At the start of the year I always block out September as an adventure month, it helps to drag out the summer fun and it is the final restful period before the Christmas madness begins. I’ve had a really fun month which I will be sharing with you, starting with a 24 hour trip to the Cotswolds, to the beautiful Fish Hotel, it was my first visit to the South West of England and I already can’t wait to go back as it was just stunning.
For those of you that haven’t heard of The Fish, they perfectly describe themselves as ‘a back-to-nature bolt-hole with a little touch of luxury, a getaway to the world of relaxation and outdoor adventure,’ and that was exactly what it was. I love living in London, but I am a little country girl at heart, I feel most inspired when surrounded by beautiful greenery and with The Fish being set on a 400-acre private estate, it ticked that box. They have a variety of places to stay on site ranging from suites to treehouses, huts and farmhouses, we opted for a treehouse and it was just unbelievable. It was surrounded by woodlands with beautiful views, the decor was country luxe which I am all about, it had a large open plan living/ bedroom area and a huge decking wrapped around a large Oak Tree with outdoor swinging chairs and two heated baths. Getting into the treehouse itself was a bit of an adventure, as the entrance was via a hanging rope walkway, I felt like a big kid, it was so much fun! If all this wasn’t special enough The Fish is pooch friendly so Margot was able to pack her suitcase and come with.
After taking in the beauty of our home for night, we headed out for lunch, you all know how much I love my food and that I am continually on the hunt for the best gluten free grub - The Fish Hotel did not disappoint, their tacos were delicious and gluten free, the smoked trout tartare was the winner for me.
We then decided to make the most of the surroundings and walk off lunch. Their boot room melted my heart with pigeon holes full of rolled up maps leading to different destinations and inspired me to think about my next map print creation. We decided to try the woodland nature trail, myself and Margot are not the best navigators, so 5 minutes in we found ourselves on the wrong path but we went with it and ended up on a gorgeous endless field-on -field walk with the tastiest fresh blackberries.
As dusk began to set in, we headed back to the treehouse to run a bubble bath, I lit candles, and poured a large glass of wine, watching the sunset over the woodlands in an alfresco bathtub is a memory I will not forget in a hurry.
For dinner we continued the fish theme from lunch with a feast of oysters, muscles, sea bream and shrimps - just perfect, full and content I headed back for one of the best nights sleep.
Morning tea on a treehouse decking is the way I wish I could start everyday! I love drawing nature, my Crazy Plant Lady print is inspired by love of plants and I am really trying hard to draw more for fun, so I took the time to doodle the beautiful surroundings.
After taking a wrong turn the day before we gave the woodland nature trail a second go and I am pleased to say we succeeded this time, and so glad that we did as it was the perfect way to end our idyllic trip.
I would 100% recommend The Fish Hotel, we were made to feel so welcome, and Margot was spoilt rotten, showered in treats and toys, given her own bed and treated to pamper bath session. They also had a dog agility course, not designed for the little legs of a sausage, but she gave it her best shot!
The balance of luxury and cosy is spot on, so never once did it feel pretentious. Treehouse prices start at £370 per night so it is not the cheapest of getaways, but honestly it was the most incredible place I have ever stayed and worth every penny, so for a special occasion I would highly recommend popping on your places to visit, and being able to share it with your little furry friend makes the experience all that more special.