A Weekend Away

I think sometimes we all crave a weekend away.  I love spending time with my family no matter where we are but making a little trip every now and then lifts the spirits, so that is exactly what we did.  It is a bit of a rare occurrence that we ever stay in a hotel as we normally spend time away from home in our lovely caravan but this weekend was a bit different.

We rose very early and drove for hours to get to Ruby’s birthday treat, a surprise we’ve had to keep under our hats for months.  Our daughter is a big Harry Potter fan so there was no question that we had to visit Warner Bros studios sooner or later, not only did she love it I did too.  For any film fan it is a must, the level of detail had me in awe all the way round, we spent hours and hours pouring over every little nuance, if any of you are thinking of making the trip I would whole heartedly urge you to go.

Then it was my turn to be treated, I have heard of The Crown Inn Amersham for a while now off the back of its high standard of accommodation and stunning paired back interior.   Another reason being I am a great admirer of Ilse Crawford who redesigned the look of the rooms, so I was intrigued to see and stay in these beautiful welcoming lodgings.   With Amersham only being a half hour drive from Watford it made perfect sense to drive into the sumptuous Buckinghamshire countryside to elongate our getaway.

Our room was just perfect, the little details made it feel like home from home, a sheepskin covered Ercol chair, soft linens, Jacob’s wool blanket and large cushions to relax on.  The little touches of a bright red Robert’s radio and telephone lifted the perfectly wonderful muted interior and having a standard lamp to light the space was just lovely.

The food in both the well designed restaurant and breakfast room were impeccable, we really couldn’t have asked for more, it felt like staying more at a large family home than a hotel.  Each space is designed to perfection in a modern rustic style that I favour very much and I really didn’t want to leave.

We were very lucky that the weather decided to behave and gave us some long over due sunshine whilst we were away.  Crisp mornings with no-coat-wearing temperatures which was a huge bonus as I hate packing too much when only away for one night.  I like to layer my outfits I’m not a big coat wearer to be honest but I always have scarves to hand, I find they finish off an outfit to perfection especially one that is transitional through the seasons.   I was so pleased I chose to wear my airy cashmere shawl from Nihao Planet.  I seem to not be without it at the moment.  This beautifully soft lightweight shawl compliments everything in my wardrobe.  It is so luxuriously delicate   you almost forget you are wearing it but keeps you warm as well as looking good.  To be honest this delicious shawl didn’t  stray that far from my side the whole time we were away.  I draped it around myself curled up in the chair to read a while before our evening meal and the same again in the morning whilst I enjoyed a pour over coffee from the comfort of the soft bed.  I wore it whilst talking a stroll around Amersham high street enjoying the warmth of the sun and on the long journey home.

I was slightly sad that our adventure had come to an end as I had been looking forward to it so very much but I am now determined to make an effort to have more weekends away from home like this one.  To enjoy a little bit of luxury and home comforts in simple surroundings.  Experiences appreciated  together as a family are definitely what it’s all about.  These moments in time that enrich our lives for the better and of course not forgetting to take my cashmere shawl with me was indeed a gift!

  • With thanks to Nihao Planet for pursuing the passion for designer quality, versatile and affordable lifestyle products, creating a simple style for day to day life.

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