Have you stayed at Spring Cottage with the family or your other half?
Did you love it there, and think your holiday couldn’t get any better?
Let me tell you it can – in a different way!
Enjoy it with the girls. I can 100% recommend it.
A weekend of friends, fun, food, fire and fizz. Lots of laughter, lots of natter and an escape for 48 hrs from the norm. No worrying about who needs to be dropped off at what activity at what time and what to cook for tea.
It’s funny our girly weekends are a well oiled machine. I didn’t even need tell them I’d booked a table at the village pub, or that we were catching the 10.13 train to York on Saturday, they just knew that’s what we would be doing.
We set off from Newcastle mid-afternoon to arrive around 4 pm. The heating timer had kicked in and the cottage felt welcoming and cosy from the moment we stepped inside.
My first job was to light the fire while my friends unpacked and popped the kettle on. After a couple of hours catching up in front of the fire, we headed to the village pub, The Grapes. As always the food did not disappoint. I opted for a potato rosti with pork, mushrooms and bacon, K lamb dumplings and K and L a pea and ham risotto with monkfish. All freshly cooked, beautifully presented and worthy of any smart restaurant.
Followed by a two minute stroll home and back to the cottage for more chat and a caffeine-free, pre-bedtime coffee.
The day started with croissants, pain-au-chocolat and orange juice for breakfast. I’d booked a taxi to take us into Malton to catch the train. It’s only takes 25 minutes to get to York. We could have stayed on the train and chosen to visit Manchester or Liverpool instead, but we thought we’d save that for another time.
Arriving in York, the first thing we did of course, was find a coffee shop.
We then headed for the quaint cobbled streets around York Minster with their mixture of high street chains and independent boutiques.
Newcastle has some amazing shops but York has so much charm and a visit to York’s White Stuff, The White Company and Jo Malone seem so much more exciting than the Newcastle versions. Purchases were made in all 3 stores, some treats for us, some Christmas presents.
Lunch and prosecco were beckoning. We headed to Kennedy’s bar in Stonegate, and ordered several sharing platters of houmous, chips, a token salad and nachos. We initially ordered these dishes while deciding on what main course to choose, but soon realised we’d ordered enough food. So a picking-sharing lunch it was.
By 5 pm the warmth of Spring Cottage beckoned. So back from York to Malton on the train and back to Great Habton in a station taxi.
We’re Strictly Come Dancing fans so the early evening involved us once again sitting in front of the log fire this time with the television on. Though how much of Strictly we saw and much we talked over is debatable. Before Strictly have even started K and K had changed into their pjs. An evening of chat, laughter and frozen pizza followed.
Croissants or a bacon sarnie were on the breakfast menu today. We planned to do an autumnal walk but the weather was against us so we headed home at lunchtime. Not before getting our diaries out and inking-in next year’s girls weekend to Yorkshire.
So how does that sound to you? You bring the friends, food and fizz. I’ll provide the cottage, the fun and the fire!
Check out Spring Cottage’s availabilty for your girly weekend here: Girly Weekend to Yorkshire Dates
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