Relationships

Romantic get away at Eynsham Hall

During the Easter holidays, myself and my Hubby were invited to spend the night at Eynsham Hall in Oxfordshire, the most beautiful hotel and wedding venue I have ever been privileged to stay in. I was invited to see the Hall and everything that it has to offer for a couple planning to their wedding and why it would be a wonderful location for a wedding. Which it is, absolutely wonderful, but not only is it the perfect venue for a wedding it’s also the perfect location for a romantic getaway I thought I would share our experience of the hotel and the food as well.

A little bit of history

Eynsham Hall is a grade 2 listed building that was once home to the police training head quarters, from 1946 until 1981 when it was taken over to become a hotel. The current owners father was a police recruit who trained there. The current owners have redesigned and renovated Eynsham Hall into a stylish boutique style hotel. As it was the training head quarters for the police service for many years, during the interior design process they have incorporated ‘copper’ elements throughout the Hall. There is a collection of police memorabilia in the lounge area, a collection of police hats lining one of the hall ways, but my favourite is the copper bar in the brasserie. Throughout the hotel there are little nods to the police forces who trained there, even the door numbers have copper stitching, perfectly co-ordinated that unless you were aware of Eynsham Hall’s history you would just think the interior design team were brilliant…….. which honestly they were!

Eynsham Hall

After I had met with the wedding co-ordinator and had a tour of the venue we decided to have a drink in the Gun Room bar. Which, I had visions of it being full of guns and animal taxidermy however this was not the case. The Gun Room was in fact an interior style award winning bar, from it’s dark panelled walls, orche sofas, chairs of geometric patterns, zebra print rugs and a bar made from copper pipes and full of bottles to make the perfect cocktails, or in our case a pot of tea and a coffee. Before checking in.

Romantic get away at Eynsham Hall

After our drink in the bar we headed to check in, we had visited a few of the rooms in the main hall during out tour, each one unique in style, however all coordinating beautifully. So, I was excited to see what our looked like. We were given the room cards for room 35, after a walk through the hotel and up the old stair case we arrived at our room. Wow, the honeymoon suite. I was not expecting the honeymoon suite, but was so pleased to be spending the night there.

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I was amazed to see a fabulous copper bath sat in the bay window, that looked out over the beautiful gardens designed by Owen Jones in 1862 and across the fields. It really was quite a pleasant surprise. The honeymoon suite was large as you could imagine, perfect for spending your wedding night in. There was a mini bar, tea and coffee making facilities. My Hubby was most impressed with there being a cafetiere for his morning coffee, plus it came as bag of cafetiere coffee, that saves the mess of loose coffee, something neither or us had seen before.

The large bed, with tv in at the bottom, was really comfy. I loved the checked throw over the bed, it was very me. I do love a bit of check and tweed. A large desk with a nice big mirror, plus a DAB radio that was playing as we entered the room. It was really welcoming to go into a room with a light on and some music playing. Lots of little extra touches that makes Eynsham Hall every bit as wonderful as it looks.

The arm chairs prodived a nice place to sit a read my book for a hour along with a nice cup of tea and a biscuit while my Hubby went to sleep, he wasn’t well for the whole of our trip so it could have been alot more romantic. Neither the less I was able to relax reading for a hour.

The ensuite was a good size, with a double shower, well it was probably bigger than a double. A marble sink and the WC. I fell in love with the floor and wall tiles, which I will now be having in our bathroom when we get our forever home. The bathroom had a nice collection of soaps and shampoos, but there was also plenty of fluffy white towels and dressing gowns. By the copper bath they was again some pretty toiletries for us to be able to use.

After a couple of hours of relaxation it was time to head down to the brasserie restaurant for dinner.

Dinning in style at the brasserie

Although the brasserie restaurant is not a large place, it’s really well set out. With quirky little accessories placed around and lime green chandeliers hanging from the ceiling, which sounds completely out of place in this stately home, however they work perfectly well.

Arriving in the restaurant we were shown to our table, and they kindly gave us a couple of different options for tables. We chose I our table, ordered a drink each and looked through the menu.

