For my birthday this year, my hubby to be whisked me off for a surprise night away. I was so excited to have some time together, without the stresses of work and toddlers!
He decided to keep the location a secret, but as I'm a keen detective, I'd guessed it might be Yorkshire, as it was somewhere different than our usual trips to the lakes, but also still near enough to home in case we had a baby emergency. (It's a bit like controlled defiance - yes we'll have fun, but within close proximity!)
On the morning of the trip, I was informed we were going to the rolling countryside and staying in The Yorkshire Dales at the 5 star Yorebridge House. I had no time to google image, before we set off - Mulberry in tow to discover this boutique rural retreat.
It did not disappoint. From the warm welcome to the champagne reception in the garden, it was a truly amazing place. The hotel has been lovingly refurbished into luxury accommodation, split between the main house - formerly a headmasters house and additional school house behind.
We were staying in 'Jasper' a room designed around the owners time spent in Canada. With it's subtle nod to a log cabin, the room was decorated in rich mahogany and taupes, complete with a wooden stags head mounted on the wall and accessed by it's own private staircase. A roll top bath and little additions of Molton Brown toiletries and a jar of homemade cookies made it feel even more special. (they disappeared far too quickly!)
And although the hotel is set within 5 acres of land, the remoteness of the wilderness had been harnessed nicely and there were Smart TV's and wifi in every room - so I could Instagram all my pics in real time (yay!) as staying connected in the countryside is usually a difficult thing to achieve.
We were informed that every room had been influenced by the owners travels around the world and the staff were kind enough to give us a room tour before we left - each room has it's own unique style, with the interiors offering a flavour of far away places, from New York to Africa and many places in-between.
Dinner was scrumptious and offered plates such as Wensleydale lamb and North Sea Halibut. Each course was also beautifully presented, with all the ingredients sourced from local companies and artisans. The attention to detail was incredible - and once they knew we were there celebrating my birthday, the chef sent over a thoughtful little gesture with dessert. Dinner was followed by a stroll around the grounds, which were illuminated with festoon lighting and a little touch of moonlight - there's a reason that this little gem was voted most romantic hotel in the UK. It was such a magical stay, I hope my prince charming brings me back here soon!