The Tasburgh Hotel: A Review

Eliot room at The Tasburgh Hotel. A blue and white coloured chaise lounge in front of a matching king size bed and headboard. Cream walls and lamp on bed side table.

Hubby took me away to Bath for our 10th Wedding Anniversary last month and rather than staying in our usual Premier Inn he splashed out on the beautiful 5 star boutique Tasburgh Hotel. Because he wanted the surprise trip to be extra special he took a lot of time to find the perfect place to stay and booked it months before giving him a full choice of rooms.

 

Greeted like Old Friends

When we pulled off the A36 just past Bathampton we found the beautiful redbrick building that was originally owned by Royal photographer, John Berryman. As we parked outside The Tasburgh Hotel we both knew that he had picked a winner. We headed inside to let them know our car registration (parking is included which in Bath is a definite bonus) and we were greeted like old friends by Grant, the General Manager. Little luxuries dotted the reception such as bottled water, comfy chairs to sit on and even home made honey available to purchase. My eye was drawn down the corridor to the restaurant where a delicate chandelier hung.

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An Anniversary Weekend in Bath

Photo of the Crescent in Bath. A row of Georgian mansions with grassland in front of them.

Bath is one of my favourite cities in England. I love the architecture, the boutique shopping, the history and the friendliness of the locals. I remember the first time that I visited Bath on a school trip. As our coach drove around the corner from Bathampton to the south we got our first glimpse of the city built of stone in the valley below us. I instantly fell in love with the beauty of the city and have loved it ever since. I was thrilled when my husband decided to treat to to a surprise weekend away there for our 10th wedding anniversary.

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Scottish Highlands : A family Adventure

Scottish highlands: river running across the landscape with hill to the right and beach in front, grass behind

Scottish Highlands

We went for a holiday in the Scottish Highlands earlier this month. This was a location that was a little different for us as we love hot holidays, but with a toddler we thought we would try something a little different. We based ourselves in a self-catering lodge near the village of Ballater, close to Balmoral Castle and had ourselves a little Scottish adventure.

2 dolphin fins off the Moray Firth coast.
Wild dolphins off the Moray Firth in the sea.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Red deer in a Scottish valley
Red deer in a valley near Loch Muick.

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Fear of flying: Can I overcome it?

BA plane taking off in blue sky

I love travelling! Hubby and I spent a year in our mid twenties travelling Oceania and North America. I hope that J shares our love for adventure, discovery and new experiences. What’s the problem I hear you ask? Just the teensy weeny issue that I am terrified of flying! I am not exaggerating. I’ve heard of plenty of people who dislike flying or get bored. I am literally so terrified that I have a: find any alternative; avoid at all costs; full on anxiety and for at least a week beforehand style fear.

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Bluebell Woods: A sensory walk

Bluebells in the woods

I’ve always wanted to see bluebells in all their glory, but have always managed to miss them so this year I was determined to see them.  My mum is a member of the National Trust and there is a property about an hour from her home that has a bluebell woodland walk, so we intended to visit.  I however, didn’t really want to pay and was sure we could find somewhere to see bluebells for free, so I Googled best bluebell spots and it turned out there was one very close to the NT property.  This was definitely the right decision to make!

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