Friday 16 September 2016

Hotel Review: The High Field Town House

What could be more decadent than becoming a tourist in your own city? Living and working around Birmingham means that I'm able to run from one restaurant to another bar in minutes; but how often do we find time to really enjoy what's around us?

I was able to do exactly that when I was invited to stay at The High Field Town House in Edgbaston, minutes from the City Centre.

The High Field Town House is located right next door to The High Field, a delicious gastropub and bar in Edgbaston, Birmingham.

A Victoria villa, the High Field Town House has been converted into a 12 bedroom hotel with a difference.

Firstly, each room is unique and has been individually designed. Filled with both antique and modern touches, we stayed in room number one, a superior room, which is marked out by it's stunning roll top bath and teal colour scheme.

Unlike a traditional hotel, there are no keys. Instead, I was emailed a key code before the stay which we used to open the majestic front door. Making our way to room one on the ground floor, we used a code to enter our room, which means no keys or cards to forget or lose. Inside, we found a beautiful twin double room that had been stunningly and thoughtfully designed.

The main room was huge, perfect for a family, and as well as housing the two beds, sidetables and lamps, also featured a sofa in the bay window, antique mirrored wardrobe, desk and breakfast tray filled with tea, coffee and freshly made biscuits.

We also had two bathrooms. The first bathroom was a real feature room, with a teal painted roll top bath, walk in shower and vanity. From the mosaic tiled walls to the freestanding antique towel rail, there were so many beautiful touches in the room. That's not to say the room was without modern touches however, such as the rain shower head and of course the flat screen TV in the main room.

The second bathroom was more functional, but was not without some cute touches such as the reed diffuser and ceramic soap dish and matching cotton wool holder.

Walking through the hallways, there were still plenty of touches worth looking at, from the lacquered bannister to the fresh flowers.

We went on to explore the reception room and lounge having settled into our room. This was just such a beautiful space to relax in. With a welcome desk, Nespresso machine, honesty bar and complimentary smarties, nuts and crisps, I could have sat on sofa and looked out of the bright bay window for hours.

The furniture is stunning, mid Century but still eclectic, and the teal and chartreuse colour scheme was just beautiful. With an array of seating, tables, complimentary magazines and newspapers, the lounge was wonderfully relaxed.

Should you feel thirsty but not wish to wander to The High Field, there is also a fully stocked fridge and honesty bar, where you simply write down what you've drank and receive a charge for it later. There was everything from spirits and mixers to wine and Champagne available.

We then took part in a mini photo shoot outside the front door. It would be rude not to when it's so photogenic.

There may have been a mini photoshoot in the bar and lounge too.

In the evening, we went out for a cheeky cocktail or two at The High Field too, and found it to be very buzzy on a Friday night.

Following a restful nights sleep in our hotel room, we were ready for breakfast. It's worth noting that despite being on the ground floor, we didn't hear a thing whilst we were there. As much as I expected to hear people coming and going or to hear noise from The High Field, it was remarkably quiet and we slept like babies. I really didn't want to get up, but the call of breakfast was enough to rouse me.

Walking over to The High Field next door, we were warmly welcomed as hotel guests and the manager was kind enough to ask how we'd slept. I do think this is one real benefit of staying at the hotel, and I had no trouble getting served the previous night either!

As well as ordering from the main menu, which includes everything from a Full English Breakfast to porridge, pancakes and even a steak, there is also a breakfast buffet available for £5 which includes bread, jam, cereal, the most delicious fresh orange juice, fruit and croissants.

I was very tempted by the steak, but decided instead on the smashed avocado and eggs on toast, whilst my companion had a variation on the veggie breakfast.

Sadly, after breakfast it came to check out time. I could have stayed at The High Field Town House for days, sitting in the lounge and enjoying the gardens next door.

Staying so close to the city centre, it's unbelievable how relaxed our stay was. Just a short taxi ride from Birmingham, it's amazing how much quieter and relaxed the area is.

A huge thank you to the High Field Town House and the team at The High Field for making our stay so wonderful.

*I was invited to stay and dine for breakfast at The High Field as a guest of the hotel. All views remain 100% my own.

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