This Mothering Sunday, let’s take some ancient inspiration and treat your special lady to the splendour of a Greek goddess – without even having to step out of the local area.  

Sunday 11th March marks a significant opportunity for us all, to show a little gratitude and thanks to that very special lady in our lives – our one in a million mum! 

This year, we are taking the celebrations back to their roots, seeking inspiration from its earliest origins in the Greek era, when numerous Greek Goddesses were honoured in appreciation of the rebirth of the new spring season. As you would expect, the grandeur of such celebrations would be difficult to recreate, yet the indulgences and fine treatments are certainly achievable. Here are just some of what is available locally:

A stunning bouquet for a floral goddess

Ash’s independent florists, Butterflies & Lace, can put together a bespoke bouquet of fresh flowers and deliver them straight to your Mum’s doorstep. They strive to provide a winning service by tailoring their service to suit you. It is easy to order online, where you have a wide selection to choose from, with the added options of personalised messages and special requests as standard. If you are looking for something even more individual, you can call them to discuss a whole variety of options.

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Marvel in luxury treatments   

The Aviator, in Farnborough, presents a unique opportunity to be pampered and inspired, offering the decadence of an indulgent afternoon tea to the exclusive company of NARS Cosmetics’ Global Artistry Director, Jane Richardson. This impressive residence offers remarkable views over Farnborough airport and the historic airfield. On Saturday 10th March, you can book to join the cosmetics event run by NARS cosmetics director Jane Robinson, where you can learn about the current ‘on trend’ makeup tips and techniques. Follow this up with an indulgent Champagne Afternoon Tea, with leading violinists playing in the background, which runs until Sunday 11th March. Why not even throw in some treatments, with a choice of therapeutic, holistic and beauty treatments. Book in advance for this ideal girly afternoon!

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Illuminate her lustrous tresses

Treat her to a makeover at the newly refurbished salon, Perfections, in Yateley, that promises a haven of luxury and sumptuousness. With the very highest standards in contemporary cutting, colouring and exceptional customer service their talented team will not just treat her like a Goddess, but leave her looking like one too.

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Spoil her in unique gems and treasures

Shower her in antiques at one of Fleet’s hidden gems, Serendipity. This independent, family-owned business offers an eclectic mix of unique gifts, antiques and collectables in a relaxed and pleasurable environment, with its very own tea room. This is the perfect indulgent shopping trip to spoil your mum with a very unique and precious gift, followed by the sumptuous delights at the Tea Room, which has been dubbed an ‘oasis’ by some of the locals. 

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A restful escape within a grand residence

Dogmersfield Park is a historic Georgian manor house, set along the fringes of Hook that seamlessly blends a country escape with luxury living. This grand residence provides fine dining, along with a choice of luxurious spa treatments to balance, restore and rejuvenate. The spa is renowned for its aromatic signature treatments, inspired by Jane Austin’s era, which incorporate traditional herbs found in the Hampshire countryside. Find the perfect treatment to suit you by booking online.

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Decadent gardens of paradise

Open for the first time this year, West Green House is hosting a Mothering Sunday Special Afternoon Tea, with an added touch of elegance. The spectacular gardens of West Green House surround a picturesque Grade II listed manor house and are distinctively landscaped radiating a magical ambience. This is certainly a unique setting, owing to the efforts of the renowned Australian garden designer, Marylyn Abbot who has perfectly twinned two of her great passions, gardens and opera. Be sure to book in advance for this popular event. 

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These are just some of the very extravagant ways you can spoil your mum on this special day but do remember it is often the simplest gestures that create the biggest smile. Simply treating her to a delicious breakfast in bed, cooking a homemade dinner or even taking the kids out so mum can have some time to herself, are inexpensive ways to give her a well-deserved break – even just for the day. Recent findings indicate over half the mums in the UK have never been treated to breakfast in bed,  so that may be a good place to start!

From all of us at Mackenzie Smith, we hope you have a fantastic Mother’s Day, and if you are the mum, are very dearly spoilt.