Finally I’m getting round to writing about our stay at Orchard Farmhouse in Alcester.
In the last couple of years we’ve arrange a big family get together at the beginning December to celebrate an early Christmas. We left a little last minute this time round so finding this gem on Kate and Tom’s website was so lucky. The property was huge so hosted all eight of us really comfortably. In total I think it sleeps 14 so would be perfect for a big family/party/hen do.
The property was filled with character everywhere you looked. So we had so much fun exploring both the house and grounds surrounding it. The views were gorgeous and despite it being early December one of the days was really sunny so my sister and I enjoyed a chilled Prosecco in the hot tub whilst the sun set. BLISS!
This is where you’d find me each morning during our stay. Such a cosy spot!
We found this huge old door but sadly it was locked. We assume it was to a cellar!?
I fell in love with this teeny fire place in one of the upstairs bathrooms.
If Barney wasn’t lay in front of the fire you’d find him in this very spot overlooking the chefs.
These buildings were next just across from the farmhouse. I believe them to be offices but they had so much character. I could think of worse places to work!
This was on of many little outbuildings attached to the side of the farmhouse.
How breakfast looked each morning. We get through SO many eggs!
I mean HOW gorgeous!! I was also obsessed with the giant fireplaces and chimneys throughout.
The views were to die for. Especially on days like these!
Who doesn’t love a walled garden!?
Saturday was spent prepping Christmas dinner, walking the dogs, chilling in the hottub, and getting the glad rags (tacky Christmas jumpers) on ready for the feast that was ahead.
Instead of buying everyone a present we decided to do Secret Santa. It’s so much easier and saves everyone spending a fortune. This weekend really was just about chilling out, enjoying one anothers company and drinking far too much gin!
We were also introduced to the funniest game called ‘Gutterhead’. So inappropriate especially if playing with family but literally HILARIOUS!
Sunday morning I think we all woke up with fuzzy heads and we all slowly emerged from our rooms. We were conscious however of wasting the last day so decided to pay Coughton Court a visit.
The architecture and grounds were stunning and with it being Christmas time they had a lovely little festive market on too. Sadly though everyone had the same idea as us which meant we couldn’t actually go in the building cause it was too busy. Alcester isn’t far from us at home though so I’d definitely love to go back at some point.
Once we’d enjoyed a walk around the gorgeous grounds of the Court we headed back to the house for bubble and squeak before it was time to say goodbye to the family until 2019.
Getting the family together at Christmas time really is one of my favourite most special traditions and in fact this year, instead of having two Christmas’ we’ve managed to persuade them to come to Worcestershire for actual Christmas and we cannot wait!
So anyway, if you’re looking to do something similar to us, or you’re planning a girly get together in the future, this property really is ideal. Particularly if you want an escape to the countryside!
I’ve been so looking forward to sharing all these gorgeous pictures of this weekend and am annoyingly only just getting round to it. I hope you’ve enjoyed and a very happy Sunday!