So, I thought I’d I might just put something a little different here on the blog, just for a change and I’d love to know what you think of this kind of post.
A couple of days ago, to celebrate a special day, Mr H and I went off on a drive to a very beautiful place for lunch. Luton Hoo is a beautiful stately home set in over 1000 acres on the borders of Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire. There is so much history wrapped up in the place it’s literally seeping out of every brick; there’s been a house on the present site since 1601 and many members of royalty and heads of state have visited over the last 400 years. You’ll have seen it featured in many films and TV shows, including Four Weddings and a Funeral, Eyes Wide Shut, Inspector Morse and so many more.
There are a few different places to eat; we chose the rather smarter Wernher restaurant. It has to be one of the most beautiful rooms in which to enjoy a meal. Floor to over-ten-foot-high ceiling marble panels, stunning glittering chandeliers, oversize intricate tapestries adorning the walls and ornately draped curtains dressing full-height windows that overlook the impressive sweeping grounds.
The elaborately embellished entrance gates give way to a sweeping driveway that seems to go on for ever and ever until, just as you turn the corner, you spy the magnificent house, beckoning you from behind the trees. And from there on in, it’s continual feast for the eyes. After lunch we went for a very short walk around the grounds. I’ll leave it to the photographs to do the talking, with minimal input from me.
Lunch was just perfect! Scallops, goats cheese, dover sole and halibut, followed by pecan tart, coffee and petit fours.
Isn’t this the most romantic statue you’ve seen?
I just love a formal garden.
Lord of all he surveys? We can but dream…