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Travel Blogs from East Grinstead
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The Germans tried to bomb this place during the war on many many occasions. They never made a direct hit. Explain why you believe this stood as a symbol for most Brits during the war.
Think back to the Reformation. Henry VIII broke away from the Catholic Church (we all know why...) and created the Church of England. The service (not called mass) that I attended is so similar to mass that I was able ...
... to Trafalgar Square and the biggest collection of Port-a-loos in Western Europe ( the London Marathon is on tomorrow.) to jump on our big red bus.
Our old English red double decker bus came complete with an open top... Naturally Bren and Binky ran straight upstairs, like excited little tourists, camera in hand and right index finger hovering over the snap button, quivering in anticipation! What then followed were hours of hop on and ...
So, on this fine day, we have done quite a bit... Caught the bus to East Grinstead this morning, which was a lovely drive, and had a huge breakfast at Suley's cafe- lovely food but such big portions! Then, the reason for going arrived; a magnificent old steam train called the Bluebell. All I could think was Hogwarts, here I come! She's an absolutely gorgeous piece of machinery. I have ...
... cut it in London. Sorry Dad! Had to call you out! I am sure that Bonnie and Claire would be more than happy to assist in casual, fashionable wear for a middle-aged man in Paris and London!
Tangent done. Back to describing the tour.
As seen from my extensive photography and places listed above, we saw an incredible amount of London. This included Buckingham Palace, the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben now known as Elizabeth Tower, the London ...
... No real problems but the police in horses had to jump in the middle of a few people - it was quite interesting watching it all unfold from inside the chipper!
The atmosphere began to build, as any derby should, as the fans were separated and went their different directions to the ground.
Once inside the ground the feeling was spine tingling ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Alexander House & Utopia Spa East Grinstead
Best Airport Hotel
This hotel is the best "airport" hotel I have ever stayed in. Glorious facilities/Rooms/Grounds & great service.
If you need a hotel and are travelling from Gatwick, forget the usual on-site hotels at Gatwick (sofitel, Hilton etc) and book this one - it's the best.
If you book a hotel/car park package, they transport you to the airport in a luxury taxi and re-imburse you the cost of your return taxi fare. (much better than waiting for a shuttle bus!)
Wonderful rooms, lovely bathrooms, very comfortable beds, staff who could not do enough to help us, FANTASTIC! We stayed here one night before flying out of Gatwisk as it is only 15 minutes from the airport and we are LONGING to go back.
Quite simply, this is one of the best hotels I have ever stayed in. My wife and I were here on our honeymoon for one night before flying from Gatwick to Sardinia. On arrival everything was just amazing. The drive up is great - beautiful gardnens alive with rabbits and squirrels and the exterior of the house is stunning - just what you would imagine a country mansion to look like. Inside, everything was very grand and palatial with fabulous old style drawing rooms and staircase etc - brilliant!
Great Gatwick Layover
Excellent top-end hotel 15 minutes from Gatwick. Renovated English country house with a first class French restaurant on site. Staff are friendly, rooms are beautiful. The sitting rooms and library are perfect places to relax and the end of a perhaps too-grueling vacation. An adjoining spa is currently under construction. The nearby town of Crawley is cute in that small English village kind of way, and the Crown Restaurant there offers an excellent alternative for meals if French fare is not your cup of tea.
As a location The Alexander House Hotel cannot be faulted. From the minute you approach the building up a tree lined drive with squirrels and rabbits everywhere it is just perfect. It really does have the feel of a country house and walking around the gardens (in green wellies which are thoughtfully provided) you can almost imagine that you are Lord and Lady of the manor! The decor is beautiful throughout. The ambience is one of peace and serenity wherever you go (the hotel didn't have many guests on the Tuesday we stayed). Nothing is too much trouble for the staff. The food (we had dinner and breakfast) in Alexander's Restaurant is delicious but I do feel a little pricey - which goes for the whole experience unfortunately. Such opulence and service does not come cheap. We had a suite on the second floor. It consisted of a small seating area with a comfy sofa and a tv, a fantastic bedroom area with flatscreen tv on the wall and a beautiful bathroom with a huge (plenty big enough for two!) walk-in shower, a bath that could you could practically swim in and huge fluffy towels and bathrobes; wasn't overly impressed with the toiletries though.
My husband and I stayed at Alexander House the night before we were due to travel from Gatwick. Having stayed at "airport hotels" before I have always found them impersonal, albeit very practical. Alexander House is only 8 miles from Gatwick and the hotel arranges for a taxi to take you to the airport and picks you up on your return to collect your car which is parked at the hotel whilst you are abroad. Much better than dealing with various hotels' courtesy buses which you never know when they will be turning up.
Absolutely first rate
My wife and I stayed here on an Airport /Gatwick Park and stay deal,
we cannot rate the service more highly, or indeed the general ambiance and courteous manner of the staff,
If you decide not to eat at the Hotel, there is also a local pub, ( The Crown) within the village of Turners Green, and the food there is superb,
We will reccomend this Hotel to anyone, who either is wishing to stay for a period, or for any Park/Stay deal
My Husband took me there for a birthday treat. We had booked a standard room, on a 'spring madness' break. When we arrived we had been upgraded to a luxurious four-poster suite, with separate sitting room and the most fabulous bathroom. - Perhaps they do this automatically, if they are not full, or maybe it's worth mentioning if it is for a special occasion. Included in the price was an afternoon cream tea, (homemade scones!) which we enjoyed in the garden. Before dinner we had a glass of champagne (also in the price). Dinner was exceptional, and although we were the last people in the restaurant, we never felt that we were holding things up. We took our coffee and petit fours in the library, which - like all the other public rooms - was tastefully elegant in decor. A wonderful breakfast finished off a memorable birthday.
I've been to Alexander House a couple of times for Sunday lunch which has always been excellent, so decided to try it as a treat for my husband's birthday. Booked dinner and a superior room with breakfast. In January if you book dinner on certain nights, a superior room including breakfast can be had for £98 which is superb value. The room was lovely with a big comfortable bed, luxurious furnishings and wonderful bathroom. Extra touches like bottles of mineral water, fruit, fresh flowers and bathrobes add to the pampered feeling.
Excellent country lunch location
We had a family Sunday lunch at this hotel on 2 January 2005. It was a repeat of an event in February 2004. Location is on the road from Crawley to East Grinstead, just past Turners Hill. Rather grand building in spacious grounds. Major building works are underway at the moment to add a spa, conference centre and 8 more rooms. But this did not disturb our lunch which offered an interesting menu, including VAT and coffee for £26. Friendly helpful staff, led by a South african manager. There is a 12.5% service charge. We will return.