Our escape to the country: IN PHOTOS (Berkshire)
Escaping to the countryside is something Patrick, Rupert and I tend to do every weekend (I kid you not.) Despite loving London, there is something about having a baby that makes you want to bring out your inner Robinson Crusoe and show them a world where they can climb trees and roll around in mud (rather than hang out at the local Starbucks and mooch down the Kings Road.)
So last weekend we made an impromptu visit to the beautiful Berkshire Downs and essentially “escaped to the country.”
It couldn’t have been a more perfect weekend.
Whilst frantically searching for last minute accommodation, I turned to trusty Airbnb and found a stunning picturesque cottage in Blewbury which was situated in the Blewbury Manor. The estate was exactly the sort of place Patrick and I hope to buy when we eventually leave London and it was completely spoiling to be able to spend a magical weekend in somewhere so incredibly beautiful.
Sometimes words really can’t explain how wonderful a weekend break away with your husband and new baby is, so I’ll let the photos do the talking.
You can book the beautiful cottage we stayed in here
The grounds were simply breathtaking and we spend hours one afternoon just walking around them with Rupert. The perfect way to spend an afternoon with a little baby.
The inside of the cottage was cosy and simplistic, with a French shabby chic vibe going on in the bedrooms and bathroom
A home away from home in the most idyllic setting
Situated in the Berkshire Downs, it was the perfect place to find beautiful long countryside walks followed by pub lunches next to a roaring fire.
Some of the incredible features within the grounds
A very happy little baby - we think he’s going to be a countryside lover when he gets older!
The Lowdown on Blewbury, Berkshire
Where to stay: Our intimate and cosy cottage can be found on Airbnb here
Where to eat: The Red Lion pub does lovely Sunday lunches. Or, do what we do and settle for lobster and chips infront of a good film (lobster courtesy of Marks and Spencer’s)
What to do with a baby: There are lots of little streams running throughout Blewberry so Rupert was very entertained looking at the water and watching his mummy and daddy playing poo sticks. The walks around the area are also beautiful and the perfect way to get your baby out and about in the fresh air. We also visited the local farm shop which has lots of delicious homemade chutneys and jams (and Rupert enjoyed the pumpkin display!)
Distance from London: 45 minutes by train or a 1.5 hour drive
Escape to the countryside rating : 8/10