I have been so excited to share some photos with you of our lovely trip to Warkworth in Northumberland me and George went on for our anniversary last weekend! The past couple of years we had been to Venice, which was truly special and an amazing experience, but we wanted to tone it down a bit this year and enjoy a short break in fair old England.
We chose to stay at the luxurious Roxbro House in Warkworth, which was around a 2-hour drive from home. I was so excited to enjoy some time away from the stresses of placement, money and work with George, in a rural 5* guest house. My mum and dad stayed there a while back and couldn’t recommend it enough, so we booked it to try it out for ourselves!
When we arrived, it was a couple of hours before check-in, so we parked up and decided to explore the local area. Warkworth is small but beautiful, and there was a lovely river just down the side of the little cluster of buildings around our hotel. We walked down there and the weather was sunny but a bit windy!
After ogling the gorgeous houses by the riverside and dreaming of moving here, we headed back up and into the village to get ourselves a drink. It’s quite funny really, because my mum and dad did the exact same thing when they came, but we got a hot chocolate (coffee for George) in the Warkworth House Hotel- a 5 minute walk from Roxbro House in the lovely village.
When it was time to check in, we were greeted by the lovely Claire who runs the guest house. She showed us around and then upstairs to our room. All the rooms are uniquely decorated- traditional but with modern and homely touches- we were in ‘Room 2’ which is decorated in a ‘French Grandeur style,’ characterised by its antique Rococo wardrobe and mahogany furniture. It was beautiful, and very luxurious. The bathroom was small but grand, especially with the lovely White Company toiletries and glossy black tiling.
Our view was right onto Warkworth Castle, which sits on top of a daffodil-covered mount. It is a beautiful monument, and still relatively intact, but unfortunately we didn’t have the time to visit it properly. Maybe next time!
The tea tray was my favourite part, of course! Complete with a cute little wooden Twinings box filled with different fruit teas as well as the usual, and coffee and hot chocolate. The Emma Bridgewater mugs were my favourite- I loved them and had to make a cuppa in them right away! Oh, and the Le Creuset heart-shaped dish, containing cute little shortbread rounds!
We soon had our robes on and were snuggled up on the huge, comfy bed with our cups of tea and shortbread! I also helped myself to the Turkish Delight chocolate thins (that looked deceivingly like After Eights- George was not impressed when they turned out not to be mint!) from the cute little dish below, whilst we chilled out and watched some TV.
At 5pm, there is free cheese and wine served in the lounge downstairs, so we took full advantage of this! It may not have been the most glamorous spread, but it was a lovely little appetiser before our evening meal. We had a nice relaxing time, sipping wine and eating a little too much cheese! We had booked a room picnic for the evening, where they cook a meal of your choice from their small menu and they bring it upstairs in a picnic hamper to enjoy in your room. Pretty good idea, right?
Unfortunately, there had been a mix up and they had no record of our booking! Luckily, it worked out for the best as it was a Saturday and everywhere in the local area was open. Apparently on Sundays a lot of local places close early, so we rebooked for the next evening and headed off to find somewhere else to eat! We went to the local pub first, but it was packed, so we ended up back at the Warkworth House Hotel where we went for our drink earlier. Not being too hungry, we booked for half an hour’s time and went off for a walk to try and find the local beach.
We walked over the bridge at the end of the road, overlooking the river. It was a beautiful, if slightly chilly evening, but we walked up the hill in search of the beach. It was further than we thought, but we just made it to the edge of the sand dunes before we had to head back for our meal! We decided to head back there the next morning.
This is the point where I died a little inside, because my phone actually died! NOOOO! A blogger’s worst nightmare! This meant that I couldn’t photograph the lovely bistro and beautifully-presented evening meal where we ate that evening. I wanted to cry when our fish and chips came out looking so Instagram-worthy! George vowed to draw it for me so I would remember what it looked like- bless him.
I thought I’d split our break into a couple of shorter posts, so I’m not saturating you all with loads of photos and stories! Tomorrow, I’ll be talking about our first trip to Alnwick Castle (in the pouring rain!) and lovely room picnic. Hope you enjoyed taking a peek into our room and experience so far!