Typically you simply want to flee London and revel in some good outdated English countryside for a number of days… Earlier this yr, with simply that in thoughts my shut pal Lily and I jumped on a prepare to the Cotswolds for a women’ weekend at The Fish Hotel!
Indulging my love of shepherd’s huts, we had booked a Hilly Hut for our weekend escape, and as we drew as much as it, I’ve to confess I squealed with pleasure… Particularly after I noticed this view…
We had each been busy at work, and have been so wanting ahead to a weekend of laughter, lengthy nation walks, scrumptious meals and a lot enjoyable! We took a half day away from work and ran to the station and earlier than we knew it we had arrived at Farncombe property, house to The Fish, Dormy Home and Foxhill Manor of their 400 acres of lovely countryside.
I don’t assume it’s a secret to anybody who has learn this weblog earlier than that I like shepherd’s huts, however I used to be so excited to remain within the Hilly Huts at The Fish for a number of causes… Firstly, they’re far more luxurious than these I’ve stayed in earlier than, with their very own sizzling tub, they’re slightly extra secluded and I didn’t need to strive my hand at camp hearth cooking each night!
Every Hilly Hut has a really, very cosy double mattress which you’ll wrestle to get out of every morning, and is stuffed with cute little touches like a classic radio and telephone so you possibly can name reception or the restaurant everytime you like.
After a number of lengthy weeks at work and usually needing slightly R&R to reset, getting out of these cosy sheets even after a longgggg night snooze!
Every part you might want is within the hut… And all the things else is contained on this useful little folder!
We each cherished the way in which that the design of the hut completely made the many of the house; with a bed room space, full with areas to retailer your tea mug (which may be very essential once you’ve pulled the TV out after dinner and also you’re having a girly Bridget Jones viewing session!), hangers to hold your attire for dinner and books in case you’ve forgotten to pack a rustic important.
Slightly tea or espresso making space – excellent for that morning cuppa once you wish to drink in additional than the view…
…and possibly clamber again into that mattress…
Although I feel probably the most particular a part of the huts is the peaceable and really personal outside space. We didn’t have the climate for it the weekend we visited The Fish, however I can think about that this little desk is an ideal place for breakfast, while taking within the views and planning your day’s adventures.
If the climate doesn’t allow, otherwise you’re in search of a really cosy weekend away this facet of Christmas, be sure you take full benefit of your in-hut log burner (which the employees kindly set for you every day), make a cup of sizzling chocolate and get cosy in your sitting room space.
I’m undecided what it’s about shepherd’s huts that I like: it’s in all probability partially the very blissful recollections that I’ve had with Andy and shut associates; the truth that all the things is cosy and cute and that you just get to benefit from the good outdated British countryside.
However these Hilly Huts have been even higher than I might have imagined. Every part was taken care of: your sizzling tub is cleaned every day, your flooring have underfloor heating which means that they’re an ideal place to remain all yr spherical, and did I point out the view?! It was a super hut for a really relaxed girly weekend away however I also can see it as a really personal, romantic weekend away – significantly the brand new Hideaway Huts which I actually wish to return and see!
Once we lastly managed to tug ourselves out of the huts, we actually favored heading to the boot room and selecting up one among The Fish’s handmade maps and wandering to cute native villages and setting the world to rights as we laughed crossing subject after subject!
Earlier than coming again and getting snuggly in entrance of the fireplace…
Grabbing a bottle of one thing fizzy and warming up with the outside chimenea on within the cosy sizzling tub!
Away from the huts, the lodge is unfold across the property, with accomodation and the restaurant slightly stroll from one another, so do pack cozy footwear for strolling up and down the hills! Strolling into reception may be very very like being in somebody’s lounge, with a comfy hearth and armchairs ready for you.
When you’ve forgotten your wellies (right here’s you, Lily!) you possibly can all the time borrow a pair of Unique Muck Boot Firm boots so you possibly can nonetheless benefit from the beautiful surrounding countryside. It’s additionally an amazing place to scrub your pooch should you’ve introduced them with you, or your personal boots, too!
Seize a map based mostly on how far you wish to stroll, and off you go!
We managed to stroll all through lunch time and so once we received again, showered and warmed ourselves up once more, we felt like treating ourselves to afternoon tea.
The room the place tea is served is embellished within the lodge’s quintessential cosy, laid again fashion.
Home made jaffa muffins, macarons, profiteroles and heat scones have been simply a few of the delights that we handled ourselves to submit a very lengthy and muddy stroll to Chipping Campden!
Cake all the time tastes higher once you assume you’ve earned it!
And the identical goes for Delamotte champagne too! When you’ve introduced your pup with you, there’s a particular canine afternoon tea too so your 4 legged pal doesn’t need to miss out!
For different meals, Hook by Martin Burge serves breakfast, lunch and dinner in a beautiful eating room which is filled with mild and views out over the property. As you may think from the title, the restaurant specialises in fish and seafood, serving easy, scrumptious dishes in laid-back environment.
Begin with a cool glass of wine as you have a look at the menu, and speak about all of the enjoyable stuff you’ve accomplished at The Fish that day…
Order the gravlax…
And the scallops… And plan which a part of the gorgeous Cotswolds you’re going to discover tomorrow!
After dinner, head subsequent door to the bar for a really cosy evening cap, sat by the fireplace – or do as we did and take your evening cap again to your sizzling tub for a extremely peaceable finish to your night the place you possibly can spot the celebrities and totally chill out.
Breakfast can be served at Hook, with tables of continental breakfast, fruit granola and extra, in addition to a cooked breakfast you possibly can assist your self to from the move.
Sadly we didn’t have the climate for it throughout our keep, however I cherished this outside space which I feel can be excellent for a sundowner or morning espresso.
Simply after we stayed, the Treehouses opened and I’d completely love to return and keep in these lovely rooms – simply have a look at these baths!
After a weekend of walks, afternoon tea, extra laughter than I had had in a lengthy time, Bridget Jones marathons and turning into prunes within the sizzling tub it was sadly time to move again to London. However we have been so refreshed for having had a weekend away, some women’ time and properly – a sizzling tub by no means hurts does it?
I’ve such fond recollections of our keep right here and I can’t wait to return someday and see the brand new Hideaway Huts and possibly the Treehouses too… And that’s simply The Fish – Dormy Home is excessive on my UK getaway listing and with it being so near London and all…
I’d simply pack up the automotive and get driving!
Appears like should you want me for the following whereas I’ll be someplace within the Cotswolds…
Seems that to me, reset means a mix of bubbles (each drinkable and sizzling tub created!), laughter, the great ol’ English countryside and a shepherd’s hut – sounds fairly good proper?!
What’s your favorite manner of recharging and enjoyable?!
The Fish Lodge