How to Survive Your First Music Festival

Festival season is well and truly upon us. With the WeAre Festival having just taken place and Brentwood Festival almost upon us, it’s safe to say we’re in the midst of a music filled summer. Glastonbury, V Festival, you name it, there’s a festival somewhere guaranteed to call out to your inner music fan and as Essex’s number one go-to hotel for festival goers, we thought we’d share our guide to surviving your first festival! Here goes…

Stuff to take – first and foremost, it pays to know the essentials you’ll want with you so let’s get to it. You’ll need wellies of course. These are a festival staple unless of course the weather is guaranteed to be a scorcher, in which case, a cool pair of flip flops (or sandals for the ladies) will be the perfect back up in your bag. Talking of weather, it’s worth taking a hoodie with you too. We are in Great Britain after-all, king of the surprise downfall. You’ll also want hand sanitiser, a waterproof jacket, a purse/wallet, sun cream and of course, a back up charger for your phone. Throw this all into a back pack and you’re good to go.

Music – we totally get that researching music may not be your “thang” but no matter how laid back a person you are, it pays to know a little about the festival you’re going to and the sort of music you’re going to listen to. Not only may you stumble upon a band you’ve loved for years, but it’ll also give you a good idea of the sort of festival you’ll be attending. Is it a house festival? Mainstream? Hard rock? It all makes a huge difference. It’ll also help you create a loose schedule, which may sound dull, but works wonders when you inevitably find yourself a little lost, in need of meeting up with your friends who forgot to bring that all-important back-up charger for their phone.

Snacks – it always pays to take a few snacks with you or better still, ensure you eat while you’re there. Let’s face it, festivals are the place to not only listen to music, but also sample some of your favourite ciders, beers and in some areas, fizz. When you’re drinking all day, especially in the sun, it’s important that you make sure you eat and enjoy the odd glass of water. This will stop you finding yourself in A&E or worse still, feeling too ill to enjoy the second day of the festival. Just remember, you don’t want to be THAT guy.

Accommodation – while festivals are all about the camping (for some) we know so many festival goers who much prefer the warm and clean environment of a hotel room, especially one that’s fairly close to the venue itself. Not only can you escape the muddy fields (a hideous scenario for those wearing flip flops – especially around the portable toilets) but you also get the opportunity to enjoy a fresh shower, change of outfit, and a full English breakfast before hitting the festival the next day. What could be better? We find this really appeals to families attending, along with those wanting to look their best each day of the festival.

For all those with festivals in their summer schedules, we hope you have a fabulous time and remember; if you’re looking for accommodation, look no further than our fabulous manor house right here in Brentwood, Essex.

Occasions For Afternoon Tea

Occasions For Afternoon Tea

Occasions For Afternoon Tea

It’s no big secret that here at Marygreen Manor, we love nothing more than a freshly prepared Afternoon Tea. In fact, we love them so much, we’d consider them more of a necessity than a treat. We do understand however, that for some, this lavish display of Britain’s best (finger sandwiches, cakes, scones and delicious clotted creams and jams) can of course seem like a luxury to be enjoyed on special occasions. The question is; during which sort of special occasion should an afternoon tea be enjoyed? Well, we thought we’d help you out a little here and give you a rundown of the special occasions we think befit the elegance and downright indulgent nature of our splendid afternoon teas, starting with…the Baby Shower!

Baby Shower – baby showers are becoming more and more popular before (and sometimes after) the arrival of a new addition. This is where an afternoon tea, and especially our Afternoon Tea in Essex, comes into play. Not only does it give the mother-to-be the perfect opportunity to enjoy some delicious food, but it provides the perfect environment in which everyone can socialise while remaining seated. That means no excess weight on mum-to-be’s feet too.

Hen Party – while for some this may seem a little tame, it would appear hen parties have begun to get a little out of control of late and the trend of sophistication is well and truly back on its way to the top. When it comes to sophistication of course, there’s nothing quite so up there, as an afternoon tea. With refined finger sandwiches and of course, a glass of fizz to give it that extra elegant edge, it’s simply perfect.

Birthday Party – Essex is famous for its fabulous venues and party scenes but what about during the day? Every birthday girl (and boy for that matter) deserve to be treated to something special for their birthday so why not treat them to a delicious afternoon tea before they hit the high street clubs and bars? It’s the perfect way to say “Happy Birthday”!

So, if after this, you’re on the lookout for the best afternoon tea in Essex, look no further than the fabulous Marygreen Manor…we’re famous for it!

