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11 March 2018

Our Escape to New Mills, Derbyshire



We recently escaped daily life, for a slice of country living. It's no secret that my dream is to move to a chocolate box village, surrounded by rolling hills. To be able to spend my days with plenty of walks with my two dogs (nope I don't own even one dog at the moment..) For now though, I will make the most of sneaky little trips to the English countryside.

It was a very special trip this time, in celebration of my Dad's 50th Birthday. Me and my brother had chipped together to take us all away, for some quality time together in beautiful surroundings.

I had come across the cottage we stayed in online, which you can read about I thought that it looked like the perfect place to get away from it all, yet be in walking distance to a few cafes and pubs. Idyllic for everyone.


Day One.


It took us around an hour and a half's drive, up through the peak district, passing through Bakewell and Buxton, and arriving in the High Peak. We reached New Mills at around Mid Day and spent some time exploring the town, before heading down to the Millenium Bridge. 

  New Mills is a town in the High Peak, where the rivers Sett and Goyt join. It's built up of winding streets lined with pretty stone cottages (many of which have fox door knockers which I absolutely must have) and a span of panoramic views wherever you turn.



We weaved our way down to the Millenium Bridge, which was a magical sight in itself, but the fact that it was gently snowing too made it even more glorious. The view at the top of the steps, looking down to the mills and bridge is just breath taking. We pottered along for a little while, before the snow started to hit a little harder and we all decided that it was high time for some food and coffee. We definitely needed to thaw out!



We walked back up to the main street in New Mills and came across Clock Work Café. It was the perfect place to stop for a bits to eat, right in the centre of New Mills and not too far walk from our cottage. We warmed up with the ultimate comfort foods, I had hash brown with a cheese and onion pie, which hit the spot nicely.



By the time that we had finished our food, we decided we had best check in to our Cottage. Brow Farm is a short drive from New Mills centre (only a couple of minutes) and is situated at the bottom of a long drive way. We let ourselves in to the cottage and immediately felt at home.

The underfloor heating on the ground floor was heaven on our aching feet, and we had been given some divine gooey chocolate brownies to enjoy, which we did with a nice hot cup of tea.



At around 5:30 we decided to walk down to the Pride of the Peaks pub for a quick drink. We managed to snag a spot right beside the roaring open fire, and spent a couple hours here sipping on gin and chatting. On our way back to the cottage we grabbed some fish and chips from The Crispy Cod for tea and spent the rest of the night relaxing. We ended up watching our wedding speeches, which was so nice to reminisce over.


The walk home was very eventful, as due to all the snow freezing in a matter of two hours, the streets were like ice rinks! We were having to waddle and cling on so we didn't fall. Something to laugh about now but at the time I was slightly hysterical.

Day Two


Today was much brighter than yesterday and the snow had finally stopped. We all got up and enjoyed breakfast together, we gave my dad his birthday presents, which I'm very pleased to report he loved! Then we set off on one of the walks we'd seen in a leaflet. 




The walk took us down some seriously beautiful streets, the houses were all gorgeous with pretty, colourful doors and little plant pots dotted outside. It was also a steep hilly walk, which had all of us exhausted by the time we had made it to the starting point! 




The walk began from the Pub, ironically where we were going to eat that evening! It took us up another fairly steep hill through lots of fields. When we reached the top the views were incredible, and definitely worth it! 






The route was a circular trail, taking you through numerous fields, which were pretty muddy at times!



Overall it took us around an hour or so to complete, and was thoroughly enjoyable!

By the time we had reached our Cottage we slurped down a nice hot cup of tea and a chocolate brownie, before retiring ourselves to a well deserved afternoon nap.

Later in the evening we headed out for my Dad's Birthday meal, back at the , we had seen that it was very popular and it looked lovely when we had been by it earlier in the day. This time though we drove up to it!

The food was absolutely delicious and I would highly recommend a visit to the Pack Horse Inn if you're in the New Mills area. We headed back down to the centre for one more quick drink in the Royal Oak, whose décor was seriously dreamy, with lots of panelling and patterned tiles.


Our final morning in the cottage was spent soaking in the last of the view (and underfloor heating). Luckily/unluckily, however you may see it, I woke up very early with a cold and couldn't settle. I made my way into the kitchen for a drink, and i'm so glad I did as the sun was just rising.