It’s not often we both choose the same food from a menu, but this time we did. We both choose the Seven and Wye smoked salmon, horseradish cream, rye bread starter. It arrived with some lovely pieces of the most delicious smoked salmon, I’m not a big horseradish fan but it worked beautiful along side the smoked salmon and the rye bread.

For our main course we both choose the belly pork, dauphinoise potatoes with black pudding bonbon and vegetables. To be honest I have no idea why I chose this, I don’t really eat belly pork and I never eat black pudding. However, I really enjoyed the pork with the vegetables and I did try a tiny bit of the black pudding bonbon, but I didn’t like it. My Hubby however loved it and really enjoyed the whole dish.

It was only me for pudding, as I went for a raspberry and white chocolate cheese cake with a wafer tuile and raspberry ice cream it was fabulous and so pretty and tasted amazing. I do love a pudding and I would order the same one again.

Breakfast and check out

After we returned to our room from dinner, my Hubby got straight into bed and was asleep before I could even take my make up off. He really wasn’t very well. So I ran myself a hot bubble bath, it was to good to miss taking a dip in that gorgeous copper bath. I set up my laptop next to it and watched a couple of episodes of the Crown while enjoying a bottle of Prosecco.

The next morning, after a fabulous nights sleep by me, not so much the Hubby who woke to take pain killers a couple of times, we headed down for breakfast. A very good breakfast it was too. There was a buffet of the traditional English breakfast times to help yourself too, plus cereal, pastries and then you could order some items from the menu as well. We both went for a mini English breakfast followed by fruit and yogurt. Breakfast was very good, my Hubby was impressed with the coffee, he is a bit picky when it comes to coffee, so it must have been good.

Check out was vey straight forward, hand in the room key, let them know if you have had anything from the mini bar, pay your bar bill and head home, well actually to Bicester Village for a bit of shopping.

Not only is Eynsham Hall the perfect wedding venue, it is also the perfect place to have a romantic get away. They also offer dog friendly rooms, which so some people is great. Not sure that my dogs would be coming along for the stay but I have friends who are always looking for dog friendly hotels.

Thank you Eynsham Hall for having us along to stay for the night., we had a wonderful time and look forward to visiting again in the future.

 

*We were given the night and meal at Eynsham Hall, as always thoughts and opinions are my own.*

Moving in with Your Partner for the First Time

For most couples, the first big milestone in their relationship is when they decide to move in together. A lot of people will tell you that this is one of the most testing periods in your relationship, and you will probably dismiss them and say that it will be fine. What is the worst that can happen? Well, no matter how much you love each other, when you bring two people together that are used to having their own way, arguments can commence. To try and keep everything as smooth and positive as possible, read on to discover some useful tips…

Be prepared to let some things go – This is the number one rule when moving in together. You need to be prepared to let some things go. Not all fights are worth having. Not everything needs to be said. You need to avoid nit-picking with one and other. You are only going to put your partner on the defensive if you question their every move.

Don’t rush into buying a home – A lot of people decide to rent before they buy because they want to trial living together. While this is a good idea, it is not for everyone, and you may wish to purchase a home. If you go for the latter, you should not rush into it. Buying a home is a huge commitment, so make sure the property is right for you and choose a reputable company like Prospect Homes. You will be much better off waiting for the perfect property than rushing into it simply because you can’t wait to live with one and other.

Take your space – No matter how much you love someone, you are going to need some time to yourself. So, make sure you take your space. Set aside some activities for you to enjoy by yourself. Coordinating alone time is just as pivotal as ensuring you still have date nights – which is another tip for moving in together by the way!

Divvy up the chores ahead of time – Yes, chores are boring, but they are part of living together. Cleaning can become a massive struggle, as you simply end up waiting for the other person to clean. Not only this, but you may find that you and your partner are on two completely different pages with regards to what is clean and what isn’t. This sort of thing needs to be sorted ahead of time.

