Yorkshire – The Barn, The Puffins & Baby

LB’s first official holiday was with my family to Center Parcs when she was a wee 3 months old. This June was the turn for our first family holiday as a three. Our holidays have changed a bit over the years, less of the roughing it, more comfort and luxury but still based in the […]

Our first family holiday – Center Parcs Sherwood Forest

My family has visited Center Parcs Sherwood Forest since the early 1990s. Back then the accommodation was nowhere near as plush as it is now and I can remember the beds being simply covered in sheets and blankets and you had to make your own bed. We didn’t care, as long as we got to […]

Our stay at Hand and Flowers, Marlow

With last year’s summer holiday being The Budget Midlands Staycation™ and the chance of us having a summer holiday this year being very slim, we’ve decided to take foodie mini-breaks instead. First was back in November and the turn of Oxford Malmaison & Le Manoir; this time was the turn of Tom Kerridge’s Hand & Flowers in […]

Oxford – Malmaison and Afternoon Tea at Le Manoir

We’ve always had a dream of eating at Raymond Blanc’s Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons. Until a month ago it was out of our grasp. Occasionally Le Manoir offer champagne Afternoon Tea to non-residents on certain weekdays at the rather tempting price of £50pp. Yes this may be the most expensive Afternoon Tea we would ever […]

staycation 2013 montage

The Budget Midlands Staycation

If you’ve read this blog for a while you’ll know we love travelling to all four corners of the United Kingdom. With moving house and me doing something very stupid to my car (don’t ask), our tiny holiday budget was essentially halved overnight. When looking for somewhere to stay we want something a little different, […]

Blue Reef Cottages - Isle of Harris

The Great British Staycation

This evening something appeared on my Facebook that made me smile and took me back 6 years. One of our honeymoon destinations is on Facebook, but they rarely update. Tonight Blue Reef Cottages posted a video of their cottages and it reminded me of the amazing time we had travelling the highlands and islands of […]

Cornwall holiday at Little White Alice

Those of you who have read this blog for a while will know that we love a good staycation and don’t often go to run of the mill places while holidaying in the UK. 2010 was the fabulous Woodland Tipi & Yurts in Hereford, 2011 the quirky Dapper Camping Club in Brecon and this year […]

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