A few months ago, Adam and I booked ourselves a little weekend away via Feather Down Farms to celebrate being together for a year. We could have gone abroad to one of the many destinations on our mutual bucket list but after a chat, we both decided that we needed some time away from everything to relax for a while.
No wifi, technology, people or pressure. Just the two of us, a hefty supply of food and the glorious Lancashire countryside.
My Mum had kindly offered to stay at our house and look after the girls and cats for a few days so we could enjoy some time alone.
We arrived at Wyresdale Park on a Friday afternoon. After being greeted by the owner Sally, we parked up and headed to our home for the next few nights. The tent was gorgeous. We had a hot tub, log stove, shower, sofa, dining table, porch, toilet and three bedrooms. Only a few yards from the lake, it was prettier than I could have imagined and so secluded; just us and approximately ten thousand quacking ducks! We lit candles, snuggled down into our feather duvet and cracked open a ginger beer.
On our first night, we also got engaged. Low-key and heartfelt, it was an absolutely fitting proposal. I spent the rest of the trip admiring my beautiful vintage diamond ring as Adam and I chatted about what kind of wedding we’d like.
The next few days passed in a bit of a blur. No phones nor a real concept of time meant we could truly switch off. I guess in the midst of a normal, hectic working week, the chance to completely and utterly wind down just isn’t possible. Adam and I filled our days with books, board games, BBQs and campfires by the lake. I am aware that this makes us sound like a pair of OAPs but for us, this was perfection.
On Sunday, we enjoyed a short walk in the sunshine to the Apple Store Cafe, which is also run by Sally. Located in a gorgeous English garden, the setting was quaint and filled with greenery. As per tradition, we opted for a Sunday roast with all the trimmings and a pot of tea; the beef dinner was wonderful. Made with fresh produce, it was the best Sunday lunch I’ve had in a long time.
Adam and I then went for a long walk to embrace the beautiful British countryside in its Autumnal glory. We came across sheep, wild pheasant, blackberries, holly and pine cones. Days like this remind me just how lucky we really are to live in this stunning corner of the planet. We spent the rest of the evening in the hot tub with a few drinks.
Monday morning approached and it was soon time to leave. I was so sad; the idea of going back to reality was less than appealing, however, we had the nicest break and now have a wedding to plan so it’s not all bad!