Here we (me, Miss Nobody and Bea and teddies) all are ready for the journey to the Sasha Celebration Weekend at Eastwood Hall near Nottingham. The two dolls are keeping a watch out in the hallway for one of my brother’s and his family who were very kindly driving us there.
Everywhere locked up, alarm connected, the front door closed, all loaded into the car and off we went!
Soon we were leaving the city of Darby behind and entering the more rural environment of the rolling green countryside of Nottingham and Sherwood Forest and Robin Hood country!.
The last part of the journey was a bit tricky with it’s twisting lanes and turns but we were soon driving up the private driveway and greeted by the imposing Eastwood Hall set in it’s many acres of beautifully tended and landscaped land.
We pulled up outside the reception area here and off loaded the luggage.
After we had registered and checked in Miss Nobody was handed our room pass. Theresa then met us and after giving me my name badge and the weekend’s progamme took us to our room. There was a comfortable/sitting/meeting place to go to near the bar but I had to organise and have afternoon tea with my brother and his family before they left for home. After waving goodbye I then went back to my room to unpack before getting changed for dinner.
We had already booked to have an up-graded room as seen below….
(….but had been tempted by this superior executive booking…..but decided to save the extra money for the sales tables instead!)
Our actual room shown below was very comfortable with a double bed, desk and chair, TV, tea making facilities, hair dryer, iron and ironing board (not that I ever iron!) trouser press, and much appreciated fabulous views over the gardens from the ground floor window.
It was just wonderful waking up to these views!
There were many comfortable seating areas like these throughout the ground floor and with tea/coffee making machines and fridges holding cold drinks etc in alcoves close by to freely help yourself ‘as and when’ they were needed. It was here that my family and I enjoyed our full English afternoon tea.
On the right was the raised meeting place for us.
Views of the dining room. Our party was all seated at two long tables. During the daytime you were able to select from the menu what you would like for dinner. There were four choices for the starters, four for the main course and four for the desert. This was an excellent idea and plan as it allowed us all to be served at the same time. I’m afraid that I only took these photos of us at Friday’s first dinner.
The swimming pool, steam room and sauna. Unfortunately I didn’t get to see the gym.
This hall is well known as a conference and meeting venue.
It is also a very popular wedding venue and indeed there was a wedding taking place whilst we were there. Magnificent grounds for the photos!
Miss Nobody and Bea wanted to go out and play here but I just didn’t get the time to take them.
After dinner some of us went down to our private hall to see the replica Studio Dolls and raffle prizes whilst those who had already been down there gathered in groups chatting, admiring their dolls etc. before bedtime.
Still have to post the raffle prizes, the visiting dolls, the workshops and the sales items.