Monday, May 08, 2017

It seems like a lifetime ago now but a few weeks ago I spent a beautiful and much needed weekend away in Matlock with some friends.

I set off on a wet and dreary morning from my local station, but as soon as I got towards Huddersfield the sun came out and I didn't need my coat again for the rest of the weekend.

Sadly I didn't get to see Felix the Huddersfield station cat but there is always next time. There was a large master bedroom and a small back bedroom.

We stayed in a cottage just outside Matlock, it was such a great find by Rebs but it was perfect for the 5 of us.

3 bedrooms, mine was in a small extension downstairs. Small but more than enough We also had a huge bathroom and kitchen diner. The lounge was cosy and had a wood burner, which made for cosy evenings while we watched films, cooked delicious food and relaxed.

Our first afternoon saw us venture out to Bakewell, where we explored the shops and found a cute courtyard with some Harry Potter merchandise.

I loved these wooden storage creates but knew I'd have nowhere to keep them or have half a chance of getting them home in one piece.

We had lunch is a quirky cafe, when we arrived they said we'd have to sit upstairs as if it was the worst thing in the world. In reality, it was probably better and wasn't all that different from downstairs.

We also explore all (most of) the charity shops and I picked up a mystery wrapped book at The Bakewell Book Shop.

I loved spending time with these ladies and I can't say enough that it was exactly what I needed, a bit of R&R.

On Saturday we had a little trip out to Matlock Bath, which is so much like a seaside town without the sea.

We did all the classic touristy things, we had a trip to the Aquarium which is very small but worth a visit.

There is also a gallery of holograms which are not entirely my cup of tea but included in the price so it was worth a look.

We then whiled away our afternoon playing on the 2p machines in the arcades. I've never played them before which might seem a little strange but it's just not something we do. But I loved it. I was like a kid at Christmas.

No seaside adventure would be complete without fish and chip sat outside. We didn't quite go for eating the out of new paper but I can't explain how much it felt like we were at the seaside. We rounded off the afternoon by having an Ice cream cone and the had a look at the nearby Arkwrights mills which is a mix of antiques, charity shops and souvenirs.

Saturday night was a little surprise for Sarah as Rebs had organised a mini hen do for her. She's ordered party bags which contained the obligatory penis straws, shots and lots of sweets. We had penis pasta lasange and a large range of cocktails.

I'm sure she loved it and it was such a good thing to organise for her.

We also had glow sticks, balloons and feather boas. The cleaner was laughing at all feathers we left behind and I picked up as many as I could before we left!

Sunday we waved goodbye to two of the girls and had a nice ride out to Ashbourne and had lunch is a deli and looked round the shops, including a great gift shop called the Village Rainbow. Where I picked up some wooden postcards. They look like old Ladybird books.

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  1. This sounds like such a lovely and relaxing weekend. I bet your friend dearly loved her surprise hen party. Those wooden Harry Potter crates are so great, I would love to have a few of those.

  2. I'm so glad you too the time to unwind with girlfriends. Those are the best kinds of weekends. The place you stayed looks cozy .. and there's nothing wrong with doing touristy things!

  3. Sounds like such a fun weekend! And those agate bookends are absolutely gorgeous!

  4. Looks like you had a lovely, relaxing weekend away! 2p machines are the best x

  5. That sounds like a great trip. Looks like you found Dory at the aquarium. That fish and chips looks very tempting my tummy has just started rumbling.

  6. Looks like a lovely time - I have such happy memories as a child of weekends in Bakewell!

  7. Aw it sounds like you had such a lovely time away and I'm sure your friend will have really appreciated her hen do. Those fish and chips look super yummy! xxx

  8. Oh I'd love to stay in a little cottage with a log burner!! It looks so cosy and lush!

  9. It sounds like you had a fun weekend and that the surprise hen-do was a success. Matlock looks like a beautiful place to explore. What book did you get in the mysterious package?

  10. I've always wanted to visit Matlock, it looks so nice!

  11. Oh what a lovely place Matlock looks like, there is nothing like managing to get a weekend away and take some time for yourself.

  12. This looks like such a fun little getaway!
    I am currently planning my best friends hen do and I cannot wait :)

    Dani x

  13. Sounds like an interesting trip that gallery of holograms is crazy! Like a throwback from the 90's, unusual but cool ;) x

  14. Great that you finally had your R&R. And I think, what made it more special is you did it with friends. I'm kinda wondering how the MATLOCK Bath would look like in the real scenario.. But looks like you really had fun!

  15. Ooo is that Greenfield station? So close to Dovestones! My fav place to walk.
    I love a good staycation! This place looks lovely. I feel like I'm missing out on Bakewell, so close but I've never thought to go on an adventure there.

  16. I have never been to Matlock but it looks a great little place! I would love to visit the holograms and I am intrigued as to what the Mystery wrapped book was! Do let us know? xx

  17. I like exploring different places in the English countryside. I can almost smell the grass from your last picture :)

  18. Shame you never got to see Felix the station cat, that would have been pretty cool :)


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