A night at the Opera with Laurent Perrier: We were very lucky to be invited to a night at the Opera by Laurent Perrier and an overnight stay in country house hotel, Ok Ben, maybe your work does have a few perks sometimes! Luckily Nanna was available to come & look after Oliver and we were able to accept, woohoo!
Although taking a pregnant woman to a champagne evening is like taking a kid to a candy store & saying no sweets... I had a frantic rush around to find a dress to fit my bump but was saved by the amazing Little Bud Maternity in Cuckfield that helped me find two gorgeous dresses which could be used for my weekend away and the rest of the pregnancy.
We arrived at the beautiful Norton Manor hotel in Winchester and checked into our lovely room with free mini bar & fluffy white robes. I reclined with magazine & Ben poured me a chilled sparkling water, pure heaven! We met our hosts in the lobby & were collected by a car & taken to Grange Park for the Opera. The Grange is a mansion nearby and is owned by Lord Ashburton's family & English Heritage have a guardianship deed on the Grade I listed building, it's a stunning location & majestical building.
We were lead through the grounds to be greeted with a delicious bottle of 2002 vintage Laurent Perrier & canapés. It was a little windy but still warm in the sun. We were then lead into the auditorium for the Opera and I was stunned by the simplicity, I would LOVE to have a replica of the feather & fairy light chandeliers in my bedroom they were breathtaking. The Opera was Poulenc's 'Les Carmelites' which had it's premiere in 1957 at La Scala, and is based on an actual event: the execution of a group of Carmelite nuns in 1794, during the French Revolution. The incident helped turn popular opinion against the Reign of Terror.
The Opera was in French with English subtitles & was truly mesmerising. I thoroughly enjoyed it although was recommended by the cast that we met afterwards on stage to pick something a little less heavy in the future & I certainly hope we have the opportunity to do so.
We had a delicious meal during the interval and the other guests all enjoyed a magnum of vintage champagne, we were truly spoilt!
We were lucky enough to enjoy a lie in the following morning & a fabulous breakfast before heading home to my exhausted Mummy & her partner Gus. We are truly grateful as our one night away felt like so much longer & was superb! Michelle X