Travel: A dreamy weekend at Ox Pasture Hall
Life has been super busy recently - I can't remeber the last time Sam and I spent more than a few hours together. I've been working away a lot and Sam has been back and forth to the studio, so we've been like ships passing in the night. We've both been feeling a bit stressed and burned out from all the hecticness, so when the folk at Ox Pasture Hall invited for us a stay at their wonderful Scarborough hotel, we jumped at the chance.
It's not often that Sam gets a Saturday off work, so we decided to make the most of the occasion and spend a few hours in Scarborough before checking in to the hotel. The weather was typical of what you would expect of the seaside in November - very wet and windy!
We bundled up against the cold and took a stroll along the sea front. I always think there's something so magical about visiting the seaside off-season - the beach isn't as busy and the air is super fresh. We stood and watched the dogs running along the sand, and when our hands got so cold that I thought my fingers might snap off, we started the hunt for a slap up fish and chips lunch, which we found at Winking Willy's!
We devoured our fish, chips and curry sauce, with a pot of tea on the side - it was soooo delicious, and just what we needed to thaw out. Why does fish and chips always taste SO much better by the seaside? It fuelled us up for our walk back to the car - the weather turned even more wild and we ended up suitably drenched! Thankfully our next stop was the very cosy Ox Paxture Hall...
I knew we were going to love it as soon as we drove down the long road leading up to it - the building looked so quant and rustic, and the surroundings were nothing short of gorgeous.
We were given the most lovely greeting on arrival, and seeing that we were looking a little damp and windswept, we were shown to our room quickly and without a fuss. Even the walk to the room was picturesque, passing through two gorgeous courtyards.
But nothing prepared us for just how gorgeous our luxury suite was going to be. We had a gigantic king size bed, a super cosy living area and the most STUNNING bathroom I've ever seen...
We don't have a bath in our house at the moment, so I relish every opportunity to have one when I'm staying at hotels - I even brought a Lush bath bomb and face mask with me for ultimate relaxation time! I can't tell you how lush it felt to sink into a hot bath with my book while the wind literally howled outside. So cosy and luxurious, I didn't want to get out (and I didn't for about an hour!).
Another lovely thing about Ox Pasture Hall was that there was only access to wifi in the public areas, and being in the middle of nowhere, 3G was a no go. At first I thought I would find this a bit annoying, but it actually made our stay even more chilled out. We spent the rest of the afternoon wrapped up in fluffy robes, reading and watching crap TV and napping and catching up - it was total bliss.
Before long it was time to get dressed up and head to The Courtyard Restaurant for dinner - I'm going to save the review of our meal for another post as it was amazing, and I want to do it justice!
After dinner we sat by the fire and enjoyed a couple of drinks - I really miss the fire we had in our old house, and it was so nice to just sit and chat and drink prosecco in the warmth. We felt so relaxed and at ease, and the staff were brilliant at making sure we had everything we needed.
We headed back to our suite at about half ten and had the best sleep ever in our giant bed. I think the combination of the fresh country air, delicious food and our super comfy surroundings totally knocked us out, and we both woke up feeling refreshed. We headed out for a quick walk around the grounds, but the weather was just as wild as the day before, so we were soon back to the restaurant, ready for a hot drink and some brekkie.
There was an extensive continental breakfast buffet, filled with pastries, fruit, cereals, bread and juice, which Sam (who is a big fan of breakfast foods) took full advantage of...
And there was also a great selection of hot food on offer - Sam opted for the full Yorkshire breakfast, and I chose the goats cheese and tomato omelette. Both were delicious, and set us up nicely for the two hour journey back home.
Once breakfast was done, it was time for us to reluctantly check out and hit the road home. As we drove away from Ox Pasture Hall we both commented on how refreshed and revived we felt - it was just what we needed. We agreed that we would love to come back in the summer, to take advantage of the gorgeous gardens and many outdoor spots to relax in.
If you're looking for a rural getaway, I couldn't recommend Ox Pasture Hall enough. The rooms are plush and luxurious, the food is to die for, and the surroundings will leave you feeling like you're in the middle of nowhere, even though Scarborough town centre is only three miles away. We totally fell in love with the place and will definitely be back!
We were offered a complimentary stay at Ox Pasture Hall in exchange for this review, but the opinions in this post are, as ever, 100% honest. I can promise that it really is as dreamy as it looks!