I really feel like I could do with a bit of a break. I've just got back from an unrelaxing week away with dd. Dh has gone off on a boys trip to Europe like he does every year. I think when he comes back I'm telling him that I'm going to have a few days away on my own, maybe oct time.
I don't think I want to stop in a hotel, though quite fancy the idea of a spa. Either that or a really nice little cottage where I can snuggle down with a book and some wine. Any recommendations?
The National Trust have some fantastic small cottages (ie.one bedroom) in some beautiful locations that you can hire out for 3 nights at that time of year. The standard of accomodation is really good - we went to one in the cotswolds a couple of years back around halloween and had a really lovely time just doing a few walks, building a fire, reading etc.
What we need is some Mumsnet Retreats - bolt holes we can go to on our own, with hot tubs, pools, beauty treatments, lovely bedrooms to sit and read undisturbed etc but the company of fellow escapees if we want it - no pressure if we don't, etc!
We have access to a friend's empty flat in a nearby city and now and again, when I need a breather, I go away for the night. I take myself to the cinema, watch exactly what I want to without any criticism or guilt, sleep as long as i want, read in the bath etc.
I need to be away long enough to actually get lonely and to want to go home.
The varsity in Cambridge looks lovely but a bit more money than I wanted to spend. I think the Cromford place might be a bit too isolated, am leaning towards somewhere with shopping now. Plus someone got shot by a psychopath outside it and I think I might be a bit freaked out.
so smaller place and no spa but the baths in Harrogate are within walking distance. I've been to York before and like the shopping there. Never been to Harrogate so not really sure how big it is. Both places have a bettys tearoom which is good.