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As a mum of a toddler, the things I look for in a room are quite specific: safety is key, a bath is a bonus, a travel cot, good curtains to lock out the light... In the true tradition of working parents, our son goes to bed early so mum and dad can have dinner that does not involve pasta flying at walls - or we work over dinner and rest in preparation for the next round, which starts at 6.30am in our house. All of these things were on point in our lovely, spacious, ground floor suite which over-delivered on all points. We had a beautiful, state-of-the-art bathroom, a huge bathtub and marble heated floors with romantic Tudor windows overlooking the grounds. It even had a nappy bin and a baby bath, which we did not use, but we loved how attentive everyone was and how prepared they were for young children! In addition, the room had a stunning shower, all filled with products from 100 Acres which smelled incredible; just like the flowers you find in the English countryside. As soon as child was asleep, husband and I fought over who got bathtub rights first.
On the first night, we booked the babysitter service (one of the best I have ever witnessed and we literally wished we could bring her back to London with us), and headed out for dinner. Well, we walked out of the bedroom straight into the restaurant as the beauty of our suite was that you could walk over to breakfast or dinner in a matter of seconds. The main dining room at Ellenborough park is beautiful: candle-lit, beautifully decorated and smelling of delicious food, this dining experience is definitely on the romantic side.