So, if you didn’t know already I love Yorkshire more than anything – the green space, the fresh air, my family, my dogs…home.
I don’t get to go back up North as much as I’d like as my life is pretty hectic in the capital, however when I can I do try and escape the London bubble. Anywhere with a bit more breathing space is always a number 1 priority, and ideally somewhere aesthetic!
I remember my brother telling me about a little village called Broadway when I was younger and having googled it, it was always on my bucket list and I told my family at the time that I’d live there one day – quaint little houses, gorgeous local cafes and picturesque scenery…bliss! It was what I knew of Yorkshire, but somewhere further South…
Therefore, when G and I’s 5 year anniversary came around at the end of November, we knew The Cotswolds would be the perfect setting for a romantic getaway. My Yorkshire in the South…
We took the Friday off work (unintentionally…we didn’t know it was Black Friday!) to go to Bicester Village on the way across. Yes, we braved Bicester village on Black Friday and yes it was crazy. But I’d never been before and it was the perfect opportunity.
It was a really crisp day, with bright blue skies and I was SO excited, although mentally hadn’t prepared myself for spending lots of money, and therefore it wasn’t the most successful shopping trip. However I absolutely loved the experience. There were large queues but we got into all the shops we wanted to, treated ourselves to some candles for the flat from The White Company and had a spot of lunch at the Farmshop. The gorgeous little houses, fairy lights, and designer brands made for a very insta worth detour!
We left at about 4ish to get to our hotel.
Arriving in Kingham in darkness, we pulled up at The Wild Rabbit, a perfect, boutique British pub – it was very ‘Cotswolds’ (as I now refer to everything that is organic, Farrow & Ball and shabby chic). Our room, the Owl, was so cosy, with linen bed sheets, a deep bath and set in its own outbuilding across the courtyard from the main hotel building. I could not WAIT to spend the weekend here.
For our first night we had brought along a little picnic for the room, so that we could watch some TV, chat and put our feet up in the comfort of our dressing gowns with a glass of fizz. My ideal Friday night!
This theme continued for the whole weekend as we spent it mulling around, going on walks, exploring little villages and relaxing (and eating of course…!) A true highlight was Daylesford Farm and Bamford Spa which was absolute GOALS. Everything was so unbelievably beautiful and everything I want out of life! From the little shop selling fresh organic hens eggs, reusable jars for soap/washing up liquid, locally made quince liqueur, to the café where you could enjoy a leisurely brunch or CBD tea, to the shop that sold gifts that I suddenly felt the urge that I needed in my life…!
The spa was also something to write home about – G and I did a yoga class (which was G’s first, and quite hilarious watching him attempt a handstand!) It also offered spa treatments, an array of other classes, a relaxation room and a shop selling the most incredible smelling hand soaps that are now delicately arranged in our bathroom at home. Let’s just say for the whole experience – I was their ideal customer and they succeeded in taking a lot of my money!
On Saturday evening we treated ourselves to celebrate our 5 years by eating at The Wild Rabbit. The photos of breakfast above are testament to why I was so excited about dinner…
The menu supports British farmers and artisan products and the taste absolutely reflected that. It was a fine dining experience and the food was exquisite. Just look at the photos and I challenge your stomach not to rumble! Highly recommend if you’re staying nearby.
On Sunday we had another edible treat with lunch at The Dormy House hotel, near Broadway village. This secluded hotel set high above the village was full of log fires, Christmas wreaths and cosy corners – an idyllic place for our final few hours in the Cotswolds.
It was my absolute DREAM weekend and I now refer to it as my Yorkshire in the South. It really was everything I wanted and hoped it to be, and I did not want to leave. There’s no doubt I’ll be returning in the not too distant future and although it did feel rather indulgent, G and I had been so excited about it for months. We also wanted to do something extra extra special to celebrate our key milestone and it now holds a special place in my heart!