So the reasoning behind my late blogging is due to a very very busy last few days! It’s been such an exciting time where I’ve experienced new places and activities; starting with a stay in Northumberland.
I headed up for a one night stay in the sunning Doxford Hall Hotel & Spa. This hotel is perfect for a short break away from everything. Built in 1818 and set within the most tranquil and quiet gardens, this beautiful hotel offers grace and grandeur, individuality, and a sense of local culture and history. I stayed in one of the corner rooms which meant the views over the estate were to die for. The spa is great and I had a massage and facial whilst I was there. I have to say the lady who gave me both treatments was fab! The massage really did sort my back out that’s for sure! The staff were amazing and very attentive, despite there being a wedding taking place the same day. A big thank you to the assistant restaurant manager who was lovely; she served at dinner and breakfast the following morning and was still as chipper as anything! A real credit to the team there.
After breakfast I headed over to the beautiful seaside town of Craster. I’ve never headed this far up North to the coast but I will definitely be doing so again! Steeped in history, with plenty of little shops to visit and a gorgeous pub which served an amazing lunch, this town is one to get yourself to if you ever visit Northumberland. The views are breathtaking and I loved having a walk along the rocks, taking in the warm sea breeze. There are plenty of lovely little houses and cottages that are available to rent if you want to spend a weekend there or have a short holiday, which has definitely fallen into my plans for the next couple of years!
A brief stop back home to repack my case was a sign of the next adventure. A works trip down to the Isle of Wight for the IBM Regatta. After a long drive down to Portsmouth on Sunday evening I settled on the yacht on Monday morning. As to avoid any sea sickness I didn’t have a big breakfast (big mistake as clearly sailing a yacht takes a lot of energy!). I have indeed discovered that sailing isn’t for me, as much as I love water and the sea, I don’t quite think I’m cut out to be a sailor! Saying that though it had to be one of the best experiences of my life, and one I’ll probably not get to do again. After a long day on the sea we settled into the most gorgeous boutique hotel, North House. Despite booking the hotel for everyone myself, I have to say even I was blown away with how stunning it was! The bedroom I stayed in was a gorgeous room with a huge bed and plenty of free amenities such as tea and coffee. It offered the most breathtaking view across the harbor which you could see over the Juliet balcony. The bathroom housed a roll top bath and huge double shower and was stocked up with goodies and the comfiest bath robe ever! I was in heaven and could’ve stayed there for so much longer. Following drinks in the cute little bar we headed down to the RORC for the Gala Dinner and Awards. I was so proud when I won the “Most Improved Sailor” award, even though the “trophy” was an armband…..(which I wore in protest for the following days sailing!).
I was so ready for a good nights sleep when I arrived home on Tuesday. All the excitement, walking, “adventuring” and sailing really took it out of me. But I have to say it was an amazing few days that I truly will never forget.