All posts tagged: countryside

Tim’s Birthday at The Slaughters Manor House, The Cotswolds

In January we decided to get away to The Cotswolds for a night for Tim’s birthday. Ever since we got the car last year, it has been so nice to just hop in and escape from London for a night or two at the weekends, and we thought we’d treat ourselves with a stay at The Slaughters Manor House. It was a fairly easy two hour drive from South London and the perfect wintery day – crisp blue skies with a chill in the air. And I just fell in love with the place from the moment we pulled up the driveway. It’s exactly what you’d expect from the Cotswolds, with beautiful sandstone architecture and projecting gables. The Slaughters Manor House is in Lower Slaughter, a quaint little village four miles south west of Stow-on-the-Wold, built on both banks of the River Eye, lined with picture-perfect cottages. As soon as we arrived, we went for a stroll… At the west end of the village there is a 19th-century water mill, surrounded by sheep and ducks, housing a …

Autumn Loveliness & Sofa Supper Clubs with Higgidy Pies

Autumn is quite possibly my favourite season for many reasons. I think people often assume I’d prefer the summer as I grew up in the Cypriot sunshine. But summer in Cyprus is very different to summer in the UK. Everything started earlier in the day, finished earlier, and involved daily dips in the swimming pool or sea. Hot weather in the UK, especially in London, makes me feel stifled and claustrophobic. Being on a tube in rush hour, stuck under someone’s armpit (the woes of being fairly short!) isn’t my idea of fun. Autumn however, is a lot more calm and collected. It’s sometimes sunny, and isn’t as cold and winter. I love it! It’s the perfect weather for snuggling up on the sofa with a cup of tea and a good book (although I rarely need an excuse to do this!) This Autumn, Higgidy, the Sussex based pie and quiche makers are launching the UK’s first series of Sofa Supper Clubs – a unique dining experience, inviting you into a homely, comfortable space, giving you the …