Hogarths. It sounds like it's steeped in tradition, or the name of an aristocrat or something. Keep thinking along those affluent lines – Hogarth's is one of the most luxurious places to stay in the Midlands. Set in the picturesque countryside of Dorridge, Solihull, Hogarth's know how to get your attention.
Your car tyres crunch along the gravel drive leading up to clean paving where the hotel looks more like a stately home than anything else. If the vast gardens don't impress, inside certainly will. It is a truly stunning venue where detail and attention have been paid. Highly polished wooden flooring and floor to ceiling windows overlook the large lawn and forest where you might see the odd bunny rabbits and ducks waddling across while you dine in the morning.
I can assure you, you'll be greeted by a smiling but mostly professional member of staff who is well aware of the exceptional level of service provided by this darling hotel.
With sumptuous bedding Egyptian cotton sheets and silk pillowcases, you cannot fault Hogarths. The rooms are one thing - breathtaking. They are beautifully decorated in a palette of mink, grey, muted purple, and understated tones. The rooms are spacious with modern fittings such as the open plan marble bathroom with a large silver shower head, heated wooden floors, very fluffy white towels and L'Occitance toiletries. Pure indulgence.
If you're too comfortable to move once you've settled into your room, that lovely little phrase 'room service please' is available at the touch of a button (press the '0' button on the telephone). Order what you like because within five minutes there will be a knock at the door, and your food/drinks presented on a sleek black tray. You can eat/drink whatever's on the menu in more comfortable surroundings - eat naked if you like.
All the mains that sounded delicious but I am a sucker for duck and Hogarths didn't disappoint. Our waiter told me they serve the duck pink, but I opted for it a little more well-done. Thankfully it was served exactly how I like it, and surprisingly the walnuts added a really nice element to the dish.
Sticky toffee pudding with apple sorbet and vanilla custard.
We both plumped for the sticky toffee pudding. This was no standard sticky toffee pudding though, Hogarths have made this their own. The sponge of the pudding was so light, and topped with the caramelised apple slices
Hogarths is not cheap, but it's pure luxury; definitely one for special occasions. You can really spoil your loved one and opt for the room that comes with a hot-tub on the private balcony. If you do decide to do so and you order dinner, they will come to your room and serve you while you're in the tub. Doesn't get much better than that.
Prices start from £95 per couple per night. They have weekly offers like Secret Sunday's too where a couple can stay the night, enjoy dinner, and breakfast for £150 for two. So forget waiting for Valentine's Day to express how you feel for your loved one.