After a gloomy January and February being just as blue, I decided it was time to pack a bag and escape the big city for just a weekend.
You know, recharge, unwind and escape from the madness that comes with living in a city.
Luck for me, it was a chance to mix business with pleasure and start writing about a subject I love; travelling....
Back in December, I was kindly asked to come and visit Ox Pasture Hall, a luxury hotel in Yorkshire right in the heart of The Dales. After a busy Christmas and an even busier January, this small weekend get away was exactly what my boyfriend and I needed. Packing a small bag, we jumped on a train and headed into the countryside.
P.S before we begin- I am sorry for all the photos- it was too pretty of me not to show this place off. Grab a cup of tea and a biscuit and I am sure you will be fine!
Got yourself that cuppa? Right, let's get started...
We pulled up to our home away from home and soaked it the crisp air. After dropping our bags off at reception, we went on a little wander around the hotel and it's beautiful gardens....
Within the gardens there is a gorgeous lake with wildlife (a selling point for anyone who lives in the city). The views of countryside are just breathtaking, it's just one field after another- so beautiful. It is also so peaceful, which means it is perfect for a quiet getaway.
After a quick walk around, we decided to take a walk outside of the hotel grounds and headed to The York Moors Nation Park- which the hotel is one of few hotels to be based in the National Park. It was great just to get out and have a walk around, taking in more of that fresh air and just spending time together.
Not wanting to venture too far too far and end up getting lost and sleeping in a field, we stuck to the long windy road, which was just as much fun. After a couple of hours up in the hills with the cold and the wind, we trudged back to the hotel and sat ourselves down in front of the real fire in the smaller sitting room next to the bar. Curling up on the sofa with a good magazine, it was perfect unwind session whilst enjoying the natural warmth.
Once we burnt our faces from the glorious warmth of the fire, we decided to go back to our suite (so posh!) and take advantage of the additional room we are normally not accustom to. When L and I travel, we normally for the cheapest double room (with white bedding, any other type and I consider that glamping), so to be welcomed with a room that seemed bigger than the flat we currently live in was a whole new wonder to us.
We were staying in on of the bridal suites, which in a seperate building within the property that had it's own private courtyard, perfect for some privacy along with peace and quiet. Our gorgeous suite came with a lovely large sitting room with a little desk area.
To the left as you enter the room is the most amazing queen size bed, with another TV and some of the softest robes to lounge in ever!! The room itself came with a lovely view of endless countryside, trees and some local wild life (just some sheep chilling in their field).
And the bathroom. Can we just take a minute to give credit to the bathroom. Bigger than our bedroom in our flat (I kid you not), it came with a Jack and Jill sink,walk in shower with a rain shower head (just pure lust!) and the biggest bath I have ever seen.
Our living room came with a lovely view of the grounds looking right out onto the lake. Great for some moments of pondering and just taking it all in.
After a quick photo sess of the room, we settled down for the afternoon before dinner, me working on the blog and L reading his book. We ordered a little room service, just some sandwiches and homemade chips, which hit the spot just nicely.
A couple of hours later, I headed for the shower and had a full on pamper session, beautifying myself before heading to the restaurant for dinner.
The restaurant was quiet when we entered, meaning we had a choice of which ever tables we wanted. We were surprised with a complimentary bottle of bubbles and settled into checking the menus out.
I need to just give a quick disclaimer about the food. I loved it. I don't mean it was nice and just okay- it was DELICIOUS! I feel like such a bad blogger, I don't think I have the words to give this food justice. Bear with me while I try my best to give this a go.
We started with a small Amuse Bouche: Sweet Pickled Herring, Tartar sauce and pickled cucumber. Perfect size, with a good mixture of sweet and salty. L is not into fish, so I ended up with two servings- which was really okay with me.
For starters I went with my favourite cheese: Goats Cheese Tart, with textures of beetroot and orange. I had never really had beetroot before and though I was not a fan of the pickled beetroot, I did like the normal beetroot and it went exceptionally well with the goats cheese and the slices of succulent orange.
For mains, L went with the Anglesey Bass Fillet, curried Puy lentils, charred cauliflower puree, rissole potatoes, wilted spinach and wallnuts. I had a little taste of the fish and it was very delicious, and L can confirm the dish was very delicious.
Now my main was an absolute treat- if this is on the menu when you visit, you must order this! This is Mr. McGregor's Garden, pink rabbit lion, Yorkshire Parma ham, garden vegetables, confit potato, Escargots a La Bourguignonne. Don't judge me for eating Flopsy, he was lovely, tender and just perfection with the Parma ham. The Escargots (yes I ate snails- again do not judge until you have try them, they are delicious) were cooked just as I would expect them to be as if I was in the heart of France. The whole meal was in perfect harmony and just delicious.
For dessert, we decided to share- L ordered the Raspberry Creme Brulee, with a raspberry milkshake and a shortbread biscuit. I ordered the Lemon Cheese Cake, with lemon tart ice cream and yoghurt. Both were perfect little sweet treats to end the evening with.
After one of the best nights sleep ever, we woke up to the sound of sheep doing their thing and general countryside bliss. I took advantage of the rain shower head again (I need one of these in my home) and got myself ready for some good breakfast- making our way across a rainy courtyard.
Breakfast was a mixture of a buffet with pastries, cereal and juices along with a cook breakfast if you wish. The breakfast was good, but I couldn't help but feel a little let down. Compared the the amazing dinner we had the evening before, I was expecting something more special and brunch like. Don't get me wrong, it taste good (that black pudding) but it is something for the hotel to consider if they ever want to mix it up.
After breakfast, we eventually checked out (with much protest on my half) and headed into Scarborough for a bit of a musing before catching our train home. Now, I have never been to Scarborough and I was a little confused as what there was actually to do within the town itself- there is not much research on it. Turns out its selling point was it's good old fashion seaside town charm; the nostalgia for a British beach holiday is what makes this place.
Take a stroll down the beach front, taste some fish and chips, take some rock home as a souvenir. We even found an adorable independent coffee shop with great coffee, tea and delicious cake!
I enjoyed my weekend away in Scarborough so much, and I would honestly promote Ox Pasture Hall to anyone who needed a suggestion for a country getaway. The staff were so friendly, the food was amazing and the accommodation was five stars. I makes me want to see more of what else the English countryside has to offer.