I was absolutely shocking when it came to blogging in December and also again into January, but it was a busy two months for me and I am only just catching up – excuses excuses huh?But in fairness it was my birthday, then Christmas, then New Year and then I went on holiday. Anyways, in early December I packed up my bags, shoes and ALL THE MAKEUP and toddled off for another Bloggers Holiday, this time to beautiful North Yorkshire. The cottage we booked was again through Sykes Cottages* as they are amazing and also really well priced, they really looked after us all just like last time. There were a few new blogger faces on this trip which is always a worry as with big groups you always get that feeling that something will go wrong, someone will steal someone else’s mascara (it wasn;t me I promise Kel) but it was once again a perfect and rather funny weekend.
I cannot say just how beautiful the cottage was, we had so much room; plenty of comfy beds, the worlds best pillows, amazing scenery and even a games room. I was sharing a room with Kel who I have to say is the quietest roomie known to man & the most patient too, as not even my drunken trying to be quiet at 3am in the morning annoyed her – thanks for putting up with me haha. Just slightly down the road from the cottage there was a gorgeous stream and plenty of greenery to explore, although I didn’t make the most of this to my shame.
This time we had Kel (thaks for letting me steal some pics), Sammie, Sharon, Daniella, Corrrine, Jess and Simone and we were in an actual cottage, a bona-fide little place on the hill with nothing much around us, which made for an interesting last 10 minutes of the drive there and also an interesting yet scary Sunday evening. After bagging our rooms we popped open the alcohol and waited for the rest of the ladies to arrive so we could go through our alcohol stash – yet again we brought far too much. That night we carried on the tradition started last time by watching Frozen, drinking gin and pigging out on so much food. Me and Sammie (mostly Sammie, I was just the helper) cooked up a storm and made a feast fit for kings so with bellies full and glasses topped up we settled down for a sing-a-long… DO YOU WANNA BUILD A SNOWMAN.
The next day we popped off to the pub (obviously) which was a lovely walk down a hill, not so much up hill after a giant pub lunch and a few pints (classy as usual), after such a gruelling day we decided to stay in that night, also because the thought of that hill again filled us with dread. So a few too many drinks, a good old natter, some dubious Tinder chats later it was time to make the most of the games room; I cannot confirm who won what, or what was even played but it was fun all the same. The next day I made us all a full English for our sore heads and then I went back to bed whilst everyone else went to explore Richmond, afterwards Kel came back with the most stunning and appreciated piece of bakery I have ever laid eyes on… A Betty’s Fat Rascal. Heaven. We were feeling brave by this point and decided another venture into town was needed for Yorkshire puddings and gravy; after a beautiful Sunday lunch me & Corrine got separated from the other ladies and thought we were going to fall into a ditch on the way back home, luckily we were reunited (no running into arms) and trekked back up the hill in the dark and rain… Gotta love the Yorkshire weather timing. Now in the dark lit country lane with trees either side there was a rusting in the bushes, turns out there was a man in them, yes I screamed, no I don’t care – I did find out after 2 years though that my iPhone 5 has a torch on, who knew.
A lovely, and slightly drunken, weekend was had and it’s always lovely to spend time with my favourite ladies in a beautiful setting, and this one was just stunning. I often find myself on the Sykes Cottages website dreaming of weekends away – this year is my 30th birthday and as it falls in December I keep looking at cottages in the South with a hot tub.
Where would be your ideal cottage holiday?