A Right Royal Break For 2 People To Harpenden House
The British royal family are hot property. Not only has 2011 brought a royal wedding (and welcome bank holiday), but also a Best Picture Oscar for a very royal film.
The King's Speech tells the story of the Duke of York (Colin Firth) who, following the abdication of his brother King Edward VIII, is suddenly crowned King George VI – and must overcome a debilitating speech impediment in order to address his people.
His wife Elizabeth (Helena Bonham Carter) enlists the help of unorthodox Australian speech coach Lionel Logue (Geoffrey Rush) who becomes the king's constant companion during his many speeches, as well as a firm friend. Set in the 1930s, the film shows England on the brink of war with Germany and, much like the recent royal wedding, reveals a more human side to the monarchy.
With spring in the air, there's no better time of year to get out and explore some of England's rich royal heritage. To celebrate the film's release on DVD and Blu-ray on 9 May, Enjoy England is offering readers the chance to feel like a king or queen themselves with an indulgent two-night stay at Harpenden House Hotel, Hertfordshire, a member of Classic British Hotels.
Located in the heart of Harpenden, this Grade II-listed Georgian townhouse offers guests luxurious rooms complete with kingsize beds and spacious bathrooms. Although furnished in a contemporary style, the rooms retain the character of the original Georgian building, while the WinePress restaurant combines period features with unstuffy modern British food and more than 40 different wines.
Hertfordshire is rich in regal history: at nearby Hatfield House you can visit the surviving wing of the Royal Palace of Hatfield, where Elizabeth I spent some of her childhood. The house and its estate were used as a location for The King's Speech, including the setting for the private airstrip where the Prince of Wales (Guy Pearce) lands. Knebworth House's grand hall was a location for one of the film's party scenes, while the drawing room was where Queen Mary listened to George VI's final speech at Windsor Castle.
One lucky winner and a guest will receive a two-night stay at Harpenden House Hotel, courtesy of Classic British Hotels, including a three-course dinner in WinePress on each night and breakfast both mornings.
If you're not lucky enough to win, you could still treat yourself to a special royal celebration package at Harpenden House Hotel with Classic British Hotels (classicbritishhotels.com) from just £59.50 a person a night. This includes a chilled bottle of Prosecco and chocolates on arrival, three-course dinner and full breakfast. Stay two nights or more and receive a complimentary room upgrade and bottle of house wine with your dinner.
To enter the competition, simply enter your details below. Good luck!
This competition is only open to UK residents