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by Tammy Facey (subscribe)
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Published April 3rd 2013
Dreams do come true
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.

On to the most important part: the rooms.

The hotel room

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.

Hogarths hotel room

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.

L'Occitane hand soap in the hotel bathroom

As lovely as the rooms are at Hogarths the food is equally as impressive. The quality of food matches the polished nature of the hotel, and truly met our standards. Here's what we dined on.

Starters:

Salmon and crab balls with a seaweed crust.

Salmon and crab balls

The salmon and crab balls were delicious. Little breadcrumb balls of fresh fishy heaven. It was incredibly light, but also the perfect size.

Fresh scallops.


These little beauties were bite sized chunks of fish heaven. One word: delicious.

Mains:

Gressingham duck served on mashed potato with crushed cranberry, rich gravy, and toasted walnuts.


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.

Dessert:

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.
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Phone: 44 (0) 1564 77 99 88
Where: Dorridge
Cost: Rooms per night vary
Your Comment
Amazing hotel and the perfect place to create memories that will last a lifetime.
by Mrs Dube (score: 1|77) 1634 days ago
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