A visit to Wimbledon recently introduced me to a very delightful hotel, Cannizaro House. This former home of Italian dukes, and stomping ground to the likes of Oscar Wilde, is a highly sought after hotel during the Wimbledon tennis Grand Slam.
But what happens at this plush former stately home when Wimbledon mania subsides?
Well, we went to find out..
Cannizaro House is positioned on the edge of Wimbledon Common. Boy, that park’s big isn’t it?! After carrying our luggage across the park in the afternoon heat, we were greeted by a friendly receptionist and shown to our hotel room.
All the hotel rooms have their own name based on the history of Cannizaro House and the history of tennis. Ours turned out to be ‘Henry Dundas’ – a former secretary of State and resident of Cannizaro House.
The hotel prides itself on making each of its guest rooms unique to the others. They have 46 different rooms with 46 different wallpapers (apparently!) Our room was a lovely mix of dark wood, light furnishings and splashes of turquoise which as it turns out, is my favourite colour for interiors! I was already taking mental notes of interiors inspiration to take home.
Our room came complete with the expected tea and coffee facilities, ironing board and flat screen TV. But the especially nice attention to detail came in the way of turn-down service and a decanter of sherry (we think it was sherry!). So on return from a walk in Wimbledon Village, we arrived to a nicely air conditioned bedroom with the curtains closed – perfect setting for getting ready for our dinner reservations. And perfect opportunity for a pre-dinner tipple.
Bathroom-wise for all you girls out there, it more than meets the requirements.
Think mood-setting underlighting, mosaic tiles and his ‘n’ hers basins. There’s also a huge monsoon shower in the bath with a separate mobile shower head too.
And there are plenty of Duck Island bath products provided. Get out the shower and slip on a Cannizaro House robe complete with their cute ‘hare’ emblem sewn on in pink. Bliss!
The only slight complaint I had (we only had one!) was the glass bathroom door which means you can practically be seen when you’re on the loo. Apart from this, our room was perfectly lovely and we liked the seating area and beautiful rose garden views.
We also explored some of the hotels expansive grounds which spread into Cannizaro Park. Members of the public can walk around here and there’s all sorts to see including aviaries, rose gardens, ponds, woodland and all sorts of leafy pathways. There was also croquet set up on the lawn at the front of the hotel which we had much fun in attempting! It’s the perfect place for a romantic afternoon stroll!
Speaking of romance, there was a wedding bash being held at the hotel that night as well as a very exclusive wedding being held there the following day.
Sadly, that meant we couldn’t eat in the hotel’s Orangerie – a glass covered restaurant and new addition to Cannizaro House. But we did enjoy a nice meal in the alternative dining area simply known as The Restaurant. Review coming soon!
The following morning, we returned to the restaurant for a buffet breakfast and ordered some great hot breakfast options off the menu. I had eggs florentine and Mr Oh So had a full English.
As we sipped on our cups of tea we watched as the bridesmaids for that day’s wedding took part in a rehearsal on a RED carpet laid out around the rose gardens (Yes really). Must have been a very exclusive event. And as the sun beamed down on the gardens, it seemed like the perfect setting.
Overall we had a wonderful stay at Cannizaro House. It’s classy yet homely and certainly has a touch of a country-feel about it – perfect for escaping the city.
Now would be a great opportunity to display some of the wonderful hotel interiors too. Think big chandeliers, velvet armchairs, modern touches of contemporary art (which is for sale) as well as a lovely grand piano.
If you’re looking for London luxe with a historic, country feel, Cannizaro House is the place for you.
Until next time x
Cannizaro House, West Side Common, Wimbledon, London SW19 4UD,