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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.






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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.



image 1Never one to shy away from an adventure or a fundraiser, I was especially keen to join a Seeability challenge (formerly Royal School of the Blind) when they approached me. Although we have made donations to various charities already, and been approached by many more, this opportunity stood out as we would be guiding visually impaired people to the top of a mountain. Usually I get involved just from behind my desk, this would be far more interesting.

And so it proved to be!

I managed to rope in my colleague Liz to join me and we took weekly hikes up local mountains to prepare for our attempt to climb Mount Toubkal in Morocco at 4167m - the highest mountain in North Africa no less. There was altitude to factor in and then there was the guiding of the VIs (visually impaired) over boulders, loose rocks and icy streams. That seemed like it would be an impossible task - but that is before I met these people!


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!



West Lexham invite you to join them and  discover the incredible grounds that surround 6 magical treehouses on a private Norfolk Estate! 

Whether you’re retreating into the trees on a romantic nature  break or climbing into the canopy on a grand family  adventure, West Lexham is sure to delight and excite.

Let Rose tell you all about what makes a stay here unique:

Though there are now many exceptional Treehouses to stay in around Britain… very few are as lucky as us to have such breathtaking surroundings. In fact, it’s more than a bit of luck. Our team of gardeners work passionately to promote rich, diverse and beautiful natural habitats across all 21 acres.