At the Abbey Hotel we strive to offer our customers value for money in specially selected packages with an added interest. You will remember we introduced the Body and Sole package at the end of last year, where we combined luxury extras in the bedroom with maps of the hills for the energetic ones, followed by a relaxing meal and a bottle of wine in the restaurant.
We then added a little culture to our packages with our Elgar Route package combining maps of the Elgar Route and a CD of his music, perfect for an autumn trail, especially as the colour develops over the hills.
So, I started thinking, what can we offer next? It’s a mystery… and then it came to me how about a murder mystery weekend?
Have you ever watched Midsummer Murders? I swear that village must have a bigger population than Birmingham. If you work on the premise that in each episode they kill off 4 people and that they have at least 10 episodes in the series, then that is 40 dead people per series (and they must have been going for a few years now). The largest company in the village is the funeral directors and the cemetery must be more crowded than Next at the New Year sale. The estate agents are thriving in Midsummer, but then who would want to buy a second home in that village, trying to get life insurance must be a joke?
So, who is your favourite detective? Would it be the opera loving real ale drinker Morse? Scruffy Colombo? Or grumpy old Frost? Have you noticed how they all have the knack of just as they are about to leave the room, creating an air of tension which allows the person under question to feel relieved and think he is getting away with it. Then suddenly they turn and ask that final question which automatically puts them back under suspicion. Priceless!!
If you are anything like me you watch intently for well over an hour and have a line up as long as your arm. Then right at the last minute they introduce the killer as someone who had a one liner in the first scene and it is all over. The killer is identified and it turned out to be no one you ever knew let alone suspected. Just at that moment my husband pipes up and says ‘I knew it was him’. I flash him a smile and say ‘Tea?’ ‘Oh yes please’ he says. Now where did I put that arsenic???
So if you consider yourself a detective and could do better than Barnaby, oh… and are not squeamish at the site of “mass murders” in a relaxing hotel, then this type of break is just down your street. Friday, 13th November is the perfect day for a murder at the Abbey. To book your weekend away, call our reservations team on 01684 897897 and quote “murder mystery”.
Written by Rachel Procter, Business Development Manager at The Abbey