So that brings us to the end of our trip to New Mills. We had a wonderful mid week break, and if you're looking for an escape to Derbyshire, New Mills is one that should be on your list. It has plenty of walks, and is great for reaching other parts of Derbyshire too, so if you have a few more days than we did, you can tick off some more places on your Derbyshire list!



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10 February 2018

Our Stay at Brow Farm, New Mills



Our escape to the High Peak was made extremely special due to our stay at Brow Farm, New Mills. Me and my brother has been looking for the perfect accommodation to take our dad away for his birthday. I was scouring the internet (like I do most days) when I came across Brow Farm.



If you've read my blog for a while you will know that my dream home is a cottage in the countryside, with a pretty view that I can spend hours pottering in the garden admiring. My only problem? can't afford it..Yet. I can however, afford to live the dream for a few days, and Brow Farm Cottage is all kinds of house 'goals'. From the gorgeous stone exterior, to the panoramic view of rolling hills, it certainly does not disappoint.



You approach Brow Farm down a long drive, where you can find ample parking at the bottom, right next to the cottage. This meant that transferring the bags from the car to inside was extremely easy (great if you're an over packer like me!).

 The first thing you will notice when you pull up is the view. I could go on about that view over and over, it's just stunning. I can only imagine how beautiful it looks on a summers night, sat outside with a gin in hand.




You enter the cottage into the large airy hallway, it's bright with gloriously high ceilings and wooden beams. Like I mentioned earlier, if your a fan of modern country cottages this one is right up your street.

  Our first port of call was exploring the entire cottage before unpacking! After checking out all of the bedrooms and picking out which ones we wanted, my parents got the upstairs double bedroom with the en-suite (it was my dads birthday after all) and we had a lovely spacious double on the ground floor. There is also a family bathroom downstairs, which has both a walk in shower (complete with rainfall shower head eek!) and a tub, perfect for a long soak after those idyllic country walks.



My absolute favourite part of the cottage has to be to kitchen/dining room. The room is one huge open plan space, with lots of windows giving it such a bright feel. Normally when you think of open plan in February, you think it must be cold? Nope. Under floor heating. I have since decided that I need this putting in all through our house, it really is a game changer. Taking off your shoes at the end of the day and no need for slippers.



The décor is kept very minimal, with a nod to the countryside shown through adorable little duck ornaments and pretty patterned cushions. There is a huge farmhouse style table taking centre stage, ideal for getting the whole family round for some scrumptious home cooked food, or if you're like us..a take away!

It really is the perfect entertaining space. There's a sofa in the corner, which is great for looking at the view through the windows, or reading a good book. There's also a breakfast bar too which makes a great perch to enjoy your morning coffee.



The kitchen itself comes with all the necessities that you would need for your stay, kettle, toaster, oven and washing machine. What really grabbed us though, were the thoughtful touches, there were eggs from the farm and some delicious brownies (that I had far too many of!). There were also lots of leaflets for restaurants, walking routes, magazines etc. which came in really handy. We ended up going to the Pack Horse Inn for dinner, which we came across on one of the leaflets.


If you like the cosy/hygge vibe, then the upstairs balcony style living area will be your type of space. The sofas are extremely snug and the whole area just screams relaxation. It's great for unwinding in front of the TV. We only sat up here once, but had we have stayed longer we would definitely have made more use of it.



On our second day, I had gotten up early and pottered into the kitchen for a drink. I was so pleased that I had, as I managed to just catch the sunrise over the hills, which made getting up early so much easier, I have to say. I think if I lived here I could definitely embrace being a morning person.


If you're looking for the perfect slice of country life, with a stunning view and close proximity to a few pubs and shops, Brow Farm is the place to stay. Cath and David are amazing hosts, they made us feel very welcome from the moment we arrived. We will definitely be making a trip back sometime in the future, hopefully for a little longer next time too.


Find out more about Brow Farm through their website
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29 July 2017

The Secret Garden Show, Winster


We recently paid a visit to the gorgeous village of Winster for their annual Secret Garden Show. I had found out about it through the realms of google, when trying to plan something for my weekends off, and was instantly excited. I adore home décor, gardens and cute villages so this was an ideal activity for me! The people in the village open their gardens for people to visit and admire, there were around 20 this year.

