Indulgent gifts and treats for men in Berkshire
PUBLISHED: 13:55 02 October 2015 | UPDATED: 13:55 02 October 2015
Men are notoriously hard to buy for, but Katy Eachus has tracked down a host of goodies and experiences for them to enjoy
Nirvana Spa at Wokingham offers a selection of men’s treatments including Age Rebel Facial anti-ageing treatment, Gentle-man’s Tonic to soothe aching muscles and Deep Muscle Massage.
Tel: 0118 989 7575 www.nirvanaspa.co.uk
Donnington Valley Hotel & Spa can provide a Thalgo Men Ocean facial 55 mins from £67, De-stress back, face and scalp treatment 1hr 20 mins from £93, Gentleman’s Manicure from £36 and Gentleman’s Pedicure from £46.50.
Tel: 01635 551188 www.donningtonvalley.co.uk
The Celebration package at the Oakley Court Hotel includes an overnight stay in a superior double bedroom, afternoon tea for two, a bouquet of flowers delivered direct to the room and a glass of chilled champagne before a candlelit dinner in The Scullery. From £269.
Tel: 01753 609988 www.oakleycourt.co.uk
The Romance Package at Cliveden includes overnight accommodation in a Club Room, full English breakfast, rose petals, candles, a chilled bottle of House Champagne, chocolate dipped strawberries and a dozen red roses in your room for £703. Gift vouchers available.
Tel: 01628 668561 www.clivedenhouse.co.uk
The Waterside Inn, Bray run by Alain Roux offers an exceptional French dining experience with excel-lent service in a beautiful setting at Bray on the Thames. Three Michelin stars.
Tel: 01628 620691 www.waterside-inn.co.uk
The Fat Duck in Bray, owned by Heston Blumenthal, is known for its highly original, theatrically presented dishes.
Tel: 01628 580333 www.thefatduck.co.uk
Boulters Riverside Restaurant, Maidenhead offers hearty yet refined food in a fabulous setting by a lock on a small island.
Tel: 01628 621291 www.boultersrestaurant.co.uk
The French Horn at Sonning has been providing hospitality for over 200 years. Originally a coaching inn, it has a reputation for quality food and excellent service and provides classical dishes in a pretty, riverside setting. Head chef Josiane Diaga has worked in many of the best Michelin starred restaurants in London.
Tel: 0118 969 2204 www.thefrenchhorn.co.uk
The Andre Garrett restaurant at Cliveden offers superb food in a glamorous, historic setting. Michelin starred chef Andre Garrett creates new takes on culinary classics and believes passionately in balancing flavours and using fresh, seasonal ingredients. His restaurant is housed in the elegant drawing room of this very famous house looking out over the 19th century parterre, gardens and River Thames.
Tel: 01628 668561 www.clivedenhouse.co.uk
Learn to play polo at the Guards Polo Academy at Coworth Park. Field-side hospitality will be second to none as players and spectators enjoy the idyllic parkland set-tings of these polo grounds. Individual tuition for Your First Polo Experience (one hour) costs £175, or for a group of min three £150pp. A Polo Master Class Half Day (three hours) costs £400 individual or £340 group.
Tel: 01344 756763 www.dorchestercollection.com
Be a chef for a morning with the Cook & Dine experience at L’Ortolan restaurant. Working alongside Head Chef Tom Clarke, you’ll learn new cooking skills and be inspired by the team of Michelin trained chefs. Afterwards you can sip a glass of chilled champagne and enjoy the fruits of your labour with a seven-course tasting lunch on the Chef’s Table followed by coffee and homemade petit fours. £320 for two people.
Tel: 0118 988 8500 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Learn more about wine and gain an internationally recognised wine qualification while enjoying fine wine and dining at The Vineyard at Stockcross. A day’s training plus three course lunch and tour of the hotel’s cellar £199 pp Sunday, 20 September.
Tel: 01635 528770 www.the-vineyard.co.uk
Binghams Brewery at Twyford offers an informative tour and a chance to purchase items in the shop. The tour includes vouchers to taste the ale, but if you’re driving you can use these for ale to take home and enjoy later.
Tel: 0118 934 4376 www.binghams.co.uk
The Blue Mountain Golf Club, Binfield - an 18-hole course with a 33-bay floodlit driving range.
Tel: 01344 300300 www.bluemountaingolf.co.uk
Lavender Park Golf Club, Ascot - a nine-hole par 3 course with a relaxed, friendly atmosphere. A one-hour lesson with a Master Professional costs £80.
Tel: 01344 890940 www.lavenderparkgolf.co.uk
Bird Hills Golf Club has an 18-hole par 72 course designed to provide an enjoyable round of golf for every level of golfer.
Tel: 01628 771030. www.birdhills.co.uk
Downshire Golf Club - mature, parkland 18-hole 72 par course, a 9-hole pitch and putt course and a floodlit driving range.
Tel: 01344 302030 www.downshiregolfclub.co.uk
Theale Golf Course- 18-hole course for golfers of all abilities. A day ticket costs from £35 weekdays.
Tel: 0118 930 5331 www.thealegolf.com
Calcot Park Golf Club - a hidden gem designed by Harry Colt in 1930 who also de-signed the East and West courses at Went-worth, the demanding 18-hole course has lovely surroundings. Visitor’s day rates start at £35 November-March.
Tel: 0118 942 7124 www.calcotpark.com
Mill Ride Golf Course and Country Club, Ascot, offers various golf day packages including The Royal Package – tea, coffee and bacon roll on arrival, nine holes of golf, selection of sandwiches and chunky fries, 18 holes of golf and a three course dinner, £93.50pp.
Tel: 01344 891494 www.mill-ride.com
TAKE TO THE SKIES
Adventure Balloons, Reading or Great Missenden £115pp or £105pp weekday mornings until October.
Virgin Experience Days from Newbury, Reading, Woolhampton, Aylesbury or Milton Keynes from £99pp.
Flying experience gift vouchers available from West London Aero Club include an acrobatic flight experience from £168 or a 30 minute flight lesson in a vintage Tiger Moth £220.