Right. Let’s do it. Let’s all save our pennies and treat ourselves to something. It’s November. We need it. Perhaps you’re hankering after a new sweater or maybe a loose pair of leather trousers? (Something’s happened to me. The fashion mafia have struck a spell over me and I actually rather fancy some.) Maybe there’s a pair of shoes you’ve been lusting after forever? Or a picture or a painting that would make you feel just that little bit happier? You could have a massage to ease those knots and lull you to sleep. Or maybe, just maybe you’d really rather love a weekend away. Which is where I come in….
I used to spend quite a lot of time in hotels – sleeping, eating, reviewing, drinking – but these days not so much. I haven’t however, lost my appreciation for them. A great hotel is practically a work of art. And a weekend away? Well, that’s just heaven isn’t it? Especially, when one night costs less than £100. I KNOW!!
The Tudor Farmhouse Hotel, Gloucestershire
A remotely rural bolt hole close to the Welsh border sound up your street? If so, head on over to The Tudor Farmhouse Hotel in Clearwell, a sweet little village on the edge of Gloucestershire. Rooms start from under £100 (with breakfast! Yes, really!), but the biggest and the best (The Loft) is a little more expensive at £190 a night. Beautifully light with a fabulous bathroom complete with roll-top bath, wood floors and White Company products (I’m all about the amenities), it’s just made for a weekend away. If you manage to leave your room, then head to the restaurant (the food is great) or hit the surrounding countryside which is perfect for long walks and daydreaming.
The Wellington Arms, Hampshire
The only bummer about going out for a really good meal is that it’s always a bit of a shag getting home afterwards. Not a problem at The Wellington Arms in Hampshire, oh no ho ho! This lovely little pub offers serious style, amazing food and three gorgeous rooms to crawl to after a night spent on the sauce. It’s all very ethically sound, with nearly everything recycled, produce locally sourced where possible (with much of it grown on site) and practically a farmyard of animals kept in the pub’s gardens. Rooms are lovely (all exposed brickwork and wooden beams), while the amenities (I told you I’m all about the amenities) are equally good with Nespresso machines and Aesop goodies at your disposal. Just lovely. From £95 a night.
And, of course you’ll need something to wear when you’re away….
Relaxed roll-neck jumper, £92, The White Company; Long-sleeved tee, £34.50, J. Crew