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15 April 2018

Our Travel Plans for 2018

If you've stuck around on my blog for long enough, you will know that me and my Husband love to travel. We've been to so many incredible places over the years we've been together, and have definitely made the most of our free time.

Last year we decided to have more breaks in the UK, rather than just one trip abroad, and do you know what? I really enjoyed them. So much so, that we are doing it again this year. Don't get us wrong we still love to travel abroad, and have plans for a trip at some point in the future, Italian coast we're looking at you. For now though, let me share with you what we have planned for this year.

February |
New Mills, Derbyshire

You would have seen already that we had a few days away in the pretty We stayed in a surrounded by stunning views, and enjoyed a break of lots of walking and relaxing. This trip was particularly special to us as it was one of our presents to my Dad for his Birthday. We made some fantastic memories, such as trying to get back to the cottage from the pub, when the paths had magically turned to ice within a few short hours!

It was lovely to escape for a mid week break in the middle of a cold, dreary, February, and I would highly recommend New Mills, it's a great place to explore Derbyshire from.

May |
Linton in Craven, North Yorkshire

We decided that February to June felt like such a long time, and that we needed a mini break to escape from it all. There are so many gorgeous places to visit in North Yorkshire that it took us a while to choose where to go, I knew I wanted to be near to Skipton, which is when we came across Linton in Craven. It's such a quaint place with plenty of spectacular views and a nearby pub. I cannot wait to explore from our pretty B&B base. Our room also has a huge bath tub in it, which I plan to make the most of! Especially if the weather doesn't make a drastic improvement.

June/July |
Tenby, Wales

My Mum and Dad booked a pretty little cottage in Tenby,  and they asked us if we would like to join them on their break, which of course we jumped at! Tenby looks like such a gorgeous town, with its colourful coastal houses and plenty of places to explore. I've been having a nosey at where to eat and what activities we can do when we get there, my favourite part of trip planning. Fish & Chips, and independent shops, are top of the list! Alongside some coastal walks and wildlife spotting.

We went away with my Mum and Dad last year to and absolutely loved it, so I can't wait for this years break with them. 

July |
Centre Parc's

In July I'm also heading to Centre Parc's with my friends. I've never actually been to a Centre Parc's before, so I'm excited to see what they're like! I look forward to spending quality time with my friends whilst relaxing in the spa and chatting away the day in such great company. 

September |
Road trip around Scotland 

This is our biggest trip of 2018, we are going on a driving tour around Scotland with my Husband, Mother-in-law and Father-in-law. It's something we have been discussing for a while and have finally got the ball rolling. We'll be stopping at Glasgow, Loch Lomond, Edinburgh, Fort William, and the Cairngorms. We wanted a nice mix of urban and rural, so I think this list strikes the right balance. We've actually visited Edinburgh already, as I took my Husband there for a surprise Birthday break for his 21st back in 2013! We're looking forward to going back again to see more of what Edinburgh has to offer.

I can't wait for this trip, and have already started researching where to eat (again!) and what to do in each of the places we'll be stopping at. High on my list is a trip to see Glenfinnan Viaduct, which may look very familiar if you're a Harry Potter fan.

I would love to hear any of your recommendations of things to see or do in Scotland too, so please leave them in a comment! We're planning lots of sight seeing, but would also love some ''off the beaten track'' things to do/see.

November | TBC

That's all of the trips we have currently planned. We're also looking at booking a weekend away in November again if we can afford it, for our second anniversary. I'd like to make it our tradition, that instead of buying each other gifts for our anniversary, we choose to go away somewhere for one night and make more memories instead. Our first anniversary was spent in the gorgeous and it was the best way to celebrate our first year as Husband and Wife.

We are yet to decide where to go this year. I'm a huge fan of country retreats, and with our anniversary being in November, I dream of nights by a roaring log fire with a hot chocolate in hand. If you have any UK countryside weekend break recommendations for us, please leave them in the comments!

So that's our plans for this year's travels, are you off anywhere exciting this year? 


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!


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

5 December 2017

An Autumn Weekend in the Cotswolds

We recently escaped to the beautiful Cotswolds, for a magical weekend away to celebrate our first wedding anniversary. We decided that rather than buy gifts for each other, we would prefer to use the money to book a weekend getaway each year, as we both love travelling.

For our first anniversary weekend away we booked a stunning farmhouse in the Cotswolds. It was very near to the pretty medieval town of Burford, which is where we started our trip.

It was around a 2 hour drive to Burford, through some very cute towns along the way. The weather wasn't the best, but that made it all the more autumnal (and the perfect excuse for lots of hot chocolate to be consumed!)

We parked up and headed straight to for one of their world renowned Lardy Cakes, and a hot cup of coffee.

The Lardy Cake was absolutely delicious, so sweet and flavoursome, definitely the ultimate comfort food on a rainy day.

Bellies full, we headed out to wander around the shops and pubs, whilst stopping to admire all the houses.

Feeling a little chilly after all the wandering, we popped into the to warm up with a cheeky hot chocolate. We found a cosy nook and relaxed. The décor is dreamy, with an open fire, wood flooring and dog print cushions.

I had also wanted to visit Bibury whilst we were down this end of the woods, so once we had finished our drinks, we hopped back in the car and headed there. It was only around 20 minutes drive from Burford, making it the perfect place to pop over to on your travels.

Bibury did not disappoint, it looked magical in the autumn light, even the rain didn't take away it's beauty.

It wouldn't be an anniversary break without a few cheeky selfies now would it. Check out the rain on my poor husbands glasses!

We walked around the little charming village, even spotting a Kingfisher as we did! Until we decided that we had to stop for another warming drink at the tea room. I was even more happy to see another lit fire!

Once we had warmed through we got back into our car and headed off to check in to our B&B. We were staying about 15/20 minutes drive away at in Upper Milton. It is an absolutely stunning home and I will be writing a whole separate post on it, as it is one of the best B&B's we've ever had the pleasure of staying in.

We relaxed in our room for a little while before getting all dressed up for an evening of celebration. Stephen had booked us a table at , a 16th century Inn in the centre of Burford.

It is a quaint, super cosy pub, with fantastic service and atmosphere. We grabbed a drink at the bar whilst we perused the menu (I had a gin of course) before we were taken to our seats.

I had already decided that I wanted the Millionaire's Mac and Cheese, I'd craved it all day and was so happy it was on the menu! The Ultimate comfort food, in a cosy pub? Yes please.

Stephen went for the Choir and Parmesan crumbed Seabass with Dauphinoise Potatos. He said it was absolutely delicious and full of rich flavour.

To finish, we both went for the Dark Chocolate Delice, which as you can see was incredible. Both the presentation and taste was pure perfection, I could eat it all over again now!

We sat and chatted for a while before heading back to the B&B happy and full, ready to start the next day of exploring. I'm not going to lie, I was awoken early hours by an owl hooting away!

The sun was peeking through the trees early Sunday morning, and we got to appreciate what beautiful surroundings we were in.

We packed our bags and headed down for breakfast, before making our way to the park and ride.

We headed off to Oxford for the morning, to explore the university and all of the shops. The park and ride is a brilliant idea, as we were told it is fairly expensive to park in Oxford, and it's only about a 10-15 minute bus trip from there to Oxford's centre. Making it less stressful than having to try and find a space anywhere!

We spent a few hours in Oxford, taking in the university, walking the cobbled roads and admiring the shops. Before long it was time to head home.

We had such a memorable 1st anniversary. The Cotswolds are as beautiful as everyone says, and we will definitely be making a return trip to some of the other beautiful towns it has to offer.

Have you visited the Cotswolds? Where did you stay?