, William Rees-Mogg.
This is one of the most stunning hotels I have been to - even Beyonce booked the whole top floor during Glastonbury in 2011. Many members head to Babbington House, part of the Soho House group, but if you are not then make Ston Easton your own private members retreat.
The garden's - below - are open to non guests and it really is a great place to stop of or head to for a relaxing drink or lunch - in the dining room or around the stunning 18th century designed grounds.