The Little Cotswold Cottage

Well Hello!

After an unplanned 5 week break from blogging, I am back and playing catch up. I’d intended to blog all about our Christmas, how I decorate our home, wreath making (which I never even got round to) and just like that it’s January 5th and I did none of the above. Oops!

Anyway, I’d planned on sharing our trips to the Cotswolds with you at some point and this has been for the first chance I’ve had since the madness of everything Christmas. I’m always looking for places to stay with friends and family so perhaps the next couple of blog posts will inspire you whether it be a small or large group of people. 

At the end of November me, my sister and two of our oldest friends stayed at the Little Cotswold Cottage near Chipping Norton for a winter/birthday break. I took so many pictures to share with you all so that you can see just how gorgeous it was. It reminded me a little of the cottage from ‘The Holiday’ particularly inside so of course we cosied up one night and watched the film.

My sister and I took the bedroom on the top floor and it did not disappoint. It was so so cosy with a BATH at the end of the bed. Sadly I didn’t get chance  to use it but I’d imagine it’s pure bliss. 

I mean look at it! I also loved the title/wood combination.

Our first night we indulged in fish and chips accompanied by copious amounts of red wine. 

I fell in love with the interiors. The owner has really put her touch on the cottage which made it feel so homely.

 

Day two we paid Daylesford visit. It’s also a must when I’m in the area but particularly this time with it being showered in Christmas decorations. 

Their range of fresh fruit and veg always looks divine!

I couldn’t resist one of their lavender scented candles for my bedroom.

After a pot of tea and mooch around Daylesford we visited Stow on the Wold for a bite to eat and a mulled wine. 

I follow Meggie’s on Instagram so couldn’t resist a little mooch around her gorgeous shop.

The Gorgeous cottage! 

Planning a Hen do

In July last year one of my best friends asked me to be her Maid of Honour. Of course I said yes!! She (Jess) is the first of my friends to get married so I am beyond excited and SO honoured to have been asked. This ultimately meant that I was in charge of planning the hen do. I love event planning, I actually wish i’d studied it at college/university. Nevertheless for now I embraced channelling my inner event planner for just a few months and did what I do best, made a thousand lists!!

It was important to me that I included Jess in the majority of the planning as I know that if I were a bride to be I would want a little control. Not for everyone I know but I wanted her to be completely happy with what we had planned (to an extent). Firstly we settled on Bath and I am SO glad we did. It is just gorgeous. Everywhere we went was so picturesque and there is plenty to see and do.

Next was finding accommodation that suited all twelve of us. We were so lucky to find a gorgeous Georgian maisonette (pictured below) that sat above an old jewellers right in the centre of bath. Might I add there was a lovely little pub outside the window too! WINNER! The decor was to die for, it accommodated us all comfortably and if you want hygge then this is your place!! (linked in the picture below) A few of us bought some old photos of Jess that were hung around the lounge and kitchen/diner, and we managed to source the most perfect hen specific decorations from gingeray.co.uk that totally completed the look I wanted to achieve.

For night one we prepped a big Spaghetti Bolognaise in advance. This saved us a lot of time on the night and of course gave us more time to drink our body weight in prosecco. We then waited for the arrival of Del; Our butler in the buff!! It was hilarious and the hen had no idea. Of course she became the prime target for many of the games which were of course incredibly tasteful (sensing my sarcasm?). Okay so this may your worst nightmare but honestly we had such a laugh!

With the hen do very much underway now, we woke up on saturday morning feeling pretty ropey but after a shower, cuppa and cooked breakfast we were ready to face day two. Now originally we’d planned on going to bath thermae spa which looks so bloomin gorgeous but we were told that all 16 of us would have to queue and that we couldn’t book in advance; so to save disappointment we decided to do afternoon tea at the Abbey Hotel which by chance ended up being a two minute walk from the maisonette. Ideal! I’d also looked at The Royal Crescent, Bath Priory Hotel and the Gainsborough which all looked AMAZING so would totally recommend trying them if not the Abbey.

After an afternoon eating, shopping and over indulging in Jo Malone and Bobbi Brown, we made time for a quick spruce, drink and we headed back out. Now I wish I could recommend lots of gorgeous and quirky bars, however we decided to reminisce on our college and uni days so the Slug and Lettuce, and Vodka revs it was! I’m sure they were far more acceptant of a pretty loud group of girls than and a little cocktail bar might be. Anyway its an excuse to go back. We came up with a bunch of HILARIOUS games (one to share another time) that kept us all highly amused, and I would definitely suggest compiling a list of games to play throughout the hen do.

Not long before the event a friend introduced me to a website called www.gohen.co.uk which I would so recommend people utilise when party planning. They offer so many different activities across the country to suit lots of different personalities.

Anyway, enough waffling from me. I hope you’ve enjoyed my little insight into my hen do planning experience. I can so recommend bath and I will without a doubt be returning in the not too distant future. If anyone would like the link to the accommodation let me know.

Happy happy Sunday!

H x