Last month was our unofficial honeymoon and our first night away from the cub and it was bliss! I was super anxious because at the time he was still breastfeeding (he finished the week we got back!) he would happily take a bottle but I was worried he wouldn’t settle at my mother in laws house at bedtime. To be honest I spent the entire car journey fretting but when we checked into The Gilpin Hotel the feelings started to dissolve as I relaxed. Now you know the background to the trip, I’ll fill you in on the destination!
We stayed in the luxury of the Birdoswald Spa Lodge and it was serenity on a stick! We checked in and my other half slept on the bed whilst I went around exploring our private sauna, steam room and outdoor hot tub. I can’t lie, you need a degree in electronics to go through all the buttons and switches for the remote controlled blinds, fireplace and the various spa facilities, the control panel of lights and temperature settings was a bit much! I made myself a peppermint tea to digest everything, then ate both the complimentary cookies whilst the husband snored. We had an hour of playtime figuring out the sauna, then sat in the hot tub for a smooch, very romantic.
Then at 4pm we sauntered down to the reception and were driven to the Lake House Spa which was a short 5 minute car ride away from the main hotel. It was so beautiful and peaceful. We had a couples massage lying on parallel beds overlooking the stunning serenity of the lake. The full glass windows were initially a bit daunting – my mind began to wander can anyone see us in our robes and slippers but the view was just exceptional. I chose a Swedish massage and the hubby opted for an Indian Head Massage. We savoured every moment of blissful relaxation.
Back at the hotel room we got dressed for dinner. It was so nice to wear perfume, lipgloss and heels and feel like a sexy woman rather than a make-up-less mummy covered in porridge. Dining at the restaurant was a very special experience. I felt like the two Michelin stars meant I had to be on best behaviour and found myself whispering, much to my other halves frustration. I opted for the recommended wine with each course and was getting quite giddy by the time dessert arrived (I don’t really drink usually). The kitchen brought us beautiful chocolates with our after dinner drinks with “Congratulations” artfully written in chocolate.
The staff were attentive and polite in a non-gushing way. I wholeheartedly recommend the experience for a special treat. Everywhere we looked the other guests were recently engaged or enjoying a special birthday celebration. Such a relaxing break away. On our way back to Leeds we stopped off in Saltaire to visit Salts Mill (another post for another day) before arriving home to see my yummy boy hanging out with his gran. It’s like we’d been away for a week, amazing.