We set off to Winster with our friends and parked up in a nearby field. We paid our £4.50 and received a wrist band and a map of all the gardens that were open, with what to expect in them. There was also a handy guide that told you how accessible the gardens were, and if they accepted dogs too.

We hopped on the free shuttle bus to the start of the trail and began exploring.


The streets were lined with bunting, and you could hear the faint melody of jazz playing. We worked our way around the gorgeous homes and gardens, marvelling at how amazing the spaces were.




We stopped for a quick refreshment at the local pub, The Old Bowling Green. I obviously had a cheeky Gin, which was lovely and much needed after a lot of pottering around the gardens.

There were some absolutely gorgeous gardens, some small, some multi level, all of them perfect and bursting with colourful plants.




A lot of the garden owners had gone all out with putting on refreshments, home made cakes, and even a live Jazz band! It was amazing and really made the day even more enjoyable. We treated ourselves to a cheeky Pimms from one of the gardens.



We finished our garden tour at one of my favourite gardens, it is not one for the unfit though, it is almost vertical! However, the views at the top are so worth all the steps up. It is such a little haven and I could imagine if it was my own home, I would spend many hours sat at the top with a good book, enjoying the views.

If you are home décor, or garden obsessed, like myself, then I would highly recommend looking out for next years Secret Garden show. It's the perfect day out full of beautiful blooms, tasty treats and fruity refreshments. I will certainly adding it to my calendar for next year too!

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4 July 2017

Weekly Wanderings #4 | Project Garden & Derbyshire Walks



This week has been another busy one, Monday was spent sorting out the house and getting all our uniforms ready for work, a bit boring, but busy all the same!

Tuesday was more exciting as I had a lunch date with one of my friends in the day, then a Blogger event at Tortilla in the evening, to sample some of their gorgeous Burritos & Taco's. A day full of food, who doesn't love that?!


It was such a good night learning about Tortilla and its tasty food, I left with a full tummy and ready to write my post all about it.

The rest of the working week was spent....well working!

So on to Saturday, which was such a glorious hot day that meant we even managed to have breakfast outside! I've been loving spending time in our garden this year, especially now that we have started Project Garden, turning it into a tranquil, pretty place to spend time. I've been having a go at growing flowers and so far, so good! I'm looking forward to planting bulbs later in the year ready for next spring, and have even been thinking of having a small fruit and veg patch, though I'm yet to decide on this but the idea of fresh strawberries in the summer is very alluring.



I'm so happy that my current flowers are now sprouting new heads! If you'd have told me this a few years ago I would have laughed and denied any interest in it, but I've been glued to the RHS website trying to find ways of keeping my plants going, and also looking ahead to new garden plans for next spring. For project garden phase 2 later this year and into spring next year I plan to have a rose bed at the bottom of our garden, and also create borders either side, full of varying height plants. I'm hoping to grow some foxgloves, sweet peas, alliums and daffodils in them next year. I will continue growing my pretty potted dahlias, and our climbing plants. Though one seems to be doing better than the other at the moment! So if any of you are interested in gardening keep your eyes out for my Project Garden updates, I am definitely a beginner to all of this so any advice would be appreciated!


Sunday was an exploring day, it was another very hot, sunny, glorious morning and we wanted to make the most of it. We packed up our picnic basket and headed off to Dovedale in the Peak District. It's somewhere I've visited a lot and it's perfect for lots of walking. We dropped off our car in a nearby field that was offering parking, and set off on foot towards the river. We grabbed a raspberry ripple ice cream on the way to keep us fuelled, and set off on our walk to Milldale. Its a little over 3 miles there, so just shy of 7miles round trip.



The scenery is gorgeous, and we love spotting birds, especially after watching Springwatch! We managed to catch a glimpse of a Dipper and Grey Wagtail which was lovely.

It was such a nice walk, albeit very hot! We were so tired when we got back to our car that we decided to eat our picnic in the boot! We just couldn't bare walking all the way back down to the river again. We packed lots of yummy food such as strawberries, grapes, sandwiches, edamame beans and arancini pesto balls. It went down a treat after all that walking.


So ends another week, Hope you've all had a good one!
 
Hope you all have a good week!

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