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Picture a manor house, built in the 14th century, with grounds that are far reaching and manicured to perfection. Look up towards the house and see the manor’s staff waiting to greet you, welcoming smiles on their faces, and ready to take your luggage. Now, add to that a complete feeling of calm the minute you enter through the archway leading onto the gravel driveway, and the twinkling, restful sound of cascading water from the water fountain in the middle of that driveway. You have arrived at my recommended stay in Jersey, Longueville Manor…..
When I was researching hotels to stay in for our impromptu break to Jersey, I was drawn to the manor in the first instance, for it’s age and history. As many of you may know, Nik and I love a historical building and staying in a 14th century country pad, with all the nooks and cranny’s character properties tend to have, appealed to me no end. Although I did not read any reviews, I did see that it had a 5/5 from trip advisor, was part of the luxury hotel group Relais & Chateaux, and had an official rating as a five star hotel. I felt confident it was going to be ok.
When I noted that Longueville Manor also had a great ethos when it came to sustainability, it was decision made, the Longueville Manor was booked for our 5 days in Jersey. There is no doubt that it is a luxury hotel, but Nik had been absolutely battered by his chemotherapy treatment this most recent round. The side effects were brutal, and he still has a long battle ahead, so I wanted him to stay somewhere special. It was important to me that he would be able to relax and regain some strength, ready for what is to come next in his war with this awful disease. Staying here would be a wonderful treat for us.
The minute you walk in through the doors of Longueville, you are treated with exceptional service. Greeted like a long standing returning guest, your welcome is warm and sincere. Check in was seamless, and while we were invited to take a seat to do the little paperwork that was needed, our luggage was taken to our room.
Paperwork completed, we were shown up to our room, one flight of stairs up on the second floor. The manor only has 30 rooms, all individually decorated, and ranging from beautiful classic rooms, to elegant and spacious suites if you really fancy a treat. There is even a two bedroom cottage, separate from the main house that you can book for a total getaway. Nik and I love the idea of that, and I am not sure I would ever leave if we decide to go and stay in it! You can see all of the booking choices just here.
For this trip, we were staying in a Deluxe Room (you can see details here). The minute the door was opened for us and we were invited to step inside, I was in love. In fact, the truth be told I felt a little overwhelmed. The room was stunning and seeing the look on Nik’s face made me feel emotional. The room was gorgeous, with windows stretching across the entire width of the room, as well as a side aspect window. Both of which allowed light to flood in and beautifully showcased the view of the garden and pool. A dark wood dining table, along with plush, upholstered dining chairs was placed in front of the windows, with a bowl of fruit, welcome note and side plates all set up for us.
The deluxe rooms also have a seating area with a large sofa, along with coffee table adorned with bottled water, glasses and some magazines. A huge bed, dressed with layers of beautiful linen that made you want to immediately climb inside, completed this main part of the room. You then had a luxurious bathroom with huge bath as well as walk in shower, and toiletries from the high end brand REN. The room was spacious, (40 square meters) inviting and just stunning. We could not wait to settle in!
Within the gorgeous grounds of the manor you have so much to enjoy. There is a pool, with cushioned loungers set around as well as tables and chairs. We had beautiful weather while in Jersey, so we did have a couple of hours relaxing around the pool on two of our days. It was great to come back to the pool after a hard day’s exploring, and because of the nature of this accommodation, it was never packed or busy.
For the more energetic guests, there are tennis courts, a croquet pitch, and a fully equipped gym, as well as beautiful woodland walks taking you through the grounds. An abundance of wildlife are resident in the sustainable and protected woodlands, including red squirrels, woodpeckers and barn owls. Longueville even had 24 bee hives that all aid the eco system of the woodland. Walking and jogging tracks take you around the woodland, and out beyond into the Jersey countryside. It is stunning and Nik and I walked through the woods most evenings.
If its total rest and relaxation that you are after, then you have the little slice of heaven that is The Cottage Garden Spa. A gorgeous boutique spa, now rated as one of Jersey’s top boutique spa’s. With its own tranquil gardens and hot tub, the small yet perfectly formed spa has everything needed to provide you with many treatments from decadent massages and nail treatments, to skin reviving facials. Using products created only for exclusive spas, the de Mamiel range of skincare is used in the signature facial treatments, as well as the more well known spa brand REN. You can also enjoy a nuturing massage using the Jersey natural cosmetic brand Manomara. As my back ground is in the spa industry for 20 years, I can promise you these treatments are up there amongst the very best. I will pop the details of the spa treatments here for you, just in case you visit……
Lastly, but perhaps the most decadent of Longueville’s leisure facilities, is your chance to have your own “millionaires experience” for the day! If your budget allows, you can charter the Longueville Manor luxury yacht, Fizz Too and have it’s exclusive use. For £1700 per day, (or £1200 for half a day) you and a friend can charter the yacht, complete with skipper and another member of crew, for the day. Island hopping in style, or even a day trip over to France can be yours in complete luxury if you desire. How amazing would that be! (Oh, and can I be your best friend if you do charter it????)