Don’t assume you will naturally get more time together – Just because you are living together does not mean you are going to get quality time together. People lead busy lives. When you get home from work, there is dinner to make, things to do, showers to have, and so on! You will be surprised by how little quality time you get.

Hopefully, you now feel more prepared for life with your partner. There are going to be some ups and downs along the way, but if you follow the advice that has been provided, you can avoid some of those downs. Good luck!

Mother’s Day with Lisa Angel

Mother’s Day is almost here again, it doesn’t seem like 5 minutes since last years. Mother’s day in our house often consists of the Hubby being at work and me spending the day with the children. Sometimes we will head to the local National Trust property for the children to burn off some steam and get some fresh air. If the Hubby is at home we will generally go for a nice walk with the dogs and he will (with my help) cook a lovely roast dinner.

As it’s Mother’s Day we always try to make it a bit more special, I love that both the children are still young enough to make lots of things at school and pre-school, cards, pictures and vast array of other wonderful items. I always keep the things the children make, my dresser is just as full of their creations as it is my ever growing collection of Emma Bridgewater pottery. Not only do I receive my little darlings wonderful creations, I also get cards and gifts. Some years it can just be flowers other years it can be host of delightful gifts.

There are so many lovely online shops now that it is difficult to find one that offers gorgeous items, at good prices with great customer service. I have placed orders with the lovely Lisa Angel a few times over the last couple of years, gifts for friends and personalised items for my little girl who loves the cutest things.

This Mother’s Day Lisa Angel have sent me a some gorgeous items to help make my Mothers Day extra special.

Mother’s Day with Lisa Angel

Lisa Angel’s web site is a place you can get lost in, just looking at all of the fabulous things they have to offer, it was really difficult to choose just a couple of items. In the end I chose these as my top picks for Mothers Day.

Peas in a pod

I have seen a few people with a pea in a pod necklace, often made within one metal and each pea representing people you love. It could be for best friends, your brothers and sisters or like me my little family of four peas. However, it could be you just love peas.

What really draw me to this rose gold ‘Peas in a Pod’ necklace was that each pea is a different colour, making it much clearer to me that it holds a representation for different people. You are able to order this necklace with varying amounts of peas, from two to four. It also is available in just silver if you would prefer that. My necklace cost £22 and came in a cute little box and mounted on a card.

Mummy Scarf

I love a scarf, I have more than I could ever possibly need, however I just keep adding more to my already over flowing box. I do however wear them all, it’s not often that I don’t have a scarf with me, even through the summer months I will add scarf to a vest top and jeans combo.

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I spotted this lovely ‘Starry Nights Watercolour Cloud’ scarf that costs £20. Your also able to personalise the scarf with up to 30 letters. I just loved the fresh spring colours, perfect for a Mother’s day gift. Time to hopefully pack away the big winter scarfs and get out the lighter weight ones.

I chose to have Mummy added to mine, it’s in gold scripted letters that is just enough to stand out but not so it is in your face obvious.  The scarf is large, which for me is perfect, I really love large scarfs, I think they are much more versatile.

Family Memory box

For years people have had memory boxes of some kind, for children’s birth or just to keep special items in. However generally they are hidden away in the cupboard filled with cards like a few I have, I have an issue with throwing important cards, invitations, newspaper clippings, tickets and god knows what else that I think I must keep. Much to my Hubby’s disgust.

However I have loved the idea of having a memory box on display. Something you can just pop in the cinema tickets or the train tickets, or even the tickets to Lego land or a leaflet of a place we have visited. Anything that makes memories for our family however big or small. Maybe even at the end of the year empty it as a family to remember the adventures for the year.

While looking through I found this lovely personalised ‘Family Memory Frame’, it’s simple but just right for filling with our memories. It has a slot at the top in the frame where you are able to easily pop your bits through, then the back opens up to remove any things when its fill.

This memory frame is a wonderful gift for any Mummy for mother’s day.

What would your ideal Mother’s Day gift be? Whatever your doing for Mother’s Day, I hope you have a lovely day.

 

*thank you Lisa Angel for sending me these beautiful items. As always thoughts and opinions are my own.*