Afternoon Tea at Charlton House…

Charlton House in Shepton Mallet, Somerset very kindly invited myself and a friend to join them for afternoon tea and use of the spa facilities as a thank you for the blog post I wrote about our stay there for my birthday in January. In case you missed it, you can read that post here.

I decided I would like to take my mum along with me for her birthday as well as both being overdue a bit of a pamper day. 

I have only ever been to Charlton House in the winter so I was looking forward to being able to laze in the sun and pretend I’m on holiday for a few hours. It just so happens we ended up going on the hottest day we have had this year. 

After I dropped the boys off at school I picked my mum up and we made our 90 minute journey to Somerset. 

When we arrived I studied the decor as I always do. It was nice to see it all in bright sunlight. I am in complete awe of the beautiful Persian rugs scattered around the hotel and spa and after our last visit I was so inspired I purchased my very own one! 

We were greeted by Lewis, the reception manager who was extremely attentive. He saw us out to the patio area and had two glasses of prosecco sent out within minutes of us sitting down. 

My mum and I were feeling slightly peckish so ordered a light snack to keep us going until we had our afternoon tea. 

Once we had refuelled we headed over to the Moroccan themed spa. 

We were handed robes, towels and flip flops and shown to the changing rooms. 

Once changed, we got straight in the hydrotherapy pool which was as warm as a bath. The pool leads out to an outside area, where you can find sun beds, tables and a hot tub. 

After a couple of hours in the pool and soaking up the sun we got changed and headed to the restaurant for our afternoon tea. 

Our jaws hit the floor as the waitress brought over a selection of sandwiches, scones and pastries. They had even gone to the effort of decorating the plate with ‘Happy Birthday’ for my mum. 


The sandwiches were lovely and the scones were delicious but I was in absolute heaven when I tried the chocolate eclair. 

The attention to detail was spot on and we felt spoilt for choice with the variety we were served. 

Before we departed Lewis agreed to let me have a nosey in their garden lodge accommodation. 

When the doors opened I knew this is where I wanted to stay next time we visit. 

All the rooms have a similar feel but what I love are the little touches that allow you to distinguish between the rooms and make them unique in their own right. 

All of the rooms we have stayed in at Charlton House have been breathtaking but the Garden Lodge has to be my favourite. 

What makes it even more spectacular is its views of the grounds.

My mum and I had a wonderful day at Charlton House, the only downside was having to leave. 

I can’t wait to visit again and absolutely recommend it to anyone looking for a tranquil retreat.

Until next time 

Hayley x


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