20 January 2016

A MINI BREAK AT THE GREAT HOUSE SONNING & COPPA CLUB

The Great House sonning and Coppa ClubSharing the village with super star George Clooney and nestled along the edge of the River Thames, sits the stylish and newly refurnished bolt hole, The Great House in Sonning, with its lively and luxurious restaurant, Coppa Club. Just before New Year we were invited to come along and explore this quiet corner of countryside situated an hour from London's city lights and a stones throw from the bustling streets of Reading. So we whisked ourselves away for a relaxing retreat from the daily grind, and with the likes of Mr & Mrs Clooney giving it the stamp of approval what's not to love!


The Great House sonning and Coppa Club

The Great House sonning and Coppa Club
The Great House sonning and Coppa Club

On arrival we checked in to our stylish room made up of cool grey and turquoise hues with pops of yellow – plus the best bathroom tiles I've seen – and instantly began to unwind. I love how The Great House has encapsulated the calm boutique feel of a chic city pad with soft furnishings, cool artwork and design pieces, all in the heart of a village.

The Great House sonning and Coppa ClubThe Great House sonning and Coppa Club
The Great House sonning and Coppa Club

The kiddo, who is a huge fan of hotels – particularly hotel TV fun as he likes to call it – immediately jumped up to test our bed, while we made ourselves a cuppa and unpacked our things. Thankfully our room was very spacious allowing for a sofa bed to be turned down ready for a certain small person to hit the hay when the time came. As we arrived early we decided to get change and head downstairs to sample the delights the Coppa Club had to offer.

The Great House sonning and Coppa ClubThe Great House sonning and Coppa ClubThe Great House sonning and Coppa Club

I've been hearing great things about the restaurant so I was excited to spend a night relaxing in front of a roaring fire, sampling the fine cuisine and some good old fashioned people watching... And what a Social hub it is! Dressed to impressed, people graced the bar with cocktails in hand while diners were seated amongst the cool leather leather and wooden tables, stylishly framed by the exposed brick walls and copper pendant lights to make you swoon.

The Great House sonning and Coppa Club
The Great House sonning and Coppa Club
I had already called ahead to let them know that Paul is Gluten intolerant and that F would be eating with us as well, and I was very impressed with the service provided by the staff, who came over prepared with the variety of menus needed. The menu was fab and I was overwhelmed by the choices but finally settled on a selection of small bites and the mouthwatering Fritto Misto, while Paul opted for the Flash Steak and Fries.

The Great House sonning and Coppa ClubThe Great House sonning and Coppa Club
I loved the kids menu with a variety of options to suit the pickiest of eaters, and when F's carbonara arrived it has all the delicious attention of an adults dish but perfectly proportioned for a little one. We were treated to a bottle of bubbly to get us in the upcoming NYE mood and I'm pleased to say the service was impeccable through out.

The Great House sonning and Coppa Club

Once we finished our meal we decided to have a coffee *ahem and wine* by the fire before heading up to unwind in our room, which was situated across from the restaurant. After we hid out in the bathroom so F could fall asleep *oh the glamour* we nestled down for the night, indulging in a little late night trash TV and chats.

Although the room was wonderful in every way my only niggle was the temperature, in renovating the rooms the insulation is so good that it got a little hot in the night, but if you like it super cosy then this shouldn't be a problem for you.

The Great House sonning and Coppa Club
The next day a certain small person woke up super early with plenty of energy for the day and hurried us along to grab breakfast back at the Coppa Club. Daylight brought a different vibe to the space, turningthe rooms from buzzing by night to calm and serene by day, all with views over the garden, the River Thames and a small collection of moored boats. Guests and business folk alike sipped coffees and tucked into their breakfasts, hiding behind the mornings news.

The interior is a perfect balance of old meets new, as painted grey beams and panelled walls are complimented with cool lighting and a selection sumptuous leather and velvet sofas amongst other design details.

Breakfast at Coppa Club

The Great House sonning and Coppa Club
We sat in a booth and I immediately knew the dish for me: Smashed avocado on toast with poached eggs, chilli, lime and coriander *swoon* and a coffee to follow. F was treated to hearty plate of cinnamon French toast making for the happiest boy, while Paul decided on a green super juice for a healthy start to the day.

The Great House sonning and Coppa ClubBreakfast at Coppa ClubThe Great House sonning and Coppa Club

With a happy tummy we checked out and decided to explore the surrounding countryside, even making a quick visit to Paul's old university hall of residence. All in all it was a perfect mini break away and is definitely a destination for foodie lovers and celebrity spotters.

*We were invited to stay at The Great House and dine at Coppa Club as guest as part of this review. all words and opinions are my own.


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16 comments

  1. It looks (and sounds) like a brilliant little break. We used to live just down the road from Sonning and it's a beautiful area. x

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  2. Oh Wow, this looks like a stunning place to stay. Never heard of Sonning before

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  3. I absolutely love the d├ęcor, what a gorgeous place! :)

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  4. Lucky you having such a lovely little mini break, seems like a gorgeous hotel.

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  5. Looks fabulous such pretty decor. The bed looks very bouncy indeed. I adore hotel bathroom, they always feeling superior. Sonning, I have never heard is it.

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  6. Sonning is near Reading. The beds are really comfortable and bedrooms are well appointed, clean and fresh following the refurbishment. The food in Coppa Club is spot on for dinner and breakfast. I have been a couple of times so highly recommend as a change from some of the corporate hotels in the Reading area.

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  7. Looks like an amazing place to stay, the perfect place to escape away from the stresses of the world x

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  8. I have friends who live in Sonning (If only we could have afforded it we might never have moved out of berkshire)! It is a beautiful part of the country

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  9. Looks like a lovely hotel. Needless to say I love the decor!

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  10. What a lovely bit of luxury, yet the food seems very reasonably priced!

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  11. This place looks really smart and special - love the colour scheme and the way you managed to match your green juice to the banquette! Fab review xx

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  12. Great design and use of colours

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  13. Luxury Hotel and Nice Furniture,what a peaceful place...

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  14. Hmmm, we've been looking for a one night escape...maybe this could be it as it looks gorgeous and I'm pleased to see my gluten sensitive other half would be well catered for! I'll have to check out the price tag :)

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  15. Oh my, this place looks uh-mazing. What a cool place to stay! Also, the coppa club looks Beautiful xx

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  16. Oh wow - love, love, love! What an awesome place to stay and the food at the Coppa Club looks superb. Totally up our alley, I must look it up. Husband isn't a fan of hot rooms although I love them :)

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