Embrace the winter and look forward to spring with Whatley Manor's latest guide

PUBLISHED: 17:21 26 January 2012 | UPDATED: 20:57 20 February 2013

Embrace the winter and look forward to spring with Whatley Manor's latest guide

Embrace the winter and look forward to spring with Whatley Manor's latest guide

To celebrate the best of winter season, Whatley Manor (01666 822 888, www.whatleymanor.com), the luxurious Wiltshire retreat, has released its new Events Guide featuring a range of special packages and deals for the coming months.

To celebrate the best of winter season, Whatley Manor (01666 822 888, www.whatleymanor.com), the luxurious Wiltshire retreat, has released its new Events Guide featuring a range of special packages and deals for the coming months. With highlights including a Bollinger Champagne dinner, horse racing at the Cheltenham Festival and a celebration of Burns Night, plus springtime offers for Easter and Mothering Sunday; the events guide provides ample excuses for guests to indulge themselves with a stay at this renowned rural hideaway.

Bollinger Exclusive Champagne Dinner Tuesday, 7th February 2012

Discover the secrets of one of the world's leading champagne houses at this exclusive evening of fine dining and fabulous fizz. The event, which begins at 7pm with a champagne reception with canaps, will be hosted by Mr Christian Dennis, Ambassador of Maison Bollinger, who will provide a fascinating, behind-the-scenes insight into this premium product before presenting various vintages for tasting. Head chef, Martin Burge, will complement these fine wines and champagnes with a four-course set menu served in Whatley Manor's Michelin two-starred restaurant, The Dining Room. Participation in this event costs 145 per person and includes the champagne reception and four-course dinner served with champagne, wine, coffee and petit fours.

Wine tasting at Whatley Manor - South African Wines with Paul Clver, Tuesday, 15th May

More wine is on the menu this May when the Western Cape comes to Whatley Manor with Paul Clver. The eponymous owner of Winery Paul Clver will be hosting a wine-tasting event to introduce his outstanding wines from the Elgin Valley, which lies to the south-east of Cape Town. The estate has been in the Clver family since 1896 and is situated within the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve. Here, conservation goes hand-in-hand with the sustainable use of natural resources and the winemakers have striven to harness the diversity of soils and micro-climates on the estate to develop a range of distinctive and elegant wines. The evening will allow guests to taste different wines and learn about how they are made, while Head Chef Martin Burge will prepare a special three-course menu to complement each wine's special flavours. Participation costs 75 per person and includes a welcome reception and 'wine & dine' in Le Mazot, followed by coffee and petit fours.

Cheltenham - Gold Cup Festival, 13th 18th March

Avoid the traffic and arrive in style at the Cheltenham Gold Cup Festival with a helicopter transfer from Whatley Manor to the racecourse. Whatley Manor is working in conjunction with local company HH Helicopters Ltd to arrange the 15 minute transfer with an exclusive rate of 305 per person based on four passengers per return flight. Flights must be booked by 27 February directly with HH Helicopters on 01285 719222.

Mother's Day at Whatley Manor Sunday, 18th March 2012

Treat the most important woman in your life to lunch in Le Mazot, Whatley Manor's charming and informal brasserie. A special, three-course Mother's Day lunch menu has been prepared at a cost of 41 per person and includes a special gift from Spa Aquarias. Or really spoil her with an overnight stay: this special Mother's Day package costs from 320 (based on two sharing) and includes lunch on Sunday in Le Mazot, B&B accommodation in a Superior Room and use of the facilities in Spa Aquarias on both the Sunday, 18th and Monday, 19th March.

Easter at Whatley Manor

Nothing says 'Easter' quite like a delicious, rich chocolate egg - but this year, Whatley Manor is offering budding chocolatiers the chance to go one better and make their own hand-made Easter confections. Michelin two-starred chef Martin Burge invites guests to join his Easter Egg Masterclass, an insightful afternoon where participants can learn about the art of chocolate as they prepare decadent chocolate truffles and their very own Easter masterpiece. There are two events planned for this Easter (Saturday 2nd & Sunday 3rd April), with participation costing 125 per person, to include ingredients, tuition, refreshments and a Wiltshire cream tea served in the Drawing Room - plus a souvenir apron and of course guests' very own chocolate creations to take home.

