It’s been a while – if you follow my insta – you’ll know I’ve been head high in wedding stationery and favours!! Literally cannot wait to show you all! I am super pleased with both, but all these wedding bits have got me dreaming of weekend breaks, plus a little relaxation, and I thought it was about time I blogged about this particular stay, which turned out to be very special one!
It was for Matt’s birthday, and a big birthday too! As he was still wearing his la-boot-on, which is now off (hooray) – we looked at places that would be easy enough to get too and would still provide a sense of adventure without Matt needing to walk too far, and what we found was just perfect!
We stayed in the prettiest barn and ate some yummy food in a very aesthetically pleasing setting and then had a little adventure around England’s Jurassic coast.
Where we ate – The PIG
I had been wanting to go to a PIG hotel to eat for a while and thought it would be somewhere different, but perfect for a birthday celebration and that’s when I stumbled across the PIG at Combe. Oh the views over the other Valley were spectacular and all of the food was sourced within a 25 mile radius. (Warning: if you’re feeling hung maybe skip this next bit!) I had a cured meats board to start (I adore antipasti) and Matt had his favourite Spaghetti alle Vongole. Next I have the yummiest Crab dish, with thrice-cooked chips, and Matt had a Turbot fish dish, and neither of those disappointed either – they were amazing! Finishing up with Gin Jelly – I am going to have to try and make it myself very soon!
Not forgetting the views, the hall lined with Hunter wellies, the prettiest of Wysteria, and the most beautiful bar I have ever seen!
Where we stayed – The Barn at Cotleigh
After our yummy dinner, we headed to our accommodation for the night (which was so close to the PIG but gave us a place to ourselves for the night) – it was a Beachspoke property and I would definitely take a look on their website – their selection of beautiful places to stay could have you swooning over holiday stay properties for much longer that planned!
Upon arrival, we knew we’d instantly love it, picture perfect and super quiet – the ideal combination for a relaxing break.
Where to start? Well the grounds and blooms were beautiful, the door knocker was the cutest thing (a little Wellington boot), the toiletries were divine, and they had left some yummy bread (later consumed with lots of cheese) and a bottle of fizz!
There were also games and DVDs a plenty – we had so much fun and lots of chilled time.
But I think my favourite bit of the entire barn has to be the slipper bath – not just because of it’s gold colour, or because a slipper bath is definitely the most comfortable kind of bath, but because you could admire the view from the window too.
It was just perfect – a boutique stay with a difference.
The next day we decided to set off for the Jurassic Coast, starting at Charmouth (where I bought some beautiful blue Agate pieces for our living room to remind us of the trip), followed by Branscombe beach (my favourite beach of them all – that may be because of the pretty village pub and the beach cafe that sold yummy scones). Plus it was such a pretty drive between Charmouth and Branscombe. Lastly, but by no means least, we stopped at Sidmouth and you can’t leave without joining the queue at the Ice Cream shop – it is proper Gelato and the best I have ever tasted in the UK (called The Taste of Sidmouth) – it’s no wonder it’s won awards!!
Back soon, but until then, I’ll be dreaming of gelato and slipper baths!!