If your a fan of pride and prejudice you would love this historical country club situated in Surrey. My boyfriend surprised me with a stay here to celebrate my birthday and it has certainly earnt him some major brownie points! It’s no surprise that weddings are held here as the whole experience is breathtaking. You don’t visit foxhills, you experience it.
It’s located 20 minutes away from Heathrow and popular attractions such as Thorpe Park. Just like stepping through the wardrobe to Narnia, it’s like another world, with 400 acres of picturesque countryside.
The resort features a beautiful Manor House with spacious annexes nearby, where all the bedrooms are provided. On site there is a health spa, 2 championship golf courses, one par three course (which is the first of its kind in Britain), 4 swimming pools, 3 restaurants, tennis club, squash, private dinning rooms, events and conference facilities and a children’s clubhouse. Awards have been given to this resort for its health spa, manor restaurant and golf course and it’s very clear why.
Upon our arrival, the receptionist in the Manor House was very welcoming and informative. We stayed in an executive room with a garden view. The room was decorated with accents of purple and gold. It included a large bed, sofa, table and chair, wardrobe and facilities for tea making. Opening the double doors inside the room revealed a small seating area of table and chairs, looking out towards the Manor and over the gardens, it was so beautiful and peaceful. The bathroom suite took my breathe away, sliding the doors open to reveal a large bath and rain shower. The bathroom was spacious and I completely fell in love with the heated floor! There were bathrobes and slippers which added to the luxury.
We ate in the Nineteen Bar and the Manor restaurant and enjoyed beautiful meals each time ranging from breakfast to desserts. Regardless of the time of day the staff are always smiling and welcoming and nothing is any trouble. I usually find that I can be seen as a nuisance in some restaurants I visit, as I have a wheat and dairy intolerance. It’s always so embarrassing but the staff here made me feel very comfortable and were exceptionally accommodating providing a range of different options that I have never had before.
I had two treatments in the Health Spa, I highly recommend you get a treatment if you visit Foxhills as you will not regret it. My first treatment was a couples treatment called Hamman which involves sitting in a steam room and applying a paste all over each other to leave on for half an hour before gently exfoliating and showering it off. It is a nice intimate treatment for a couple in a private steam room. My skin felt soft and radiant after. After treatments you go into a relaxation room where arm chairs, cushions and blankets are provided. There is a choice to hydrate with herbal teas or fruit infused water whilst you lay back and relax, listening to the soothing music and watching coloured fibre optics on the ceiling. It’s surprising how relaxing these combinations make you feel and has inspired me to change the decor of my bedroom at home! The other facilities at the Spa consist of a fitness suite, jacuzzi, swimming pool and an outside jacuzzi. I love jacuzzi’s, they are always the first thing I go to when I need to relax quickly. I have never been in an outside jacuzzi before and the experience is totally different to a indoor one. The aura of the fresh air and the heat consuming your body made you feel so relaxed whilst you look out onto the gardens. The outside jacuzzi is much smaller than the one indoors which means most couples took it in turns to use it as it was quite intimate.
The whole experience was so memorable and made my birthday so special. I highly recommend this resort for anyone who want to elegantly relax and watch the world go by. I have the greatest intention to return for another weekend break with my boyfriend soon 😄
The Historical Side:
* It was named after an 18th century politician called Charles James Fox
* 19th century Manor House originally owned by Chertsey Abbey in the Middle Ages
* Fox lived in the area in 1780’s with his mistress and former Courtesean Elizabeth Armistead
* Fox was an MP for Midhurst at just 19 and had a passion for gambling and enjoying the high life
* Charles James Fox died in 1806
* His close friend and neighbour, Sir John Mawbey died in 1817 and the estate broke apart.
* Sir Mawbey’s daughter and son in law John Ivatt Briscoe bought the area now known as Fox’s Hill and France’s Farm, this founded the estate we know today
* John Ivatt Briscoe was a successful lawyer and MP who commissioned the architect Basevi to build the Manor to reflect the spirit of the Victorian age in its charm and elegance.
* In the 1870’s the estate was passed to a distant relevant of John Ivatt Briscoe called General Hutton who was known as a veteran of the Zulu and Boer Wars. According to others, General Hutton felt responsible for the families of the men who fell under his command. He allowed them to play on the grounds during the holidays.
* After being a home for the wounded officers in the Great War, the estate was sold to a successful merchant family called the Borthwicks in the 1920’s. They ran the farm and estate in the same way as Fox had.
* During the 2nd World War the family turned the farm into the Bernard Hunt golf course.
* It was then sold and made into a golf club in 1975