Visit to Dumbleton Hall Hotel, June 2018

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On Sunday 24th June Maxine and I visited Dumbleton Hall Hotel to sort out some details for our first Dumbleton Days event in October. Actually we were just glad to have any excuse to have another stay at this marvellous venue (it was the day after my birthday), and we arranged to meet up with Yasmine and Karen who were also keen to see the new venue for our annual ‘Harmony’ event. It turned out to be the most perfect visit, the weather could not have been better, and we all had the most wonderful time at Dumbleton Hall.

Dumbleton Hall Hotel
The approach to Dumbleton Hall Hotel

For Maxine and I it was our second visit to the hotel as we had first spent a night there at the end of last November when we checked it out as a possible new venue for our ‘Harmony’ events following the uncertainty of being able to continue using the hotel in Scarborough we had been using for the last several years. We were blown away by Dumbleton Hall that first time and, if anything, we were even more enraptured by our second visit.

Kitty, Maxine and Martine
Kitty, Maxine and Martine

We arrived midday on the Sunday and after a picnic lunch overlooking the lake in the hotel ground with a couple of black swans hovering around hoping we would give them something, we checked in to our room. Then we met up, not only with Yasmine and Karen, but also Kitty Ribbons whom we had arranged to meet to discuss the arrangements for her burlesque performance and workshops that she would be doing for the October event. We all loved meeting her and are greatly looking forward to seeing her performance.

Karen with the swans
Karen with the swans

After Kitty had left, the four of us wandered around the beautiful hotel grounds. There are 19 acres in all which includes the wonderful lake, gardens, woodland and open grassland. It was just a most enjoyable afternoon with so many stunning views, Yasmine and I could not stop taking photos. Unfortunately, Yasmine and Karen had to leave late afternoon but after Maxine and I had changed for the evening we had the most excellent 3-course dinner. The food at the hotel is altogether most superb.

Martine
Posing in a garden feature
Trying on a wedding dress at Jayne's Bridal Boutique
Trying on a wedding dress at Jayne's Bridal Boutique

However the purpose of our stay at the hotel was not just to have the most wonderful time there, but to sort out details for the October event. Besides meeting Kitty we needed to work out details for a Treasure Hunt that we have planned and other arrangements with the hotel manager. Also on the Monday, we arranged to meet Jayne at her Pre-loved Bridal Boutique (www.prelovedbridalboutique.co.uk) who will be having a trade stand at our Dumbleton Days event. It won’t just be wedding dresses though as Jayne also has a large collection of Prom dress, ballgowns and ‘occasion’ dresses, in all sizes and at very reasonable prices. If we can fit it in to a very busy day of events planned for the Monday, we hope to have a fashion show where any of you attending the event can model the beautiful dresses. Also even if you don’t want to buy one of dresses, there will be an opportunity to dress up and have a photo session with the professional photographer who will be attending the event. Jayne will also offer a ‘dress-up’ service at her boutique (near Evesham) at other times by arrangement.

Before our appointment with Jayne, we spent some time in Evesham and found an amazing place for lunch. With the most unusual name of ‘Jelly Pickle Jam’, it is a vintage tea, gift and craft shop packed full of all sorts of retro items and serving excellent light lunches, teas, cakes and sweets. It is situated at the end of Vine Mews in the heart of Evesham and I can highly recommend you give it a visit. Evesham is a most lovely town to explore anyway.

Talking of places to visit, I’m planning an optional outing along the lines of those we used to have for previous Harmony Weekends. For those staying the Tuesday of our Dumbleton Days, I’m planning a coach trip to Sudeley Castle and Gardens. It looks like a very interesting place to visit and provided we get at least 15 interested, the group rate including coach travel both ways would work out at about £21 each. Please let me know if you’d like to do the trip.

Martine

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  • Comment Link Joanna Jane Saturday, 14 July 2018 20:35 posted by Joanna Jane

    WOW! What a lovely hotel, superb grounds to walk round and enjoy.
    A full programme of events plus a possible trip to Sudeley castle, brilliant food........ this sounds an amazing break If only I was going this year.
    I’m determined to join you next year.

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