Our good friend Zoe, with her partner and puppy, went to stay for the weekend at The Ceridwen Centre in West Wales. Here she will tell her tale about it and hopefully inspire you to go there too....
The idea of the weekend was to escape, to have a couple of days away from the drama that everyday life can bring. Time to reflect, to read, to enjoy the peace of the countryside.
On arrival to the Ceridwen Centre the green moss snaking down the centre of the access road confirmed the isolation I was craving. While the puppy yawned and stretched we arrived to welcoming smiles form our hosts and a quick tour of the facilities. The centre is a family run eco sensitive organic farm that has expanded over the years and is now home to a number of different accommodation facilities including yurts, an eco pad, traditional and modern B&B, a Romany caravan and my sanctuary from the weekend, a beautifully converted traditional 1960’s double decker Layland bus. It is nestled into the rear of the centre, with private decking overlooking the valley below with a bar-b-que and fairy lights that in the warmer months would make for a magical evening star gazing.
We went out of our way to visit The Chapel, Ubley....passing Stonehenge and Longleat and almost upon Cheddar Gorge. This would be a great base for a holiday, in the Mendip Hills and Bristol and Bath not much more than half an hour off. A week would pass with ease. I knew The Chapel would be special and wanted to see the place for myself....and it was just even better than I expected!
The owners have great taste - mixing vintage with restored features, finds and colour. It's sophisticated and homely and unique all at the same time! How did they pull that off?!
The building is dramatic of course - a huge, high-ceilinged living room dominates with chandelier, original working organ and pulpit - and a grand piano, even a football table, sound system and big TV for added entertainment...I hear Paul Weller has played at that very piano!
Light from the stained glass windows adds a warm glow. In the spacious kitchen there is a big table and island bar - What fun and feasts could be had there!
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The owners have done a wonderful job of creating a special stay for 2 with unique features and hot tub. The bedroom is in a raised glass-domed pod, perfect for romance. An adult hideaway inspired for storybook memories. Come on public transport if you wish, and take a stroll to the local pub.
The Temple is a Grade I folly, set on the edge of the beautiful Cotswolds, in Gloucestershire. Steeped in history, Jess and Dom took a well deserved break there this month. This is her story....
Finally I was taking that drive through Stancombe Park, Gloucestershire, that I have longed to do. We take the track through a break in the tall trees, which adds to the mystery of what is to come. The Temple - our temporary home and beautiful folly for 2.
Dom and I have created and run QuirkyAccom for 9 years now and have been working phenomenally hard to keep it evolving and bringing you the very best of unique stays out there. As much as it has been good for bonding us as a couple, work - as well as children - can take their toll on your relationship. We spend most of our time together and are super busy, but of course that makes it more important than ever to get away and appreciate each other outside of all that. So this planned visit to The Temple, which is hard to beat on the romance stakes, is just what we needed.
So the run up to Christmas has well and truly started but as we all know, Christmas can be a stressful affair, even if it is the most wonderful time of the year!
By the time we have to deal with organising presents, seeing family and friends as well as cooking the all important Christmas lunch, it sometimes seems that all the pressure of having a great day can actually mean that we end up feeling exhausted before the day has even started!
So this year here at Quirky we wanted to share some words of wisdom on how to survive Christmas. Let us know which ones are your favourite or if you have any tips that we can share on our social media pages!
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