Mum's birthday getaway

Sunday, 28 September 2014

Last month my lovely mum celebrated her 50th birthday. We had a huge party to celebrate and danced the night away with family and friends. 


Cotswolds

As it was an extra special birthday we booked a weekend escape to the Cotswolds with 3 of her closest friends. And after a year of planning we finally packed our bags and loaded into Gail's car. 

The Cotswolds is made up of picturesque villages and towns in the English countryside. It is dream place for a keen shutterbug like myself to get snapping. En route to our new home, and after an hour detour where we got lost (!!), we stopped at the beautiful Bournton on the Water for a spot of lunch. 

Cotswolds

Cotswolds
Paulette eyeing up the cakes!

Cotswolds

Cotswolds

Full and happy we continued our journey. We had booked an amazing house, on a lake, in a gated holiday village near Cirencester.

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Cotswolds

Cotswolds

Cotswolds

Cotswolds

Mum's room had a shower big enough for all us!
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Cotswolds

Cotswolds

The lake had all sorts of activities for us to get involved in like cycling, canoeing, water boarding, but for us it was all about the spa.

After unpacking and filling the wine fridge to capacity, we got our bikinis on and set off for a swim. The beautiful outdoor pool was the perfect temperature, with a slight layer of mist on the water. We had the whole pool to ourselves so we swam under the stars, chatting away and  having a great time. We knew we were in for a good weekend. 

 Then it was home to scoff far too much cheese, crackers and bubbles with a Jenga championship on the side. It all got competitive very quickly!

Cotswolds

The group, made up of mums (plus me), were all extremely happy with their Saturday morning lie-ins and endless tea without having to watch kids TV or play games. I was just happy to escape the city for a weekend. After breakfast and feeling content we skipped along to the spa for our treatments. 

Cotswolds

The spa is beautiful and calm, until 10am, then they let all the children in to use the pool.

Cotswolds

Cotswolds

Luckily we found the library, which was adults only, so spent the morning reading and swinging around in the most amazing chair in between our treatments. 
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Cotswolds

I booked the hot hot massage which was amazing. Having never been to a spa before I didn't think I'd enjoy it but it was such a relaxing day. I am now constantly searching for spa deals to get my next one booked in. 

Back at the house we had some well deserved champagne to celebrate mum's birthday whilst getting ready for an evening out on the town, Cirencester town! 

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Gail, Liz and Mum.
Cotswolds

I've never really had any desire to go to Cirencester but it excelled all our expectations and we had a great time. There are quite a few boutique home shops so we were in our element, all of us spending too much money. Paulette and I ended up lugging around pots of paint and wax for the rest of the night after our impulse purchases! 

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Cotswolds

Cotswolds
Me and the birthday girl.

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Cotswolds
Happy shoppers.

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Cotswolds

Cotswolds

 We enjoyed a delicious dinner at French restaurant, Le Beaujolais with far too much cheese, red wine and steak. I was in heaven!
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A taxi was booked and Jenga championship was calling us until I spotted the flashing disco lights from a pub across the road. After some fast persuasion, I cancelled the taxi and the dancing began! 

Cotswolds

Cotswolds

We had a great night in Cirencester and I'd even be tempted to go back again, especially for a spot of shopping. 

Sadly the next morning was home time. Before we packed up, we decided to have a stroll around the lake and soak up the sunshine. 

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Cotswolds

Cotswolds

Cotswolds

Then on spotting this sign, I jumped in, grabbed my paddle and floated my way back to London town. 

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Cotswolds

Cotswolds

A great weekend had by all. I highly recommend a trip to the Cotswold for shopping, eating and if you are really lucky some disco dancing!  

Happy birthday mumsie! xxx

Little London Girl x

4 comments:

  1. Aw looks like she had a wonderful time! Happy birthday to your Mum!

    I so need to visit the Cotswolds...

    Cx
    www.cocktailsandcaroline.com

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    1. Thanks Caroline! Haven't you been? I'd definitely recommend it. Bourton on the Water and Burford are lovely little towns with great shops xx

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