A Luxury Hotel In Essex

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Catherine of Aragon Four Poster Tudor Honeymoon Suite

Here at Marygreen Manor, we couldn’t be more proud of the reputation we’ve acquired over the years. We’re known for our fabulous fine dining, as a great wedding venue and also a fabulous hotel with amazing transport links. Whether you’re on the lookout for business accommodation in Brentwood or a romantic getaway, we’re proud to boast a range of rooms that will make even the pickiest of brides jump for joy and the most avid traveller feel at home within minutes.

With this in mind, we thought we’d give you a great little rundown of the different accommodation we have on offer to show you not only how versatile we can be, but also the great choice you have to pick from when you stay here at the Marygreen Manor, the first choice hotel in South Essex, Brentwood.

Deluxe Garden Rooms – our deluxe garden rooms are very tastefully presented, offering a charming feel and as the name suggests, a great view straight onto our beautifully landscaped gardens. What could be more romantic than our deluxe garden rooms? Add to this the fact that you’ll be privy to free fresh fruit, mineral water along with tea and coffee making facilities and it’s a no-brainer!

Brampton Lodge Executive Rooms/ Lodge Suites – the Brampton lodge executive rooms are made up of 7 luxurious bedrooms and 3 suites. These have each been designed with a country chic theme in mind and not only are they fully air conditioned but they also come with complimentary bath robes, slippers and an enhanced selection of toiletries to offer you additional comfort. These have proven particularly popular with business travellers. Within the Brampton collection, we also have the Brampton Lodge Suites, once again decorated with a country chic theme and all of the additions of the Lodge Executive Suites PLUS additional room space, Jacuzzi baths and separate showers.

Tudor Suites And Rooms – you’ll find our Tudor suites situated in the main area of the manor house. For this reason, you’ll also find they benefit from the many original, period features that date back to the 16th century. Marygreen Manor is famous for being steeped in history and our Tudor suites only highlight this. With bath robes, slippers and an original four poster bed, it’s perfect for those wanting a little romance.

For more information on our accommodation in Essex, simply contact us today!

Have You Tried Our Two Night Weekend Package Deal?

Two Night Weekend Package

Two Night Weekend Package

If you’re familiar with us here at the Marygreen Manor, you’ll know only too well that we like to offer a few promotions and special deals every now and then. We know life can be tough and what’s more, to escape it, even for just a couple of nights can feel all too expensive. With our latest deal however, we’ve made it so much more affordable, it’ll be almost impossible to turn it down.

At our Tudor manor house, we’re offering a fabulous two night weekend package deal in which you get to enjoy a two night stay here with us, the well deserved break you’ve been waiting for. The two nights will be spent in our Deluxe Garden Room beginning on the Saturday evening. Not only will be you be lucky enough to enjoy the high-end feel of our deluxe garden rooms but you’ll also get to enjoy a three course meal in our Tudor restaurant, from our Du Jour Menu. Whilst most hotels would stop at just the one meal, we’ve decided to offer another fabulous meal to enjoy on the Sunday evening, only this time you’ll get to sample the delights of our Lounge Menu, with a food allowance of £45. Yet again, you’d be forgiven for thinking that was it. Saturday and Sunday nights in our deluxe garden rooms with a meal on both nights in our fabulous restaurant but it doesn’t end there. To finish it off perfectly, we’re also offering you our Late Lazy Check-Out which means you don’t have to leave your room until 12:30pm on Monday afternoon.

Quite simply, what could be better? Well, not the price that’s for sure as all of this is now available for just £213. We think you’ll agree when we say this is just too good an offer to pass up. For more information, call 01277 225252 or jump online today.

Our Wedding Venue Open Day Is A Date For Your Diary!

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As the summer season sets in, so too does that wonderful wedding buzz. Here at Marygreen Manor, we simply adore the glow of an excited bride, the jovial behavior between a groom and his groomsmen. We love watching couples say “I do”, dedicating their lives to one another and celebrating all that it entails with their nearest and dearest. While the wedding day is indeed an important day, and one to be remembered no less, there’s one day that the staff of Marygreen Manor love even more than a wedding and that’s our wedding open days. The air of excitement that takes over our manor house from not just one, but a multitude of excited couples is quite simply heart warming. There’s nothing so beautiful as a newly engaged couple envisioning their day together. With this in mind, we’d like to ask you to put a date in your diary for our next wedding venue open day!

On Saturday 30th September, we’ll be opening our doors for all newly engaged (and not so newly engaged) couples up and down the country. You’ll get to see our full facilities in all their glory, set for the wedding of your dreams from 10am until 4pm. We’ll be offering canapés, Champagne and unbridled viewing of everywhere from our bridal suites to our ceremony halls. You’ll also be privy to some fabulous special offers and discounts on the day.

