Granny Mouse is one of our favourite places in the world – we have a real sentimental connection to it. It was our first getaway as a couple, our first spot to stay when we were engaged, and it was where I took my Hubs for his birthday (our first married one).
We stayed at Granny Mouse in June of 2016, and we reviewed the beautiful hotel HERE. However, since then they’ve been doing some fabulous renovations, and have upgraded more than one area of the hotel. So, Hubby and I hit the road for a night away in the Midlands this month, to check out the work that had been done. Even though we often visit the Midlands for a day here and there, we have purposely avoided Granny Mouse, so that on this specific trip we’d have a real first impression of the new look!
The Bistro restaurant used to be covered with a flat, thin roof, but now it has a stunning a-frame roof and doors, all in glass. The furniture has been updated completely and the whole feeling is just open and airy and light. I was so impressed! Hubs and I were so concerned, as we loved the country charm that Granny Mouse is so famous for – yet they’ve taken what was there, updated it so that is new and modern, yet that wonderful country feeling that Granny Mouse has always left you with (cozy, charming, comfy) is still there.
The inside of the Bistro has been updated too, I love the slices of wood on the walls (all from trees on the Granny Mouse property too).
All of the railing around the hotel pool has also been updated to glass now, which really opens the area up and makes it look much bigger.
The Mouse & Lion bar has also had a facelift. This was one of our favourite spots at the hotel previously, and once again, they’ve nailed it with their gentle upgrade – while it looks completely new and the bar itself has been re-shaped and the room opened up, that cozy country bar feeling remains. In fact – we loved the light fixtures so much, that I’m keeping that style in mind for above our kitchen island in our new home!
We checked into our room (one of the Deluxe Suites, and the same one we’ve stayed in 2 of our previous 3 visits, so we felt all mushy), dropped our bags off and freshened up, before heading out to the Granny Mouse Cellar for a cookie and wine pairing.
We’ve attended a macaron and wine pairing at Granny Mouse before, but I have to say that this cookie pairing really surpassed the expectations we had for it. Each pairing was so well thought out, and the wines and cookies were all delicious. In fact, the assistant F & B manager Luke who took us through the pairing, taught us some facts we didn’t know, AND may have converted me to a Merlot drinker (I love my reds as a whole, but I usually gravitate towards Shiraz).
The pairing was the following: –
- Chocolate chip cookie with Stone Road Cabernet Sauvignon
- Ginger cookie with Stone Road Shiraz
- Oatmeal cookie with La Bri Merlot
All were utterly delicious, and it was amazing to see how the shiraz really enhanced the spiciness in the ginger cookie, and the merlot brought out those buttery notes in the oatmeal cookie. The cab sav just made the richness of the chocolate chip cookie that much better.
Dinner was a decadent 3-course affair at the Bistro restaurant. We’ve eaten at The Eaves restaurant before, but other than breakfast at the Bistro, we weren’t aquainted. And we weren’t disappointed!
At night, the whole glass-enclosed Bistro area takes on a different (but just as beautiful) look, with outside lighting. It honestly makes for a very romantic dining experience.
Feeling full and happy, we headed off for bed, where turn down had been done and little chocolates placed on the bed for us. If the weather is chilly, the staff also light the fires in the rooms for you – sadly the weather wasn’t cold enough, as that crackling fire and the soft light it throws onto the room are my favourite part of the bedrooms at Granny Mouse.
It was an earlier start for us than usual, as we were heading straight from the Midlands to work the following morning, but thanks to the breakfast offered at the Granny Mouse Bistro, we were off to a wonderful start for the day. The continental breakfast is one of my favourite parts of staying at the hotel, and Hubs and I have been known to actually drive up and pay the price per head to have the full breakfast buffet here.
The full breakfast also includes a number of hot choices – Hubby usually opts for a classic fry-up, while I gave the Eggs Benedict a whirl. Both were super delicious, and my eggs were cooked EXACTLY as I’d requested – soft and runny.
Overall, we had the most wonderful stay at Granny Mouse. The new renovations are sensational, and with an upcoming revamp of The Eaves restaurant, I know they’re only going to improve even more.
You can indulge in the delicious cookie and wine pairing at R150pp by booking on firstname.lastname@example.org or 033-234 4071.
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Give my previous Granny Mouse reviews a read: –
*DISCLAIMER: – While we were hosted by Granny Mouse, all opinions are, as always, honest and my own.*