Cosy country house hotel, The Ilsington, has launched a “Festive Gifts” break which offers guests the chance to combine a weekend away with a day cooking a range of delicious edible goodies to fill Christmas gift boxes and an evening tasting wines perfect to give as gifts or serve during the festive season.
The two-night break arriving on 29 November costs £430 per person for a single room and £375 per person for two sharing a standard double room. In addition to the one day Christmas gift cookery course, which takes place at the nearby Ashburton cookery school, the package includes: breakfast each day, a buffet lunch on the Saturday and a traditional Sunday roast and dinner in the hotel’s award winning restaurant on both evenings. Guests can stay an extra night on BB from just £35 per person. To book consult: www.ilsington.co.uk or call 01364 661452.
Lead by a chef, the cookery course runs from 9.30am to 3.30pm on the Saturday. Participants will make a selection of delicious gifts such as fudge, chocolate truffles, biscotti, lemon and lime curd and salted lemons all attractively presented and packaged in kilner jars, bottles, boxes and bags beautifully tied with ribbon and string. Each student will create three hampers to give as Christmas presents or enjoy themselves and in the evening will taste and learn about a variety of wines.
Set in 11 stunning acres, surrounded by rolling countryside, the Ilsington Country House Hotel oozes country charm and friendly service. Its two AA rosette restaurant expertly blends traditional classics and contemporary dishes and offers a memorable dining experience.
The restaurant’s menu draws inspiration from the wealth of fresh produce available locally, including meat reared on the county’s lush pastures and locally grown fruit and vegetables, as well as the very best fish and seafood from the South Devon coast. The property’s skilled chef even smokes his own fish and range of meats. The hotel’s ‘superb food’ is highlighted in the 2012/13 Good Hotel Guide.
Guests staying at the hotel can also enjoy an invigorating walk around the picturesque grounds or relax in the leisure complex, complete with indoor swimming pool, sauna, steam room. Massage treatments can also be arranged.