Then for the Easter weekend itself (6th-9th April, 2012), Whatley Manor has prepared a special three-night package to tempt guests to treat themselves to a springtime countryside escape. Costing from 1,095 per room (based on two sharing a Standard Room), the package includes three nights' B&B accommodation, full use of the award-winning facilities at Spa Aquarias, a home-made Easter egg and a welcome gift from Whatley Manor's gardens. And as a special Easter gift, those guests wishing to extend their stay can avail themselves of a fourth night offered on a complimentary basis (including breakfast).

Of course, not everybody these days has the time to take an extended Easter break, so Whatley Manor also offers non-residents the chance to enjoy fine Easter dining at Le Mazot brasserie. A special Good Friday set lunch menu (served on Friday, 6th April) costs 32 per person; Easter Sunday lunch (with chocolate truffles) is available for 41 per person; and a set lunch menu on Easter Monday is available for 32 per person.

'Here Come The Girls' package

Bounce back from the excesses of the festive season with a new relaxing, two-night, midweek mini-break at Whatley Manor. With your best friends in tow, take advantage of the hotel's high-end comforts and exclusive ambiance to unwind in sumptuous style. A welcoming in-room gift of a bottle of Deutz Ros champagne and selection of hand-made chocolates provides an auspicious start to the stay, plus guests will also be treated to the new Jessica GELeration manicure and pedicure experience in the on-site Spa Aquarias. This girly getaway costs from 795 per room (based on two sharing) and includes accommodation in a Superior Room, full English breakfast, and full use of the award-winning spa facilities at Spa Aquarias.

Sunday cinema screenings and jazz events, with lunch or dinner in Le Mazot

Weekends are always a cause for celebration at Whatley Manor. The hotel stages monthly movie screenings throughout the year, with all viewings taking place on Sundays in the exclusive ambiance of Whatley Manor's private, 40 seater, on-site cinema. Highlights for the current season include the latest Pirates of the Caribbean instalment (29th January), starring Johnny Depp and Penelope Cruz; Larry Crowne (26th February), starring Julia Roberts and Tom Hanks; Jane Eyre (25th March), starring Dame Judi Dench and Jamie Bell; and Johnny English Reborn (29th April), starring Rowan Atkinson and Rosamund Pike. All movie screenings cost 39 per person, to include a three-course lunch or dinner, plus popcorn.

Jazz fans may prefer the regular Jazz Sunday events, which sees Le Mazot restaurant brought to life with upbeat and inspiring musical performances. The Solent City Jazzmen kick off the season on 15th January (and again on 4th March) with their varied repertoire ranging from Hot Club Jazz through to traditional 1940s New Orleans-style tunes. Then on 15th April, Walter Webber's International Jazz Band will be visiting the hotel. These events also cost 39 per person, to include a three-course lunch and the jazz performance.

Springtime garden tours - 24th April, 1st May, 29th May and 19th June

Every spring, Whatley Manor's impressive gardens come bursting back to life in a dazzling display of colour and form. To allow guests to fully appreciate the beautifully landscaped gardens and grounds, the hotel arranges regular tours in the company of Head Gardener, Barry Holman. Following a welcome reception and two-course lunch using ingredients from the Kitchen Garden, Barry will lead guests on a private tour through all 26 of Whatley Manor's distinctive English country gardens, providing insight along the way into each garden's design, inspiration and planting schemes. Tours last for an hour and a half and conclude around 4pm. Participation costs 42 per person, to include welcome reception, lunch and the tour itself. 66 834 026 or email

events@whatleymanor.com to make a booking

A one night stay at Whatley Manor costs from 305 for a standard room including bed and breakfast and 10% discretionary service charge and VAT, plus use of the award winning spa Aquarias. For guests attending any of the events a Special Events Room Rate starts from 240 per standard room and from 440 for a Suite and is offered subject to availability.

For further information and to book call Whatley Manor on 01666 822 888 or visit the website at www.whatleymanor.com

To book events call 01666 834 026 or email events@whatleymanor.com

Whatley Manor is a member of Relais & Chteaux

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