Claydon House and Gardens | Mother’s Day Treat

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I find such mystery wandering around a country house, reading about who once lived there and their antics. Ever since I was a small child I would drag my parents around castles and country estates; It’s a passion that has come from my mum.

As it was Mothers day the other weekend I thought it would be a great opportunity to take my mum to a country house that neither of us had been to, and get fully absorbed into the who’s, why’s and all the antics.

Claydon House and Gardens is where we ended up. Claydon House was designed by Ralph Vareny to dazzle his neighbours and political rivals with his wealth. Within 30 years he was bankrupt. The house also plays a gesture to Florence Nightingale and the Civil War.

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The house currently standing is only one third of what was originally build and some rooms were never used for their original purpose, which is such a shame when looking at the detail and the added extras that had gone into the architecture. Some of the rooms are half empty for two reasons: either they were sold to pay off the debts or they were left as a blank canvas for parties and entertainment.

The rooms however speak a thousands words, you can imagine the characters dancing around in the big ballrooms, all the hustle and bustle. The wealth that would have stepped out of the scenes (the beauty and the beast opening scene comes to mind). As you stare out the massive floor length windows you can do all but imagine what was once looked out upon. From the men riding horseback across the fields to the women reading and picking flowers from the gardens.

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The land surrounding the house is amazing. We had a little walk around the gardens. It was such a shame it was a dark and miserable day. In the summer I can imagine it is truly beautiful. Mum took some inspiration for our own garden (she is more about the garden as I am more about the house).

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We had a little wander around the courtyard as we finished. This now has lovely independent shops and a cute tea room, but you can just picture the horse-drawn carriages which would have lined the road.

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In one of the openings they had an old fashioned fire engine, this of course was horse drawn and was a must being the in countryside. It was a lovely little added touch to the courtyard.

We had such a lovely afternoon wandering around Claydon House and I think mum really enjoyed her little treat for Mother’s Day.

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Much Love

Alice xx

Valentines Trip To Bath | Part Two

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Day Two 

After waking up from one to dream to another, it as time to get up and head into the city. We had a few things planned that we wanted to do, first stop was the Roman Baths. I had been here before but my boyfriend haven’t and I love a bit of history so it was the perfect place to start. We got to wander around the Baths and learn all about the Romans, a must do when you are in Bath. We spend a good couple of hours there, I would recommend it being the first thing you do in the day to avoid the crowds.

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Right next down you had Bath Abbey, which was breath taking inside with the most gorgeous ceilings and stain glass windows. It was really nice to just sit here for 10 minutes and just people watch in the middle of a busy city. They did offer guided tower tours however they ran every hour and we missed one by 5 minutes and didn’t fancy the wait.

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Before we knew it it was lunch time, we headed across the road to Roman Bath Kitchen. This was a very busy place and booking would be recommended. We did have a nice lunch nothing majorly special but nice.

I wanted to fit just one more museum before the day come to a end and the one we went for was No1 Royal Crescent. This is a museum around No 1 Royal Crescent from how it would have been in the Georgian times. It is a nice museum if you like to look at things as there is a lot for sure.

We wandered back to the hotel through the park just has the sun was setting. We got back just as it was setting and watched it from our balcony before getting ready for dinner.

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Dinner was a real disappointment, which is such a shame as I had found the most cutest independent family run Italian (which is right up our street). The place was gorgeous and the staff were all so friendly and lovely however the food wasn’t great and pricey too. We both had fish off of the specials which was nice but nothing special. I reckon if you do go there just stick with the food off the normal menu as the pizzas did look amazing!!!

Day Three

We didn’t really have anything planned to do on our final day. We decided to walk along the river and just see where we ended up. We ended up doing a full circle, it was very pretty along the river and the canal. Honestly it was just nice to walk and talk and enjoy the little moments.

As we ended up back in the city we decided to grab some lunch and a cheeky cocktail in Slug and Lettuce before a very serious game of mini golf ( I lost but only by 3) after this we decided to call it a weekend and head home.

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This is probably one of the best weekends we have spend together and it will always have a special place in my heart. I loved every moment and I am so glad I have so many pictures from the weekend.

I hope you enjoyed these two posts and some recommendation to do in Bath if you are every passing.

Much Love

Alice xx

Valentines Trip To Bath | Part One

IMG_5503A weekend away is by far on my top five favourite thing to do and with February being the month of love, it was the perfect opportunity.

We headed to Bath. Bath is one of the most beautiful cities I think there is in the UK, so I jumped at the chance of going there when we were talking about a weekend break.

We stayed in the Apex Hotel, which was in a great location just a few hundred yards from the main city and surrounded with bars and restaurants. Our room was nice, nothing overly exciting or special about the room apart from the balcony and the gorgeous views we had. On both nights we watched the sunset!!

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We arrived in Bath around lunch time, checked in and headed in to the city. We had a wander around, found our bearings and stumbled across some beautiful gardens, I believe they were called Palace Garden. These gardens looked out over the River and had a gorgeous view of Pulteney Bridge. With such beautiful surrounds we had a little photoshoot (a lot of  it was my boyfriend telling me to stand there and smile!!)

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As the temperature started to drop we headed over to the Pump Rooms and had a lovely afternoon tea, this is something I would recommended to everyone and anyone that visits Bath. It is a little pricey ( afternoon tea for two and a bottle of bubbles came to around £85) unfortunately we enjoyed ourself too much that I didn’t take too many photos.

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The plan that evening was to chill in the hotel and enjoy the view from the balcony. We did however head out for dinner to a place called Bar + Block. This was a steak restaurant that had a gorgeous contemporary feel, very chilled and perfect for good food and even better cocktails.

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We ordered a few drinks and food-wise we both had steak. The great thing about this restaurant was that you could choose whatever cut you wanted and the size of it too, something I hadn’t seen before. We just had a lovely evening and I enjoyed every single little moment in the day.

I am going to spilt this into two posts as there is just too much to say and too many photos for one post. Please please keep your eyes peeled for the next Bath post in the next few days. If you can’t wait there are a few of my favourite pictures up on my Twitter and Instagram.

Much Love

Alice xx