Sunday, March 9

The Country Retreat, Part II

So, where did I leave you hanging at the end of my first blog post, deep in the countryside??
Oh yep. That's right. I just showed off with pride my EPIC full English breakfast that went down a treat.
Even though I could have probably added this bit onto my last post, I've decided to give it one of its own.
It didn't deserve to be a sideshow for the amazing farm shop, this aspect of my trip was definitely a centre piece all in itself!
But sorry, I'm getting ahead of myself here... Back to brunch.

After we had demolished one heck of a full English & tidied everything away, I set about taking a couple of snaps of Piers' incredible home.
Here's a little insight into our amazing lodgings for the night...

I want this bathroom. So badly. The view was even more breath taking. Imagine soaking in this beautiful, vintage tub, (of course with bubbles everywhere), and looking out to some rather special grounds...

So yeah. Piers' grounds have some castle ruins in them. Casual.
(Of course this started the classic pun of "Lets go and get Ruan ruined in the ruins".)

"Check this bad boy out. Not too shabby ey?"

And if we didn't think his grounds were cool enough, we then found this little gem hidden away out back...

Oh, and an assault course.
Dream home? I think so.

But unfortunately we couldn't be big kids forever. The light was getting dark and we had one more adventure before the tiring drive back down to Leeds.
Plus, I didn't pack my Dubarrys for nothing. Those boots were made for walking!


Piers took us down to the stunning little village of Richmond where, of course, the students had great fun learning whether or not fruit floated by playing 'Pooh Sticks' with the different varieties.

(If it's of any significance, tangerine segments and strawberries float.)

The walk was just... Stunning.
Stepping stone hopping and slippery slopes just made it all the more fun!

Just perfect.

We eventually collapsed back in our cars, covered in layers of thick mud, and trundled back down the motorway to the gem of a city that we all love.
It was such an incredible weekend and the perfect escape for when you feel that you need to take a step back from life for some perspective.
A big thanks to Piers, we've already invited ourselves back for a post exams celebration!
Maybe that time there might be a little less mud...



  1. That looks like the coziest little place on earth!!! I am so envious of your getaway!! Thank you for sharing :)

    xo Elle

  2. Such beautiful photos! I love places like this. It really makes me want to pop to Dartmoor and walk across the beautiful Tors and between rivers!What a beautiful house too. I totally agree about the bathroom - I want it too!

    Katie <3

    1. I've never been to Dartmoor but I've heard such wonderful things from my brother down in Exeter. Seems like such a beautiful part of the world!
      (That floor... Tub... Oh you should have seen the mirror Katie! Beautiful!!) xx

  3. This does look like such a wonderful break. The photos are breath taking! I think I may have fallen in love with the house, and of course the bathroom. x

    Georgina | headintheclouds

  4. This post got more and more awesome the further I scrolled - and I was already pretty excited about the bathroom!! Beautiful photos :o)
    Looks like a gorgeous little break and I know my life is greatly improved with the tangerine revelations, so thanks for that!
    M x Life Outside London

    1. Aww thanks Michelle, I do try!
      It's the small things in life isn't it?! I personally feel that knowing about floating tangerines is vital in life, screw the history degree! xx

  5. Weekend getaways are so so fun and SO important I think! My uni friends and I make ours (at least) a yearly tradition and they are always amazing, looks like you had a fab time and that house is incredible!


    1. It seems to be the student thing doesn't it?! Where about's do you head to? I'm strongly liking the annual tradition idea! xx

  6. This is just....dream home. I mean, CASTLE RUINS?! I'm obsessed. If it's close enough to Leeds I plan to usurp the ground haha.


    1. The ruins just make it. They even had a moat!!!?!?!! Good luck usurping the grounds Lela, I'll happily fight you till the end for them! xx

  7. Walks are just the best things ever! I can't imagine living in a country without the lush green pastures and mysterious woods that we are spoilt with here.
    And yeah, those castle ruins look so much fun!!!
    x x x
    {The Lobster & Me}

    1. I totally agree. I think it's because I live in the countryside at home, I just adore it regardless of its location around the UK. England is by far the best country (well to me it is.) Amazing food, brilliant customs and a stunning setting... (Let's just ignore the weather...) xx


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