Why attend our wedding venue open day?

A question we often get asked however, “should I go to a wedding open day?” So we thought we’d address this commonly asked question here by explaining exactly why you should! Here goes;

It’s super fun – while it might sound like a bit of a drag for those who may not be as detail oriented as the next person, wedding open days are great fun. Not only will you get to see the place you’ll (hopefully) be saying “I do” but you’ll also get to enjoy free champagne and canapés. What more could you want?

Take the stress out of your big day – attending our wedding venue open day won’t just give you a glimpse of your wedding venue. It will also give you a glimpse as to how we can help you when it comes to catering, drinks and décor. We’ll help to take the stress out of your day by organising a huge chunk. We may even be able to offer the names of some fabulous suppliers we’ve worked with before in the past.

Feel inspired – not sure how you want your big day to look? Then allow us to show you some of the best ways to decorate our manor house. Take a little inspiration from the experts here at Marygreen Manor and add your own personal twist.

Save money – as we mentioned above, attending our wedding venue open day will mean you’re privy to a few discounts and deals. This will save you more money than you realised; money that could be better spent elsewhere, such as a honeymoon for example?

Ask all the questions you need to – we know only too well in this day and age that finding out information can be tough. The majority of the time, it’s a case of sending emails back and forth until you have all the information you need which, when coupled with jobs and family commitments, can take a while. By attending our open day however, you’ll get to ask all the questions you can think of and receive an answer there and then. No time consuming emails, no back and forth with staff members. Just simple, easy advice and help.

For more information on our wedding venue open day, simply contact us on 01277 225 252.

Stay At Marygreen Manor During The Brentwood Festival

Brentwood festival accomodation

            Brentwood Festival Accommodation 

Festivals are the epitome of summer fun, especially here in the UK. From V Festival to Lovebox, there’s something for everyone happening up and down the country. In fact, people travel the length and breadth of the UK in order to make their most favourite festivals and the annual Brentwood Festival is certainly no exception to the rule.

This year, the Brentwood festival will be spanning the course of three days from Friday 14th July to Sunday 16th July. With the likes of Jocelyn Brown, Status Quo, Go West, The Real Thing and Heaven 17 being in the line-up, it’s no wonder that #BwdFest17 (that’s what the cool kids are calling it) is looking to be the most popular one yet. Based in the Brentwood Centre, the festival will not only offer musical talents to entertain the masses but a whole host of excitement including a food village, market stalls and even a fairground for the smaller ones (and the big kids too), which means no matter what you fancy doing on the day, they’ll be something to take your fancy. With that in mind, crowds are expected to be within the thousands and while camping is available, many choose not to, especially after a long day in the sun. For those looking for something a little more glam, or even just free from mud and fields with a hint of ‘fresh running water’, local hotels are often the answer.

Being quite literally a hop, skip and jump from the Marygreen Manor makes us one of the go to hotels for those in need of accommodation and being just a month and half away means it’s time to start booking. Jump online today and check out our variety of rooms where you can enjoy a hot bath, a fresh bed and full English before a day’s partying in the sunshine filled fields of the Brentwood Centre. Better yet, call 01277 225252 today.

Father’s Day Here at Marygreen Manor Hotel and Restaurant

This year, Father’s Day falls on Sunday 18th June. We’ve been celebrating this special day for years, especially here at Marygreen Manor Hotel and Restaurant and rightly so, but just where did it originate? Well, despite our love for our fathers, you might be surprised to learn that actually, Father’s Day originated in the United States having been celebrated there since 1966. While many argue over its exact origin, we know the celebration of fatherhood itself began roughly 100 years ago

A huge amount of people believes a Sonora Dodd from Washington, actually came up with the idea after listening to a sermon based on Mother’s Day. Dodd and her siblings were exceptionally close to their father after he’d raised them single-handedly when their mother had died in childbirth. Dodd, subsequently began the campaign and the first unofficial Father’s Day was held in 1910 with towns and cities across America soon following suit. Others claim a Grace Golden Clayton should be credited with the birth of the holiday after she suggested celebrating our male parent way back in 1908. This was following a mine explosion in a near-by town which killed more than 360 men and as such, Grace thought the now fatherless children deserved a day to remember their now lost fathers.

Regardless of its origin, Father’s Day is very much here and while we do agree Father’s should be celebrated every single day, here at Marygreen Manor, we simply can’t pass up an opportunity to celebrate just that little extra. That’s why we have created a very special Father’s Day Lunch with an extra special menu. With delights such as prawn and saffron risotto, duck liver pate and a roast rib eye of beef – it’s guaranteed to put a smile on his face. Call 01277 225252 to book a table today.

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