Over the bank holiday weekend Christo & I went away on a staycation to explore a little bit more of England. Some of the places we know and love, whereas other parts were totally new to us! We had such a fantastic time, consumed plenty of delicious food and wine and in general just wished we had more time away as there were so many things we wanted to do but just didn’t have the time for.
I think a few people thought we were a bit mad for doing so much in so little time but we always like to try and make the most of the time we get off together so it seemed like the perfect little trip!
We took so many photos that but the post features some of my favourites along with a guide to places we would recommend going to see and do especially if you are planning a trip away in the area – links at the end.
I just have to start with this because it was so brilliant! We stayed in the most fantastic shepherds hut – it has been hand built by it’s owners mostly with an ash tree that blew down a few years ago. The hut is a little bigger than normal meaning it has its own kitchen and bathroom along with the sleeping area, it really was like a mini home. The quality of the finish was absolutely amazing and I would stay there again in a heartbeat. We were lucky that the weather was so nice but it did mean we didn’t have a chance to use the woodburner which was a bit gutting! It was the perfect place to explore as well enjoying some chill out time in the stunning countryside surroundings.
We found the accommodation on Airbnb which I would thoroughly suggest, it is so easy to use, you can really do your homework on a place by checking through the reviews to see what other people also thought on it before committing. Also interestingly an owner can review you as a guest so I think it is a fair way of booking a place!
The owners are also so lovely and helpful as well as being a fountain of local knowledge, I would love to go back in the winter when it is all cosy there.
Daylesford Farm Shop
I won’t go into massive amounts of detail about this because I think it must be the most blogged about place ever and my photos really don’t do it justice. But yes it’s just generally amazing, yes the food is scrummy and yes the farm shop is out of this world. You probably need to take out a small loan to do a weekly shop there but it is totally worth every penny and if you are nearby then you really should visit.
The Inn at Welland
We knew that we wanted to have Sunday lunch being massive roast beef fans and so prior to going I did some research into well regarded pubs. This place came up and it really was a cracking decision. The location was stunning being on the edge of the Malvern Hills and as it was a sunny day we decided to enjoy a drink outside on the terrace before eating. The pub itself is really stylish in what I would describe as country chic, (love it) and the service throughout was fantastic – everybody was so attentive! Of course it goes without saying that the food was delicious, the menu was really inventive and the ingredients are locally sourced where possible. If you are looking for somewhere to eat in the area then this is a must!
Chatsworth House & Farm Shop
I was so excited to go here having heard so many good things from friends and family about it. We went on bank holiday Monday along with every other man and his dog on what must have been the hottest day in quite some time! We did the tour of the house, had a mooch around the gardens and also stopped off at the farm shop, all of which was stunning and totally worth it – the architecture there is just amazing! The drive there alone was also an adventure, going through the Derbyshire Hills, it has quickly become somewhere I would love to go and check out properly.
Currently at Chatsworth they have an exhibition called House Style: Five Centuries of Fashion, there is an abundance of gorgeous garments by Gucci, Christian Dior and Vivienne Westwood to name a few. It runs until the 22nd of October so there is still plenty of time to go and check it out, you won’t be disappointed.
I hope you found the post useful and or that you liked the photos if nothing else! If you have any questions about where we went or stayed as always please just get in touch, otherwise links are below.
Daylesford – https://daylesford.com/locations/
The Inn At Welland – http://www.theinnatwelland.co.uk/
Chatsworth House – https://www.chatsworth.org/