Food and drink
Lets move on to the fabulous food on offer. Fine dining is another of the jewell’s in Longueville’s crown, with its five star rated restaurant. With over 26 years service to the manor, executive head chef Andrew Baird creates the menu showcasing local produce. Longueville has its own victorian kitchen garden, in which many of the ingredients used in the menu are sourced from. We took a walk around the kitchen garden and honestly, the fragrances as we walked around made my mouth water. The freshness, the colours, all tempted us to want to try them in the restaurant for sure!
There is a casual dining option available, (and room service if you fancy it) as well as the fine dining, and special requests or dietary requirements can of course be catered for. If you are visiting Longueville manor with young children, you do not need to worry about the food being too fancy for them. Nothing is too much trouble and they will look after them well. We ate our evening meal a couple of times at the hotel, and it was delicious!
A newish addition to Longueville manor will make the wine lovers amongst you feel like you are on cloud nine! If you are a wine conosouir, or just simply enjoy a good glass of wine, you will be very happy here. Longueville have their own wine cellar, containing over 4000 bottles of wine, that they are very proud of. Experienced sommeliers are on hand to help you make your choice and advise you accordingly. The hotel also offers tours of the cellar, as well as wine tasting packages that are very informative and a great way to try the fine wines. I loved the idea of this service, as not only do you get to try three white and three red wines, but you also get to chat with other guests and fellow wine lovers.
It is of the upmost importance that hotels, and the hospitality industry take ownership of their carbon footprint. I love the fact that this hotel has many initiatives in place to be environmentally responsible. Its so important to me and is becoming more and more part of my decision making when looking for somewhere to stay. The New Leaf Initiative is a five point plan that ensures that the hotel always considers the impact that the hotel has on the environment. Its five points are Education, The Environment, Recycling, Water Saving and Energy. It is becoming more and more a part of Longueville Manor’s ethos to keep on striving to improve its sustainability, and they have many plans in the making.
In the woodland, as well as trees that are 250 years old, the hotel planted 100 locally grown trees in 1994. The woodland is tended carefully, and the eco system of the woodland encouraged and nurtured. There is a natural pond also, creating a wonderful place for the resident ducks to swim in. This pond of course attracts bugs and insects which all add and enrich the circle of the eco system at Longueville Manor’s woodland.
Also, as mentioned, the hotel has its own kitchen garden where 30 varieties of herbs are grown, along with fruit, vegetables and salad items. The hotel menu is created to use these home grown items, and each year more and more items are added to the kitchen gardens already large ingredient list. The hotel also has almost an acre of land that it is cultivating to produce a year round supply of onion, garlic, the famous jersey royal potato, as well as general potato’s. All of this, along with the 24 bee hives that supply the hotel’s honey requirements mean that it is becoming more and more self sufficient and sustainable.
I would think by now, if you have made it to the end of this post, you know I am a fan. This hotel would be my recommend stay in Jersey in the Channel Islands a gazillion percent. One of my favourite hotels ever, The Mermaid Inn in Rye has always been the hotel I say everyone should stay in, (you can see my post on it here – The Mermaid Inn, Rye) and I adore that hotel, but I think Longueville manor may have sneaked in and stolen the top spot. We loved everything about it.
The staff are second to none, and are instrumental in the way a stay at Longueville makes you feel. The ever present managing director Pedro, again with almost 30 years of service to the hotel, greets you like and old friend and every thing about the hotel has attention to detail. From the fresh rose left in your bathroom each day, the pairs of welly boots by the entrance to use should the weather be unkind to you, and the delicious peach sorbet brought round to you at the pool on a hot day, every single detail is considered with the guest in mind. We left the hotel feeling incredibly lucky to have experienced this beautiful manor and its hospitality, as well as feeling totally looked after and relaxed. If you are ever visiting Jersey, I promise you that a stay at Longueville Manor will not disappoint.
You can see all the things we did in Jersey in this post –
Things to do on a Short Break in Jersey
I will be covering the actual trip to Jersey in another post. I had so much to say about this hotel, as well as many of you asking me the details of it, so I decided to do two posts. I would love to know, what are your thoughts? Does it look like somewhere you would stay? Is it important to you how ethical and sustainable a hotel is? Are you a fan of historic, character hotels? As ever, let me know what you think xx