A couple weekends ago, I was whisked away to the Cotswolds for a surprise Bachelorette (AKA Hen-Do) weekend with some incredible ladies.
Lauren stopped by my flat on Friday afternoon to help pack… giving scenarios to get the right outfits without giving too much away (i.e “If you were doing a cookbook shoot with Gwyneth Paltrow, what would you wear?” Haha… umm what?!) I truly had no clue where we were going, but she didn’t spill any secrets as we made our way to the train station.
When we arrived, she stalled a bit and then finally led me around the corner to find a group of smiling faces complete with a welcome sign!
Anna, the brains behind this whole sneaky weekend, planned everything so perfectly, I truly couldn’t have done it better myself. She’s a keeper, that’s for sure. (Love you, Anna!!)
(…that just reminded me of “You sneaky Mom!!” Have you guys seen it? It’s hilarious. Sorry. Easily distracted…)
We boarded a train to somewhere I’d never heard of, popped a few bottles of champagne (our fellow passengers thought we were awesome, I’m sure) and ventured out into the countryside. Midway through the journey, I was given a box with “clues” – the photos slowly revealed our destination: the Cotswolds!!
We checked into The Wild Rabbit, ooohed and ahhhed over the decor and cozy fireplaces roaring in the connected restaurant/pub,
and quickly snuggled into a corner table for wine and an indulgent meal.
The next morning, we grabbed a quick coffee and croissant at the hotel and headed toward Daylesford Organic Farm where we all indulged in a yoga class, massages at the spa,and mulled wine at lunch before heading back to the hotel to rest up for our evening out.
One of my favorite parts of the weekend was actually an impromptu gathering by the fire for games, stories, wine, and cheese. It was just so fun to get to spend some quality time with the girls in such an incredible setting, I already can’t wait to go back!
We dressed up and went to dinner at a place called Wild Thyme which was perfect for a Bachelorette weekend..
although it was far from wild, I think we all had a good time ;)
We woke up the next morning and headed back to Daylesford for a Champagne Brunch Cooking Class. The instructor showed us a few different dishes which we attempted to replicate while sipping champagne in the most gorgeous kitchen I’ve ever seen. The morning was topped off with a tour around the farm before heading back to the train station.
Everything was perfect – and I truly wouldn’t have changed a thing about the entire weekend. I felt so spoiled and totally loved – these girls were amazing!! If you are visiting London anytime soon and have a day or two to spare, I highly suggest a weekend in the Cotswolds!