Something really exciting happened to me last week. The amazing guys at Next invited me over to Hedge End, Southampton for a tour of their brand spanking new store followed by a luxurious day of eating & pampering at the swanky Chewton Glen hotel & spa.
My day started by driving over to Rosie’s house so we could drive to the store together (there’s nothing better than going to blogger events with a good blogging buddy is there?!).
The new store is pretty special. It doesn’t look like any other store I’ve seen in the UK before. There’s so much glass! It’s so lovely when you first walk in, there are big high ceilings and you barely feel like you’re indoors at all – there’s even trees inside! It’s also really eco-friendly, with bat houses in the woods next to the store and solar panels on the roof that generate crazy amounts of electricity.
I made a beeline for the garden section which is kind of outdoors but indoors at the same time – who even knew that Next sold plants? Amazing!
Then we headed to the in-store Costa (doesn’t it just get better & better!) to meet the PRs and other bloggers & journalists. We got chatting to Steph and after our tour had a little wander around the store together.
Once we’d finished at the store we drove over to Chewton Glen for an afternoon of pampering. We were offered drinks and biscuits on arrival and the lovely Becca from Next gave a short run-down of how the day would go before we headed off to the spa for our treatments. I opted for a luxury manicure (which you can see in the picture below!)
After scoffing as much as is humanly possible at the buffet and accidentally ordering enough tea for the whole hotel, Rosie & I headed off to the hydrotherapy pool for a bit of relaxing and a good old natter.
Sitting outside in the hot tub with the sun beaming on my face was the most relaxed I’ve been in a long time. It was my first full day ever without Huxley and as much as I love him and really missed him, it was nice to have some time by myself. We then moved inside to the hydrotherapy pool which was awesome but we kept laughing about it looking like a cattle shed with all the metal poles!
We decided we should get out before we became completely wrinkled and get some fresh air so we went for a little walk around the grounds and checked out the tree houses you can stay in.
After a couple of drinks in the sunshine on the terrace we headed off upstairs to get ready for dinner…
Dinner was beautiful. A whole bunch of lovely people, a wonderful atmosphere and delicious food. I went for smoked salmon followed by steak and then panna cotta and it was all amazing.
I just want to say a massive thank you to Next for having me. I had such a wonderful day. If you’re passing by Hedge End, or even if you’re not, go and check out the new store. It’s awesome.